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  • French elections night

    French elections night

    Aimilia Ioannidis lives and works in Paris for the last ten years. Here are some of her observations regarding yesterday’s French elections, as written at the time when the final results were yet to come:

    Yes, I protected myself from reading ‘chemtrails’ in the form of words, as much as possible. No, Le Pen is not in the lead. There is no record from large cities in the Ministry’s results yet, and especially from Paris, where she usually [...]

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  • Why are we still bothering with motherland?

    Why are we still bothering with motherland?

    Stefanos Livos, London

    I’m under the impression that there are two attitudes towards Greeks living abroad: the outward looking one that considers Greeks living elsewhere can and have something to offer to Greece, and the inward looking one that believes that Greece does not need anymore those who left, the “quitters”.

    And by “Greeks living abroad” I don’t mean second and third generation immigrants that parade wearing the Greek traditional uniform and [...]

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  • Eirini’s bittersweet summer

    Eirini’s bittersweet summer

    Eirini Galani moved recently to Lingfield, UK (a suburb of London), and now works as a support worker at the charity organisation Young Epilepsy.

    “We must listen to the voices of young people in our generation, who took the decision to abandon Greece, exactly because they were experiencing all those situations, with the hope that some day things will improve in our country!” she wrote when we contacted her. And continued:

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  • From GR2UK: A dark day

    From GR2UK: A dark day

    I am angry. Even more than that, however, I am disappointed. Disappointed by the country I chose as my new home. Because I believed that the people here were progressive, they were sensible; capable to see beyond the easy and idiotic propaganda of Euroscepticism and adventurers like Farage and Boris. The lies however have won. Paradoxically, when no one saw it coming really, it was once again proved that stupidity is truly invincible. I do not imply that those [...]

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  • Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

    by Sofia Gkiousou Originally published on stuffbysofia.com, 17 June 2016

    I remember the siege of Dubrovnik, have I ever mentioned that? I was 11 at the time, safe in the knowledge that food was being cooked, the school would be there the next morning and my sister would fall asleep before me so that I could read my book under the duvet. The city burning was like something out of one of my books. [...]

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  • How easy it is to vote in the UK

    How easy it is to vote in the UK

    by Stefanos Livos, London

    Contrary to Greece, where you enter electoral rolls automatically when you become an adult, in the UK you have to register after you submit an application yourself. When I say application, I don’t mean an official statement, forms and constricting boxes, fees, protocols, etc.

    All it takes is an online form, asking the basics (name, address, date of birth, email, etc), together with your National Insurance number and passport; if you [...]

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  • If we live our days in fear, they will have prevailed

    If we live our days in fear, they will have prevailed

    by Stefanos Livos, London

    There are a few moments in your life that you tend to remember very vividly for no apparent reason. It may be because an unprecedented thought occurs for the first time without you realising it.

    For me, one of these moments is an evening of 2005 in Rome. I was an Erasmus student back then and I was floating on my own happy cloud, where there [...]

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  • The Europe we live in

    The Europe we live in

    Correspondence from Germany, by Tom Tziros

    Over the last two months I wanted to write something about the events in Cologne. I always had an excuse not to start. Then we had the “they kick us out of Schengen” news. I thought of writing something about that, too. Next step was to combine the two. I started writing and I had so many links that it took days to put them in order. Finally, [...]

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  • 7 facts that show why threatening to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone is hypocritical

    7 facts that show why threatening to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone is hypocritical

    Greece has “seriously neglected” its obligations to control the external frontier of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, the European Commission says in a draft report. As a result, the EU now threatens to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone. [source: BBC]

    It is highly unlikely that Greece will exit the Schengen zone. If it does, Greek citizens will still be able to travel and work in other EU countries, as long as they carry with them a valid passport [...]

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  • Denmark wants asylum seekers to stay out of its borders

    Denmark wants asylum seekers to stay out of its borders

    A couple of days ago, Denmark passed a controversial law that allows authorities to seize cash and valuables from asylum seekers entering the country. The internet exploded, with some critics comparing the Danish government to Nazis. Others defended the decision, claiming the same conditions also apply to Danish citizens.

    Petros Papakalos, lawyer linguist in the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), tries to put things into perspective:

    “So far, I had avoided to [...]

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  • They don’t match, I tell you

    They don’t match, I tell you

    Two images. One from Greece and the other one from England. Both are sources of broad generalization and arbitrary conclusions. On the one hand, the popular ‘singer’ Pantelidis, half-buried in tons of flowers at a bouzouki nightclub; indicative of the mainstream culture of Greece in a perpetual crisis. On the other, drunk Brits making a spectacle of themselves in English streets during New Year’s eve. The first story got overemphasized lately, while the second one [...]

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  • Patriot-o-meter

    Patriot-o-meter

    by Natalie Tzobanakis (“Where am I?”)

    Lately, I have been stumbling upon a number of articles defending the Greek neomigrant movement. These texts have been in stark contrast to the ones I had been reading when we first moved to the U.S., around four years ago. Then, the main pattern seemed to revolve around the furious words, “Greece is over for me, it is not worth visiting anymore, not even [...]

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