Friday, November 4, 2011

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday


Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday, avoiding snap elections which would have torpedoed Greece’s bailout deal and inflamed the euro zone’s economic crisis.
Mr. Papandreou’s socialist government won with all his party lawmakers in the 300-member parliament supporting the government, but his term as Prime Minister appeared close to an end.
Earlier, Mr. Papandreou called for a new coalition government to approve the €130-billion ($179-billion U.S.) bailout deal which is vital for saving the country from bankruptcy and tackling the euro zone’s economic crisis, and signalled he was ready to stand down.
Mr. Papandreou told parliament before the vote that he would go to the Greek president on Saturday to discuss formation of a broader-based government that would secure the euro zone bailout, Greece’s last financial lifeline, adding that he was willing to discuss who would head a new administration.
“The last thing I care about is my post. I don’t care even if I am not re-elected. The time has come to make a new effort... I never thought of politics as a profession,” he said before a parliamentary vote of confidence in his government.

Humans could learn something from these dogs




Blind Great Dane Lily and her guide dog Madison are melting hearts around the world with their enduring tale of friendship that has seen its share of hardship.
Lily was only 18 months old when veterinarians removed both her eyes as she was suffering from entropion, a condition that caused her eyelashes to roll inward and scratch painfully against her eyeballs. As Lily recuperated in darkness — too timid to move — her best friend Madison slowly began encouraging her sightless friend to start moving. Madison would lead the way — a guide dog for a dog, steering her pal, alerting her to danger in her path.
In time, with Madison at her side Lily regained the confidence to play outside the house. Now the pair — Lily is six years old now; Madison is seven — is facing its next challenge: finding a new home. Just this summer the two Great Danes were taken to live at The Dogs Trust shelter in Shrewsbury, U.K. They moved there in July after their owners accepted they couldn’t care for them anymore. The shelter is looking for a new home for the two, and prospective owners are told up front they must take both dogs.
The Dogs Trust, has a “non-destruction policy,” says spokeswoman Jennifer Blaber.The dogs must go to a new home together or they’ll stay here forever, she says. Over the weekend the two went to live with a potential new owner but Lily found the experience stressful, explains Blaber, so they are back at the shelter.
Centre manager Louise Cabell has told the press, “Madison is Lily’s guide dog. She is a support method to her. If they are out and about, for the majority of the time Madison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch. Madison is very thoughtful and is always looking out for her.” Cabell is convinced that Lily’s other senses have been heightened since her eyes were removed. Lily’s condition is treatable if caught early. The two dogs are very vocal, with Madison letting Lily know she is close by. Lily becomes anxious if she can’t sense Madison is present.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1079039--blind-great-dane-and-her-guide-dog-need-a-new-home

God said

A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?" "Because I'm a woman," she told him.
"I don't understand," he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."
Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"
"All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so easily?"

God said, "When I made the woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world,
yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.


And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."
"You see my son," said God, "the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides
."

Above all - 5 year old Kaitlyn maher

Greek Australian James Spyridon Vlassakis



*James Spyridon Vlassakis (born 24 December 1979[1]) is an Australian serial killer currently serving four consecutive terms of life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 26 years for his role in the Snowtown murders. Vlassakis confessed to four murders, including the murder of his stepbrother, David Johnson and half-brother Troy Youde[2] as well as the murders of Gary O'Dwyer and Frederick Brooks.
Vlassakis met John Bunting when aged fourteen and looked up to Bunting as a father figure. It was alleged Bunting groomed Vlassakis into committing serial murders.
Vlassakis was tried separately from the other accused and was the first to be sentenced for his role in the murders. He pleaded guilty to the four murders he was charged with.* Wikipedia

A new Australian film based on the gruesome confessions of a Greek-Australian serial killer and cannibal has been selected for screening at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).
“Snowtown,” which made the cut to be among the seven films that will be up for a jury prize, earned critical acclaim following its first screening at the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival, which ended on March 8.
The thriller documents the brutal murder of 12 people -- committed in South Australia between 1992 and 1999 and which the media also dubbed the “Bodies in Barrels Murders” because of where the victims’ remains were found -- through the prism of Greek Australian James Spyridon Vlassakis (known as Jamie), one of the four key suspects and the Crown’s star witness, who is currently serving a life sentence.
The case sent shock waves across Australia and has gone down in history as the most horribly repugnant in the country’s history. It was largely solved thanks to the testimony of Vlassakis, who was drawn into the gang of murderers by the man believed to be at the heart of the crime spree, John Justin Bunting.
“Snowtown” received special praise for the performances of the two lead actors playing Vlassakis and Bunting, Lucas Pittaway and Daniel Henshall respectively.


 *if you are expecting blood and gore, then look elsewhere, because the movie does not descend into your typical slasher flick (á la the Saw franchise), although there are a few disconcerting scenes. The filmmakers, sensitive to the feelings of the victims’ families and the local community, made a conscious decision to avoid any gruesome or gratuitous depiction of the murders. Save for one victim, the audience will not witness the intricacies of any of the murders, and that one exception is shown to be pivotal for Jamie’s development.
Throughout the film, audiences also get a sense of the undercurrent of deeper issues at work in the story. Though these issues are never fully surfaced in the film, they betray a sense of bleakness, darkness and hopelessness. And through director Justin Kurzel’s simple storytelling, audiences intuitively know to look past appearances to see a deeper reality confronting people living in small-town communities.*

Merkel and Sarkozy Bully Papandreou for wanting to be DEMOCRATIC by asking the PEOPLE!




With a chill north wind blowing and the numbers of police carrying riot shields and wearing body armour growing steadily larger, Athenians passed along the lines in a grim fury yesterday.
Grey-haired and dragging on a cigarette, Yannis Yannarakos had a lifetime of grievance to direct at Greek leaders and the European paymasters with their feet on the nation’s throat.
“The strong will always throw the weak on the rocks,” he said. “Why did these countries lend to us when they knew we could not pay? Why did we take the money and open our markets but not look to ourselves?”
With a bitter sigh he answered his own questions. “Because they wanted control and now they order us around. No one asked me if I wanted all these loans. I’d be quite happy if we did not pay them back but got on with our own way of doing things.”
The scars of months of violent protests litter central Athens. Broken stones and daubs of paint in Syntagma Square in front of parliament are the symbols of Greece’s freefall from thriving European outpost into distressed debtor. The people crossing the square cannot avoid finding omens of the future in its detritus.








John Meletidis, a kiosk owner, is one of many who feel as if they are hanging on by their fingertips. Pointing at the drunks and illegal immigrants, he was hunted by premonitions. “In a good case I may be able to gather enough to go back to my village in Thrace,” he said. “In a bad case I may have to take my wife and move to Australia.”
Nearby, the owner of a clothes shop could barely contain her anger : “We have become slaves to Europe because no one up there can find the solution to our problems.”
It is commonplace to rail against the flaws that drove the state to bankruptcy. Statistics that betray the extent of the state’s failure are part of everyday conversation. One million people, or a tenth of the population, last year gave a backhander to the civil service to grease the wheels of bureaucracy. Only 15,000 people declared earnings of more than €100,000 in 2010 but one in 20 purchasers of £2 million houses in London lived in Greece.
But the realistic cautioned that everyone was tainted by the system of political patronage. “The politicians used power to be re-elected, so they used the system to get supporters jobs and advantages with the state,” said Manos Psaroudakis, 25, a civil engineer. “Nobody asked if this was right. It wasn’t a mystery, we all knew it was about beating the system.”
Greece is a state where the old assumptions have been torn apart. At the doors of the Bank of Greece, an employee claimed to be as bemused as her neighbours. “We get so much new information every day that’s its impossible to know what’s going on,” said Marina Constanou. “I remain optimistic because if we do not we will lose something of our character.”

Greek exit from the Euro?


Why did the crisis not end with the Greek bailout?
The aim of the original Greece bailout was to contain the crisis.
That did not happen. Both Portugal and the Irish Republic needed a bailout too because of their debts.
Then Greece needed a second bailout, worth 109bn euros.
In July this year, eurozone leaders proposed a plan that would see private lenders to Greece writing off about 20% of the money they originally lent.
But bond yields continued to rise on Spanish and Italian debt - leading to fears that their huge economies will need to be bailed out too.
The failure of Franco-Belgian lender Dexia also added to woes - French and German banks are large holders of Greek debt.
The eurozone rescue fund - the European Financial Stability Facility - was 440bn euros, nowhere near big enough to deal with that scenario.
And so, in October, the eurozone agreed to expand the EFSF to 1tn euros and got banks to agree to a 50% "haircut" on their Greek holdings.
But then Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou shocked European leaders by calling a referendum on the bailout package.
That has led the leaders of Germany and France, as well as the IMF, to declare that Athens would not receive its next tranche of emergency aid until the referendum had passed.
What would happen if Greece defaulted?
Europe's banks are big holders of Greek debt, with perhaps $50bn-$60bn outstanding. An "orderly" default could mean a substantial part of this debt being rescheduled so that repayments are pushed back decades. A "disorderly" default could mean much of this debt not being repaid - ever.
Either way, it would be extremely painful for banks and bondholders.
What's more, Greek banks are exposed to the sovereign debts of their country. They would need new capital, and it is likely some would need nationalising. A crisis of confidence could spark a run on the banks as people withdrew their money, making the problem worse.
A Greek exit from the euro is seen by some as inevitable if the country defaulted. The big question would then be, what about other heavily-indebted nations in the eurozone?
It might be a repeat of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which sparked the credit crunch that pushed Europe and the US into recession.
ATHENS — Weary Greeks looked ahead at a long day of political wrangling on Friday before a confidence vote that could determine whether Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou remains their leader through the current financial crisis.
The vote, which will take place in Parliament in the evening, is far from assured. a day after Papandreou backed away from a proposal to hold a referendum on a European bailout plan. His move removed a significant obstacle that had rattled global markets and imperiled plans to halt a spreading economic crisis, but it came only after much of his already-wobbling support had washed away.
Thursday was filled with political intrigue and drama, and by its end, Greek politicians for the first time had coalesced around the rescue deal after the opposition dropped its objections. But the plans still require Parliament’s approval, and politicians remained at odds over whether Papandreou would stay or go. The opposition has called for elections by the end of the year, which Papandreou opposes, suggesting that the deal could still fall apart.
Regardless of the political outcome, Greece appears far more likely to participate in the bailout than it did just days ago, when the prospect of a December referendum meant uncertainty lingering for weeks. Instead, European leaders can move on to other pressing issues, such as how to bolster Europe’s bailout fund to guard against shakiness in Italy and Spain.
But the political instability within Greece could still delay the precise contours of the plans. If Papandreou loses the vote Friday night — a distinct possibility, since Socialists controls only 152 of the 300 seats of Parliament, and one Socialist deputy has already vowed to vote against him — he would likely be forced to step down in favor of a caretaker government, with elections following shortly thereafter. If he wins, he would still preside over a government in which many of his top associates have lost patience with him. Some reports in Athens have suggested he had worked out a deal with his cabinet to step aside in favor of technocratic caretakers even if he prevails in the confidence vote.
Papandreou’s proposal to hold a national referendum on the bailout plan, a vote that would also determine Greece’s future in the euro zone, had caused fissures within his Socialist party and sent shock waves through Europe. In Frankfurt, Germany, the European Central Bank said Thursday it would lower interest rates by a quarter percentage point, indicating deep concerns about Europe’s outlook. In Cannes, France, where leaders at the Group of 20 summit had warned they would cut off all support to Greece until the referendum was resolved, the drama dominated discussions.
In a speech to Socialist party officials Thursday evening, Papandreou said shooting down the bailout plan “means leaving the euro.”
“If the opposition is willing to negotiate, then we are ready to ratify this deal and implement it,” he said, adding that he had invited the main opposition party to be “co-negotiators” with his country’s creditors.



Greek Tragedy has become a comedy















Tsaligopoulou - AFIEROMENA TRAGOUDIA





Στίχοι: Οδυσσέας Ιωάννου
Μουσική: Κώστας Λειβαδάς
Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Ελένη Τσαλιγοπούλου

Kαι δε θ'αφήσω άλλη χαρά
να γίνει πάλι μοναξιά
ούτε θα χάσω άλλη ζωή
για ένα θαύμα που αργεί
Και δε θα πιω άλλο νερό
αν δεν το βρω σε ποταμό
σώμα αν δε γίνει η καρδιά
σώμα δε θα'χω για αγκαλιά

Και δε θα δώσω άλλο φιλί
άμα δε γίνεις στόμα εσύ
φλόγα στα μάτια σου αν δε βρω
δε θα'χω μάτια να σε δω
δε θα'χω μάτια να σε δω
φλόγα στα μάτια σου αν δε βρω

Όπου αρχίζει μια γιορτή
κρυφά ανοίγει μια πληγή
τρόπο θα βρω να γιατρευτώ
πείσμα εσείς - πείσμα κι εγώ

Και δε θα δώσω άλλο φιλί
άμα δε γίνεις στόμα εσύ
φλόγα στα μάτια σου αν δε βρω
δε θα 'χω μάτια να σε δω
δε θα 'χω μάτια να σε δω
φλόγα στα μάτια σου αν δε βρω.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Papandreou Struggles for power

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-03/papandreou-struggles-to-hold-on-to-power-in-greece-before-confidence-vote.html

Prime Minister George Papandreou struggled to hold on to power after Greece’s largest opposition party rebuffed his overtures to form a national government, raising the prospect of elections that could delay aid needed to prevent default.
Opposition leader Antonis Samaras rejected sharing power with Papandreou and called on the premier to quit. Papandreou, 59, scrapped a referendum on an accord with the European Union to avert a split in his party before a confidence vote scheduled for midnight tonight.
“I never excluded any topic from the discussion, not even my own position,” Papandreou told lawmakers in Parliament. “I am not tied to a particular post. I repeat I am not interested in being re-elected but just in saving the country.”
Papandreou’s inability to resolve the political gridlock pushes the country closer to the first default by a European Union nation even as his scrapping of the referendum averted potential ejection from the 17-member euro zone. European Commission President Jose Barroso called for “national unity,” saying Greece is on the verge of running out of funds.
“There’s a real danger of a disorderly default,” billionaire investor George Soros said in a speech in Budapest. Without support for Greek lenders, “you’re liable to have a run on the banks in other countries as well. That’s the danger of a meltdown.”



http://contrasola.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_6399.html?zx=62a93609293f58b5

Nikos Iakovidis - Talent in Volos Greece

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fefe Dobson - I can't Breath/ Keshia Chante - Unpredictable



Dobson was born on February 28, 1985, in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.[4] Dobson's mother is of English, Aboriginal, and French ancestry and her father is of Jamaican heritage.[5] She went to high school at Wexford Collegiate Institute. During her childhood, she took singing lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Agincourt, Scarborough to improve her singing. To this day, her teacher, Lucia, still teaches there and has a magazine clipping of her successful student posted on her window.



Keshia Chanté was born in Ottawa, Ontario on June 16, 1988 to a father of Trinidadian descent and a mother of Portuguese descent.[1][12] She is an only child.[13] Chante attended St. Francis Of Assisi Elementary School in Orleans, Ottawa, Ontario. Her favorite teacher was her grade 6 teacher, Mr. Pratt, who she says suggested she go further with her singing ability. Chante then attended St. Peter Catholic High School in Orleans, Ottawa, Ontario until the age of 14 and continued high school at Fletchers Meadow Secondary School. Chanté took part in several school and community talent shows. One performance was brought to the attention of Ottawa DJ Trevor Mason who sent the tape to BMG Canada big wig Ivan Berry. She then received a call from Berry that would change her life forever. After performing an impromptu song over the phone, Keshia was invited into Toronto for a live audition that eventually led to a record deal

*wikipedia*

4 (Tesseris) Excellent Greek TV



Απόσπασμα από το 20ο επεισόδιο της σειράς του Χριστόφορου Παπακαλιάτη, "τέσσερις". Χαρούλα Αλεξίου, "Θεός αν είναι"

Otan exw esena - Panos Mouzourakis

Top best places to travel 2012


When people talk about the best places to travel, it’s often all about a city or a country. But if you forget to think regionally you could miss some of the world’s best travel spots. Here are Lonely Planet’s picks of the regions to put on your map from Best in Travel 2012. Chosen by a panel of Lonely Planet experts, they’ve been written up by Lonely Planet authors to give you that most contagious of ailments: the travel bug.

1. Coastal Wales
2. La Ruta Maya, Central America
3. Northern Kenya
4. Arunachal Pradesh, India
5. Hvar, Croatia
6. Sicily
7. The Maritime Provinces, Canada
8. Queenstown & Southern Lakes, New Zealand
9. Borneo
10. Poitou-Charentes, France


http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/76854#

October 28 - Greek speaks without words

http://www.e-magazino.gr/index.php/eidiseis/epikairotita/i-parelasi-o-pretenteris-kai-i-moutza-video.html






To xeis To xeis - Antoniadis

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

European Stock Market Drops


European stocks dropped, for the Stoxx Europe 600 Index’s biggest plunge in four weeks, as the announcement of a Greek referendum spurred concern that the country may default. U.S. futures and Asian shares retreated.
Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) plunged 8.6 percent, leading a selloff in lenders, after the Swiss bank reported earnings that missed analysts’ estimates. Danske Bank A/S slumped 7.1 percent after Denmark’s largest lender posted an unexpected loss. Mining companies tumbled after a gauge of Chinese manufacturing dropped to the lowest level since February 2009.
The Stoxx 600 slid 3 percent to 236.29 at 8:29 a.m. in London, extending yesterday’s 2.2 percent selloff. Futures contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 1.8 percent and the MSCI Asia Pacific Index tumbled 2.1 percent.
“Pessimism over the outlook for resolving the European debt crisis continues to mount,” said Peter Stanhope, an institutional trader at IG Markets in Melbourne. “Greece has shocked markets with the announcement of a referendum. With more elements adding to uncertainty like this, it seems likely that the turbulent market conditions will prevail.”
European stocks slid the most since Oct. 4 yesterday, paring the Stoxx 600’s biggest monthly advance since 2009, as investors awaited details on how Europe will fund its expanded bailout facility.

Venizelos in Athens hospital



Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos checked into an Athens hospital because of stomach problems on Tuesday and was expected to be discharged later in the day, his office said in a statement.
"The Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos visited early this morning Athens's Central Clinic with abdominal pain, which has since improved,» the statement said. «It is expected that he will remain in the clinic until late this afternoon."
Like many of their EU counterparts, Greek officials have worked punishing hours under enormous stress for months. The debt crisis has taken its toll not only on their country and the euro, but on their health. [Reuters]


Greece faces a challenge



By Alexis Papachelas

Greece is facing a difficult challenge today. For the past 30 years, Greek citizens believed that they had a life contract -- or rather, two contracts. One was a contract with our politicians, on the basis of which a young person’s employment in the public sector was considered almost certain, as was our “settlement” of tax obligations on the basis of which politicians we knew. The second was a contract with the European Union, which provided substantial benefits in the form of agricultural subsidies and other EU funds. For the past 30 years we lived on the basis of these two contracts and we have to say that they were good years. At first we had many billions in the form of Community funding and then came the easy loans that we secured through our being members of the eurozone. Either through loans or from EU funding, these were good years for all -- including Germans and others who took advantage of the great Greek party.
I am not talking about the consumer goods that we became accustomed to with such ease. I am talking about, for example, the pharmaceutical companies that exploited to the full Greece’s corrupt and disorganized system so as to multiply their profits compared to what they made in other countries. I am referring to the many billions that went toward armaments, behind which were huge kickbacks.
This system has collapsed. The money is finished -- both the EU funding and the loans from international markets. It is natural that Greek public opinion should be angry with its politicians, with the Greek establishment, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the troika, with the banks. We are a proud nation with a long history and we cannot easily accept the international shame nor the unjust generalization and slander of the Greeks as lazy and cheats. We too have our yellow press and blind nationalism, which has found grist for its mill in the form of German front pages that present the Parthenon as being for sale, and other such nonsense. We are now trying to regain our balance but we feel that the ground has slipped away from under our feet. We feel secure inside the European family but we are also suffocated by the German leadership’s tough love, which sometimes reaches the point of hysteria. We understand that it is our national goal to regain our economic and national sovereignty but this will take time and we will need great patience to get out of the black hole, because the state and our public administration need to be rebuilt from the ground up. This will require time, professional help and leadership. As for the private sector, I would not worry too much. Greeks are very adaptable and know how to make the best of their opportunities. It is no coincidence that so many Greeks have succeeded in business beyond our borders -- in Germany, in America, and so on. The new generation of Greeks has very high standards and is cosmopolitan and ready to create.


Greece Referendum threatens new euro crisis


http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/greek-referendum-threatens-new-euro-crisis-20111101-1msrs.html



Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has threatened the euro zone with a new crisis with his shock announcement that he will hold a referendum on the last-minute bailout deal struck only last week to try to contain the bloc's debt mountain.
Euro zone leaders agreed to hand Athens a second, 130-billion-euro bailout and a 50-per cent write-down on its enormous debt to make it sustainable.
Papandreou, whose ruling Socialist party has suffered several defections as it pushes waves of austerity measures through parliament while protesters rally outside, said he needed wider political backing for the fiscal measures and structural reforms demanded by international lenders.

"If there was to be a referendum, we may reasonably conclude that they may not accept the austerity measures. We may conclude that it will bring the pack of cards tumbling down," Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners in London, said.
Analysts said holding a referendum - likely to be held early next year and only Greece's second in almost 40 years - was baffling, given that the latest opinion poll showed a majority of Greeks took a negative view of the bailout deal.
Early reactions to the surprise move ranged from accusations that Papandreou was gambling with the country's future and predictions of default, to questions over the constitutional legality of the referendum and statements by lawmakers that a No vote would force his resignation and early elections.





Monday, October 31, 2011

Breath in Breath out

Breath in Breathe out
Tell me all of your doubt
If everybody bleeds this way
just the same
Breath in breathe out
Move on and break down
If everyone.. goes away
I will stay
We push and pull,
and I fall down sometimes
I'm not letting go,
you hold the other line

Cause there is a light
In your eyes, in your eyes
Hold on, hold tight
From out of your sight
Everything keeps moving on, moving on,
Hold on hold tight
Make it throught another night
Everyday there comes the sun with the dawn
[ Breathe In Breathe Out lyrics from
http://www.lyricsyoulove.com/m/mat_kearney/breathe_in_breathe_out/ ]
We push and pull, and I fall down sometimes
I'm not letting go, you hold the other line

Cause there is a light
In your eyes, in your eyes
There is a light
In your eyes, in your eyes

Breath in and breath out (x4)

Look left, look right
to the moon and the night
Everything under the stars in your arms
There is a light
In your eyes, in your eyes
There is a light (x4)

Mat Kearney


Rainbow over Athens



http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=620923&page=102

Papandreou calls referendum


The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has called a referendum on a new EU aid package to ask voters whether they want it or not.

A “no” vote could throw the question of the country’s solvency up in the air again, raising more serious questions for the euro zone.



The prime minister said a referendum was the “highest form of democracy” and would allow the people to decide.

He also said a vote of no-confidence would be held, but ruled out elections. No date was set but the referendum should take place in the next few weeks.

MPs applauded but euro zone leaders may be less approving. Last week they agreed to a second bailout rescue loan of 130 billion euros for Greece as well as a 50 per cent write-down on its debt.

But as protest after protest has shown, many people vociferously oppose more austerity.

An opinion poll suggests nearly 60 per cent of Greeks disapprove of the agreement at last week’s EU summit, with many fearing a total loss of sovereignty.
http://www.euronews.net/2011/10/31/papandreou-calls-referendum-on-eu-deal-/

Sala Sala - Hatzigiannis

Panos Kiamos - Ta Kapsourika (Live Acapella) Giasemi - Anna Vissi