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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 August 2015
GREECE 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2015 The walls of the palace have turned into a small hill over the years. PHOTO: GREEK MINISTRY OF CULTURE. Right-wing DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM extremism on the up Nazi-inspired antiimmigration group becomes Sweden’s most popular party Ancient Greek palace unearthed outside Sparta One of the most important archaeological excavations carried out in Greece this year Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient 10-room palace dating back to the Mycenaean Age. A variety of important archaic inscriptions and artefacts, including swords, seals, clay pots and scripted tablets, have been found nearby, according to the Greek Culture Ministry's announcement on Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around ten rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern Greece. The palatial remnants were unearthed at the archaeological site known as Aghios Vassilios Hill, a sizeable tract near the ancient village of Xirokambi, where Greek archaeologists have been digging since 2009. At the site, archaeologists found objects of worship, clay figurines, a cup adorned with a bull's head, swords and fragments of murals. Evidence indicates that it was destroyed in a fire sometime in the late 14th or early 13th century BC, but further research is needed to confirm this hypothesis. Since the palace is largely destroyed, archaeologists can't offer much information on its architecture. However, since 2009, excavations in the area have unearthed inscriptions on tablets detailing religious ceremonies and names and places in a script called Linear B, the oldest script to be The palace’s entrance. discovered in Europe. It first appears in Crete from around 1375BC and was only deciphered in the mid-20th century. The new discovery will al- low for more research on the "political, administrative, economic and societal organisation of the region", and provide "new information on the beliefs and lan- guage systems of the Mycenean people", the ministry said in a statement. According to the culture ministry, more than 150 archaeological excavations have been carried out in Greece so far this year, "demonstrating the importance of the archaeological wealth and cultural heritage of the country". Greece most sexually aggressive nation It turns out a down economy doesn't affect the confidence level of Greeks at all. Athens has been named the world's most flirtatious city on Thrilllist, but Greece as a country was dubbed the most sexually active nation. Dr Simon Hardy, author of the journal article ‘The Greeks, Eroticism and Ourselves’ told The Telegraph that "the Greeks may have perfected their flirting skills way back in the day during those ultra-sexual symposiums". "You know, when they were just talking about philosophy. Obviously, they enjoy using these skills." Dr Hardy said that Greeks flirt more than any other peo- ple and have more sex than any other people and they basically invented rhetoric, which is pretty handy when trying to turn a 'no' into a 'yes'. "If you are visiting Greece soon, be on guard, you may get yourself into a sexy situation before you can say, 'Aristotle'," he concluded. Italy came second and Egypt took third place. Egyptians, however, have a long history of harassment towards female tourists. Brazil was in fourth place and Colombia hits the middle. On the downside, its major city, Bogota, topped another not-so-lighthearted list: worst public transportation systems The Sweden Democrats, a far-right, anti-immigration party, has become Sweden's most popular party, according to the recent YOUGov poll. Supported by a whopping 25.5 per cent of voters, they have risen above the Social Democrats, who are currently in power, with 23.4 per cent of voter support, and the centre-right Moderates holding the 21 per cent. "There's too much immigration and too many beggars from Eastern Europe," said Tommy Nilsson, party manager for southern Sweden, dubbing the poll a "tremendous breakthrough" for the group. "People are starting to realise that this is a serious problem for Sweden." The party, which stemmed from the Keep Sweden Swedish and the Swedish Progress parties in the late 1980s, had dwindled with little support. Since the 2010 election, however, they broke the four per cent threshold to gain seats in the Swedish parliament, garnering increasing support, with a 12.9 per cent in last September's general election. Sören Holmberg, from Gothenberg University, said the poll result was "not surprising as there has been a long tendency for surges in Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson has compared Islam to Nazism and Communism. PHOTO: EPA. the right-wing party's support." Its increasing popularity has been largely attributed to Sweden's asylum policies responsible for the huge migrant influx. Sweden has experienced a surge in migration in recent years and takes in more refugees per capita than any other country. Only in 2014, Sweden received 8,365 asylum applications per million inhabitants. Greece's Golden Dawn congratulated the party, noting that "these results, coming from such a progressive nation like Sweden, should become an example for the Greek people who are also suffering from the thousands of immigrants invading the country". Foreign ministry condemns demolition of Greek minority church in southern Albania Greece's foreign ministry on Wednesday reacted strongly to news that Albanian authorities had knocked down the Orthodox church of Agios Athanassios in the village Drimmades, in the Himare region of southern Albania. Replying to questions, for women in a Reuters survey on harassment. Meanwhile, Spanish females are the world's most flirtatious online, bringing their country into sixth place. In- dia, where men take the idea of the 'chase' a little too far, is seventh on the list. France is eighth and Dominican Republic came ninth while Russia was in tenth place. foreign ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras noted that "the destruction of holy sites and objects of worship took place, at least until recently, in the wider region of the Middle East and North Africa, at the hands of jihadists. Today we also saw such an act carried out in our neighbouring country, Albania". Koutras said journalists will soon be informed about Greece's actions in this instance, towards Albania and the international community. "No further comment," he concluded. The demolition of the church was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday morning by Albanian town planning police on the grounds that it was an unauthorised building. The demolition, which began roughly a week ago, has provoked intense protest from the ethnic Greek residents of the village.
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