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Expat Brits Living in Crete Blog

Britsincrete.net blog. Latest info on settling in, work, buying a property, retirement, even how to navigate government bureaucracy, the must see and do things in any move, shop for the best deals, get the car fixed and tips to guide newcomers on all those every day necessities. It is life on a Greek island.
  1. Tsipras' Two Finger Salute to Troika Over Islands Tax Issue

    Merkel and Tsipras at earlier summit.
    Merkel and Tsipras :: Forever At Odds over Greece

    From a #British - Anglo Saxon viewpoint many situations in Greece can have an illogical element to them. I often remark if #Greeks would only listen,
      then solutions would be found much sooner. Of course it is all too easy to generalise. But this in recent days I was proud of a major Greek decision to give the two finger gesture to the Troika. I saw both a pragmatic and logical solution for the woes of  #Aegean islanders when Greek Prime Minister Alexis #Tsipras talked to the nation on TV on  December 8, 2016. He stated that the previously announced value-added tax (VAT) increases on islands of the northern and eastern Aegean would not be going ahead. He used the word ‘suspended’. But that was enough. 

    Tsipras was talking about the move to bring the tax rates on the islands of Chios, Kos, Lesvos and Samos in line with the rest of the country at 6, 13 and 24% that removes the advantage of a 30% lower rate. He reasoned that they suffered enough under pressure from the Middle East illegal migrant inflows. That itself is an unfair burden on them. The mentioned three islands were also the last to have been brought in line with standard Greek VAT rates on January 1, 2017. 

    Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini and Skiathos were the first islands to lose the special tax status in October 2015. Then they were followed by the islands of Alonissos, Andros, Antiparos, Karpathos, Kea, Milos, Sifnos, Skyros, Syros, Thassos and Tinos in June 2016.
    Against the wishes of the dreaded Troika (ssssssh, don’t mention that word in polite company when among Greeks), Tsipras has made a truly humanitarian stand. Non-establishment Greeks nationwide are suffering enough. Secure jobs all but gone, even in the government sector and the country is reeling under the pressure of the dreaded ‘taxman’. All recent tax moves have burdoned growth. The moves de-incentivise and de-sensitise businesses' big and small to take any real risks. Many companies find it hard enough just to pay employees wages let alone seriously re-invest in their own development.
    Tsipras and his latest move will again in mainstream Europe is be seen as him being the bad boy in the room. As a result, the next tranche of support payments has suddenly been delayed by the Troika. Oops. But someone has got to start somewhere to bring this country back from the brink of the abyss. On this occasion I applaud Tsipras.  
    In my opinion this is a determined effort to punish the country by the Northern European elites particularly the German hardliners. Wouldn’t it be a superb gesture if those same critics of Greece helped with a massive job creating programme so that Greeks can be given financial breathing space at the household level. Because above all, the islands need jobs especially for the youth.
    If you are wondering why our Brits in Crete website is dabbling in local affairs? The answer is simple. Power is coming back to the common man - the voter. First it was Brexit which is having a huge impact on the Brussels elites; then the Trump phenomenon in the United States. How does it relate to Greece? I am hearing over and over how the Greeks “love” the Brits for giving the two fingered salute to the European bureaucrats who want to centralise/Europeanise and control everything. It seems all Greeks want is to be able to decide for themselves their own destiny not the holders of the purse strings who currently are strangling the Greek economy and the country.
    Parting thought, #Crete is known for its hours and hours of brilliant sunlight. Wondered what the weather is like this week? Choose your favourite location or resort.  After clicking see left column for 4 red highlighted names: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lassithi. Clicking on a name will bring up individual locations. - Many are resorts are probably well known to you for their individual forecast.
    Crete and the other islands are great places to visit. Every visit is a boost to the local economy. 
  2. Jet2.com To Open Birmingham hub in March :: Adds Competition to Med's Holiday Markets
    Jet2's brand new Boeing 737-800 (Artists Impression)
    Holiday flights airline, Jet2.com Airline as part of its expansion plans is opening up Birmingham (IATA-BHX) as its 9th hub airport from March 31, 2017. The leisure travel specialist ( it also operates Jet2 Holidays) will base 4 brand new Boeing 737-800 Winglet aircraft there to serve 15 destinations. 

    At the top of the new sunshine list from Birmingham will be 2x flights each week with Heraklion, Crete. Then there are the other hotspots for British visitors in the Eastern Mediterranean served twice weekly: Rhodes in Greece and Paphos in Cyprus.

    Covering Spain and the Algarve, Birmingham flights will fly to Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gerona, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga,  Minorca,  Las Palmas, Palma,  Reus, and Tenerife Sur.

    Competitors already serving Crete from Birmingham include Monarch to Heraklion and Thomson to Heraklion and Chania.

    Jet2's Birmingham launch promotion
    Jet2.com says that its hub operations at Birmingham International Airport will generate 200 new jobs. One of the airline’s selling points is offering a generous 22kgs checked baggage allowance.

    Jet2.com also operates airport hubs in: Alicante; Belfast International, East Midlands,  Edinburgh,  Glasgow Int'l, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle

    To see what holidays are being offered, find out more at the Jet2 Holidays website

  3. Andre Rieu Concert 2016 Live By Satellite in Crete
    Followers of the Andre Rieu's annual Maastricht Concert should be aware that if you happen to be living in #Crete or just visiting on holiday, the 2016 musically fun evening is being shown live by satellite there on July 23 for a second year running.

    Details, as per the poster on the left indicate that this community event in Neapoli, Lasithi has been co-organised by INCO,  the Foreign Residents Association of Agios Nikolaos (of which Neapoli is part).

    Refreshments are available. Everyone is welcome especially family holidaymakers. Dress code: informal to chic depending on your concert-goer mood.

    Note for your diary - July 23, 2016.
    The place:
    Driros Cinema, Neapoli Main Square, Neapoli GR72400.
    The time: 2000hrs onwards... for the Andre Rieu Concert in Maastricht 2016, live by satellite. (also seen in many locations around the world simultaneously)

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