Authorities report 16 Turkish violations of Greek air space in one day

Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space in the northeastern, central and southeastern Aegean on Monday. According to Greek military authorities, a formation of two Turkish jets entered the Athens Flight Information Region while a CN-235 transport plane violated Greek national air space a total of 16 times. Greek jets intercepted the Turkish aircraft […]

EU states urged to meet refugee relocation pledge

The European Union’s top migration official on Monday urged member-states to meet their refugee relocation pledges by September and help alleviate the pressure on countries such as Greece and Italy which have borne the brunt of arrivals across the Mediterranean. Fewer than 14,500 asylum seekers have been relocated under the two-year plan that was supposed […]

BoG: Clear risk to the economy from the endless negotiations

Central banker Yannis Stournaras warned on Monday of the risk of a full reversal of the economy’s course as the delays in the completion of the bailout review may “put in doubt all the targets for this year, the fiscal targets, the growth targets and the credit sector targets without exception.” Addressing an event of […]

Contraction of credit continues unabated

Bank of Greece figures revealed on Monday a further contraction in the financing of the Greek economy last month, a result of the general uncertainty hanging over the economy and the drop deposits at the country’s banks. The total funding of the economy was down 2 percent year-on-year in February, from -1.5 percent in January, […]

Ex-health minister says he welcomes probe into hospital corruption

The vice president of New Democracy, Adonis Georgiadis, said on Monday that he “welcomed” an investigation into corruption at the Henry Dunant Hospital in Athens. The probe was launched after its former director Andreas Martinis made allegations about the involvement of former conservative health ministers in the sale of the hospital in 2014, including Georgiadis, […]

Thessaloniki pharmacist chief warns of medicine shortages

The Thessaloniki Pharmacists’ Association on Monday warned of serious shortages in a number of important drugs, claiming that each pharmacy on its register sends away an average of 15 customers a day and in some cases has to wait as long as four months to fill their prescriptions. “Right now we have a serious shortage […]

Eight school children feared dead in Japanese avalanche

Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort. The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo. Eight students were found with no vital signs while more than 30 people were injured, Japan’s Kyodo news agency […]

Minister slams creditors plans for PPC selloff as ‘cannibalism’

Greece’s international creditors are proposing the sale of 40 percent of the lignite and hydroelectric power plants of the Public Power Corporation, starting from July, and ending in the first half of 2018. Government officials, for their part, are doing what they can to limit the pieces of PPC in the privatization portfolio and put […]

Greek initiatives to promote health tourism and investments from Canada & US

The Department of Medical Tourism of the Institute of Scientific Research of the Panhellenic Medical Association has started a series of coordinated efforts to promote health tourism abroad. The aim is to strengthen Greece’s role in the global health tourism market which amounts to 40 billion dollars. For that reason, a conference will be held […]

EU Commission stresses the aim to reach staff level agreement by April 7

The aim is to reach a staff level agreement by the Eurogroup on April 7, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas on Monday (27/03/2017) said. The spokesman said that the negotiations between Greece and the institutions continue with the view to concluding the second programme review as soon as possible. Schinas reiterated the statement of the […]

Union of prosecutors decries targeting of members in wake of resignation

The union representing Greece’s judges and prosecutors on Monday issued a statement, expressing concern about what is described as a virtually daily phenomenon of attempts to undermine their work. The union made the statement in the wake of the decision over the weekend by top corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou to tender her resignation following claims […]

Syrian man found hanged at Piraeus passenger ferry terminal

Police and Coast Guard officers in the port of Piraeus were on Monday investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an undocumented migrant found hanged from a kiosk near a passenger ferry terminal. The gruesome sight was first seen by a passer-by who alerted the authorities. According to sources, the man was a 25-year-old Syrian […]

Russian has not approved Turkey loan to buy S-400 missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladimir Kozhin, has stated that Turkey’s application for a loan to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile system has not been approved yet. The CEO of Rostec Corporation, Sergey Chemezov, had announced earlier this month that Ankara had asked a loan from Moscow in order for Turkey to buy the Russian missile […]

IVF procedures take plunge owing to financial crisis

The number of births in Greece through in vitro fertilization (IVF) has dropped between 40 and 50 percent over the last eight years due to the financial crisis, according to experts in the field. “Couples whose fertilized eggs were frozen have contacted us and asked that they be destroyed because they decided they couldn’t have […]

The profile of the Greek tax-evader: Ernst & Young report

Ernst & Young released an analysis report outlining the profile of the Greek tax-evader. The report, which was based on criteria such as profession, place of residence and family status and presented at an event organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) and Research and Policy Institute “diaNEOsis”, revealed that the profile of a […]

Weather Forecast: Scattered rain

Scattered rain initially in the east and later in the rest of mainland Greece and northerly winds are forecast for Monday. Wind velocity will reach 7 on the Beaufort scale. Clouds and rain in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 5C-15C. Scattered clouds and rain in the evening in the western […]

Remarks by President Donald Trump at Greek Independence Day Celebration

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has marked Greek Independence Day with a rather ominous message. At a White House reception, Trump said that in the years to come “we don’t know what will be required to defend our freedom.” But he says it will take “great courage, and we will show it.” Greek Independence Day […]