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The claim is incorrect by more than an order of magnitude. These are the numbers according to database queries we ran at the General Secreteriat for Information Systems at the Greek Ministry of Finance. In 2010 there were 130,385 taxpayers individually declaring more than €50,000 taxable income. Adding up the numbers of the published 2009 data (tables Π6Α....


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The short answer to the question is: It's not true. Please let me state beforehand that my answer doesn't try to prove that Greeks in general do not try to avoid paying taxes. Although being a Greek myself, my opinion is that they do so in every possible way and this is for me an undeniable fact. But in this particular case with property taxation though, ...


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Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth to the claim. I wouldn't call it entirely accurate, but I wouldn't call it false either. Xenios Zeus "Xenios Zeus" is a large scale police operation, targeting illegal immigrants in Attica. It started on August 4, 2012, is ongoing, and has not extended to the rest of Greece. The Ministry of Public Order & Citizen ...


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To quote the source that article is citing for the claim: Σύµφωνα µε στοιχεία του ΟΟΣΑ (OECD 2015) για το 2013, µόνο το 79% του πληθυσµού στην Ελλάδα είχε ιατροφαρµακευτική κάλυψη. Which, running through google translate, is in english: According to OECD data (OECD 2015) for 2013, only 79% of the population in Greece had medical coverage. The ...


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This says that the claim is a "popular Greek view" followed by Aristotle: Contrary to a popular Greek view, which regarded the father alone as providing seed, a view that would be followed by Aristotle (Lloyd 1983, 86 ff.), Alcmaeon may have argued that both parents contribute seed (DK, A13) and that the child takes the sex of the parent who contributes ...


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Seems like the best info so far, so I'm turning this into an answer: The Telegraph makes this claim in a May 2010 article: Innumerable buildings have steel girders protruding up from what appears to be the roof. Otherwise the structures are complete and inhabited, but if the girders remain in place, the building is deemed unfinished and therefore not ...


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The blood donation leave is 2 days, including the day you donate. You cannot transfer it (although it may have happened). This is a motivation for blood donation because Greece imports blood supplies and the public sector has the largest workforce and is the one who pays for importing blood anyway. For those who can read Greek the law is here. Chapter 6, ...


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This is absolutely true. The theory is called Preformationism, and was widely (though not exclusively) believed in some form from Ancient Greek times until the 17th century. Pythagoras and Aristotle are among the philosophers associated with this theory. Some qualifications: spermatozoa were not known to exist until the invention of the microscope. However ...


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I guess it's this sentence from Diogenes Laërtius (3rd century CE), Aristotle and Hippias affirm that, arguing from the magnet and from amber, he attributed a soul or life even to inanimate objects.


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Euros are not property of national central banks, they belong to the European Central Bank, but they are issued by individual banks (and printed in several places, not necessarily in the same country where they are issued). Each euro note has a serial number. Its first character is a letter identifying the issuing state (Greek euro notes have "Y"). See http:...


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This just made BBC news again, so bit more data on the myth: "A couple of years ago, there were more Cayennes circulating in Greece than individuals who declared and paid taxes on an annual income of more than 50,000 euros, a figure only slightly above the vehicle's list price" is a quote widely reported in mainstream media and on blogs worldwide. ...


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The article BLOOD DONOR BEHAVIOUR IN GREECE: IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH POLICY Soc. Sci. Med. Vol. 38, No. 10, pp. 1461-1467, discusses: the right for a 2-day leave from work also phrased as Two-day leave of absence from work during blood donation and Six-day military leave See also Factors that motivate and hinder blood donation in Greece Transfus ...


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The mistake in the article in the OP is the date, "1963-1964 Cyprus crisis". The problem occurred in 1974 and did relate to a/the Cyprus crisis. According to U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe at page 25: A prolonged congressional debate and a series of internal Pentagon reviews in 1973 and 1974 led to a conclusion that there were an excessive number ...


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It's a story I've heard myself often. It's something of an exaggeration, it turns out. The person reputed to have made the offer was Kyriakos Pittakis, who after Greek Independence became the first Greek General Superintendent of Antiquities. (He was not a good archaeologist by modern standards; but few archaeologists in 1832 were.) In 1821, he was 23, and ...


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The idea that a man contributed the seed and a woman was a "container" was prevalent in the ancient world, as it has been noted above. It's even part of Apollo's main argument in the final play of the Oresteia trilogy from 458BCE. However, like now, there was not one single theory to describe nature that everyone believed. The Hippocratic Treatises ...


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No, the video is real, but it was taken out of context. The second German TV-Show is a well known satire show, and they freely admit from 8.06 to 8.30 in their video (German with English subtitles), presumably for legal reasons, that their doctoring is a joke. He follows up criticizing Günther Jauch, the host of the first TV show, for taking Varoufakis' ...


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