Daily Archives: March 14, 2015

Σόιμπλε σε Βαρουφάκη: Όποτε θέλετε να φύγετε από το ευρώ, θα σας βοηθήσουμε

Σόιμπλε σε Βαρουφάκη: Όποτε θέλετε να φύγετε από το ευρώ,  θα σας βοηθήσουμε

Με βελούδινη έξοδο από το ευρώ απείλησε ο Γερμανός υπουργός Οικονομικών τον Έλληνα ομόλογό του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη. Το άγνωστο παρασκήνιο του τελευταίου Eurogroup

Μια συμπεφωνημένη έξοδο της Ελλάδας από την Ευρωζώνη και όχι έναν συμβιβασμό μεταξύ της Ελλάδας και των δανειστών της  φάνηκε να προτιμά ο Βόλφγκανγκ Σόιμπλε κατά τη διάρκεια μίας κατ ιδίαν συνάντησης που είχε με τον Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη στο περιθώριο του Eurogroup της περασμένης Δευτέρας, όταν ο Έλληνας υπουργός Οικονομικών τον επισκέφθηκε στα γραφεία της γερμανικής αντιπροσωπείας.

Σύμφωνα με το ρεπορτάζ της εφημερίδας “Αγορά”, η συζήτηση έγινε μισή ώρα μετά το Eurogroup, σε ήρεμους τόνους, παρουσία συνεργατών και των δύο υπουργών Οικονομικών.

“Θέλουμε να προχωρήσει γρήγορα η υλοποίηση της συμφωνίας της 20ης Φεβρουαρίου” τόνισε ο κ. Βαρουφάκης με τον κ. Σόιμπλε να επαναλαμβάνει την πάγια θέση του πως “η 5η αξιολόγηση του ελληνικού προγράμματος πρέπει να ολοκληρωθεί ως έχει, χωρίς καμία μεταβολή και με τα προαπαιτούμενα που είχαν ορισθεί πριν τις εκλογές, με επιτόπου αναθεωρήσεις από την τρόικα στην Αθήνα. Μέχρι τότε δεν πρέπει να υπάρξει καμία εκταμίευση”.

“Κοιτάξτε να δείτε, αυτά τα πράγματα δεν γίνονται” του απάτησε ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης. “Μόλις αποφασίσαμε κάτι άλλο στο Eurogroup”.

Τότε ο κ. Σόιμπλε μετακίνησε ελαφρά την καρέκλα του, σημάδι πως η συζήτηση οδεύει προς το τέλος της και είπε:

“Εν τοιαύτη περιπτώσει, υπάρχουν επιλογές. Για παράδειγμα, όποτε θέλετε, μπορείτε ίσως να φύγετε από το ευρώ. Σε ένα τέτοιο ενδεχόμενο εμείς θα σας βοηθούσαμε με τη διαδικασία (modalities)”.

“Όπως γνωρίζετε αυτή δεν είναι επιλογή μας” είπε ο Έλληνας υπουργός και αναχώρησε για την επόμενη συνάντησή του.

Πηγή:madata.gr

Στην Αμφίπολη ξεναγείται ο Νίκος Ξυδάκης

Στην Αμφίπολη ξεναγείται ο Νίκος Ξυδάκης

Ο αναπληρωτής υπουργός Πολιτισμού Νίκος Ξυδάκης

 

Στον λόφο Καστά βρίσκεται το Σάββατο ο αναπληρωτής υπουργός Πολιτισμού Νίκος Ξυδάκης, προκειμένου να ξεναγηθεί από την προϊσταμένη της ΚΗ’ Εφορείας Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων Κατερίνα Περιστέρη στον αρχαίο τάφο της Αμφίπολης.

Ο κ. Ξυδάκης συνοδεύεται από την υφυπουργό Μακεδονίας-Θράκης, Μαρία Κόλλια – Τσαρουχά.

Την Παρασκευή, σε δηλώσεις του μετά τη συνάντησή του με τον περιφερειάρχη Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας Απόστολο Τζιτζικώστα, στη Θεσσαλονίκη, ο κ. Ξυδάκης τόνισε ότι «δεν είναι δυνατόν ένας υπουργός Πολιτισμού να είναι εναντίον της ανασκαφής.

«Το θέμα είναι ότι οι υπουργοί και οι πολιτικοί δεν πάνε να κάνουν τη δουλειά του επιστήμονα ή τη δουλειά ενός επικοινωνιολόγου. Παρέχουν όλα τα υλικά μέσα και το πολιτικό πλαίσιο και την ηθική υποστήριξη στους επιστήμονες να κάνουν τη δουλειά τους» είπε, σημειώνοντας πως θα ζητήσει από την κ. Περιστέρη να συνεχίσει την έρευνα της και κυρίως τα συμπεράσματα από τα ευρήματα της ανασκαφής στον τύμβο.

Ερωτηθείς σχετικά με τη χρηματοδότηση της ανασκαφής, ο κ. Ξυδάκης τόνισε ότι «αν χρειαστεί, όλοι θα βοηθήσουμε. Δεν νομίζω, πάντως, ότι η Αμφίπολη υπέφερε ποτέ από κονδύλια, ιδιαίτερα το τελευταίο έτος. Υπέφερε από άλλα πράγματα, αλλά όχι από κονδύλια».

Όταν ο επιστήμονας θα είναι έτοιμος θα καλέσει τους δημοσιογράφους, θα κάνει ανακοινώσεις. Σεβόμαστε μερικά πράγματα, όταν ο επιστήμονας έχει να πει κάτι, θα βγει και θα το πει. Δεν είμαστε Ιντιάνα Τζόουνς να πηδάμε εμείς τα σκάμματα, συνέχισε ο κ. Ξυδάκης.

Να σημειωθεί ότι σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία που είχε διαβιβάσει στη Βουλή η προηγούμενη ηγεσία του υπουργείου Πολιτισμού, η χρηματοδότηση της ανασκαφής στην Αμφίπολη άγγιξε τις 590.000 ευρώ.

Σύμφωνα με έγγραφο του Κ.Τασούλα, με ημερομηνία 16 Οκτωβρίου και σε απάντηση ερώτησης του βουλευτή των Ανεξάρτητων Ελλήνων Νίκου Νικολόπουλου:

  • Το 2010 δόθηκαν 20.000 ευρώ μέσω Προγραμματικής Σύμβασης μεταξύ του υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Νομαρχιακής Αυτοδιοίκησης Σερρών, από τη Νομαρχία Σερρών (Ανασκαφική έρευνα στην κορυφή του Τύμβου Καστά Αμφίπολης)
  • Το 2011 δόθηκαν 80.000 ευρώ μέσω Προγραμματικής Σύμβασης μεταξύ του υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Περιφέρειας Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας, από την Περιφέρεια (Έναρξη ανασκαφικής έρευνας ταφικού περιβόλου του Τύμβου Καστά Αμφίπολης).
  • Το 2012 δόθηκαν 50.000 ευρώ από το υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και 50.000 ευρώ από το υπουργείο Μακεδονίας Θράκης (Συνέχιση ανασκαφικής έρευνας ταφικού περιβόλου Τύμβου Καστά Αμφίπολης).
  • Το 2013 δόθηκαν 90.000 ευρώ από το υπουργείο Πολιτισμού (Συνέχιση ανασκαφικής έρευνας ταφικού περιβόλου Καστά Αμφίπολης)
  • Το 2014 δόθηκαν 150.000 ευρώ από το υπουργείο Πολιτισμού (Συνέχιση ανασκαφικής έρευνας περιβόλου και εντοπισμός και ανασκαφή τάφου Τύμβου Καστά Αμφίπολης)
  • Επίσης το 2014, δόθηκε ως δωρεά από την Εθνική Τράπεζα ποσό 150.000 ευρώ ενώ οι χορηγίες των εταιρειών του Δημοσίου ΔΕΣΦΑ (35.000) και Ελληνικά Πετρέλαια (25.000) δεν είχαν ενεργοποιηθεί.

Πηγή:in.gr

Το φακελάκι στην υγεία ζει και βασιλεύει…στην Ελλάδα

Το φακελάκι στην υγεία ζει και βασιλεύει...

Ένας στους τρεις Έλληνες δίνει «φακελάκι» για περίθαλψη σε δημόσια νοσοκομεία. Τα ποσά κυμαίνονται από 200 ευρώ για έναν φυσιολογικό τοκετό ή μια απλή οφθαλμολογική επέμβαση ώς και πάνω από 5.000 ευρώ για σοβαρές χειρουργικές επεμβάσεις.

Σύμφωνα με το Έθνος, το 55,25 των χρημάτων που πληρώνουν οι ασθενείς από την τσέπη τους σε δημόσια μονάδα υγείας δεν συνοδεύεται από απόδειξη. «Μαύρα» χρήματα διακινούνται και στον ιδιωτικό τομέα της Υγείας, αφού πολλές φορές δεν κόβονται αποδείξεις γαι ιατρικές πράξεις.

Η παραοικονομία στον χώρο της υγείας ανέρχεται ετησίως στο 1,5 δισ. ευρώ, με την πολιτεία να έχει απώλεια φόρων της τάξης των 500 εκατ. ευρώ τον χρόνο.

Στην τσέπη των πολιτών το φακελάκι προκαλεί επιπλέον επιβάρυνση 27%.

Τα παραπάνω προέκυψαν από έρευνα για το φακελάκι στην υγεία, στην οποία συμμετείχαν 2.741 Έλληνες.

Πηγή:in.gr

Swansea City’s Garry Monk: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could manage any club in the world

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

 

 GARRY Monk cannot recall Brendan Rodgers “having an off-day” during two years in charge at Swansea City.

And Rodgers’s former captain reckons his old boss has the talent to manage any club on the planet.

Monk is quick to point out that Rodgers, who arrived at Swansea in 2010 having failed to get interviews for jobs in League One, has already done rather well for himself.

The Ulsterman’s reputation had been tarnished by a brief, unhappy stint at Reading which ended in the sack.

But his spell as Swansea manager was one long success story.

In his first season at the helm, Rodgers led the club into the Premier League.

In his second, he made all the pundits look silly by keeping Swansea in the top division with something to spare.

And Monk saw enough in his time working under Rodgers to believe that he could run any one of the top clubs.

Manchester City and Barcelona have both been touted as potential Rodgers suitors on the back of the impressive work he has done at Anfield.

And Monk says: “Brendan can manage at the top, for sure.

“He has got the knowledge, know-how and capabilities in man-management. He’s got the package to do it at the elite of Europe. Whether that’s an ambition he has at Liverpool — which I’m sure it is — or whether it is an ambition in the future to be part of the elite of the elite, I’m not sure.

“But I am sure he wants to take Liverpool to those heights again.”

There were various factors behind Rodgers’s Swansea success story.

For the most part his record in the transfer market was excellent, while his training sessions were loved by the players and his depth of knowledge was clear.

On top of that, his personality meant his squad were ready to fight for him.

Monk recalls how Rodgers “pushed and pushed himself” each time he came into work, even during a difficult period in his private life.

“I can’t really remember him having an off-day in terms of enthusiasm and his detail,” Monk adds.

“He had some hard times personally when he was here, but he never showed that to the players at all.

“He was very professional and very approachable, and I don’t see that ever changing.”

For all his qualities, Rodgers has not had an easy ride on Merseyside.

His first season was something of a battle, with some of his signings failing to deliver as inconsistency too often troubled the Reds.

Then came last year’s unexpected title near-miss, when the lethal combination of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge almost fired Liverpool to a first championship since 1990.

Suarez’s summer switch to Barcelona left Rodgers with a major rebuilding job on his hands, and his task has not been helped by Sturridge’s injury troubles this term.

With Liverpool struggling, there was a time earlier in the campaign when doubts reigned about Rodgers’s future.

But Monk insists: “I never feared for him.

“Brendan’s a top manager who has done exceptionally well. He was great for us, moved on to Liverpool and nearly won the league last season.

“He has now turned things around this season and they’re finishing strong again.

“I’ve spoken to him about it and the pressure at the bigger clubs is constant. It’s greater because of the money involved, where those clubs should be and the expectations of the fans and the owners.

“But I think he handles it very well.

“The transition after last season was never going to be easy.

“They lost Suarez, and just missing out on the title the way they did will knock confidence when players have come that close to winning it after so long at that club.

“It does take time to get that confidence back into the players, but he’s done that.”

If there were doubts about the direction in which Liverpool were heading earlier this season, they have been replaced by optimism now.

Rodgers’s men have been on the charge since wobbling through November, with just one league defeat coming since then.

They are unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight games and, as a result, are only two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United heading into the weekend’s fixtures.

A change of formation has been a factor in Liverpool’s improvement, as has the increased influence of some of the many new faces they signed following Suarez’s exit.

“They had quite an influx of players in the summer and it’s about figuring out how those players best suit the formation and style of play Brendan wants to go with,” Monk adds.

“I think it took a little bit of time to figure that out and Brendan has now found a system which suits the players he’s got at the club.

“They seem comfortable with it and they’re doing well with it. All credit to Brendan for having the bravery to change it to something the players probably weren’t used to.

“They did it in a period where it could have been a risk, but it has paid dividends.”

So much so that it will be a major shock if the Liverpool juggernaut is slowed in Swansea.

Monk’s men have had some fine results against the top clubs this season, and the Reds are yet to win at the Liberty.

Even so, Swansea will begin as underdogs.

“They are the most in-form team and it will be very difficult for us,” Monk concedes.

“They are an attacking team, very progressive, and they have done well since the turn of the year.

“They are after that top four and they are fighting for their reasons – but we are fighting for ours.

“Every game is massive for us and we want to show that with our performance on Monday night.

source:sothwales-eveningpost.co.uk

 

Swansea City v Liverpool preview: Steven Gerrard could return to boost Liverpool’s top-four chase

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Bafetimbi Gomis should be available for Swansea after collapsing during the 3-2 defeat at Tottenham on March 4. Gomis suffers from a vasovagal condition which causes low blood pressure and prompts fainting episodes, but he returned to training on Wednesday after seeing a specialist in his native France and is expected to be given the all-clear to play at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea manager Garry Monk has a full-strength squad to select from other than central defender Kyle Bartley, who remains unavailable following knee surgery.

Captain Steven Gerrard is back in contention. The veteran midfielder, who is leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury. Defenders Martin Skrtel (head) and Mamadou Sakho (hip) are expected to be fit but there could still be a doubt over midfielder Joe Allen (hip). Left-back Luis Enrique (knee) is back in training and could be back in contention soon.

MANAGER QUOTES

Garry Monk: “I”ve not spoken to Brendan about the game coming up – he has got his own things going on at Liverpool with different targets. He has moved on from us obviously and is doing exceptionally well at Liverpool, turning them around and making them a real force. But what he did for our club is fantastic and it’s the benchmark for us. Any manager who comes in – but especially for me, because I played under him and worked very closely with him – what he achieved is an inspiration and it’s an inspiration for me to try to get this side to 47 points. He did a great job for our club and if we can do the same or try to improve on it then great, that’s what you have to try to do as a manager.”

Brendan Rodgers: “It’s difficult to progress at this level without major investment because ultimately it’s about the quality of players you have. But Swansea is a club that’s super-organised and has a good structure, and there’s no doubt for me that they will continue to develop as they have done over the last decade. The next step will be to go on and play regular European football, and I firmly believe they will do that. The first three years in the Premier League are really about establishing yourself in the division. Swansea have done that — and they have become more than that already. They are an attractive proposition for any player or manager and I really think they will go on and get stronger.”

MATCH FACTS

There have been 21 goals in the last four Premier League games between Liverpool & Swansea.

Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in three Premier League appearances for Liverpool against the Swans.

Brendan Rodgers was manager of Swansea City before leaving to join Liverpool in 2012. He won 12 of his 38 Premier League matches as boss of the Welsh side.

Swansea’s only victory over Liverpool in the Premier League came when Rodgers was boss of the Welsh side (W1 D3 L3) and he remains unbeaten in this fixture as a coach (W4 D3).

Jonjo Shelvey has netted in the last three league matches between Liverpool and Swansea as a Swans player, though the last of these was an own goal.

Adam Lallana has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games against Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have won more points in 2015 than any other Premier League team (23).

Liverpool have kept five clean sheets in a row away from home (in league competition) for the first time since 1985

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League matches (W11 D4 L1).

The Reds have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games.

FANTASY PICK

Adam Lallana: Likes to score against Swansea. Liverpool could do with a few more from him on this trip to the Liberty Stadium.

MATCH ODDS

Swansea (16/5), Draw (13/5), Liverpool (20/19)

source:eurosport.com

Chelsea exiting the Champions League shows why a winter break must be introduced

Diego Costa leaves the pitch after Chelsea's match against PSG

Early exit: A dejected Diego Costa leaves the pitch after Chelsea’s match against PSG Photo: REX FEATURES

 

Broadcasters may oppose the idea but it would allow players to recharge their minds as well as bodies.
Even after they were knocked out, Chelsea’s European embarrassment continued on Wednesday night when five police officers had to rush to help a Paris Saint-Germain supporter being menaced by a Chelsea fan at Fulham Broadway Tube station at 11.45pm.

Fortunately, the tall, black Frenchman emerged unscathed, being just shocked by the vitriol and threat of violence suddenly launched his way as he walked, then sprinted through the vestibule. Events on the Paris Metro before the first leg, when a black commuter was prevented from entering a carriage by Chelsea followers, has been a stain on the club, and the brief ugly scene at Fulham Broadway shows that some fans are not listening to their club’s pleas for tolerance.

It was a pity for Chelsea, who have handled the post-Metro fall-out as adroitly as possible, but they sadly inhabit a society partly populated by a small-minded poisonous breed with no respect for others. The majority of Chelsea fans, it needs emphasising, united to put on a show promoting “equality” at the Bridge.

Ultimately, their Champions League season ended with them unbeaten and unloved. Even their fans, talking on the Tube after witnessing the fracas upstairs, confessed that their players, and Jose Mourinho with his negative tactics, got what they deserved. Nothing.

Chelsea have been criticised for their behaviour against PSG on Wednesday (GETTY IMAGES

In the maelstrom following the lowering of the blue flag in Europe it also needs acknowledging that PSG, a far more vibrant force, were far worthier of a place in the last eight. Marco Verratti embodied all the dynamism lacking in Chelsea’s centre. David Luiz and Thiago Silva largely defended well, with Silva in particular winning 77% of his duels, and both scored. PSG left the Bridge talking of the club finally coming of age in Europe. Whatever happens next, they’ll always have London.

Amidst all the praise for Laurent Blanc and his players, and especially their response to losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a red card so unjust it was blushing, it also needs remembering that this inquest would not be going on if Chelsea had just defended two set-plays better. It was unlike Thibaut Courtois to misjudge his movement from his line. It was rare to see Gary Cahill and John Terry beaten aerially. The footage of Cahill and Terry being so inculcated in the art of grappling that they even got to grips with each other has triggered much schadenfreude outside the Bridge. PSG pulled some stunts, especially Luiz, but the main chicanery came cloaked in blue livery.

Chelsea’s departure sluices more fuel on to the bonfire of the English vanities again burning in Europe. Eight of the last 20 Champions League finalists, stretching back to Istanbul, have been Premier League representatives but the rate is slowing at an alarming rate. Only two English teams have reached Uefa’s show-piece showdown in the past five seasons. Barring a miracle by the Med, no English team will grace even the quarter-finals.

source:telegraph.co.uk

Ghost ex machina exposes Europe’s wretched migrants

Dutch filmmaker Morgan Knibbe’s ambitious feature debut documents the plight of migrants and refugees who travel to Europe in hope of a better future.

 Morgan Knibbe did not set out to make an objective documentary about one of the biggest problems facing Europe today: the plight of migrants and refugees on the continent.

“My ambition was to try to understand how these people feel. I wanted to submerge myself in their world and to share this experience with other people. I felt that I was able to achieve this by creating a highly subjective audiovisual form,” the 26-year-old filmmaker from the Netherlands says about his first feature film, “Those Who Feel the Fire Burning,” which will screen at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

“Filmmaking is the art of manipulation… Pulling people out of their comfort zone makes them look at existing values in a different way.”

The opening of the film, which made waves at Amsterdam’s prestigious IDFA film festival, where it debuted, is faithful to this credo. A boat carrying immigrant families is seen adrift on rough seas in the black of night. A father tries to calm his anxious daughter as the vessel is tossed about by the waves. A man falls into the water and starts to go down. And then, black.

This re-enactment of a Lampedusa-style boat tragedy, the only staged part of the film, is enough to raise eyebrows among purist documentary filmmakers. However, it is also instrumental in allowing Knibbe to introduce his ghost ex machina, as it were. Stuck in purgatory, a ghost steers viewers through the largely invisible lives of undocumented migrants.

“We wanted to create the perspective of a ghost flying through a dark place between heaven and hell. A metaphor,” he says of his cinematic device which is reminiscent of Wim Wenders’s fiction classic “Wings of Desire.”

It’s a highly immersive feel, achieved through the extensive use of a Steadicam system and drone cameras – combined with some creative editing. Adding to the whole experience is the gripping, if sometimes overly lyrical, voice-over.

Thousands of mainly African and Asian immigrants try to reach Europe’s borders every year. Knibbe has chosen to offer zero figures and statistics. When it comes to engaging people, he says, posting cold facts and numbers does little to help the cause.

“That is what most media do and I think it doesn’t touch people. We also left out specifics about location so that no one could point a finger to a specific country. This is a European problem, in fact a global problem,” he says.

As the ghost floats around the grim cityscape, we get to glimpse at snippets from the lives of migrant families crammed into run-down apartments, men praying in underground makeshift mosques, scrap metal collectors roaming the streets, a drug addict mother taking her heroin shot. The setting remains unidentified, but uncomfortably familiar: Greece, which despite a brutal five-year economic crisis remains the gateway of choice for the vast majority of migrants seeking to make their way into Western Europe.

Commitment

It was not Knibbe’s first time at Europe’s porous external border. As a student, the Dutchman spent time in the western port city of Patra, the site of a now-deserted (?) makeshift migrant settlement, and during that time he actually co-directed the film, “We Go Europe Insha’Allah.” Stuff you won’t see in Holland.

The distance makes his commitment all the more admirable.

“I did this because I feel privileged to have been born in relative wealth. We often take our wealth for granted. I like to see the world and its living creatures, including the human race, as an organism. There is a big imbalance and people tend to think small instead of big. Individual instead of universal. I’d like to make people think about the bigger picture,” Knibbe says.

“People who are in trouble want to move to a place where there seems to be wealth, but the wealthy don’t know how to deal with this. The film is mostly meant to give depth to this subject that is in my eyes generally treated in a shallow, informative and seemingly objective way. I wanted to make people empathize again,” he says.

Access was sensitive and painstaking. Knibbe often had to go to great lengths to approach and win the trust of his vulnerable subjects at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise.

“I followed people on the street collecting garbage up to the places where they lived, either in some sort of an apartment, a basement or on the streets. I met a homeless guy in a park. I bought a football to play games with refugees. I cooked meals for and with people. It took time, care and love to build mutual trust. This was the most important thing for the whole film,” he says.

Introspection

Creating the film also had an impact on Knibbe himself – particularly shooting on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the wake of the 2013 shipwreck which killed 366 African migrants.

“Lampedusa was heavy stuff,” he says. Footage inserted into the documentary from his award-winning 2014 short “Shipwreck” captures the despair of the victims’ relatives as well as the confusion and grief of Italian officials as the victims’ bodies are taken away from the site. The director’s own presence, amid the crowd of cynical media people, made him ponder his own part in all that. It took some adjustment, shifting down a gear.

“It was an absurd mix: the deep trauma of the survivors and the media circus around them – who, quite frankly, were a parasitic, egoistic phenomenon. All these journalists trying to get their quotes and shots and then leave. I was confronted with myself as a part of this circus and tried to do things drastically different: I took more time and took it slow building mutual trust with the refugees,” he says.

It may be a bit more decent, dignified manner of handling the issue, but can a work like this improve the situation? In fact, what can?

Knibbe remains sober about the prospects.

“I’m not sure what we can do to change this problem. I don’t have answers. What I am trying to do with this film is to plant seeds in the minds of people that could hopefully flourish into more liberal and empathetic ways of dealing with this problem. I think building borders is useless and inhumane. We are wealthy, and we take it for granted. When the poor want a share, we tell them to p*** off and that their culture doesn’t fit ours. That’s f***ed up.”

source:ekathimerini.com

No official vehicles for 67 MPs

Around half of the newly elected MPs in Parliament have chosen not to have an official car, paid for out of public coffers.

Parliament Speaker Zoe Constantopoulou confirmed Friday that a total of 67 out of 135 new lawmakers will not be provided with an official vehicle.

Of the car-less deputies, 47 are from governing SYRIZA.

The MPs who were re-elected in the January 25 election will retain their cars.

The data were published after reports gave inaccurate figures, Constantopoulou said.

source:ekathimerini.com

Germans truning sour on Greece, opinion poll shows

More than half of Germans believe debt-stricken Greece should leave the eurozone, according to a poll published on Friday amid a war of words between Athens and Berlin.

And 80 percent believed Greece is not acting in a reliable manner in its negotiations with eurozone partners, found the Politbarometer survey released by public broadcaster ZDF.

The proportion of respondents who think Greece should stay in the currency union has fallen to 40 percent from 52 percent two weeks ago, while 52 percent now believe it should leave, up from 41 percent.

Only 11 percent now think the left-wing government in Athens is behaving in a trustworthy way in talks with its EU partners.

And only 14 percent believe the Greek government will actually implement the austerity and reform measures it has committed to, while 82 percent doubt it.

Eighty percent believe Greece should get no more bailout funds if it fails to follow through on its pledges, according to the survey conducted by the Mannheim Research Group.

The poll also confirmed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the country’s most popular politician, followed in second spot by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Merkel and Schaeuble have championed tough austerity and reform demands in return for aid to Greece, making them hate figures for many in Greece as the country has chafed under cutbacks and high unemployment.

Politbarometer surveyed by telephone 1,266 randomly selected voting-age Germans between March 10 and 12.

source:ekathimerini.com

Three out of four jobless in Greece are at least 12 months without work

Three out of four jobless in Greece are at least 12 months without work

Unemployed Greeks wait in a long line at a state labour office to collect benefit checks, in Athens. Photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greece’s unemployment rate has started climbing again.

The unemployment rate started climbing again in the last quarter of 2014, putting an end to a period of moderate decline.

The jobless reached 26.1 per cent of the work force in October-December 2014 due to the political and economic uncertainty generated by the prospect of the elections and the change in government, Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) figures showed this week.

That rate compares to 25.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, but is below the rate recorded a year earlier (27.8 per cent). The number of unemployed in the last quarter of 2014 reached 1,245,854 people.

The ELSTAT survey also found that eight out of 10 jobless Greeks are so desperate to find work that they are prepared to take any job offered to them as the rate of long-term unemployed (those out of work for at least 12 months) is continuing to grow, reaching 73 per cent against 72 per cent a year earlier.

Source: Kathimerini