40 years on, Cyprus in race to find war missing

As Turkish troops approached his village on August 14, 1974, Georgios Kantoni packed a simple meal of bread, cheese and watermelon for his family and sent them to hide in the wheat fields. Antonis Christofi, Kantoni’s grandson, was 14. It was the last time he would see his grandfather. “We were afraid because we heard […]

Suspected migrant smuggler nabbed in Thessaloniki

Police in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, have arrested a 32-year-old Afghan national who allegedly attempted to smuggle 12 migrants – including four minors – out of the country. The suspect, who is believed to be a member of a human smuggling ring, faces charges of facilitating the illegal departure of foreign nationals from the country, membership […]

Europol sending team to root out jihadists at migrant camps

Europol’s director, Rob Wainwright, has announced that a team of 200 counterterrorism officers will be deployed to the Greek islands over the next few weeks to track down jihadists trying to enter Europe by posing as migrants or refugees. In an interview published in the UK’s Evening Standard on Friday, Wainwright said the agency is […]

Tsipras hedges bets on outcome of TV tender, TIF, education bill

Legislation on private education, the television license tender and the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) are the three issues that in the coming days will top the agenda of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is banking on their successful outcome to offset lagging poll numbers and the expected outcry over tax hikes and spending cuts this […]

Greece can handle volume of migrant arrivals, minister says

“Sixty-thousand migrants and refugees is not such a huge number,” Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Skai TV Friday, saying that Greece could easily handle the volume of arrivals “if we didn’t… distribute them between only 200 of the country’s 354 municipalities.” Responding to criticism about conditions at many of the migrant reception facilities in […]

ATHEX ends week on a negative note

The final week of August painted a difficult picture for investors on the Athens Stock Exchange thanks to low trading volumes making even so-called blue chip stocks unattractive. On Monday the general index strengthened 0.84 percent to 566.01 points. The value of transactions remained low and came to 21.34 million euros. Positive sentiment prevailed on […]

Three people arrested for blackmail on Crete

Police in the town of Rethymno on Crete have arrested a 68-year-old man and two accomplices for allegedly blackmailing a woman, 34, and a man, 38, on two separate occasions with the threat of violence, and extracting a total of 40,000 euros from them. The main suspect had originally been detained for livestock theft but […]

Alexiadis confident of collecting €2.65bn from ENFIA tax

The Alternate Minister of Finance Tryfon Alexiadis appeared confident that the government will manage to collect 2.65 billion euros from the ENFIA real estate tax. In an interview on ERT1, the Alt. Minister also confirmed that the new ENFIA bills will be posted on Monday and that the ENFIA goal for 2017 will also be […]

Police arrest three men over taxi driver robberies in Megara

Three men aged 18, 20 and 27 years old have been arrested for a string of taxi driver robberies in the area of Megara, with the police searching for a 22-year-old accomplice. According to the police, the gang had been operating for about four months in the area. The members would typically hail taxis in […]

Public revenue shrunk by 2.2% between January and July

According to the data available for the execution of the State Budget on a modified cash basis, the State Budget balance for the period of January – July of 2016 presented a deficit of 832 million Euros, against the target of 2016 Budget of deficit of 3.486 million Euros and the deficit of 840 million […]

Misdemeanor Court decides to detain Aegina speedboat captain

The Council of Misdemeanors in Piraeus decided that the 77-year-old speedboat captain Thrasyvoulos Lykourezos must be detained until the trial. According to the ruling, which was publicized by the Kathimerini newspaper, the captain did not call for assistance from other nearby craft to help the shipwreck victims at sea after the collision. Instead, the council […]

Opposition parties complain about television license tender

The coalition government’s tender for the television broadcasting has provoked the ire of the opposition parties. Earlier, the leader of the Independent Greeks and Minister of National Defense Panos Kammenos claimed one of candidates in the tender – Yannis Kalogritsas – is using ‘black money’ to pressure the government for a license. SYRIZA MP Giorgos […]

Negotiations to resume at Euro Working Group on Monday

The government and its creditors will resume negotiations at the Euro Working Group in Brussels on Monday. Alternate Minister of Finance Giorgos Houliarakis will represent Greece at the EWG, which will make preparations for the main talks scheduled for the Eurogroup that will take place on 9 September, where the 2.8-billion-euro tranche, second review, NSRF […]

Public revenue shrunk by 2.2% between January and July

According to the data available for the execution of the State Budget on a modified cash basis, the State Budget balance for the period of January – July of 2016 presented a deficit of 832 million Euros, against the target of 2016 Budget of deficit of 3.486 million Euros and the deficit of 840 million […]

Opposition slams gov’t over failure to tackle shortage of free preschool places

Up to 37,000 children will be turned away from state-run nursery schools, the conservative opposition has warned while slamming the left-led government for failing to solve the problem of space shortage. “[Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras’s promise of social sensibility proved to be false,” New Democracy said in a statement on Friday. The lingering financial crisis […]

Police arrest three men over taxi driver robberies in Megara

Three men aged 18, 20 and 27 years old have been arrested for a string of taxi driver robberies in the area of Megara, with the police searching for a 22-year-old accomplice. According to the police, the gang had been operating for about four months in the area. The members would typically hail taxis in […]

Cosco’s Piraeus subsidiary posts record profits

While the Cosco group as a whole posted losses of 1.1 billion USD in the first half of the year, its subsidiary at the port of Piraeus showed record profits. According to figures published by China Shipping Ports (formerly Cosco Pacific), the Piraeus subsidiary’s profits increased by 18.3 percent, or 17.9 million euros, up from […]