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Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students

One of the oldest and most successful summer study programs for high school students, “Greek Summer” will take place June 29 – July 30 this year.

Hosted since 1970 by the American Farm School, the program welcomes high school students from throughout North America and the world aged 15-18 for an unforgettable experience in the Greek countryside, that culminates with a climb to the top of Mt. Olympus.

Hosted since 1970 by the American Farm School, the program welcomes high school students from throughout North America and the world aged 15-18 for an unforgettable experience in the Greek countryside, that culminates with a climb to the top of Mt. Olympus.

Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students

Beekeeping, American Farm School at Mount Olumpus Greece

American Farm School Program , Boating in the Sporades island

Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students.

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#Grexit in a bottle, Yay… “Zum Wohl”, such a #moodhack!

Grexit in a Bottle? Oh...right on time... Zum Wohl! Is it for Greeks?

#Grexit in a bottle, Yay… “Zum Wohl”, such a #moodhack!.

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Tsipras- Putin: No Russian loan to #Greece discussed, #BRICS cooperation announced

 

ST. PETERSBURG: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday evening in St. Petersburg but the question of Russian financial aid for Greece was not discussed, Putin’s spokesman said, the Associated Press wrote

Tsipras had traveled to Russia as his country struggles to reach a deal with its creditors for new loans it needs to avoid defaulting on debt payments at the end of the month. Without the bailout, Greece could be headed for bankruptcy or an exit from the 19-nation eurozone.

Tsipras’ visit gave rise to speculation that the Greeks may be seeking Russian loans – and ahead of the talks, Putin’s spokesman said Russia would consider a loan if the Greeks asked for one.

“We would do this because they are our partners and this is a normal practice between countries who are partners,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told The Associated Press.

But when Tsipras met with Putin, the possibility of a loan “wasn’t discussed,” Peskov told journalists. Instead, they spoke about “the necessity of developing investment cooperation.”

Putin, Tsipras laud BRICS cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, among the many speakers at a Russian economic summit on Friday, spoke about ways to boost international trade, bolster global economic growth and the strengthening of the BRICS bloc.The BRICS capitals share key economic interests and oppose what they claim to be a US-dominated world order.

Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras noted that “economic centers of the world are shifting”.

“The economic center of the planet has shifted. There are new emerging forces that are playing a more important role geopolitically and economically. International relations are more and more characterized by multi-polarity,” said Tsipras.

“Enhanced cooperation among the BRICS countries is another manifestation of the new world order at the moment,” he added.

PM Tsipras: The problem is not Greek but European

“We are in the middle of a storm, but we are people of the sea and we are not afraid of sailing in open seas and reaching safe ports,”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said in his address to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. Tsipras referred to the concurrence saying that the European Union must find again the way by turning back to its institutional principles and values. With an obsession to policies of austerity that intensifies the recession, this is impossible. The so-called Greek problem is not a Greek problem but a European one. The problem does not bear the name Greece but eurozone. The issue is whether the eurozone will give ground to growth and to solidarity. The Greek prime minister also said that Greece continues to be a pillar of stability and safety and seeks to become a cooperation bridge and hub of trade, cultural and financial exchanges on the crossroads of three continents. We will seek to become a cooperation bridge with traditional friends as Russia, and to develop cooperation with new friends.

Tsipras’s visit has given rise to speculation that the Greeks may be seeking Russian loans. He meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin later Friday.

“We will support any decision [on the Greek debt crisis] that is proposed by Greece and our European partners,” Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said in an interview on RT television, the Tass news agency reported.

“The most important things for us are investment projects and trade with Greece. If financial support is needed, we will consider this question,” he said.

Dvorkovich spoke after Russia and Greece signed a deal Friday to build an extension of a prospective gas pipeline that would carry Russian gas to Europe through Turkey.

Russia promised Greece hundreds of millions of dollars in transit payments yearly if it agreed to build the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline is expected to start next year and be completed in 2019.

Putin’s spokesman said it was too early to comment on possible loans.

“To consider such a question, you first have to hear some kind of proposals or initiatives from our Greek partners,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “To discuss this abstractly, without having any appeals or proposals, would be shortsighted”

Russia Could Come to Greece’s Rescue. That’s Bad News for the United States and NATO, Foreign Policy wrote hours earlier

Ahead of the Friday meeting, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said he “cannot comment on specific decisions” when asked if Moscow would rescue Athens.

This puts German Chancellor Angela Merkel into a difficult spot. Her own conservative party, the German people, and bankers in Frankfurt have all made clear they don’t want to continue to pay for Greece if Athens doesn’t heed calls to reform. But she’s under pressure from Washington to maintain an alliance that won’t upset the apple cart when it comes to sanctions.

“She doesn’t love the idea that Putin would be presented with a gift if Greece is alienated from Western Europe,” Mallaby said

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@yanisvaroufakis publishes on air Greece’s proposals and asks the world to judge them …

Yianis Varoufakis launched on air today on his personal blog Greece’s official proposals to thte last Eurogroup, urging readers to judge themselves “whether the Greek government’s proposals constitute a basis for agreement”, and answering this way to the “malicious leaks” and misinformation as he said, by plain “transparency ” (and it was not the first time the minister hmself, had to write down the Greece’s truth, word by word)

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“The key emergency is to secure a dialogue with adults in the room,” International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said after listening to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis expound in Luxembourg on Thursday. “What we lack is a dialogue.”

According to Brussels’ sources, Lagarde introduced herself on the June 18 eurogroup meeting to Varoufakis saying: “the criminal in chief comes to say hello”, referring to Prime Minister’s speech in Parliament couple of days earlier.

Yianis, can't be but a gentleman

Yianis, can’t be but a gentleman

To make the bitter moments Greece is going through on the last days, a bit juicier, enjoy  the most juicy tweet posted on these 24h on Yianis-Chrisitne “love-or-hate affair”

@rpOliveira

@rpOliveira

Yanis Varoufakis

The only antidote to propaganda and malicious ‘leaks’ is transparency. After so much disinformation on my presentation at the Eurogroup of the Greek government’s position, the only response is to post the precise words uttered within. Read them and judge for yourselves whether the Greek government’s proposals constitute a basis for agreement.

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Meet the Real Meaning of Spartatholon, following the four top runners’ Road to Sparta Documentary

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the famous Pheidippides tattoo,earned by Mark Woolley; a gnarly mountaineer who has finished three times the Spartathlon the famous Pheidippides tattoo

Four runners, one goal Sparta!

THE ROAD TO SPARTA is a short film about four individuals, including the great Dean Karnazes, running the 2014 Spartathlon, a 246 kilometre ultra-marathon between Athens and Sparta.

It will not, however, be a straightforward sports documentary; it is more of an artumentary where sport meets history meets music, a film of brain, brawn and beauty.

Through Dean Karnazes, THE ROAD TO SPARTA will look at the history of the race which dates back to 490BC and the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides while the Greek band Old House Playground will be composing an original score for the film.

“I have been a sports…

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Berlin’s DIW president: There will be a political solution (for Greece) at the highest level ~ HellasFrappe

Marcel Fratzscher, president of Berlin's DIW, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe,

Marcel Fratzscher, president of Berlin’s DIW, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe,

Berlin’s DIW president: There will be a political solution (for Greece) at the highest level ~ HellasFrappe.

     “Our proposal is to link the payment of the loans’ interest rates with the growth of the Greek economy. If there is no growth, as is the case right now, Greece will not pay interest rates.
“I am neither a friend nor an opponent of Mr. Varoufakis. I am a friend of the good ideas that improve the situation and that is why I find the proposal correct because the Greek government assumes greater responsibility, the burden of Greece’s debt alleviates and is ensured that at some point in the distant future, when Greece recovers then it will be able to service its debt and interest, while the Greek people will be able to afford the burden of debt. I think that this is a good compromise,” he noted.

Moreover, he expressed the view that there will be a new haircut of the Greek debt. “Even if the issue of a haircut is considered a taboo at the moment in Europe and Germany, I am deeply convinced that there will be another cut. There is no alternative, if not immediately, probably later, when we find that the debt burden is simply too big. A part of the 240 billion euros was used to repay debt and interest rates. Yes, one can say that it did not remain in Greece … I do not know the exact figures, but certainly more than half the debt has been paid to lenders.”

He also estimated that the new government in Greece is an opportunity for a new start. Greece needs a political jolt, a political renewal. Nevertheless, I regret that it did not make good use of this chance … the Greek government rightly argues that we must deal with social injustices, to see how people will ensure minimum living conditions. Its failure is that it has not given a clear message that it wants to renew the country economically and politically. I

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USA stoped talking, said German sources, when asked by Schaule to pay 50blns for #Greece….

While President Barack Obama was exressing  his personal determination for the Greek euro crisis to be solved, on his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel  in Bavaria, German sources, as Greek media announced,  leaked the telephone conversation between the Finance Ministers, Wolfganng Schauble and Jack Lew, were the US Finance Minister appeared as “comporomising” with the German to Greece demanding stance , when …”he heard the bill”
As  the correspondent of Mega channel in Berlin revealed, the Mega reported, the dialogue of the two men, according to German sources was as follows:

Jack Lew: Greece has to be supported
Schäuble: Why not let YOU ( the US)  pay 50 bln euros to be saved!
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On this point , of Ja ck Lews not-a-word for an answer, the German sources, the greek report said,  have explained that
    
      “When Money quest  comes at the table, Washington always sets back …”.
“Have you heard a more silencing asnwer than that, what do you say ?”  The ex minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis wrote immediately on his social media  twitter account

11128333_955848017788751_1014432244297891026_n  Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης

16 hrs  Ο απίστευτος διάλογος Σόιμπλε-Λιού για την Ελλάδα – http://t.co/3XccUF81cq αποστομωτική απάντηση Σόιμπλε ή όχι τί λέτε;

On the same concept with the Lew-Schauble leaked dialog, also President Barack Obama was presented on Sunday, June 7, by the Greek media
to be “compromising to Germany’s strict demands for Greece”, on his talks with Merkel in Bavaria, due to this final point: the money asked from the US to be paid for the rescue of Greece
 White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Sunday that President Obama and Chancellor Merkel discussed Greece in their bilateral meeting ahead of the G7 summit .
 As the White House spokesman said the two leaders agreed that
Greece must reform and return to sustainable long-term growth, with Obama hopeful Athens and its partners can chart that course without causing volatility in financial markets, the spokesman added.

(which is actually what Greece has expressed is its intetnion to be.)

But the Obama-Merckel talk was not the only stressful “frontier” Greece had to face during last weekend

 In a day of secluded talks in the Alpine resort of Schloss Elmau, the biggest drama was provided by a verbal attack on the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, by the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Guardian wrote

President Obama was not the only one, (and not for his first time), that tried to bridge the differences of the two sides on Greek crisis.

Recently,  World’s Top Economists  and Educators by their full scientific credibility -worldwide- and expertise, sent their Appeal to Europe, which, as it was made known, was asking:

“In the Final Hour, a Plea for Economic Sanity and Humanity”

An impressive list of some of the world’s top economists and professors, even a Nobel Laureate included in the list, penned a letter to the Financial Times asking for economic sanity” and “humanity” from Europe, calling the programs the Eurozone is imposing on Greece “demonstrably failed.”

The complete text of the letter follows:

The future of the EU is at stake in the negotiations between Greece and its creditor institutions, now close to a climax. To avoid failure, concessions will be needed from both sides. From the EU, forbearance and finance to promote structural reform and economic recovery, and to preserve the integrity of the Eurozone. From Greece, credible commitment to show that, while it is against austerity, it is in favour of reform and wants to play a positive role in the EU.

In a letter to the FT in January, several of us said: “We believe it is important to distinguish austerity from reforms; to condemn austerity does not entail being anti-reform.” Six months on, we are dismayed that austerity is undermining Syriza’s key reforms, on which EU leaders should surely have been collaborating with the Greek government: most notably to overcome tax evasion and corruption. Austerity drastically reduces revenue from tax reform, and restricts the space for change to make public administration accountable and socially efficient. And the constant concessions required by the government mean that Syriza is in danger of losing political support and thus its ability to carry out a reform programme that will bring Greece out of the crisis. It is wrong to ask Greece to commit itself to an old programme that has demonstrably failed, been rejected by Greek voters, and which large numbers of economists (including ourselves) believe was misguided from the start.

Clearly a revised, longer-term agreement with the creditor institutions is necessary: otherwise default is inevitable, imposing great risks on the economies of Europe and the world, and even for the European project that the eurozone was supposed to strengthen.

Syriza is the only hope for legitimacy in Greece. Failure to reach a compromise would undermine democracy in and result in much more radical and dysfunctional challenges, fundamentally hostile to the EU.

Consider, on the other hand, a rapid move to a positive programme for recovery in Greece (and in the EU as a whole), using the massive financial strength of the Eurozone to promote investment, rescuing young Europeans from mass unemployment with measures that would increase employment today and growth in the future. This could both transform the economic performance of the EU and make it once more a source of pride for European citizens.

“How Greece is treated will send a message to all its eurozone partners. Like the Marshall plan, let it be one of hope not despair.”

Prof Joseph Stiglitz
Columbia University; Nobel Prize winner of Economics

Prof Thomas Piketty
Paris School of Economics

Massimo D’Alema
Former prime minister of Italy; president of FEPS (Foundation of European Progressive Studies)

Prof Stephany Griffith-Jones
IPD Columbia University

Prof Mary Kaldor
London School of Economics

Hilary Wainwright
Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Prof Marcus Miller
Warwick University

Prof John Grahl
Middlesex University, London

Michael Burke
Economists Against Austerity

Prof Panicos Demetriadis
University of Leicester

Prof Trevor Evans
Berlin School of Economics and Law

Prof Jamie Galbraith
Dept of Government, University of Texas

Prof Gustav A Horn
Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK)

Prof Andras Inotai
Emeritus and former Director, Institute for World Economics, Budapest

Sir Richard Jolly
Honorary Professor, IDS, Sussex University

Prof Inge Kaul
Adjunct professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Neil MacKinnon
VTB Capital

Prof Jacques Mazier
University of Paris

Dr Robin Murray
London School of Economics

Prof Jose Antonio Ocampo
Columbia University

Prof Dominique Plihon
University of Paris

Avinash Persaud
Peterson Institute for International Economics

Prof Mario Pianta
University of Urbino

Helmut Reisen
Shifting Wealth Consultancy

Dr Ernst Stetter
Secretary General, FEPS (Foundation fro European Progressive Studies)

Prof Simon Wren-Lewis
Merton College Oxford

“They believed that by cutting wages and accepting other austerity measures, Greek exports would increase and the economy would quickly return to growth,” Stiglitz said last week. “They also believed that the first restructuring would lead to debt sustainability. The troika’s forecasts have been wrong.”

The current proposals repeat the same mistake,

the Guardian article on June 7 underlined

Tsipras and his finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, may specialise in needling their creditors, but the troika also need to take into account the fact that Syriza has formed a legitimate, democratically elected government and cannot be told that its electoral programme is irrelevant.

So Lagarde and European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must be the ones to table further compromises.

Neither was in charge when the first Greek bailout set all sides on the current disastrous path, the gurdian underlined, concluding that

They should explain to Ireland and Portugal, also suffering austerity, that Greece is too weak to survive more bloodletting.

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What Brussels asked to make #Tsipras setback

Alexis Tsipras briefing the Parliament for the negotiations, Friday June 5

Alexis Tsipras briefing the Parliament for the negotiations, Friday June 5

The two points proposed that undoubtedly would setback #Greece’s agreement

“I have to admit” said Alexis Tsipras briefing the Parliament on Friday 5, evening,  “that the suggestion I recieved in Brussels from Jean Claude Juncker surprised me disobligingly. I could not have imagined, I confess, that after three months of step by step negotiations we would finally deliver a proposal that would have not taken into account the Brussels Group negotiations.

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By Paresh Nath, Greek Economic Drama, June 5, 2015 Cagle Cartoons US, National Herald India

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Realistic is only the Greek Proposal, said @atsipras after meeting with Juncker, in good climate discussion, though

It lies on European Leader's hands the decision for a Non Divided Europe

It lies on European Leader’s hands the decision for a Non Divided Europe

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece's

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece’s “Thriller night ..”

Realistic is only the Greek Proposal, said @atsipras after meeting with Juncker, in good climate discussion, though.

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#Dijsselbloem: “We get hugs and wet kisses with #Juncker” ( while #Greece’s luck is now lying in their minds)

junckerjeroen_3352082bAlexis Tsipras is dinning at the moment with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem, on a night that is reflecting on the peak a mass agony to Greece and to the whole Greek folk’s heart .
Earlier, a meeting was held between the the Greek PM and Jean Claude Juncker after the last night’s invitation of the President of European Commission to Alexis Tsipras after the 47 -pages final proposal for an agreement that was officialy sent by Greece’s side to its eurolenders.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, -who has not shown his friendliest feelings for Greece’s rescue of its austerity drama, one could say-  was not announced to be present to the Greek government, or to the Press. The three of them at the moment are discussing Greece’s survival, present and future . Here is what we know about the fiendship of the two :
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Dijsselbloem: “Everytime I meet Juncker, he embraces me and I get wet kisses”

(source:keeptalkingreece)

“In an interview with Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks among other about his relation with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Dijsselbloem says that his relation to the former Eurogorup chief had really  improved after he apologized twice for describing him as “a smoker and drinker.”

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

“We call almost weekly to match what we say about Greece. Every time I met him, he embraced me and I get wet kisses.”

Below an excerpt from the Dutch Magazine translated via automatic trasnlation

Last year Dijsselbloems frankness again led to an international row when he called Jean-Claude Juncker in the TV program Knevel & Van den Brink an “inveterate smoker and drinker.” The quote went all over the world. Juncker, who had just been nominated for the presidency of the European Commission, found itself forced to publicly declare that he had “no alcohol problem”.

The ill-advised Dijsselbloem could have even a cost for a possible position as Commissioner: when Juncker as chairman was appointed, went into the media the persistent rumor that he would block out of anger Dijsselbloem’s candidacy..

“I have confirmed several officials,” says Peter Spiegel, who is one of the best established correspondents in Brussels. “Juncker has an elephant’s memory. He forgets nothing. ”

Dijsselbloem himself believes that his statement did not permanently damage the relationship with Juncker. “It was an unfortunate joke, where Jean-Claude had a lot of trouble with. I twice apologized. First by telephone and later by a cup of coffee. It must also be done, you can stay busy. “

Meanwhile, Dijsselbloem says he has a” good relationship “with Juncker.

“We call almost weekly to match what we say about Greece. Every time I met him, he embraced me and I get wet kiss. “Grinning. ” He seems to do that to everybody. “ (full interview Vrij Nederland)

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece's

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece’s “Thriller night on June 3, 2015 ..”

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