"The current situation in Greece is very serious. It's not even possible for a Greek woman to earn 150 -- a month for a part-time job in a supermarket. The extreme Right in Greece (referring to the neo-fascist Golden Dawn Party) is go ing door-to-door giving 20 or 30 -- to families. When you earn 150 -- a month for a part-time job, 20 or 30 -- is a lot of money."
- Handicapped and disabled people joined children with cancer for a rally and march in Central Athens on Wednesday.
The President of the Union who represents the Greek children suffering from cancer and who are being treated at Agia Sophia Hospital in Central Athens made the following statements to a reporter on the scene:
"Many people and unions have gathered here today. We are simply demanding the heath status to come back to where it was before. We are also demanding medicines and examinations -- something that is totally reasonable."
- The Greek military participated in an organized rally and march in Central Athens on Wednesday. During the rally, uniformed military proudly sang the Greek national anthem. This is not the first time the Greek defense forces and officers have been out in the streets to protest. In fact the Greek military forces have organized several demonstrations over the last two years.
Those serving in the military are out in the streets to protest looming wage and pension cuts. When a reporter asked why the group was demonstrating, a spokesman replied, "We are here to fight against the poverty the government-of-the-regime is imposing on our lives. We are going to resist against any austerity measures. We came out on the streets today to say that we have had enough!"
- European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso delivered his annual "State of the Union" address before the European Parliament on Wednesday. We have taken the liberty of including our own interpretation of Barroso's remarks in [brackets] . -- greydogg and snake arbusto
From the Telegraph:
Barroso and the European Commission have laid down the gauntlet to the British people. It is time for the Prime Minister to respond with a robust defense of British interests, and a pledge to hold a referendum ahead of the next general election, on the biggest attempted power grab by Brussels in the history of the EU.
According to the Telegraph, here are the most important sections of Barroso's lengthy address:
Jose Manuel Barroso: State of the Union Address, Brussels, September 12, 2012
A federation of nation states
A deep and genuine economic and monetary union, a political union, with a coherent foreign and defense policy, means ultimately that the present European Union must evolve.