The Greek Parliament voted yesterday (April 29) to reinstate the country's public broadcaster (ERT), following its abrupt shut-down two years ago as part of the former government’s austerity measures, and its replacement with the scaled-down version of NERIT 11 months later. The decision had entailed the firing of over 2,600 employees, triggering major protests in Greece and abroad.

According to the bill, which was one of SYRIZA’s main campaign promises, ERT will cost 60 million euros a year and it will be financed by monthly 3 euro fees. Moreover, some 1,550 former employees may
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A new international competitive sailing event is inaugurated this year at the Sani Resort, Halkidiki. A whole three days of Match Racing, featuring some of the top-ranking Greek and European sailors will be held during the Mayday weekend, at the Sani Resort.

The Sani Cup – HMRT 2015, a joint venture between the Sani Resort, the Hellenic Match Racing Tour and the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, will host top teams and distinguished yachtsmen; European and world champions among them, Olympic medalists, the Greek Match Racing team and many other leading international crews, all of them among the very
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  • Berlin Philharminic Live from Athens
The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra will perform the prestigious annual European Concert, at the Athens Concert Hall on May 1. The repertoire includes Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Schumann’s Symphony No 3 “Rhenish.” Leonidas Kavakos will be the soloist at the Violin Concerto; Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting. The concert will be broadcast live at 11am – on ARD, rbb's Kulturradio and at the Digital Concert Hall. The European Concert, with which Berliner Philharmoniker celebrates its foundation in 1882, takes
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The Greek News Agenda wishes its readers a happy May Day labour holiday tomorrow. We will be back on Monday, May 4.
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A plan to combat tax evasion offering a deal inviting the voluntary declaration of undisclosed deposits abroad was announced yesterday (28.04) by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis after his meeting with Jacques de Watteville, State Secretary in the Swiss Department of Finance, and Greek Minister of State for Combating Corruption Panayiotis Nikoloudis in Athens.

"The Greek government is undertaking a legislative initiative concerning the voluntary declaration by Greek citizens of their deposits abroad in a way that will reflect best European Union practices," Varoufakis stated, adding that
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LSE's European Institute Professor Paul De Grauwe argues in his personal blog (Are creditors pushing Greece deliberately into default?, 27.4.2015) that the austerity measures imposed on Greece since 2011 had devastating effects, including unemployment, poverty, and intense political instability. He maintains that not only is insistence on further austerity hardly reasonable, but that surprisingly EU ministers of finance “continue to hold the moral high ground and preach to the Greek that they should be more reasonable”, while even more surprisingly “most of the media have now accepted this
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A promising researcher George Garinis, Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Crete and unaffiliated group leader at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), has recently been awarded the European Research Council Consolidator Grant for his research proposal Dissecting the Functional Role of Nucleotide Excision Repair in Mammals. The proposal offers various insights into how genome maintenance pathways are connected to developmental defects and disease mechanisms, including ageing and cancer.

George Garinis heads the Genome (In)stability and Mammalian
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Just a few months before 2016, a year that will celebrate bilateral relations between Russia and Greece, Dean Pericles Mitkas of  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) signed a cooperation agreement with the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia; he also renewed a previous agreement with the University of International Relations (MGIMO).

The agreements aim to upgrade existing Greek Studies in Russia and establish new joint programmes, particularly for postgraduate studies in key areas. Furthermore, they will enhance the teaching of the Russian language to students at AUTH and
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First they took China, now they take Australia. The fashion accessories (jewels, watches, bags) of the Folli Follie Group were introduced to the international market from the beginning (1982) of its operation. They are distributed around the globe in 24 countries and at 500 points of sale, with half of its network situated in China, and locations on the most fashionable streets of major cosmopolitan cities, including London, Hong Kong, New York, Dubai, Athens, Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul, outlets in renowned international department and at airport Duty Free shops.

The next move is to
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President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos ruled out the possibility of his country exiting the euro zone in an interview with Spiegel Online at his official residence in Athens, and promised that all the loans made to Greece will be paid back, but he was also critical of past austerity programs. He also supports calls for German reparations payments in connection with Nazi war crimes. "Some of the measures imposed on us go beyond EU law," Pavlopoulos said. "We want to be equal members of Europe," he added.

He feels that international lenders' criticisms of the minimum wage and other
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