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- volg de situatie in duivel is nooit pekzwart :

No worries, zoals Fred schreef...:)

Ik ga jullie blijven updaten...


- de laatste uren :

- ik vertrek naar Griekenland en ik neem het volgende mee :

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* Tips om van een zorgeloze vakantie in Griekenland te kunnen genieten :

- iets die ik ook gedaan heb : met mijn kredietkaart ( Visa, Mastercard ) kon ik gemakkelijker en meer euro krijgen dan de Grieken; de ATM 'leest' mijn kaart; het is een buitenlandse kaart dus de transactie gaat door...omdat 'mijn' bank moet de verschuldigde som terug betalen aan de Griekse bank, de ATM 'weet' het. Alles goed en wel, en toch een detail : de ATM moet geld hebben ;)(y)

Eet lekker, geniet van het turquoise meer...kortom : prettige vakantie!

Groetjes uit Ferizaj - Republika e Kosovës
Gecko :)

* 07.07.2015
- nog meer nieuws over Griekenland en hoe EU 'ziet' het Griekse probleem :

by Ryan Heath in Athens | @PoliticoRyan and [email protected] | Subscribe:

SREBRENICA COMMEMORATED: The 20th anniversary of the brutal massacre of more than 8,000 people in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, widely considered Europe’s darkest hour since World War II, was marked by the European Parliament plenary last night. Other services took place across Europe, leading a week of memorial activities. The Guardian reports on new evidence about what NATO powers knew ahead of the slaughter.

DRIVING THE DAY >> GREECE COUNTDOWN: Post-referendum jubilation fades as German-led calculations take center-stage.

GREECE — 24 HOURS TO CLINCH A DEAL: That’s the Guardian front page take today (, based on Angela Merkel’s brief comments last night in Paris, after French President François Hollande failed to soften her stance. Other European leaders lined up to point out that nothing has changed economically since Saturday, and that their democracies count, too. Last night the ECB refused to increase assistance to Greek banks (, and in fact raised the “haircut” they pay to access the assistance (but wouldn’t say by how much — which is the crucial point). Either way, Greek banks simply can’t re-open without more cash, and the IMF is not allowed to give Greece a cent until the country catches up on its payments (€1.6 billion overdue). Finally with the Economist Intelligence Unit ( and a raft of banks ( now openly predicting a Grexit, today may be Greece’s last chance to form a friendly bloc before events overtake them.

TODAY’S ROLL-OUT: Jean-ClaudeJuncker addresses Parliament in a set-piece speech at 8:30 am CET (WATCH:, followed by a press conference around 10:30 with Martin Schulz. The Eurogroup meets at 1 pm CET in Brussels, followed by eurozone heads of government at 6 pm. They’ll face a new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and a newly empowered Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, as banks stay closed in Greece until at least Thursday.

GREEKS UNITED — FIVE PARTIES BACK TSIPRAS IN BRUSSELS NEGOTIATIONS: They won’t form a coalition, but the parties backing a Yes vote have now thrown their support behind Tsipras. The parties (all the major parties except Golden Dawn and the Communists) agreed a joint statement following a marathon meeting in Athens yesterday.

EUROPE DIVIDED — THE HAWKS AND DOVES TAKE FLIGHT: The former Communist-controlled countries of Europe side with Germany, Netherlands and Finland (as Jan Cienski reports here:, while France, Italy and Spain work hardest for a compromise. More from eKathimerini:

GERMANY HARDENS: The most notable thing about Monday’s movements is the hardening of the German Social Democrats, who appear to be using the crisis to position themselves as tougher on Greece than Merkel. The two biggest figures from the party in these discussions, Sigmar Gabriel and Martin Schulz, have already moved onto charity — the need for Grexit-driven humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Merkel, Wolfgang Schäuble and Steffen Seibert (Merkel's spokesperson) offer no hope that there’ll actually be a negotiation today. In case they discover their soft touch, the biggest selling paper Bild ( warns: “Today we need the Iron Chancellor.” Germany’s European Commissioner Günther Oettinger goes freelance and says insolvent countries don’t belong in the eurozone. Wolfgang Munchau in FT concludes Germany has already chosen to delay, and therefore, avoid a deal: Finally, Spiegel calls it all a “Spiral of Madness.”

THE DUTCH ARE MAD, TOO: In a Parliamentary debate last night Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned Tsipras not to turn up today with a “flutverhaal” (translation: “a bunch of baloney”) and asked, “Did Greeks really think that if they voted No, we would come and ask: ‘How else would you like it?’” Meanwhile an architect of the EU single market, ex-Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, writes in Volkskrant that the quicker Greece is pushed out of the eurozone, the better. h/t Michiel van Hulten

ECB IS NO WHITE KNIGHT: As the bank absurdly started to dismantle a giant “Euro” sculpture from its forecourt (their PR chief has questions to answer!), its governing board refused to extend more liquidity to Greek banks. They sold it as thestatus quo, but actually tightened the screws. Pierre Briançon explains: The message: Strike a deal, or get out of the eurozone.

CYPRUS OPENS BIDDING ON DEBT RELIEF: Government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told state radio Cypriots backed an immediate restructuring of Greek debt. Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said Cyprus could consider writing off €330 million

#MINISTEROFAWESOME — VAROUFAKIS SIDESHOW CONTINUES: After his resignation by blog, Varoufakisannounced the re-publication of his 2009 book before he’d even left the Finance Ministry building. The press release on the book describes him as “the coolest, charismatic and most intelligent finance minister ever,” and as the #MinisterofAwesome (Yes indeed. Matina Stevis broke it here Then he left the building in a predictable scrum but with no escort, causing both people and motorbikes to tumble; as he jumped on his own bike the journalists not sprawling on the ground had to choose between running after him or running away from their expensive recording equipment. A Varoufakis spokesperson later said the ex-minister did not condone the language of the book press release, but the publisher stood by it.

MEET THE NEW VAROUFAKIS — EUCLID TSAKALOTOS: The Oxford-educated political economist may not be #MinisterofAwesome, but he’s not about to blind us with blandness, either.


WHAT EVERYONE SAID: “We respect/take note of the referendum result”
WHAT THEY MEANT: “We realize you’re not going anywhere”

WHAT THEY MEANT: “Not to your old ideas, and not for long”

LIFE ON THE GROUND IN ATHENS 1): If media weren’t reporting a crisis, it would be hard to know it’s happening. The Greeks I spoke to yesterday essentially shrugged their shoulders at the referendum's repercussions. It was tourists furtively searching for green €100 notes and annoying waiters with them that stood out most, as clever Greeks made use of multiple accounts to get around the €60 per day, per account withdrawal limits. Aside from being the only shopper in the Marks & Spencer Food Hall in central Athens, other shops felt normal and staff reported it as a “usual day,” at chains like Korres. That is underwhelming given Athens is in the middle of a 10-day sale, yet far from the predictions of food deserts and riots that came with the imposition of capital controls.

2) The Russians are coming: Some companies are paying their staff in cash ( but cafés and beaches are full. Streams of color-coded cruise tourists passed by as I lunched. Even the owner of Nakasian fur — not exactly the sort of venture one expects to do a roaring trade in Mediterranean summer heat — was relaxed. “We sell for the Russians,” she said. “They buy in summer, too. For me it’s the same.”

WHAT GREEK YOUNGSTERS THINK: Three under-30s tell the Guardian why they voted “no” — they were among 80 percent of under-34-year-old voters who did:

WHAT AMERICANS AND RUSSIANS THINK: TIME worries about the domino effect of a Grexit: While it’s time for a deal, the Kremlin says, as Tsipras and Putin speak by phone.

VOTE YOUR DEBT AWAY: I try to showcase good journalism wherever I find it, and Bloomberg View is running great opinion pieces on Greece. Take these new stories: 1) Greeks Have Voted, Now Kick Them Out, by Leonid Bershidsky: “If Tsipras now succeeds in getting more money out of Europe, it will show countries such as Ukraine that honest effort doesn’t pay. They will know that the EU’s membership decisions are political rather than rule-based ...”

2) Greece Hits the Self-Destruct Button, by Megan McArdle: “Greece’s problem is easy to state: austerity is horrible ... They want someone else to share some of their real and very deep pain. The Troika’s problem is also fairly easy to state, in three words: Spain, Portugal, Italy.”


JUNCKER — WHERE DID HE GO? The Parliament might be a confounding institution, but in the wake of the Greek referendum it has one priceless feature — it’s the most democratic one the EU has. That’s where Juncker wants to be seen today, reports Tara Palmeri. After last week’s dramatic claims, and Juncker’s habit of saying what he thinks, Playbook predicts that today he might not only allow speechwriters and consigliere Martin Selmayr to write a full script; he might also read it:

THE FIXER — HOW TO UNDO THE DAMAGE: Gikas Hardouvelis, who was Greece’s finance minister until January, says Syriza must stop pushing its own views so it can instead “extract the maximum flexibility from the lenders” in a way that allows it to “compromise without sacrificing their principles.” This includes efforts to “extend the maturities of the loans” which he views as sellable to Germans.

GREEKS BEARING GIFS: The Telegraph brings together funny crisis memes.

GERMAN DEBT IS A PROBLEM, TOO: Le Monde looks at the negative externalities of Germany’s chemical industry and says those effects are social debts that make Germany more indebted than Greece.

MONTY PYTHON ON THE GREEK-GERMAN DIVIDE: The Washington Post takes us back to the future with this classic Python sketch pitting Greek and German philosophical teams against each other.
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