Bus drivers strike for 10th day in Thessaloniki, demanding unpaid wages

Thessaloniki bus workers walked off the job for the 10th day in a row on Monday, demanding three months in unpaid wages. The workers gathered outside the offices of the Thessaloniki urban transport organization (OASTH) to protest. In comments to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, the head of the workers’ union Dimitris Tsermenidis said employees have […]

Another parents’ group votes to block refugees from schools

Two parents’ associations voted over the weekend to block child refugees from attending local schools, the latest in a string of objections to the government’s initiative. In the wake of similar decisions in Oraiokastro, near Thessaloniki, and Filippiada, near Preveza, the groups representing the parents of two primary schools in Alexandreia, Imathia prefecture, voted against […]

British police, with new clues, seek missing toddler on Greek island

British police started excavations on a Greek island on Monday, saying they were armed with new leads into the disappearance of a British toddler there 25 years ago. South Yorkshire Police, who are leading the investigation, said they would focus their attention on two sites on the island of Kos, close to where the child, […]

Civil servants’ union calls protest over privatization plans

The civil servants’ umbrella union, ADEDY, on Monday expressed its opposition to the government’s plans to privatize several state organizations and called a protest rally for Tuesday evening when MPs debating a bill with the new reforms are to prepare for a vote in Parliament. ADEDY said it opposed plans to “sell off” the Athens […]

Frenchman rams police car in Greece after security check

A 49-year-old Frenchman is to be deported from Greece after ramming a police car following a security check for suspected Islamic militants returning from Iraq and Syria. A court in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki issued a 15-month suspended sentence and ordered his summary deportation Monday, records seen by The Associated Press showed. Police […]

Greek populism made adjustment worse, EU’s Dombrovskis says

Greece has had to go through tougher austerity than it would have otherwise been necessary, because of the populist stance of the left-wing government of Alexis Tsipras in 2015, European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Monday. Tsipras, who took power in January 2015, rejected belt-tightening in public finances requested by lenders in exchange for […]

World Record for biggest ‘Sousta’ dance in Ayia Napa

A video captioned “We Did It!” began circulating on social media on Monday morning showing a Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest ever traditional Greek ‘Sousta’ dance. The Guinness World Record attempt was organised by Ayia Napa Municipality and included 450 dancers from 22 dance schools dressed in traditional Cypriot costumes. City Free Press […]

Memorandum-mandated measures, deadlines loom for Greek govt through March 2017

Another 15 measures must be implemented by the Greek government by March 2017, part of memorandum-mandated obligations stemming from a third memorandum ratified in August 2015, with the most significant being an automated procedure for seizures and forfeitures of deposits, incomes and assets of taxpayers with arrears to the state. Legislation dealing with businesses with […]

Another parents’ group votes to block refugees from schools

Two parents’ associations voted over the weekend to block child refugees from attending local schools, the latest in a string of objections to the government’s initiative. In the wake of similar decisions in Oraiokastro, near Thessaloniki, and Filippiada, near Preveza, the groups representing the parents of two primary schools in Alexandreia, Imathia prefecture, voted against […]

FW: Law mandates that Greek taxpayers declare all assets, including cash, jewelry and artwork

Taxpayers in Greece will, after Oct. 1, 2016, must declare all of their movable and immovable assets, including cash stashed in homes, valuable coins, art works valued more than 30,000 euros and practically all types of securities and titles and participation in corporate entities. Some 300,000 taxpayers, meanwhile, must file such declarations this year, individuals […]

Kalogritsas withdraws from TV auction, releasing license

Yiannis Kalogritsas, the winner of one of four Greek TV licenses in a recent auction, withdrew from the competition on Monday, pointing to a “corrupt circle” that, he claimed, had sought to accuse him of “everything except Kennedy’s murder.” In a statement released shortly after the Media Ministry rejected his request for a 48-hour extension […]

Govt denies it relinquished right of borrowers to buyoff loan before distress funds sale

The latest political furor that erupted in the country over the weekend involved the pressing issue of non-performing loans (NPLs), with the government rejecting sharp criticism that it relinquished the option of a borrower buying off the entirety or a portion of their loan before the latter is sold to a distress fund. Economy Minister […]

Group takes over Hellenic-American Union’s offices

The group unfurled a banner in solidarity with what it charged was “slavery” in US prisons Police detained 22 people on Monday morning after members of an unknown anarchist group broke into the offices of the Hellenic-American Union at around 8 a.m. and held a banner outside the offices reading “Solidarity against slavery.” A group […]

Bus drivers strike for 10th in Thessaloniki, demanding unpaid wages

Thessaloniki bus workers walked off the job for the 10th day in a row on Monday, demanding three months in unpaid wages. The workers gathered outside the offices of the Thessaloniki urban transport organization (OASTH) to protest. In comments to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, the head of the workers’ union Dimitris Tsermenidis said employees have […]

Monday deadline for first payment of winning bid by controversial candidate

Closing time on Monday of Greece’s tax bureau is the deadline for payment of a first instalment of a television broadcast license by one of four winners in the relevant election auction held by the government roughly four weeks ago. All eyes are now on local businessman Yiannis Vladimiros Kalogritsas, the son of construction contractor […]

Greece, creditors agree on composition of privatization fund board

Greek officials and representatives of the country’s international creditors appear to have agreed on the composition of a new privatization fund, one of a series of conditions for the disbursement of the next loan tranche worth 2.8 billion euros. According to sources, the creditors have accepted the three Greek officials that Athens has proposed for […]

1,8 debtors struggle to pay their power and water bills

Millions of debtors in Greece will face a power outage and a water service interruption if they don’t make a settlement payment until the 30th of September, according to the administrations of DEH and EYDAP. DEH has called the debtors to participate in the settlement program for the arrears that can be paid off in […]

Excavations for Ben start on Kos

British police start excavations on Monday on Kos island, following a new clue that the body of two-year-old Ben Needham, who disappeared in 1991, might be buried there. The latest theory regarding the disappearance of the British boy says that he died in a construction accident. Earlier in September, police informed Ben’s mother, Kerry Needham, […]

Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy

Partly cloudy and northerly winds are forecast for Monday. Wind velocity will reach 6 on the Beaufort scale. Rain in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 09C and 24C. Partly cloudy in the western parts with temperatures between 13C and 26C. Partly cloudy in eastern parts with temperatures between 12C and […]