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Best & Worst of the Week Nominees

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Continuing HALC’s “Best & Worst” of the week series, here are the nominees for this week. Every Friday, HALC’s Facebook community votes on who should win each category. The results are announced on our Facebook page every Monday. The nominees are:


1. Greek Shipping Heir Peter Nomikos

The son of a shipping magnate, successful entrepreneur Peter Nomikos, has a novel approach for digging Greece out of debt.   Nomikos started a non-political, non-governmental and non-profit campaign called “Greece Debt Free” which collects donations to buy Greek bonds:

“For a donation of 3,000 euros, every Greek can buy freedom,”explains Nomikos. “The irony here is that the worse the Crisis gets the cheaper the bonds we’re buying. Right now, there couldn’t be a better deal for someone who supports Greece.”


For taking matters into his own hands and trying to save Greece by launching the “Greece Debt Free” initiative,  Peter Nomikos lands the top spot on this week’s Best of the Week nominee list.


2.  Rainer Bruederle

Rainer Bruederle, floor leader of the Free Democratic Party in Germany, has voiced his support for giving Greece more time to implement reforms required as part of the European Union’s bailout package.  Known as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s close ally, Bruederle published a statement on Greece in Germany’s Welt am Sonntag:

 “Allowing Greece more time to comply with the reforms required by the EU bailout package would make sense,” Bruederle said.

For declaring that leeway for Greece “makes sense,” Rainer Bruederle is nominated as HALC’s Best of the Week.


3.  Greece’s Wine Producers

Greek wine producers are determined to make their mark abroad by creating a new wave of sophisticated wine variations. Using over 200 indigenous grape varieties, the Greek wine-making industry has undergone an overnight revolution that is capturing the attention of the press:

 “Just when you think you know a little bit about wine you travel to Greece and you realize there is so much more to learn,”says Hayley Hamilton of Side Dish.

Vineyard owner Evangelos Gerovassiliou says he grows, “ … chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but the world is more likely to be intrigued by the autochthonous vines.”

For continuously producing new wine varieties and vamping up the country’s exports, Greece’s wine producers take the final slot in our Best of the Week list.

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1.  Egemen Bagis

In his latest outburst against Cyprus, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis stated that recognizing the Cypriot EU presidency is out of the question and Turkey is choosing to skip over Cyprus and focusing instead on the subsequent Irish presidency:

“From our point of view, the Irish presidency will maybe last longer compare to other presidencies. Perhaps we can interpret this presidency as being a year instead of six months. This is because, rather than the current presidency, we have already begun the preparations for the presidency of Ireland,” Bagis said at a meeting with his Irish counterpart, Lucinda Creighton.

For calling Cyprus a “half-state” and ignoring its EU presidency, Egemen Bagis is easily this week’s first Worst of the Week nominee.



2.  The Hellenic Police

Police officers in Greece have been accused of cooperating with right extremists and unfairly ignoring attacks on immigrants.  Not only are victims not given the protection they lawfully deserve, police officers are discouraging them from filing formal complaints:

“While tourists are welcome, migrants and asylum seekers face a hostile environment, where they may be subject to detention in inhuman and degrading conditions, risk destitution and xenophobic violence.”

For failing to do their duty and allowing vigilantism and vicious attacks on migrants, the Hellenic Police are a Worst of the Week nominee.



 3.  Greek tax officers

Seven retired tax officers were sentenced to more than 70 years in jail for embezzlement of up to 28 million euros.  The corrupt tax evaders came under suspicion in 2001 when a retired inspector, Aliki Kyriakaki filed a suit for their involvement in a graft ring:

“…the group used the graft money to buy luxurious villas in Attica and a hotel on the island of Skopelos, as well as to open off-shore companies.”

For embezzling the cash-strapped state of up to 28 million euros, Greek tax officers take the final slot on HALC’s Worst of the Week list.

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