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Greece Debt Crisis Affects Ordinary P...
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
30 Jun 2015

As the Greek debt crisis continues to take the headlines in Europe and beyond, the country’s population fears that capital controls would be imposed by the government. On the streets, Greeks show mixed signs about the Eurozone. As the country’s economy is in recession, many in Greece are now favoring an exit from the Eurozone, with some others still supporting the single currency.

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Greece Debt Crisis 09
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
30 Jun 2015

People queue outside the National Bank of Greece on June 30, 2015 to withdraw money after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 03
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

People queue outside Piraeus Bank on June 27, 2015 to withdraw money after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 04
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 05
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

A security guard stands in front of a Piraeus Bank ATM on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 06
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

A man reading the newspaper headlines in the center of Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 07
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 08
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 02
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
22 Jun 2015

Pro-Euro and EU demonstration at Syntagma, in Athens, on June 22, 2015.

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Greece Debt Crisis 01
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
18 Jun 2015

Greek soldiers at a pro-Eurozone and Euro currency demonstration on June 18, 2015 in Athens.

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John Kerry says aid to Egypt depends ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 May 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday again urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to make concrete progress on economic reforms and human rights, to secure a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan, saying the measures are needed to receive further aid from the U.S. Congress, an American official said.

Kerry met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for about an hour on the sidelines of an African Union summit on Saturday, discussing Syria's civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights in Egypt and the country's faltering economy, U.S official said.

Egypt's Islamist-led government has been resistant to introduce the austerity measures needed to win the IMF funding, including raising taxes and cutting fuel subsidies, fearing such painful reforms could provoke social unrest.

However, an IMF deal could help shore up investor and donor concerns after two years of political instability since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. The instability has depressed tourism, a crucial industry for Egypt.

Last year the IMF reached a deal in principle to provide a $4.8 billion loan to help finance the Egyptian government while it undertakes reforms.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Kerry pointed out that the reforms were necessary to convince American lawmakers to move forward in providing more economic support for the country, which borders US ally Israel.

The official added that Kerry urged Egypt to work and to take actions in order to achieve the reforms now to move towards the requirements to get the IMF package.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 26, 2013
Length: 00:01:43
Video Size: 85.0 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of President Morsi meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo (Archive)
  2. Various shots of the press conference of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil and IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Cairo (Archive)
  3. Various shots of protests in Cairo (Archive)
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Anti-Morsi Demonstration in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 May 2013

Hundreds of anti-Morsi protestors marched on Friday, May 17, from Mostafa Mahmoud Square to iconic Tahrir Square, in a million-man- march dubbed "Going Back to the Square" in solidarity with the recently-launched 'Rebel' campaign.

'Rebel' is a grassroots movement aimed at registering opposition to President Mohamed Morsi and forcing him to call early presidential elections by collecting as many as 15 million signatures by 30 June. The group says they have already collected 2 million names. The group officially launched on 1 May.

Major demands of the anti-government demonstration include early presidential elections, the release of detained political activists, and a new constitution.

Protestors voice their rejection to Morsi’s economic policies, including the new tax system and the government’s attempts to secure a $4.8bn loan from the International Monetary Fund.

A handful of political parties and movements announced plans to partake in the planned rallies. These include the Constitution Party, the Free Front for Peaceful Change the Free Egyptians Party, April Six Youth Movement and ‘Rebel' campaigners.

Egypt's opposition has grown increasingly discontent with President Mohamed Morsi's attempts to monopolize state institutions and smother dissent. The opposition accuses Morsi of governing only in the interests of his Muslim Brotherhood, while he insists he is the president of all Egyptians.

Since Morsi was elected last June, Egypt has continued to suffer from a serious political and economic crisis, and there have often been frequent clashes, sometimes deadly, between his opponents and supporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 17, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 17, 2013
Length: 00:02:18
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots for the demonstration
2. Shot for one of the demonstrators while cheering
3. Various shots for the demonstrators holding banners and flags
4. Shot for women cheering from balcony
5. Various shots for the demonstration
6. Various shots for people who distributes ‘Rebel’ applications
7. Shot for a demonstrator holding ‘Rebel’ banner
8. Various shots for citizens signing ‘Rebel’ application
9. Shot a fully-veiled woman cheering against Morsi
10. Various shots for demonstrators
11. Various shots for the demonstration
12. Shot for a banner condemns Morsi’s regime and the Ministry of Interior.
13. Various shots for the demonstration
14. Shot for a woman standing on a stage cheering against Morsi
15. Shot for a banner calling for the removal of Morsi’s regime

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

The '"I Don't Pay" movement stated it will continue to oppose future austerity measures imposed by the Greek goverment and the IMF.

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Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Feb 2013

Story: Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd quarter of 2012/13

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 21, 2013
Length: 0:02:03
Video Size: 101 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of attendees during the press conference of Egypt’s Planning Minister and International Cooperation held at the headquarters of the ministry
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.” 3- Various shots of attendees during the conference
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.” 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.” 7- Various shots of the press conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, February 21, in a press conference that the Egyptian economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2nd quarter of 2012/13, representing a 15.3 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Al-Araby said that the first half of fiscal year 2012/13 (July-December) saw economic growth of 2.4 percent, which had been 0.1 percent lower than expected.

He said that the government is targeting economic growth of no less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.”

He said that foreign investment in Egypt was almost non-existent in the six months to the end of December, illustrating the depth of the economic crisis that Egypt is facing.

He added that the country needed strong investment to reach the 7 percent annual economic growth rate commonly cited by economists as the level needed to lower unemployment and soak up new entrants to the labour market.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.”

The Egyptian government plans within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission for talks, al-Araby said on Thursday.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.”

Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but postponed final ratification in December because of political unrest at the time.

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Riots in Athens
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
07 Nov 2012

On the day the Greek government was to vote for the third austerity package, imposed by the IMF and the European Union, massive demonstrations and clashes took place once more in Athens, with Police deploying their all new water cannon against protesters.

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Editor's Picks 23 August 2012
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Editor's Picks
22 Aug 2012

Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil held a joint press conference on Wednesday, August 22, with head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde where he said that the loan which is set to be received from the IMF, would be USD 4.8 billion, with a five year term at 1.1% interest and a grace period of 39 months.

Security officials, senior figures and Islamic personalities of the northern city of Tripoli announced on Tuesday that an agreement was reached between the residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh to implement an immediate ceasefire after the clashes that had been raging within the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood since Monday.

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