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Crete & Greece
October - December  2015
Derelict Greek Olympic venues reopened to house migrants
01 October 2016  AFP via ekthaimerini
Greek authorities on Thursday hastily reopened a derelict sports hall
from the Athens 2004 Olympics to house hundreds of migrants who
were sleeping on the streets of the capital. City buses took more than
400 mainly-Afghan migrants from central Victoria Square to the Galatsi
indoor hall. A few days earlier, a similar operation ferried migrants to the
Hellenikon hockey centre in southern Athens.

Greece is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly
Syrian, who are seeking to travel west, triggering Europes worst migrant crisis since World War II. Since the
beginning of the year, more than 310,000 people have arrived from neighbouring Turkey. As refugees, Syrians are
allowed to swiftly move northwards to other EU states but other migrants have remained blocked in Greece.
Makeshift mosque attacked on Crete
24 November 2015
A house believed to be a makeshift mosque in the Cretan city of Heraklio was the target of a failed bomb attack on
Monday, police said.
According to investigators, unknown assailants placed four small gas canisters and a large firecracker at the
entrance to the building.
The firecracker went off but failed to ignite the gas, the investigation team said, adding that they are hoping to find
fingerprints on the canisters.
Famed Lefkada Beach Vanishes After 6.5 Richter Trembler
19 November 2015

The repeatedly awarded Egremni beach, known for its impressive rock formations and
crystal clear waters, on the south-western coast of the Greek island of Lefkada, has
apparently vanished following a 6.1 Richter earthquake which hit the Ionian isle
on Tuesday, killing two people.

The temblor caused massive landslides, which according to local media, led to rocks
breaking off and tumbling down onto the beach and changing the natural landscape.

The earthquake, which was felt throughout western Greece, also caused extensive damage to roads and buildings.
Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Panagiotis Sgouridis declared the island in a state of
emergency as aftershocks continued into the week.

The beach, which has consecutively been listed and voted among the world’s best,was a major tourist highlight with
nature and sun lovers from across the globe going down 347 steep steps off a 150-meter-high cliff to dive into its
turquoise waters.
Tourism season to increase to nine months
04 December 2015  ekathimerini
A meeting at the Tourism Ministry on Thursday decided to
extend the 2016 tourism season to nine months – from March 1 to
November 30.

The plan will initially be introduced in the Southern Aegean and on Crete,
due to the favorable weather conditions in those southern areas, before being
extended to more regions in the coming years.
Greeks face highest tax burden in OECD
03 December 2015 ekathimerini via apokoronsnews,gr
Taxpayers in Greece shoulder a higher tax burden than their counterparts in other member-states of the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics
The austerity imposed in response to the financial crisis from 2009 to 2014 saw taxation in Greece grow by 5.1
percent of gross domestic product over those five years.
From 2013 to 2014 it increased by 1.5 percent of GDP to reach up to 35.9 percent, making it the third-biggest
annual growth among OECD states last year after Denmark and Iceland.
The report argues that the main trend observed among member-states is a reduction in revenues from corporate tax
and a rise in takings from taxpayers. Average revenues in OECD countries from taxing corporate incomes and
profits dropped from 3.6 percent to 2.8 percent from 2007 to 2014, while revenues from taxpayers climbed from 8.8
percent to 8.9 percent in the same period and value-added tax collections climbed from 6.5 percent to 6.8 percent.
“Enterprises continue to find ways to pay less, with taxpayers footing the bill in the end,” commented Pascal Saint-
Amans, director of the OECD’s Center for Tax Policy and Administration. “The biggest part of the hikes in taxation
after the crisis has burdened taxpayers with higher social security contributions, income tax and VAT. This
underscores the urgent need to ensure that corporations pay their fair share in taxation too,” he added.