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FIFA Bans Former Greece Coach After Verbal Abuse

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada

ZURICH - FIFA has banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international matches for verbally abusing officials during his team's World Cu...

Why Was a Family Fined for Taking Their Kids on Vacation?

Emma Waverman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

A British couple has been fined 1,800 dollars (approximately) for taking their two kids to Greece for one week during the school year. Their vacation contravened a new British law that forbids missing school for a vacation. I have no issue with pulling your kids out of school for vacation. I think kids learn a lot more from experience than they do from sitting at a desk.

Should Canada Trust Greece?

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

It seems that Greece is finally headed in the right direction and with Canada's support and the tireless work of ambassadors, the country's crisis may indeed eventually be overcome. However, the Greek government must continue its reforms in order to prove that it is worthy of this international trust.

Greek Immigrants in Canada: The Twilight of a Generation

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

You can meet them at Rockland Shopping Centre, in the heart of Montreal's Mount-Royal suburb, every Wednesday afternoon. They are a large group, some ...

When Young Democracies Make Immature Decisions

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Andreas Souvaliotis

How could any country find itself in a scenario where it suffers the consequences of having been too socialist and too capitalist at the same time? I was listening to a former Greek Prime Minister recently at a global conference and I was struck by the number of times he referred to his country as a "young democracy." The implication, of course, was that it was an immature democracy -- and suddenly it all made sense.

Why Canada's Definition of Austerity Is All Wrong

David Gratzer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
David Gratzer

Government program spending is still growing from sea to sea. Virtually every government in Canada is spending more in current dollars from one year to the next. Many are spending more in inflation-adjusted dollars, too. If they aren't, they're generally coming pretty close.

I Travelled to Greece and Saw a Vampire

Sandra Garvie-Lok | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Garvie-Lok

2012-10-31-halloweenbanner.jpg Most people go to Greece for beaches, ouzo and temples gleaming in the Mediterranean sun. I went for a vampire. But what I found there led me beyond pop culture images of vampires to a darker part of the human imagination. In the midst of searching for ancient ruins, an archaeological team from UBC stumbled on a cemetery from the time of the Ottoman empire. The lead researcher wanted an osteologist to study the skeletons -- especially one that might have been accused of being a vampire. There wasn't much question of not going, of course.

Spain, Ireland, Italy and Greece: Which One Doesn't Belong?

Andrew Cooper | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Business
Andrew Cooper

If no longer -- thank goodness -- the geo-political cockpit of Europe (caught between rival ideologies in the civil war era), Spain cannot be dismissed as a periphery or marginal country out of step with the European project. Spain has all the features of a highly efficient and accountable country, from its ability to produce majority governments from both the respectable left and right, its elaborate system of federalism, and its increased multicultural identity.

What Italy's Victory Over Germany Really Means

Andrew Pyle | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

The irony of Germany's loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 cup will not be lost on those who have been watching the Eurozone financial crisis play out in recent weeks. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has been steadfast in her opposition to a plan for a common debt issuance program (so-called "euro bonds"), while her electorate have turned up their collective noses to calls for additional handouts to the problem centres like Greece.

Will a Soccer Match Decide Greece's EU Fate?

Diane Francis | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Diane Francis

Greeks will watch the Euro 2012 soccer match between their country and Russia before going to the polls on June 17. If the Greeks lose, the country will vote to stay in the Eurozone. If they win, all bets are off. But, like football, forecasting is impossible (unless the games are rigged) which means that anything can happen. Here are three possible scenarios.

Greece's Unemployment Crisis Keeps Getting Worse

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Business

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's unemployment shot up to 21.9 per cent in March, rising sharply from the 15.7 per cent rate in the same month last year and u...

Greece Must Go -- and Quebec's Students Too

Diane Francis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Quebec's unruly students are no different than the Greeks. Both have enjoyed free rides for years, both are being asked to pay their share of the tab and both are refusing to do so. The Greeks are going to fall behind the Romanians in living standards in short order while the students are making a fuss over a pittance. That makes the Quebec students, in a sense, even more irresponsible.

Canada Exposed To Aftershocks From Europe Crisis: Flaherty

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is warning the Canadian economy stands to feel the tremors from the political and financial quake in Greece.The...

What Does Allan Greenspan Think of the Eurozone Crisis?

Diane Francis | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

For nearly 20 years, Alan Greenspan was the most powerful banker in the world as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board until 2006. Here, Greenspan speaks with National Post Editor-at-Large, and Huffington Post contributor Diane Francis regarding the eurozone crisis.

Economy Being Squeezed Between Greece and China

Andrew Pyle | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada Business
Andrew Pyle

From last weekend's elections in France and Germany, highlighting a shift in the populace away from fiscal austerity, to the gridlock in Greece's parliament (and more probable threat that the country will leave the euro), the region has created a conundrum for investors.

What do the Elections in Greece and France Have in Common?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

For starters, the status quo in both countries has been capsized. Voters in both countries reject austerity measures that were imposed to save the euro and avoid bankruptcy, and to deter some countries bailing out of the 17-country European Union.

Ironically the Nanny State Most Hurts the Young

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Most people tend to dislike taxes, but most people also want the benefits of government largess without having to foot the bill. In essence, they want something for nothing. But since the world doesn't work that way, politicians have to find ways to seem to be meeting this irrational desire.

Europe Boots Out its Political Morons

Diane Francis | Posted 01.21.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The party that calls itself Europe is over. The sovereign debt crisis afflicting its weakest members has ended the eurozone's political Ponzi scheme -- the proclivity to hand out entitlements today and run up a tab due tomorrow.

Sunday Roundup: Time to Book That Greek Vacation?

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

So I bet you're wondering post-G20: Is this the impending end of the world--or an opportunity for a cheap holiday in Greece next year? Even the experts can't say which way the global economy will go: If Greece quits the euro and returns to a devalued drachma, will Spain and Italy be forced to follow? Will Canada's "Little Toot" economy continue to chug along resiliently ahead of the U.S.'s sinking steamship? To help us make sense of all this, we welcomed aboard a new Huffpost contributor, EU expert Jeffrey Cimbalo. His latest post declares the G20 an abject failure. Hmm. Don't start googling discount Olympic Air tickets yet.

The G20 Summit's Abject Failure

Jeff Cimbalo | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Business
Jeff Cimbalo

If, as it appears, there is not enough money in the eurozone and probably the Union to save the euro from the Greek and Italian government assaults on its solvency, can the IMF really accomplish these bailouts on their behalf?

Canada's Well-Deserved Economic Accolades

Andrew Pyle | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada Business
Andrew Pyle

Canadian banks will be closing the books on the fiscal year come Halloween and no matter how this last quarter shakes out in terms of earnings, there will be at least a sigh of relief among executives that some of the intense concerns from back at the end of the third quarter (July) have dissipated.

American and European Tribalism

Diane Francis | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Gaddafi wasn't even buried when pundits began speculating as to whether the tribes of Libya would be able to pull together to prosper. The answer was obvious. Of course they will have huge difficulties getting along. After all, Europe's "tribes" were still quibbling over how to handle their impecunious tribes such as the Greeks.

Violent Greek Protests Continue On Day 2 Of Strikes

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Business

ATHENS, Greece - Greek lawmakers have passed a deeply resented austerity bill that has led to violent protests on the streets of Athens, despite some ...

Could the Greek Economic Crisis Happen to Us?

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

Do we understand exactly what has historically earned us top marks in the world's balanced scorecard -- and are we doing everything we can to maintain that wonderful distinction, primarily on behalf of those who will inherit this beautiful country from us?

Let Greece Default

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.17.2011 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

There is no rescuing Greece. If the country will not submit to regulations that people like Mark Carney would probably endorse, better that it not be propped up. Let it abandon the euro and revert to the drachma, until it comes to terms with itself.