Σάββατο, Αύγουστος 18, 2018
In a public appeal to Greece's opposition parties on Wednesday, the Greek foreign ministry urged them to "behave responsibly" and refrain from leaking classified secret documents in ways damaging to the nation's interests, in order to "serve petty political...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron for a working breakfast on Friday morning, during his visit to Paris. The prime minister, who arrives in the French capital on Thursday to receive prizes awarded...
The Conference of Parliament Presidents on Wednesday announced that a question about Greek arms sales to Saudi Arabia, tabled for Defence Minister Panos Kammenos by main opposition New Democracy, will be discussed in Parliament next Monday. Parliament President Nikos Voutsis...
The deadly floods that killed 20 people and wrecked houses, businesses and infrastriucture in western Attica last week is the result of "criminal and inexcusable" construction and town planning of the past decades, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on...
The Greeks are faithful to the European course and they are determined to contribute to the creation of a strong European Union, because they are real Europeans, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Monday in a meeting with his...
The one-off payment to low-income earners and pensioners is not the government's main strategy to tackle poverty in Greece but part of an overall plan for people who have lost 25 percent of their income, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos...
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis charged the government with "taking money out of one pocket and placing it in the other" during a debate in Parliament on Monday on the so-called social dividend, the handouts to...
Interior Minister Panos Skourletis on Monday approved the disbursement of 900,000 euros in emergency financial aid for the flood-stricken towns of Mandra and Megara, to restore infrastructure damaged in last week's deadly flash floods in Western Attica. The money has...
Amsterdam will be the new seat of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), after winning over Milan and Copenhagen in the second and third round of balloting in Brussels on Monday. Milan and Amsterdam tied in the second vote and lots...
Six refugees who broke into a greenhouse on the island of Chios to steal vegetables, were charged with a felony and a misdemeanor by a prosecutor on Monday. Police arrested the six as well as the owner of the greenhouse,...
GENERAL /Monday 20 November 2017, 16:10:00 / Source: ANA-MPA The 55-year-old woman lawyer injured by a flare during clashes in Athens on Friday night remains unconscious in an ICU following surgery, according to a hospital announcement. Doctors at the hospital...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday received visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, noting that his visit was an opportunity to highlight the long ties of friendship between the Greek and Polish people. "Even though...
Today, Lesvos will come to a complete standstill as the island attempts to "escape the noose that has been passed around our neck," Lesvos Mayor Spyros Galinos said, referring to a general strike called on the island on Monday,...
Greece's current account showed a surplus of 1.3 billion euros in the January-September 2017 period, double the surplus recorded in the same period of the previous year, the Bank of Greece said on Monday. The central bank, in a monthly...
Greece's latest offer for a bond swap is another step towards restoring its access in capital markets and it is credit positive, Moody's said on Monday. The credit rating agency, in an announcement, said that the bond swap plan will...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday spoke on the phone with the winner of centre-left leadership election Fofi Gennimata to congratulate her on her victory. "The significant participation of citizens in political procedures is a positive message for our political...
The government has taken a series of relief measures for those affected by last week's torrential rain in western Attica, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Monday, adding that a draft law is expected to be passed into law...
Fofi Gennimata was elected leader of the new Centre-Left party, it was announced by the head of the elections organising committee Nikos Alivizatos on Sunday. With 35 percent of the polling stations counted, Gennimata gathers approximately 60 percent and Nikos...
Athens metro employees have declared a 24-hour strike next Tuesday in protest against the government's plans to include the fixed-rail transport operator STASY in the assets of a new privatisation fund. The employees request an urgent meeting with Finance Minister...
The conclusion of the third review and the normal return to the market is totally feasible, said well informed sources on Sunday. It is the first time since 2010 that "Greece is so close" said safe sources well informed on...
A man's body was recovered dead near the bus depot of the municipality of Mandra. The body is transferred to Thriasio hospital for the identification. The death toll from floods climbed to twenty.
The Turkish Airforce (THK) has repeated for one more day a series of violations of the Greek airspace and the Greek FIR. Two armed F-16 and three Electronic Warfare CN-235s violated the Greek airspace 25 times and the Athens FIR...
A plenary session on Friday approved the Parliament's budget for 2018, which includes a 0.75% rise in expenditures (to 133,985,000 euros), from 132,985,000 euros in 2017. The 2018 expenditures fully meet the medium-term budgetary targets. Ruling SYRIZA's rapporteur detailed further improvements...
A woman who was injured in the knee by a flare in Exarcheia was transferred to ?Evangelismos? hospital on Friday night and is expected to undergo surgery, police sources said. Accoring to sources, her condition is not serious. The woman...
Thousands of protesters completed on Friday the annual march in central Athens to commemorate the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the 1967-1974 junta in Greece. Student unions, members of SYRIZA and its youth wing, workers union PAME, organizations and anti-establishment...
The municipality of Lesvos called a general strike on Monday to protest the overcrowding and living conditions of refugees and migrants on the island. Due to the strike, public services, clinics, pharmacies and shops will remain closed. "They have put...
The storming of the ministry of defence by the self-proclaimed anarchist group Rouvikonas is a humiliation for the government New Democracy said on Friday, responding to news that the group marched in and threw leaflets expressing support for the...
Members of the self-proclaimed anarchist group Rouvikonas stormed into the National Defence ministry on Friday and threw leaflets expressing support for the Palestinian people and condemning imperialists. The group, about 10 to 15 individuals, entered through the main car gate...
The economy ministry on Friday announced that it has secured five million euros in emergency funding from Greece's Public Investments Programme, following an interior ministry proposal, to cover the immediate needs of flood and natural disaster victims in Attica...
The current protection framework for labour and social rights needs to be extended to also cover the new and atypical forms of work, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at one of the three panel discussions held at the...
Citizens and representatives of agencies and organisations have been laying wreaths and flowers before the monument in the Athens Metsovion Polytechnic since early on Friday morning to commemorate the student uprising against the junta on November 17, 1973. The mood...
A total of 456 migrants and refugees arrived on the northern Aegean islands in the last 48 hours, it was announced on Friday. More specifically, 310 arrived on Lesvos, 111 on Chios and 35 on the island of Samos. The new...
The UN mediator in the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, will meet with the Greek and FYROM negotiators, Adamantios Vassilakis and Vasko Naumovski, respectively, on December 11-12 in Brussels, according...
The goverment will immediately proceed to restore damages and compensate flood victims in western Attica, as soon as there is a complete picture of the situation in the affected areas, State Minister and government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said to...
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday announced the formation of a party committee that will seek actions and solutions in the wake of the disaster in western Attica and, at the same time, expressed his...
"Clearly, when flooding in an area does not appear for the first time but has happened before with the loss of human lives, responsibility for this extends over time and concerns many," Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said on Friday...
Athens Metro stations in the center of Athens and along the route of the march commemorating the November 17 student uprising will be shut down on Friday, according to transportation sources. According to the transportation authority, following police orders the...
Six people are still missing in the areas stricken by the floods, according to a fire brigade announcement on Friday. Four of them were reported missing on Wednesday while two other men, a hunter and a canteen owner, were reported...
The economy ministry on Friday announced that it has secured five million euros in emergency funding from Greece's Public Investments Programme, following an interior ministry proposal, to cover the immediate needs of flood and natural disaster victims in Attica...
In the more than two years since University of Cincinnati researchers unearthed the 3,500-year-old tomb of a Bronze Age warrior in southwest Greece, an incredible trove of riches has emerged, including four gold signet rings that have challenged accepted...
Arriving for the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth taking place here on Friday, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras highlighted the significance of the summit as a chance to discuss necessary changes to the economic and social protection...
PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata appeared to gather most votes in the nationwide elections that were held on Sunday to choose a leader for the new centre-left coalition party, and is very close at securing victory from the first round,...
The Council of State upheld an appeals court ruling awarding 260,000 euros to the family of a 14-year-old boy who died of meningococcal septicemia in 1998 because the doctor who treated him misdiagnosed his condition. The boy was brought to...
Greece and its creditors have the will to achieve a staff-level agreement as soon as possible and within the timetable, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) in an interview on Sunday. "There are many issues that...
The 35th Athens Marathon race was a Kenyan affair on Sunday, with the country's athletes topping the race for both men and women. Samuel Kalalei won the Gold medal with a time of 02:12:17. In second place was his compatriot...
The voting process for the election of the leader of the under formation new centre-left political party has been continuing without any problems since the morning of Sunday, November 12. According to the latest data, over 170,000 people throughout...
Tax havens have formed a refuge for a "timeless immorality" in politics and the economy, Parliament President Nikos Voutsis said in an interview with "Nea Selida" newspaper, published on Saturday. "Every political party, every politician and every political family must...
Nikos Alivizatos, the head of an independent committee assigned to organize and supervise the election of a leader for a new center-left party coalition, urged progressive Greeks to participate in the nationwide poll on Sunday. Asked by the Athens-Macedonian News...
Greece and Albania are discussing open issues in bilateral relations that will clear the latter's path towards EU membership, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Saturday in a break from talks with Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati in Crete. "We are...
Greece will register a two percent economic growth by the end of the year, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Friday evening in a speech in Kalamata. "An image of the economy is emerging that corresponds to a recovering country,"...
The Citizen Protection Ministry wants to increase police presence in the streets to better protect citizens, Minister Nikos Toskas said in an interview with Saturday's "Ta Nea", adding that an effort is being made to lower crime rate and...
Athens is gearing up for the city's 35th Authentic Marathon on Sunday that will bring together more than 51,000 runners from Greece and around the world, who are participating in the seven separate events. Organizers say they have 18,500 athletes...
November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas returned to Korydallos prison on Sunday shortly before his 48-hour furlough expired. Koufodinas, who was escorted by his wife Angeliki Sotiropoulou and his son Ektoras, arrived at Korydallos at 10:30 where he completed the relevant...
The 34th Athens Authentic Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 12. The event, which includes a total of 7 races, will result in the implementation of traffic diversions and road closures. The following roads and streets will be...
The extension of the tourist season through the attraction of tourists and new markets, such as Asian, is the biggest target for the development of Thessaloniki airport, which has the features of a metropolitan airport. This was highlighted during the...
Cypriot authorities responded to new Turkish Navtex by issuing a counter-Navtex, voiding the Turkish advisory and instructing mariners to disregard it. Turkey’s navy has issued a Navtex reserving for Saturday an area of approximately 12,300 square kilometres to the west...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Portuguese Parliament President Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues noted the excellent relations between Greece and Portugal at their meeting on Friday at the Maximos mansion. According to the prime minister's press office, during the meeting it was...
Greece's President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Friday underlined the need for a strong, united Europe - with institutional and political cohesion for the European structure as a whole - while speaking at the 4th Congress of Athens at the Onassis...
Greek government sources were quick to assure property developer Lamda Development on Friday that it will respect its contractual obligations with the company for the vast investment in Hellinikon, and invited the investor to cooperate "in good faith? to...
Greece will register a two percent economic growth by the end of the year, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Friday evening in a speech in Kalamata. "An image of the economy is emerging that corresponds to a recovering country,"...
Greeks topped the list for prescription and consumption of antibiotics in 2017 in an annual Health report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published on Friday. According to the data, more than 35 prescriptions per 1,000 people...
Three environmental NGOs appealed to the Council of State on Friday asking it to annul an Environment ministry decision that renews a license for the operation of a PPC thermal power station in Megalopolis, Arcadia. WWF, Greenpeace Hellas and ClientEarth...
The 33rd international tourism exhibition Philoxenia and the international hotel equipment exhibition Hotelia opened on Friday in Thessaloniki. It is the most important tourism-industry event in Greece, which this year records a 10 pct increase in the number of exhibitors...
Athens Metro lines 2 and 3, or the blue and red lines, will not be running from start of shift on Monday to 09:00, due to a work stoppage by train engineers. According to OASA transport, the Athens-Piraeus line, the...
"The company remains, from the beginning, committed to the conventional texts it has signed with the Greek State. The company has no other choice but to demand the same from the other parties, as this is the only safe...
The municipality of Peristeri reacted angrily to a media story on its call for suppliers of construction aggregates it published on "Diavgeia" website (an online public registry of activities relating to public procurement) which included a sentence alluding to...
We are striving for the best possible relations with our neighbours, always with respect for international and European law, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Thursday during his meeting with his Cyprus counterpart Nicos Anastasiades. Referring to the Cyprus issue,...
On 8 November 2017 the Governing Council of the ECB did not object to an ELA-ceiling for Greek banks of 26.9 billion euros, up to and including Wednesday, 22 November 2017, following a request by the Bank of Greece. The...
The South Korean Embassy announced on Wednesday that the Republic of Korea will donate 800,000 US dollars to Greece to support the refugees 'sheltered and cared for by the country', adding the amount will be contributed through the UNHCR...
Addressing the 2nd Euro-Arab Summit taking place in Athens, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday said that growth that will create conditions for stability in the broader Mediterrenean region. Anastasiades focused on terrorism, religious fundamentalism and conflicts as the root...
The Athens metro employees association has called a work stoppage on Friday from the start of their shift until 09.00. The employees demand the backdated recognition of social insurance contributions in the heavy and hazardous professions class. They also warned that...
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August 2017 was 20.6 pct compared to the upward revised 23.4 pct in August 2016 and the downward revised 20.9 pct in July 2017. The number of employed in August 2017 amounted to...
The Pakistani community's school in Greece, dubbed 'Unity, will open its doors this Sunday for the first time, accepting 100 children. The children will learn Urdu, English and Arabic, while at the same time their mothers will learn the Greek...
Qatar Airways on Thursday announced the launch of direct flights to the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, starting from March 27, 2018. The company will carry out four flights per week with an Airbus A320. Greece, said the airline's managing...
Greece will attain a 0.9 pct GDP growth rate in 2017, rising to 2.0 pct in 2018, a panel of economic advisers to the German government said on Wednesday. They also estimated that unemployment will be 21.5 pct this year,...
Convicted 17N (November 17) terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas left Korydallos prison at around noon on Thursday, on a two-day furlough subject to strict conditions. This is the first time he has been allowed to leave the prison, where he has...
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented on Wednesday his party's proposal to restart the Greek economy in the fourth pre-conference meeting in Heraklion in Crete. 'The country needs a national reconstruction plan," he said and noted the need to cut...
On the occasion of the European Commission's autumn economic forecasts, French European Commissioner Moscovici stresses need to swiftly conclude programme reviewPierre Moscovici on Thursday stressed that the key message he wants to send to Greece is that the current...
British news outlet “Guardian” correspondent Helena Smith writes of the growing fury among the residents of the Greek island of Lesbos over the central government’s inability to deal with the ongoing problem of the rising number of refugees and...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras invited the Arab world to take advantage of the important investment opportunities currently offered by Greece, addressing the 2nd Euro-Arab Summit taking place on Thursday and Friday at the Athens Concert Hall. "There is a certainty...
The euro area economy is set to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, with real GDP growth forecast to reach 2.2 pct, according to the European Commission's Autumn 2017 Economic Forecast. This is substantially higher...
The government is fighting to restore stability in the economy and to take the country out of the supervision, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday during his speech at SYRIZA's parliamentary group. Tsipras said the government's efforts are directed...
Converting confrontational relations with Turkey to relations of cooperation is Athens' abiding aim, on condition that Ankara respects international law and channels of communication with Turkey remain open, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in a letter to main opposition...
The government announced a number of initiatives to protect the safety of notaries and ensure the launch of electronic auctions, after the Notary Association of Athens announced a two-month strike (until the end of the year). The plan includes tightening...
The General Secretary for Information and Communication Lefteris Kretsos presented a series of measures to attract large foreign movie productions and co-productions in Greece during a two-day visit to Paris, where he participated at the "WorldDAB General Assembly 2017"...
The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group) on Wednesday called on the European Union Council and the EU Commission "to work urgently with the Greek authorities to prevent a humanitarian...
Twenty-eight officials of Greek football, including Olympiakos team president Vangelis Marinakis, are being ordered to stand trial over rigged games charges at a criminal appeals court in Athens. Marinakis, who had four charges against him originally, is standing trial only...
One first residents of the Arcturos shelter in northern Greece, Mitsos the bear - aka the "escape artist" - has died of natural causes at the ripe old age of 29 years, Arcturos announced on Wednesday. By bearish standards, Mitsos...
The seamen of Corfu announced on Wednesday they are extending their strike by 48 hours for Thursday and Friday, saying the shipping ministry has not committed to satisfying their demands. "Following the four-day suspension of the strikes that gave time...
The Hellenic Statistical Authority announced that in October 2017, 12,737 road motor cars (both new and used from abroad) were put into circulation for the first time, recording a 34.4% increase compared with the corresponding month of 2016 when...
British tourist reservations for Greece are up, for the time being, in comparison with last year, according to Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) president Yiannis Retsos on Wednesday. Retsos made his comments after the conclusion of the international Tourist exhibition World...
The parliament approved a Foreign ministry draft law ratifying a partnership and cooperation agreement between the European Union member states and Kazakhstan. All parties voted the law except the Communist Party and Golden Dawn. Alternate Foreign Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs...
Minimum wages are so far below the official low-wage threshold in many European Union countries that many workers would struggle to make a living, according to a briefing paper published on Wednesday by the ETUC, an organization of European...
Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos meet on Wednedsay with the president of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE), Vassilis Korkidis. "There is stabilisation. We expect to see the resilience of this stabilization," Korkidis said before the meeting. The Greek president...
"We want to see our country more as part of the eastern Mediterranean, rather than as a part of the Middle East", was the way a top Israeli official explained his government's "strategic choice" to continue boosting relations with...
Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis' admission, made before members of Parliament's finance and budget committee on Wednesday, that his leftist-rightist coalition government "consciously" chose to pile on tax heavy burdens on Greece's middle classes - after signing the third...
The debut a “receipt lottery” at the end of October has been postponed, with the latest date for inaugurating the Greek state’s latest effort to curb tax evasion now set for the end of November, and with a “super...
Greek bond yields are returning to 2009 levels and moving toward an eight-year low of 4.4 pct (October 8, 2009). In midday trade in the domestic electronic secondary bond market on Thursday, the 10-year benchmark bond yield was 5.06...
Greek and Chinese companies signed four collaboration agreements in Athens on Thursday, before the completion of the second Greece-China Action Plan work group meetings. Action Plan 2017-2019 aims to promote economic cooperation between the two countries, and the effective combination...
Fraport Greece focused on upgrades and improvement at the Mytilene (Lesvos) airport this week, as the German-Greek consortium that now manages 14 provincial airports around the country continues to use a “road show” format to showcase its master plan...
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