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Germany Wants Greece in the Eurozone: Why Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg?

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"Pension at age 67, in order to save 1 billion euros" declared Eleftheros Typos's headline. It also reported that the Troika wants to fire (rather than transfer) employees whose agencies are abolished or merged with other bureaus.

"Declare [your income], pay [your taxes] and save!" proclaimed Ethnos's headline. "Those who hid assets on their tax returns can keep them if they come clean and pay a tax of between 5-10 percent," the report said.

"All the measures on the table" read ekathimerini's headline, which sounded like a thinly veiled threat ofwar (against the middle class). That is exactly what it was, as the story announced even bigger pension cuts, hikes in the retirement age, and layoffs in state and local government.

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- The country's main labor federations, GSEE and ADEDY, will begin a 48-hour strike on Wednesday. There will be no flights or taxis. Public transportation is likely to be disrupted. Retail stores and banks will remain closed, as well.

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- According to a daily newspaper, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis is expected to announce his proposal on new labor regulations to the Troika's lead auditor. On the table for discussion are the issues of minimum wages in the private sector, redundancy* or retirement, and the "flexibility" of working time.

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* "redundancy' is a euphemism for dismissal [ed.]

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Fuel prices make life unbearable for citizens

SYRIZA, Greece's main opposition party, issued the following statement concerning the skyrocketing fuel prices in Greece:

"The citizens of the country are watching developments in fuel prices with despair. It is another serious issue which is making their lives unbearable. The same despair applies to businesses. It is particularly intensive because it makes normal business operations highly problematic with ever-increasing fuel prices."

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- The Greek government-of-the-regime is preparing to lease 40 uninhabited islands. Andreas Taprantzis, the Executive Director for the Greek Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund said, "We identified locations that have good terrain, are close to the mainland and have a well-developed infrastructure and, at the same time, pose no threat to national security. Current legislation doesn't allow us to sell them outright and we don't want to.

Legislation needs to be passed to allow development of public property by third parties and reduce the number of building, environmental and zoning permits needed before the plan can proceed.

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