ND: “Georgiadis comments on communists were wrong”

The spokesperson for the main opposition party Giorgos Koumoutsakos argued that recent provocative statements by party Vice President Adonis Georgiadis “were wrong”. “If you visit any place in the world and say that you are a communist, they put you in prison. Only Greece does the opposite happen” claimed New Democracy’s VP on Monday, adding […]

Labour Min Katrougalos meets with institutions’ representatives on labour issues

Labour Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and the representatives of the institutions meet on Tuesday (25/10) to discuss labour issues. In statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Katrougalos expressed his optimism over a positive outcome of the negotiations. He underlined that the negotiations will be hard as the IMF is an “extreme player.” However, he estimated […]

US Ambassador Pyatt ‘determined’ to develop ties with Greece

The new United States ambassador for Greece Geoffrey Pyatt appears determined to further develop bilateral ties with Greece, following comments he made in his first public appearance after the presentation of his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. In his statements from the deck of the USS Mount Whitney – flagship […]

Samos: Hot spot at ‘busting point’ with 2,126 asylum seekers

Conditions at the hot spot on the island of Samos are becoming increasingly tough as there are currently 2,126 migrants and refugees accommodated there, when the facility was designed to house 850. In the past 24 hours a total of 82 refugees arrive on the island, according to the Ministry of Migration Policy, while 20 […]

Pappas: The courts judge, they do not legislate

“The courts judge, they do not legislate. The laws are composed by Parliament” argued State Minister Nikos Pappas ahead of a decision by the Council of State οn the television licensing law. In an interview for the Praktorio 104.9 FM radio station, the State Minister noted that the tender has finished and that the funds […]

Mid-season sales start on November 1

The mid-season sales in Athens will start on Tuesday, November 1 and will run until Thursday, November 10. The stores in the Greek capital will optionally open on Sunday 6 November from 11:00 to 20:00.

Justice, energy and public administration on Tuesday’s agenda

The negotiations between the Greek government and the institutions continue on Tuesday, with justice, energy and public administration being on the Tuesday’s agenda. In the meetings that took place on Monday, the government’s budget targets were discussed, following Eurostat’s downward revision of Greece’s primary surplus for 2015 (from 0.7% GDP to 0.2% GDP). Government sources […]

No ruling on TV licenses; judges to reconvene on Wednesday

A meeting of top administrative judges on whether a recent government auction of TV licenses is in line with the Greek Constitution ended without a decision on Monday night, with the Council of State expected to reconvene on Wednesday. Judges met for over three hours at the Council’s central Athens headquarters to hear representatives of […]

ESM approves 2.8 billion euro tranche to Greece on Tuesday

The European Stability Mechanism’s board of directors convened on Tuesday morning and decided to authorize the disbursement of the 2.8 billion euro trance to Greece. The full statement is as follows: “Today’s decision to disburse €2.8 billion to Greece is a sign that the Greek people are steadily making progress in reforming their country. The […]

Moria camp damaged in riots as rumors fly

Migrants on Monday attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) inside the Moria hot spot on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, completely destroying four container office units and damaging another two during a protest that was contained by riot police. Officials said the protesters, most of them men from Pakistan, threw […]

EWG greenlights disbursement of remaining 1.7 billion euros

The Euro Working Group has approved the payment of the second tranche installment (worth 1.7 billion euros) following the completion of the first bailout program review. Disbursement of the tranche confirms that the government has achieved its goals. The 2.8 billion euro of the first review was initially split into two installments as there were […]

Disagreement between institutions and Greece could lead to more measures

After three days of negotiations between the relevant Greek delegations and the country’s creditors no progress has been in the talks. During the first meetings the representatives of the institutions question whether the government can meet the 2017 primary surplus budget target, opening the window of more measures economic measures being implemented. The creditors have […]

Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy

Partly cloudy and northerly winds are forecast for Tuesday. Wind velocity will reach 6 on the Beaufort scale. Cloudy in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 12C to 21C. Mostly fair in the western parts with temperatures between 14C and 24C. Partly cloudy in the eastern parts with temperatures between 15C […]

Agreement reached on out-of-court settlement for business debts

The Greek government and institutions have reportedly reached an agreement ‘in principle’ for the creation of a legislative framework for the out-of-court settlement of debts accumulated by businesses and self-employed, in a meeting carried out on Sunday. According to the reports, the Ministers of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Giorgos Stathakis presented the main points […]

ELSTAT: Public debt increases to €315bn in second half of 2016

The Greek statistics authority ELSTAT has published its latest figures of the quarterly non-financial accounts of General Government for the second quarter of 2016, according to which the country’s public debt increased to 315.29 billion euros, from 301.26 billion euros last year. The quarterly non-financial accounts of General Government provide information on the aggregates constituting […]

Council of State reconvenes to debate television licenses

The State Council is scheduled to convene behind closed doors on Monday afternoon in order to discuss the television licensing law, with another meeting scheduled for Wednesday. The decision for a closed doors meeting appears to have been taken by the Council president Nikolaos Sakellariou. State Councilor Georgios Papageorgiou is scheduled to complete his presentation. […]

Talks with institutions on fiscal and welfare issues on Monday

The Minister of Finances Euclid Tsakalotos and his Deputy Giorgos Houliarakis are scheduled to meet with the institutions in Athens on Monday morning, to discuss the fiscal matters at 10, followed by social welfare issues at noon, with the participation of Alternate Minister of Social Solidarity Theano Fotiou. On Sunday an agreement appears to have […]

Tsipras: “Our creditors must fulfill their commitments on debt”

“The Mediterranean, besides a common place of cultures and religions, is an area of shared experiences. We are communities with distinct characteristics” argued Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the annual Euromed Summit, adding that “we therefore have a common interest to work together to promote joint initiatives and priorities at a European level”. During his […]

Retired police officer surrenders, faces murder charges

A 60-year-old retired police officer finally gave himself up after reportedly shooting and killing a 68-year-old gym owner and neighbor in the area of Ambelokipi on Friday. According to the official reports, the two men had an argument earlier in the day and the retired police officer returned with a gun and shot the 68-year-old […]