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CYA is a study abroad program offering a wide range of study opportunities with an emphasis on Greece and the Mediterranean region.

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Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less

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Religion
EME endeavors to enable worshipping communities to transform their local environments through education and community / business development projects, especially in the Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa Mission Statement EME Purposes To: • Enable local churches, ministries and other partners, primarily in the Mediterranean Region. • Empower partnerships with necessary provisions—e.g. personnel, finance, ...See More training and other essentials—to better advance their efforts. • Support the development of educational programs within the framework of partnerships— e.g. kindergartens, primary schools, K-12 schools and adult education—and the implementation of community building projects, including Business as/for Mission. Show Less
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Environment
Greeceâ's efforts to foster economic prosperity and greater economic integration with the European Union in recent years has often come at the expense of the environment.1 As the country has sought to cater to the needs of tourism, industrialization, and intensive agriculture, the environment has suffered the resulting smog and pollution.2 The most significant sources of pollution include emissions from transportation and power stations, exploitation of water resources, degradation of coastlines, and the loss of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine ecosystems.3 The most frequently cited problems include the problem of air pollution in the populous city of Athens, rapid urbanization of major cities, and marine litter.3-4

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1 http://www.chem.uoa.gr/scinews/Reports/Rep_Env_problems2000-10.htm
2-3 Ibid.
4 http://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2014/close-up/litter-in-our-seas
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Greece News

ABC News 
With a heat wave expected later this week, Greece's government on Monday failed to persuade striking garbage collectors to return to work after a 10-day protest left huge piles of trash around Athens. Striking workers scuffled with riot police in ... See more..
Financial Times 
had a plan B to deal with the longstanding negotiations between Greece and the so-called “troika”. The plan involved a “parallel” Greek currency which, despite Greece priding itself on its democratic values, was never put to the Greek electorate. In ... See more..
ESPN 
ATHENS, Greece -- Giannis Antetokounmpo is dreaming big. He wants to beat the United States wearing Greek team colors. "I'll be the next one to beat them. I'll be waiting for them somewhere," the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an ... See more..
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POLITICO.eu 
After attacks targeting political figures in Greece and abroad, there is concern the violence could escalate. See more..
Financial Times 
When deciding on a Brexit negotiation strategy, you may be better off listening to former Greek finance ministers than relying on conventional wisdom from ... See more..
Reuters 
Greece on Monday relaunched atender for the sale of a majority stake in its natural gas gridoperator DESFA, the country's privatisation agency said. See more..
Tornos News International Edition (press release) 
Bulgaria and Greece will speed up the activities necessary for the completion of the natural gas interconnector project between the two countries. The commitment was confirmed during a meeting between Bulgaria's Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova ... See more..
Forbes 
A deep and prolonged economic contraction has placed prime real estate on fire sale in Greece, creating good opportunities for bargain hunters. But they may not last too long. Buying prime real estate is all about good location and good timing. Good ... See more..
Kathimerini 
The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said on Monday that Greece will not join its quantitative easing program (QE) until international creditors specify what sort of debt relief measures the country can expect. “Until sufficient ... See more..
Reuters 
The ratings agency upgraded Greece's long-term issuer rating to 'Caa2' from 'Caa3' following the extension of a credit lifeline by euro zone governments. It also changed the outlook to positive from stable and said it saw tentative signs of the economy ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey
Area

Total 131,957 sq km
Land 130,647 sq km
Water 1,310 sq km

Climate

temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
Natural Resources

lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, marble, salt, hydropower potential ;
Natural Hazards

severe earthquakes

volcanism: Santorini (elev. 367 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; although there have been very few eruptions in recent centuries, Methana and Nisyros in the Aegean are classified as historically active Santorini (elev. 367 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; although there have been very few eruptions in recent centuries, Methana and Nisyros in the Aegean are classified as historically active
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution; water pollution

Demographics

Nationality
Greek
Population
10,772,967 (July 2013 est.)
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Greece has a capitalist economy with a public sector accounting for about 40% of GDP and with per capita GDP about two-thirds that of the leading euro-zone economies. Tourism provides 15% of GDP. Immigrants make up nearly one-fifth of the work force, mainly in agricultural and unskilled jobs. Greece is a major beneficiary of EU aid, equal to about 3.3% of annual GDP. The Greek economy grew by nearly 4% per year between 2003 and 2007, due partly to infrastructural spending related to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and in part to an increased availability of credit, which has sustained ...See More record levels of consumer spending. But the economy went into recession in 2009 as a result of the world financial crisis, tightening credit conditions, and Athens' failure to address a growing budget deficit. The economy contracted by 2.3% in 2009, 3.5% in 2010, 6.9% in 2011, and 6.0% in 2012. Greece violated the EU's Growth and Stability Pact budget deficit criterion of no more than 3% of GDP from 2001 to 2006, but finally met that criterion in 2007-08, before exceeding it again in 2009, with the deficit reaching 15% of GDP. Austerity measures reduced the deficit to about 8% in 2012. Deteriorating public finances, inaccurate and misreported statistics, and consistent underperformance on reforms prompted major credit rating agencies to downgrade Greece's international debt rating in late 2009, and has led the country into a financial crisis. Under intense pressure from the EU and international market participants, the government adopted a medium-term austerity program that includes cutting government spending, decreasing tax evasion, overhauling the health-care and pension systems, and reforming the labor and product markets. Athens, however, faces long-term challenges to push through unpopular reforms in the face of widespread unrest from the country's powerful labor unions and the general public. In April 2010 a leading credit agency assigned Greek debt its lowest possible credit rating; in May 2010, the International Monetary Fund and Euro-Zone governments provided Greece emergency short- and medium-term loans worth $147 billion so that the country could make debt repayments to creditors. In exchange for the largest bailout ever assembled, the government announced combined spending cuts and tax increases totaling $40 billion over three years, on top of the tough austerity measures already taken. Greece, however, struggled to meet 2010 targets set by the EU and the IMF, especially after Eurostat - the EU's statistical office - revised upward Greece's deficit and debt numbers for 2009 and 2010. European leaders and the IMF agreed in October 2011 to provide Athens a second bailout package of $169 billion. The second deal however, calls for Greece's creditors to write down a significant portion of their Greek government bond holdings. In exchange for the second loan Greece has promised to introduce an additional $7.8 billion in austerity measures during 2013-15. However, these massive austerity cuts are lengthening Greece's economic recession and depressing tax revenues. Greece's lenders are calling on Athens to step up efforts to increase tax collection, privatize public enterprises, and rein in health spending, and are planning to give Greece more time to shore up its economy and finances. Many investors doubt that Greece can sustain fiscal efforts in the face of a bleak economic outlook, public discontent, and political instability. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$281.4 billion (2012 est.); $300.6 billion (2011 est.); $323.6 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

10.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 6.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 7.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes; beef, dairy products
Industries

tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products; mining, petroleum