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“Kali Patrida” Greek Communities of Political Refugees in Eastern Europe

By the end of the Greek Civil War (1946-49), Greece was in a tragic state. The human loss and physical destruction incurred in this conflict was added to the suffering and damage already accumulated during World War II and the occupation. One of the most dramatic consequences of the Civil War was the odyssey of thousands of Greek men, women and children who settled in Eastern Europe and the USSR – mainly in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarianism and Democracy is hosting until December 31, 2011, an exhibition titled Kali Patrida… Greek Communities of political refugees in Eastern Europe.
The exhibition draws on material (printed and audiovisual) from many sources, both from Greece and abroad in order to shed light on particular themes in the lives of political refugees: their establishment in the host countries (East Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Uzbekistan); their children’s education, their communities, their efforts to preserve their distinctive cultural heritage as well as their repatriation.
“Kali patrida” meaning “Happy Homecoming,” is actually a wish political refugees shared, expressing their nostalgia for their homeland.
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(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

 

Digital Greece: A Leap Forward

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The European Commission has presented the results of the i2010 mid term review (April 2008). Regarding Greece, the review notes: “Strong policy commitment, notably the National Digital Strategy (2006-2013), has lead to a stable improvement of most benchmarking indicators.” However, despite this, the information society in Greece is still lagging behind in comparison to general developments in the EU. In January 2008, broadband penetration reached 9.1% after significant growth, even though this is still far below EU average. The “National Digital Strategy (2006-2013)” has set ambitious objectives to stimulate the growth of broadband markets and align Greece to the EU average by 2010. Greece has made significant advancement over the last year in fully-online availabilityand is steadily closing the gap with the EU average. These improvements have been equally balanced between services to citizens and to businesses though both remain below the EU average.  Commission of the European Communities: Country Profiles – Greece (p.25); Information Society in Greece: Digital Strategy (2006 – 2013)