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Article written by London Greek Radio
Embrace the dramatic and brooding music of one of Greece’s most loved singers, as she performs old favourites from across her career alongside new material.
Combining the unmistakeably Greek twang of bouzouki strings and rolling drum rhythms with sensuous vocals, Natasa Theodoridou’s music manages to stay deeply rooted in its heritage whilst borrowing equally from pop styles from around the globe.
Live, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the infectious rhythms she weaves songs which will stay stuck in your head for weeks after.
Date: 7 October 2015
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Article written by London Greek Radio
After a record-breaking 17 hours of talks, Eurozone leaders managed to clinch a third bail-out deal for Greece on Monday morning that consequently averts the risk of the near-bankrupt country exiting the common European currency.
“Euro summit has unanimously reached agreement. All ready to go for ESM program for Greece with serious reforms and financial support,” the president of the European Union, Donald Tusk (pictured), tweeted.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that after a “tough battle”, Greece had secured debt restructuring and a “growth package”.
The new Greek bailout will involve an 86-billion-euro loan from the ESM, with the participation of the IMF, which may provide 16 billion euros from the current program. The bailout includes a 35-billion-euro growth package and a series of measures that will aim to support the sustainability of the Greek debt. It is underlined that a nominal debt haircut is ruled out.
One of the more controversial aspects of the bailout is the establishment of a fund that will manage Greek assets, aiming to generate 50 billion euros. Of these 50 billion euros, 25 billion will go towards the recapitalization of the banks, 12.5 towards debt payments and the remaining 12.5 will go towards investment. The institutions will closely monitor the progress of implementation in Athens.
The statement outlines what needs to be done. By the 15th of July the Greek government will have to commit to the following:
- streamlining of the VAT system and the broadening of the tax base to increase revenue;
- upfront measures to improve long-term sustainability of the pension system as part of a comprehensive pension reform program;
- the safeguarding of the full legal independence of ELSTAT;
- full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, in particular by making the Fiscal Council operational before finalizing the MoU and introducing quasi-automatic spending cuts in case of deviations from ambitious primary surplus targets after seeking advice from the Fiscal Council and subject to prior approval of the Institutions;
Subsequently, the Greek government will have to commit to the following by the 22nd of July:
- the adoption of the Code of Civil Procedure, which is a major overhaul of procedures and arrangements for the civil justice system and can significantly accelerate the judicial process and reduce costs;
- the transposition of the BRRD with support from the European Commission.
Article written by LGR/To Vima
Calling all Greek music lovers. Alekos Zazopoulos has a new official audio release; a song titled Aharistia.
Stop everything and have a listen, right here:
Article written by Miranda Athanasiou
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (pictured) announced his resignation earlier on Monday on his personal blog.
“Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today,” Mr. Varoufakis noted.
“I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum,” he added.
The Greek economist described the victory for “no” with over 60 percent of the vote in Sunday’s referendum as “historic” and a “superhuman effort” but he also stressed that it is now necessary for Athens to reach a deal with creditors.
“Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached,” he wrote.
“It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.”
Greek Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said that “Yanis Varoufakis as Finance Minister played a leading role in the negotiations (with creditors from the EC, ECB and IMF) from the first day of the government. The Prime Minister feels the need to thank him for his continuous efforts in endorsing the government’s positions and the Greek nation’s interests under difficult conditions.”
Mr. Sakellarides added that Varoufakis’ replacement will be announced after the summit of Greek party political leaders that is still underway in the country’s presidential palace.
According to Reuters news agency, Minister for international economic affairs Euclid Tsakalotos has emerged as the clear favourite to fill the post.
Article written by LGR
This Sunday Cypriot’s march on Central London at this July’s anti-occupation rally, as this month marks 41 years since invading Turkish troops seized and occupied the northern one third of the Cyprus Republic, infringing and violating the territorial sovereignty of the Cypriot state, on the fateful tragic day, on July 20th 1974.
The protest rally begins outside Turkish Embassy in Belgrave Square at 3pm and marching on to Trafalgar Square for the main event itself.
Those gathered will be addressed by the Cypriot Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialas and, pro-Cyprus British MPs will be giving short speeches to show their mutual support and solidarity to speed up efforts to put stop to the continuing division on the island.
The newly elected president of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Christos Karaolis, urged Cypriots to pull-off this ”one small sacrifice” by their presence at the march, adding their voices to the cause and urging the UK Government’s backing to a ”just and sustainable solution” and one that brokers agreement to reuniting the country as a whole.
Speaking to Drive Time host Tony Neophytou, Mr Karaolis, directly appealed to listener’s patriotic instinct. ”The fact you are listening to LGR means that something inside of you says you are a Cypriot, something inside of you makes you feel passionate about Cyprus be it whether you are born on the island or not, something inside of you feels passionate and I would ask you to demonstrate that passion this Sunday by turning out at 3 o’clock outside the Turkish Embassy on Belgrave Square where we will set off towards Trafalgar Square arriving there at 4pm, where we will joined by guest speaker minister of Agriculture for Cyprus, Nicos Kouyialis and parliamentarians… ”
”On the island there’s fresh momentum for a solution, there’s a new round of talks kicking off… we want to show our support here in the UK, that as British Cypriots, we still care deeply about what is going on in the island… we want to see our island reunited”.
”I would encourage everyone whatever their age to turn out and be there with us this Sunday, it’s a small sacrifice that we ask people to make for Cyprus but that small sacrifice if we can do it united as a community we’ll send a message loud and clear to our government here in the UK that as British voters this as an issue is important to us,” the president emphasised.
The umbrella wing, to some 80 associations of Cypriot villages to political parties and professional bodies, the federation has two key goals Christos explained.
”And I guess our goals are two fold first and foremost to lobby the government here in the UK to do what it can to help find a just and sustainable solution to the Cyprus issue, and secondly, as a federation to mobilise and advance our community here, we are a community in the UK and we are here to stay, and as a federation we are looking to mobilise and advance it in all walks of life”.
On Tuesday July 7th, a picket will take place outside the House of Commons from the Missing People’s Association and the Cypriot Federation, and a lobby of the chamber will occur at 7:15pm to 9:15pm with MPs being quizzed on their policies and thoughts to Cyprus, Mr Karaolis underlined… ”politicians across the political spectrum coming to join us to talk to us about their ideas on Cyprus and also more importantly to allow members of the community to put their questions to elected representatives about their doing for Cyprus…”
Article written by Tony Neophytou
The UK government has reiterated, during a debate at the House of Lords, its offer to “surrender” parts of the land in the British Bases back to a reunified Cyprus, once a comprehensive settlement has been reached.
Asked whether the offer initially made over ten years ago is still on the table, the Earl of Courtown Lord Stopford representing the government said: “The Foreign Secretary confirmed to Parliament on 1st June this year that the UK has made this generous offer that as part of a proper comprehensive settlement, we will surrender nearly half of the land mass of the SBA territories.”
Britain, a former colonial power, has retained two military bases in Cyprus, since the country gained its independence in 1960. Britain along with Greece and Turkey are the three guarantor powers of the Republic of Cyprus, according to the 1960 treaties that established the Republic.
The question was posed by Lord Anderson of Swansea who initiated the debate at the Lords’. The Labour life peer also asked “how it is that the guarantor power status still appears relevant when it is not and Cyprus is now a full member of the European Union?”
The government representative replied that “the United Kingdom meets its current obligations under the Treaty of Guarantee through support of the UN-facilitated settlement process, which is aimed at achieving a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as defined by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. This arrangement is not altered by Cyprus’s membership of the European Union.”
In his initial statement, the Earl of Courtown said that the UK government welcomes the “renewed sense of optimism” surrounding settlement talks in Cyprus. He added that both Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Moustafa Akinci are committed to a settlement and that their positive leadership is creating a real sense of momentum.
“There is now an opportunity for the sides to reach a just and lasting settlement. We hope the leaders will use the impetus that exists to make progress on key issues. UK will continue to support the UN-led process and both communities,” added the Conservative peer.
Article written by CNA