The world’s largest military alliance seems annoyed about Russia’s “lack of transparency” over military drills at a very “delicate time.” NATO, however, has its own long history of war games all over the globe.
Tough austerity measures imposed by the Greek government have inflicted major damage to the health of the Greek population, leaving nearly one million of the country’s most vulnerable people without access to healthcare.
For the first time since official data begun in 1948 Greece posted a current account surplus of $1.65 billion last year. The money flow changed direction, as revenues from tourism jumped 15 percent and imports slumped to a long term low.
Greeks are furious that European banks are pocketing the bailout money, while some feel their government should have left the euro rather than enduring all this austerity, and devalue the currency, journalist and author Robert Harneis told RT.
Greek authorities have stepped up security after a leftist extremist group declared war on the “German capitalist machine.” The group has claimed responsibility for attacks on a Mercedes-Benz branch and on the German ambassador’s residence in Athens.
The next financial lifeline Greece will receive from Germany and its European lenders will be worth €10-20 billion, the German magazine Der Spiegel reports, citing a document leaked from Berlin’s finance ministry.
A Syrian plane with 26 Geneva 2 peace talks delegates onboard has reportedly left Greece. The plane was stranded in Athens for hours when it was refused a refuel in a fuss over EU sanctions against Syria.
Greek police have launched a nationwide manhunt for convicted far left-terrorist, Christodoulos Xiros, after he failed to report to the authorities during his New Year prison leave. Authorities are now considering a review of the prison furlough system.
The EU Presidency means for Greece only delegations from the European Central Bank, from the IMF and European Commission in control of Greek ministries, but the country will remain in ruins, journalist Aris Chatzistefanou told RT.
A recent WHO report shows grim health implications from Europe’s economic crisis, including a trend in Greece in which citizens infect themselves with HIV to access the meager range of government benefits available.