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Cyprus is due to end its energy isolation after it agreed with fellow EU member Greece to press on with an undersea electricity cable, which will also link the island to Israel in the hope of tapping into significant gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus is the only EU country that still lacks any electricity or gas interconnectors, a blemish on the EU’s security of supply objectives and target of 10% interconnection between member states.

But that is set to change after Nicosia and Athens agreed on the cross-border cost allocation of the planned EuroAsia cable. According to one of the project’s officials, Israel is expected to sign off on the plan next month.

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The 1,520km-long undersea cable, which will link Israel and Cyprus’s west and south coasts with Greece via the island of Crete, will have a capacity of 2,000MW and be able to transmit electricity in both directions.

If Israel approves the project as expected, work is expected to begin early next year and last until 2022. Costs for phase one are estimated at roughly €3.5 billion.

EuroAsia is one of the European Commission’s Projects of Common Interest, intended to help the bloc meet its ambitious energy and climate goals by completing the internal market, increasing security of supply and unlocking the potential of renewable energy.

By linking Cyprus and Israel to the European mainland, the project aims to tap into the electricity-generating potential of gas reserves discovered in the Mediterranean off both countries’ shores.

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In April, Italy, Israel, Greece and Cyprus pledged to start work on the world’s longest undersea gas pipeline, which also seeks to exploit the natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

But the costs of that ambitious project are estimated to be twice the EuroAsia cable’s and the falling price of gas has cast doubt on its feasibility. The pipeline is not due to be completed until halfway through the next decade.

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Cyprus is due to end its energy isolation after it agreed with fellow EU member Greece to press on with an undersea electricity cable, which will also link the island to Israel in the hope of tapping into significant gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus is the only EU country that still lacks any electricity or gas interconnectors, a blemish on the EU’s security of supply objectives and target of 10% interconnection between member states.

But that is set to change after Nicosia and Athens agreed on the cross-border cost allocation of the planned EuroAsia cable. According to one of the project’s officials, Israel is expected to sign off on the plan next month.

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The 1,520km-long undersea cable, which will link Israel and Cyprus’s west and south coasts with Greece via the island of Crete, will have a capacity of 2,000MW and be able to transmit electricity in both directions.

If Israel approves the project as expected, work is expected to begin early next year and last until 2022. Costs for phase one are estimated at roughly €3.5 billion.

EuroAsia is one of the European Commission’s Projects of Common Interest, intended to help the bloc meet its ambitious energy and climate goals by completing the internal market, increasing security of supply and unlocking the potential of renewable energy.

By linking Cyprus and Israel to the European mainland, the project aims to tap into the electricity-generating potential of gas reserves discovered in the Mediterranean off both countries’ shores.

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In April, Italy, Israel, Greece and Cyprus pledged to start work on the world’s longest undersea gas pipeline, which also seeks to exploit the natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

But the costs of that ambitious project are estimated to be twice the EuroAsia cable’s and the falling price of gas has cast doubt on its feasibility. The pipeline is not due to be completed until halfway through the next decade.

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Greece was in recession last year, as revised data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) showed on Tuesday that the economy shrank 0.2 percent compared to 2015 against a previous estimate for zero growth. Furthermore, the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) forecast that 2017 will close with growth of just 1.3 percent, against a government estimate of 1.8 percent.

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President Trump, in his short but very comprehensive statements after the meeting immediately after the end of the meeting and the working dinner with Prime Minister Tsipras, send the…bill to Greece for the F-16 upgrade which amounts to 2,4 billion dollars. The President said that through the upgrading, many jobs will be created in the US, which is very positive for its economy.

It is worth mentioning that, before the official statements of the American President and the Greek Prime Minister before the journalists at the Oval Office, Mr Trump turned to Mr. Tsipras and said, “It seems you are having a tremendous progress…tremendous!”

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“We welcomed Mr Tsipras from Greece to the White House. A special person who has achieved something very special,” said the US president, adding: “Greece and America have a common commitment to sovereignty and freedom. We had an extremely constructive debate on energy, defense, trade.”

“We have confidence in Greece, it is a place with tremendous potential,” Mr Trump said.

“I would like to thank the Greek Prime Minister and the Greeks for hosting US naval forces at the Souda Bay base. And I congratulate them because, as I am informed, they spend 2% of their defense spending budget”, said the president of the United States.

“Americans stand next to the Greeks, recovering from the economic crisis. Greece is currently providing ideal opportunities for investment”, the US president continued.

“I am very proud that the US will be the honored country in the Thessaloniki International Fair next year – it is a great opportunity for US companies to show their potential,” Mr Trump said.

Taking the floor after the US president, Alexis Tsipras described the talks as constructive talks. “We have common values. Our relationship is based on an extremely dynamic Greek community, which offers too much in both countries,” the Prime Minister underlined.

“Today, Greek-American relations are the best point ever,” said Mr. Tsipras.

“Greece emerges from the crisis and is beginning to attract investors,” the Prime Minister noted.

“Greece is becoming the most important and stable pillar of security in a very sensitive area. We maintain dialogue with Turkey despite the difficulties and challenges. We are promoting cooperation schemes in the Middle East and the Balkans. Greece is gradually becoming a major transportation and energy hub”.

“We look forward to a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem without guarantors and occupying troops” was the Prime Minister’s reference on the Cyprus problem and Mr. Tsipras continued with a reference to the Turkish provocations: “Turkey’s dangerous offensive aeronautic activity in the Aegean Sea must be ended. Greece will always protect its sovereign rights.”

“We want Turkey to stay in NATO and we are in favor of its European perspective,” said Alexis Tsipras.

“We decided to set up a working group among the Ministers of Economy” Mr. Tsipras added.

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But what made quite an impression was the trap-question to the Greek Prime Minister was made by the US journalist of the pro-Trump Fox News network, John Roberts, during the joint press conference with the US president.

The journalist, trying to make the Prime Minister publicly withdraw from an earlier statement, reminded him that before the presidential elections he said about Donald Trump that he hopes “this evil [Trump being elected President] won’t find us”.

Before Alexis Tsipras answered, Mr Trump intervened, making a grimace, and said jokingly, “I wish I knew that before my speech”.

In his answer, shortly thereafter, Alexis Tsipras said he did not feel “threatened” by Mr Trump during their meeting.

“We had an extremely fruitful meeting, I did not feel threatened, we can overcome any differences and work on our common goals”, was the gist of Prime Minister’s answer.

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Addressing a joint press conference at the White House with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump hailed Greece’s economic recovery, pointed to “immense opportunities” for investment in Greece and underlined the need for “responsible debt relief” for the country. 

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The meeting between the US President Donald Trump and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was paved by Mondays meeting between the Greek FM, Nikos Kotzias and the National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster which was of particular importance. It lasted for over two hours with the two counterparts discussing bilateral issues, security matters, defence and terrorism, regional and international subjects. Among them, Greek initiative in the Southern Mediterranean Sea topped their agenda as well as trilateral and quadrilateral cooperations, the Cyprus issue, Syria, Libya, the Israeli – Palaistinian conflict, the Kurdish issue and many more.

The outcome of the meeting was positive and helped in designing the wider framework of cooperation within which the two countries will work. The special weight of the National Security Council proves that Monday’s agenda of Kotzias – McMaster meeting will be part of the talk between Tsipras – Trump, on Tuesday, too.

There are no illusions, however, that there will be a tangible outcome after the meeting of the two leaders. Nonetheless, according to the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA) which spoke with a high official in the American government, the regional and international developments and the recovery of the Greek economy will pave the way for bilateral ties’ broadening and strengthening. It is believed this will be of great help to Greece, since it will certify its upgrading at global level.

NATO’s base in Souda, Crete, interests the U.S. but sources argue that it is not part of the present agenda, adding that the priority remains to support a trustworthy ally and improve bilateral relations.

According to premier Tsipras’s official schedule, the Greek PM and the American president will give a joint presser at White House’s Rose Garden where they will answer journalists’ questions.

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The meeting between the US President Donald Trump and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the White House has begun.

The two leaders along with their ministers and advisors are planned to have talks that will last one hour and it will include the working dinner as well.

At the end of the dinner the two leaders will make official statements to the journalists.

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to meet with Jean Claude Juncker in Brussels

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to attend the European People’s Party summit in Brussels. On the 18th and 19th of October in Brussels, during the summit conference, the head of the main opposition party will meet with Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and the Environment Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella and the President of the European People’s Party Joseph Daul, while the Greek EU Commissioner responsible for Immigration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, will hold a dinner in his honor.

It is worth noting that the European People’s Party Summit is being held right after the German elections as well as after the Austrian parliamentary elections, where the European People’s Party managed to keep its forces intact – even though it suffered some minor losses in Germany, while socialist parties, like in France – have suffered their greatest electoral losses, in the past 30 years.

New Communications Task Force for New Democracy

Since politics without communications puts forward only a half and thus wrongly transmitted political message, New Democracy and especially its leader, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is heavily investing on political communications. With regards to the party spokesperson position, the position has been filled by the highly experienced former TV journalist and first in terms of electoral preference ND MEP, Mrs. Maria Spyraki, while at the same time a new political communications…Task Force, has been created, a team to handle difficult tasks and missions.

The new communication team consists of 12 people with strong CVs, holders of postgraduate degrees and positions of responsibility in international and state organizations as well as in the business realm. The team of the 12 very prominent executives also includes close associates of the former Prime Minister, Mr. Antonis Samaras, as well as a number of former advisers to several PASOK ministers.

The message is quite clear: a two-way expansion of its political base both towards the conservatives to the right, but also to the political center. The main criterion behind their selection is their deep knowledge and experience, as explained in a statement issued by New Democracy party headquarters. Actually, 3 out of the 12 members are now participating in the Scientific Council of the Institute of Democracy “Konstantinos Karamanlis”.

The main aim of the new Communications Task Force is communicate clearly to all citizens throughout the country the positions and policy proposals of the center-right party. The main concern is the articulation of a single, simple, serious – not populist – discourse, but also the avoidance of some … political communications monstrosities that had occurred in the recent past.

New Democracy, just two months before holding its Party Congress, which is to serve as a landmark occasion for both the party and Mr. Mitsotakis himself, is to have an impeccable and powerful presence in the media in order to put forward its message out to all social and economic strata: that it represents the unique political force that can get the country out of the crisis.

“The Task Force’s members combine academic and professional experience, and they bring in their humor and commitment to public participation in order to tackle all issues on hand… I would call them people who, through their experience and – above all – through their proven work track record can offer solutions to the problems of our country. They come to satisfy society’s demand for policy renewal and to plan responses to real problems,” the New Democracy leader stated during the introduction of the 12 eminent members of the new communications team.

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Even after her death Carrie Fisher is having none of your bullshit.

Heather Ross, a friend of Fisher’s, spoke to a local radio station in Tucson, AZ. about her experience with sexual assault in Hollywood. On the 94.9 Morning Mix, Ross recalled inappropriate advances from a big name producer and how Fisher made clear she had a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior.

After Ross was assaulted by “an Oscar-winning producer” – not Weinstein, but another – Fisher was furious. After the initial shock and fear wore off, Fisher ran into the producer at Sony and delivered him a package.

“It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.’”

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The cow tongue was all Fisher’s idea, natch, and she made sure to deliver it in person and watch him open the box.

“That’s just how she was,” Ross said. “I miss her dearly. She stood up for people…She put things out there and in your face.”

Ross met the producer online – their conversations weren’t sexual or romantic, she said, but he did want to meet up and get her involved with his latest project.

“I felt safe thinking, ‘I’m overweight, I’m not attractive to these people, I’m not looking to become an actress,'” she explained.

She met with him and he made sexual advances. “When it happened, it happened so quickly that I was ashamed of myself,” she said. “I thought I did something wrong. And I thought, ‘Well, maybe by meeting up with him…I was asking for it.'”

The producer picked her up in his car then made an excuse to pull over. He reached over her to quickly recline the passenger-side seat then pushed himself on top of her.

Ross explained she thought she was “protected” by not fitting Hollywood’s beauty standards, but her story confirms what most women know and what a piece like Mayim Bialik’s New York Times column failed to pick up on: This happens to all women.

Ross told her mother and friends but ultimately stayed silent for many years, describing the massive power gap between a “kid from Tucson” and an award-winning producer.

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Technical experts representing Greece’s creditors are set to arrive in Athens on Wednesday, signaling the start of the third bailout review, and it appears that the pressure on Athens to fork out its dues to taxpayers has paid off, as the state has found the necessary funds to cover tax rebates of 4.077 billion euros since the start of the year – already exceeding the year’s target by 753 million euros.

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An EF-18 fighter jet has crashed at the Torrejon military base outside Madrid, according to the Spanish Defense Ministry. The ministry confirmed that the pilot has died.
“As a result of the accident, which took place during take-off maneuvers, the fighter pilot has died,” The Ministry of Defense wrote online. The incident occurred shortly after 11am local time Tuesday.
The EF-18, a modified F/A-18 Hornet, was from the 12th wing of the Spanish Air Force, reports El Mundo.
The incident occurred shortly after 11am local time Tuesday. The Defense Ministry later identified the pilot as Lt. Fernando Pérez Serrano, 26, from Murcia.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, the Ministry of Defense confirmed via Twitter.
The incident took place just five days after another military plane crash claimed the life of pilot Borja Aybar, whose aircraft suffered a malfunction while he conducted landingmaneuvers.

source: RT.com 

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48% of Greeks believe the country has benefited from the EU in 2017, a 4-point rise compared to 2016, according to a Europe-wide survey conducted by the European Parliament.
The data showed that 4% more Europeans (64% from 60%) also believed their repective coutries had benefited from the EU. In Cyprus the corresponding rise was just one percentage point, from 45% from 44% in 2016.
The complete survey data, which was carried out in September, is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

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ISIS propaganda chiefs have released a chilling threat to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The terrorist group have published an image of a rifle-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb baring the regime’s infamous black flag in front of a football stadium.
The official symbol of the 2018 World Cup finals is also included in the alarming promise to bring mayhem to the tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Tens of thousands of England fans are expected to base themselves in St Petersburg for the month-long finals.
St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, was the scene of an horrific ISIS attack when a briefcase bomb detonated on the underground in April, killing 14 people.
The blast was in retaliation to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria that have helped bring the regime to its knees.
Last week ISIS released another propaganda image featuring bullet-ridden photos of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and inviting its followers to stage more attacks on the group’s two leading foes abroad.
The image, shared throughout pro-ISIS channels on the encrypted messaging application Telegram and attributed to Al-Wafaa Media Foundation, featured an excerpt of a Quranic verse manipulated by the ISIS followers to urge fellow jihadis to take every opportunity to conduct deadly attacks in the U.S. and Russia.

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Despite the jihadis suffering severe territorial losses to military campaigns sponsored by Moscow and Washington, the image also claimed that ISIS would overcome its enemies on the battlefield.

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‘Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush,’ the text reads beneath photos of Trump and Putin pasted to gun target practice sheets.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras attended a dinner held in his honour by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) on Monday night. Addressing those present, Mr. Tsipras expressed his surprise about the fact that he was receiving such positive feedback on Greece. The Greek PM sent a message that Greece needed American investments to recover, as well as build a new era of permanent growth in the country. “We are very close to completing the programme and it is necessary for us at the end of 2018 to be able, at high growth rates, to have the necessary financial space to heal the wounds of the crisis”, the Prime Minister stressed. Accompanying the Greek MP was his wife Betty Baziana who wore a red dress for the occasion.

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PM Alexis Tsipras, 2 seats to his right US Ambassador to Greece, Jeffrey Paith – Christos Papoutsis, the spokesman for Greece at the World Bank

 

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Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy and 3 spots to his right Thodoris Kyriakou

 

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The wife of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Beyta Baziana in red dress

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A woman has been raped in public and killed by a rebel militant group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reportedly because she served the gunmen “forbidden food”.
France 24 said it had compiled footage and witness statements documenting the incident, rare evidence of the atrocities being committed on the front lines of a year-long conflict between the Congolese Army and a rebel movement known as the Kamuina Nsapu.
Witnesses said the gunmen forced the woman’s step-son, who was working with her when the food was served, to rape her in the main public square of Luebo, a town of 40,000 people that was briefly occupied by the Kamuina Nsapu earlier this year.
Both were then killed by the armed rebels who, according to the report, then drank some of the victims’ blood.
The killing has been linked to protection rituals which are observed by the Kamuina Nsapu during periods of fighting, including the perceived need to avoid certain foods. The woman, who owns a small restaurant, apparently served gunmen fish – which is banned, along with meat, cassava leaves and vines.
She is reportedly seen in the footage being held by the hair and told she “must die” for committing “high treason”.
One resident of the town, who has asked to remain anonymous, told France 24: “She was accused of serving fish to rebels who were fighting on the frontlines in Kabao. They said she gave them beans that contained pieces of a small, local fish.

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A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers has been killed after a bomb exploded in her car.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiralling over a wall and into a field.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said her death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression.
He described her as “one of [his] harshest critics, on a political and personal level,” as he denounced her slaying.
As part of the investigation, Caruana Galizia revealed Mr Muscat’s wife Michelle, as well as members of his Government, held companies in Panama.
Mr Muscat and his wife deny they held such companies.
Politico named Caruana Galizia as one of 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe
Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a “political murder” while observers on social media expressed outraged over the brutal killing.

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a new viral social media hashtag is aiming to give a voice to women who have survived sexual assault and harrassment.
The hashtag “Me too,” which is currently trending on Twitter and Instagram, was started by former Charmed actress Alyssa Milano. The 44-year-old issued a call to arms on social media, urging women to speak up about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. She asked women to reply to her tweet and Instagram post by replying “Me too.” Alternatively, women could post the same response on Facebook.

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“If all the women who have ever been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, then we give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” she wrote, explaining she got the idea from a friend.

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Since her post, the hashtag has quickly gone viral, with up to four women a second taking to Twitter and Instagram to respond.
So far the tweet has received over 31K comments, while thousands of others have also updated their status on Facebook to “Me too.
The movement has also generated responses from some celebrities, including Anna Paquin, Selma Blair, Debra Messing, and Anika Noni Rose.

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Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood added her voice to the cause as well.
“Being raped once made it easier to be raped again. I instinctually shut down. My body remembered, so it protected me. I disappeared. #metoo” she tweeted.
Milano has previously spoken out against film producer Harvey Weinstein as women have come forward and made sexual assault allegations against him.
“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy — ecstatic even — that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification, and degradation of women,” she said earlier.
It isn’t the first hashtag women have used since news of the Weinstein scandal broke. On Friday, #WomenBoycottTwitter was the top trend, with many women choosing to log off for 24 hours.
Milano was one of the first responders to the protest, which was started by her fellow Charmed alum Rose McGowan, who has spoken out about her own experiences at the hands of Weinstein.

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According to Housing Europe’s latest survey, the European Federation for Public Cooperative and Social Housing, Greece has the highest housing costs as a percentage of its citizens’ disposable income compared to the rest of the European Union, despite its citizens reeling under hyper-taxation.
In particular, in Greece, the proportion of households that spend more than 40% of their disposable income to meet housing needs has risen to almost 41%, while the European average does not exceed 11.3%. Indeed, the trend is steadily worsening, as two years ago the figure in Greece stood at 33%, according to the survey the data of which was published by Kathimerini.

Housing costs include rent for tenants or the housing loan instalment for owners, as well as heating, water, electricity, telephony and utilities. However, if one takes into account the tax burden, the burden Greeks shoulder becomes unbearable. From 2010 to 2015 real estate taxes have increased sixfold, from € 500 million to € 3 billion, while in 2016 they rose again to 3.5 billion euros.
At the same time, household revenue declined significantly (eg wage and pension cuts), while other property-related costs such as electricity and heating oil are also rising.

The result is that the gap has widened more compared with other European countries, where the financial burden of housing costs has not changed significantly during this period.

Even more worrying in terms of the social fabric, is that the rate surpasses the 90% mark in households whose income is among the lowest ie less than 60% of the average income .

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According to Housing Europe’s latest survey, the European Federation for Public Cooperative and Social Housing, Greece has the highest housing costs as a percentage of its citizens’ disposable income compared to the rest of the European Union, despite its citizens reeling under hyper-taxation.
In particular, in Greece, the proportion of households that spend more than 40% of their disposable income to meet housing needs has risen to almost 41%, while the European average does not exceed 11.3%. Indeed, the trend is steadily worsening, as two years ago the figure in Greece stood at 33%, according to the survey the data of which was published by Kathimerini.

Housing costs include rent for tenants or the housing loan instalment for owners, as well as heating, water, electricity, telephony and utilities. However, if one takes into account the tax burden, the burden Greeks shoulder becomes unbearable. From 2010 to 2015 real estate taxes have increased sixfold, from € 500 million to € 3 billion, while in 2016 they rose again to 3.5 billion euros.
At the same time, household revenue declined significantly (eg wage and pension cuts), while other property-related costs such as electricity and heating oil are also rising.

The result is that the gap has widened more compared with other European countries, where the financial burden of housing costs has not changed significantly during this period.

Even more worrying in terms of the social fabric, is that the rate surpasses the 90% mark in households whose income is among the lowest ie less than 60% of the average income .

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Citizens managed to foil an armed robbery late Monday, when they jumped on one of the three criminals and neutralised him forcing the other two to flee amid firearm shots. The incident occurred when three men armed with Kalashnikov machine guns (not clear how many yet) invaded a convenience store on Zisimopoulou street in Paleo Faliro threatening the cashier to hand over the cash. At that point customers in the store wrestled one of the robbers to the ground neutralising him, while the other two escaped firing shots in the air. One of the robbers was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries from the beating. Police are searching for the other two.

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When journalism lacks a modicum of common sense, and fails miserably to do the most basic of research then the outcome is bound to be disastrous and in some cases quite damaging for the reputation of people. Last week we had reported about an international TV series focusing on the sex scandals and corruption revealed in the Catholic Church and the Vatican called “Subbura”, which was to air of Netflix every week. One of the protagonists in the series, which had already received great reviews around the globe, was Greek actor Gerasimos Skiadaresis, who played the role of Cardinal Theodosius, the corrupt head of finances of the Holy See in Rome. The actor was seen in the series trailer taking part in explicit sex scenes and orgies with young girls, while in other scenes he was seen performing self-flagellation and taking drugs. It appears these scenes were “mistaken” by some publications as being real life (!!), and they proceeded to accuse the actor of debauchery, splashing the images on their front pages! The Greek actor was forced to set the record straight in a Facebook post expressing his outrage and surprise at the coverage of some publications accusing the magazines of being dishonest and going so far as involving the name of his wife in their articles!

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A middle-class mother died from alcohol poisoning after drinking wine all day while on a holiday to celebrate a break in her breast cancer treatment.
Therapist Valerie Jones, 54, was taken to the Greek island of Santorini by her company director husband Nigel as a treat to recuperate from her illness.
An inquest heard that on the second day of the holiday, Mrs Jones had been drinking wine during a morning sightseeing trip, at lunch and again over an evening meal.
She then had a nightcap with her husband before joining a wedding party at their hotel.
Mr Jones, the director of a chartered surveyors in Yeovil, Somerset, went to bed and told his wife to enjoy herself at the party, where she had made new friends.
He woke later that night to be told she had collapsed in the toilets shortly before 2am. She was found to be unresponsive and died on arrival at Santorini General Hospital.
Bournemouth Coroner’s Court was told that Mrs Jones was nearly four-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit, which in the UK is 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Such levels are enough to cause sudden death from acute alcohol toxicity, the inquest heard last week. It is not known how many glasses of wine Mrs Jones had drunk, and the inquest was told she did not have a drinking problem.
Mrs Jones, who lived in a £1.3million home in Cattistock, Dorset, shared a love of horses with her 19-year-old daughter Immie, a talented dressage rider.
As well as being a company director, Mr Jones was a governor at the £22,000-a-year Sherborne Preparatory School.
Mrs Jones, described at the inquest as ‘bubbly, social and caring’, had become friendly with a group attending the wedding party and was invited to join them for drinks around midnight. Mr Jones was tired and went to bed. A few hours later he awoke to find his wife had not returned.

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An initial post-mortem in Greece concluded her death on September 27 last year was caused by pulmonary oedema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs.
But a post-mortem in Britain found there was little evidence of this and that Mrs Jones’s death was alcohol-related.
Dorset coroner Rachael Griffin ruled Mrs Jones’s death was due to acute alcohol toxicity.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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