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827068.  Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:58 am Reply with quote

Greece: Capital: Athens
Language: Greek
Population 11,305,118 (2010)
Area: 50,944m2

Greece traces its origins to an ancient civilisation, considered to be the cradle of democracy and Western civilization. The Greeks also founded the Olympic Games, and were advanced in many fields of knowledge including philosophy, science, mathematics and medicine. The writings of early Greeks were taken up by Arab scholars and formed the basis of the cultural "Rebirth" in Europe during the Middle Ages and onwards.

Modern Greece as a state was established in 1830, following Ottoman rule. The Greek throne was said to have been once offered to Lord Byron.

A founder member of the UN and a member of Nato. Greece joined the EU in 1981 and later (controversially) adopted the Euro.

827072.  Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:10 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Greece joined the EU in 1981 and later (controversially) adopted the Euro.

However, recent allegations of currency-abuse have cause the local authority to set up an investigation into this decision. In the mean time the Euro has been made the subject of an emergency care order and removed to the custody of foster parents (Germany and France).


888955.  Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 pm Reply with quote

Is Greece on the brink? How many more cuts will the Greek people accept to remain in the Euro?

Greek church leaders have warned the Government about the threat to the fabric of Greek society.

To secure a new loan negotiated internationally, the Greek Government must make further cutbacks including pension reductions and the lowering of the minimum wage. There will also be cuts in education, health care and defence spending to meet terms set out by European partners and the International Monetary Fund.

888999.  Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:06 am Reply with quote

If they don't get the loan - then they will need to make those cutbacks anyway...

I'm sure this is discussed in another thread...

Ian Dunn
1113868.  Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:24 am Reply with quote

I was just watching a report on the forthcoming Greek General Election on the 1 O'Clock News, and during it they reported from a Greek city called "Drama". Turn out Drama is not a city, but an entire region.,_Greece

1114029.  Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:32 pm Reply with quote

Does it have a queen? :P

1114040.  Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:04 pm Reply with quote

Nice one :-)

1114169.  Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:57 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
Turn out Drama is not a city, but an entire region.,_Greece

The first sentence on the page you linked reads:
Wiki wrote:
Drama (Greek: Δράμα [ˈğrama]) is a city and municipality in northeastern Greece.
What part of "Drama is a city" are we misunderstanding?

I guess it was a Friday...

Having said that, it does continue: "Drama is the capital of the regional unit of Drama which is part of the East Macedonia and Thrace region."

PS: Thanks for the link - I heard the report and wondered where it was...

1114184.  Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:54 pm Reply with quote

It's both a city and a region. So both are correct, but saying it's only one or the other is not correct.

1114274.  Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:29 am Reply with quote

CharliesDragon wrote:
It's both a city and a region. So both are correct, but saying it's only one or the other is not correct.

Oh I think we can allow it a little dramatic license here and say it can be.

More to the point (returning to the main topic of this thread) I fear that after today we will see Greece (the "cradle of democracy") demonstrating one of the inherent limitation or flaws of the concept of democracy - the will of the people cannot change the laws of physics. Today Greeks in their millions are voting, and I strongly suspect the majority will vote for an end to austerity and a return to their old profligate ways - voting for an act of "Wingardem Debtiosa" that will magically cause their debts to vanish and their GDP to treble so they can continue to retire at 50 with full state pensions...


1117424.  Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:02 am Reply with quote

...and now we see an interesting supporting datum for Godwin's Theorm - a discussion between nations about international debt obligations quickly passed the argument stage and arrived at references to the third reich...



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