The Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University has announced the Ancient Graffiti Project, a week-long workshop focused on the Greek graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to take place at the Center for Hellenic Studies, in Washington D.C., from August 3 to 7, 2015.

The Ancient Graffiti Project aims to make the first-century AD handwritten inscriptions from ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum accessible to a wide audience, both for scholarly research and for public interest. Approximately 7000 messages were written on the walls of these two towns, which were destroyed by the catastrophic
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke on the phone yesterday (6.05) and "took stock of the progress made in talks between Greece and its partners over the last days on a comprehensive set of reforms to achieve a successful completion of the review," according to a joint statement issued by both sides afterward.

In an announcement released simultaneously in Athens and Brussels, Juncker and Tsipras said that they "notably discussed the importance of reforms to modernise the pension system so that it is fair, fiscally sustainable and effective in
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The State of the Union Conference, organised by the European University Institute, is an annual event for reflection on the European Union and is a reference point in the in the EU agenda for policy – makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics. This is the conference’s 5th edition, and is currently in progress in Florence until May 9.

It is discussing four main topics, all confronting the future of Europe. These are the establishment of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, Europe's place in the world, a new Schuman Declaration for the 21st
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The first autonomous solar power charging station in Greece was recently inaugurated, heralding a new era in the fields of energy and transportation in the country. The facility was built by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, and it ensures 100% green energy.

The charging station only uses solar power, which is turned into electricity and can charge electric car batteries, representing the first step for electric vehicle owners to no longer have to be reliant on power from the main electricity grid.

An electric car that is almost fully
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  • Five Years with Myrtis @Acropolis Musuem
On the occasion of the 5th anniversary since the reconstruction of 11-year-old “Myrtis,” the girl that put a face to distant antiquity, the Acropolis Museum will hold a conferencetitled “5 years with Myrtis," on May 13. The topics that will be discussed are burial or burning habits, as well as daily life in Athens in the 5th century. Myrtis Following her “resurrection” nearly 2,500 years after she died of typhoid fever – the plague that also struck down statesman Pericles and one third of all Athenians at the time - she was also made a Millenium
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As talks between Greece and its European partners have intensified, top Greek government officials are touring Europe, in order to end the impasse.

Vice President Yannis Dragasakis and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos met yesterday (May 5) with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi in Frankfurt. "We had a constructive discussion, said Dragasakis after the meeting, adding that the Greek delegation considers achieving an agreement “a realistic and visible goal," provided “all institutions act constructively.” The two sides discussed the
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The Greek economy is expected to grow by an annual rate of 0.5% this year - against a previous forecast for 2.5% - from 0.8% in 2014, according to the European Commission’s Economic Forecast Spring 2015, published on May 5. This is based on the assumption that the government will have reached an agreement with its creditors by June and that business sentiment and the liquidity conditions of both the state and the banks will revert to last year’s level.

The primary surplus forecast has been revised to about half the previous estimate and is seen coming in at 2.1% of GDP, or €3.8 billion, if all
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A new survey (GEDI index) by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI), Washington, D.C., shows that Greeks have great start-up skills.


The GEDI survey examines 14 factors to assess a country's entrepreneurship levels. Greece appears to exhibit both outstanding strengths and notable bottlenecks. The country’s strongest pillar is start-up skills, but this may be partly due to the country’s grey economy, and its small business orientation, as it has few high-growth new businesses. Greece also exhibits reasonable strengths in human capital, technology absorption, and risk
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The 56th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale will run from May 9 to November 22. This year’s exhibition is titled All the World’s Futures.


Greece will be represented by artist Maria Papadimitriou’s work titled Why Look At Animals? focusing on the relationship between reason and instinct. The installation consists of a shop, which sells animal hides and leather, transferred from the city of Volos. The AGRIMIKÁ are animals that coexist with humans, but resist domestication.

See: AGRIMIKÁ project on Facebook & Greece @ Biennale 2013
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A couple of events focusing on Greek agricultural products will be held in Athens next weekend (May 8 to 10). Greece, Festival, Flavours, organised by Athinorama Magazine, at the Technopolis features 120 top quality producers from all over the country, who will present their wares for the discerning visitor to taste and buy. The Athens Food Festival [in Greek] is organised by the Association of Young Farmers, at the SEF Stadium. More than 200 small producers will present their certified products.

Visitors will be acquainted with traditional products, often in a creative new form. Cheeses,
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