Varoufakis urges Tsipras to ditch negotiations with lenders
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Varoufakis urges Tsipras to ditch negotiations with lenders

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to turn his back on Greece’s lenders, adopt a parallel payment system that he was…

Broadcasting tender officially canceled
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Broadcasting tender officially canceled

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

Several months after the Council of State deemed that the tender launched by the government for four nationwide TV broadcasting permits was unconstitutional, the coalition has officially…

Border blockade delays FYROM cargo
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Border blockade delays FYROM cargo

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

Tens of thousands of tons of cargo destined for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) started to pile up at the northern port of Thessaloniki Friday…

Athens sticks to low-profile responses as Ankara ups rhetoric over islets
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Athens sticks to low-profile responses as Ankara ups rhetoric over islets

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

The fallout from Ankara after the Supreme Court’s decision last week not to extradite eight servicemen to stand trial in Turkey for their alleged role in the…

Lawyer resigns from defense of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos’s killer
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Lawyer resigns from defense of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos’s killer

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

Celebrity lawyer Alexis Kougias on Friday resigned as lead counsel for Epaminondas Korkoneas, the police officer found guilty of killing 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in the central Athens…

Streets in downtown Athens to close Sunday morning for race
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Streets in downtown Athens to close Sunday morning for race

Sokratis - Feb 04, 2017

A running event to be held in downtown Athens on Sunday will result in traffic restrictions in the city center from 6 a.m. to noon. Vehicles will…

After Eurogroup upset, government looks for way forward
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After Eurogroup upset, government looks for way forward

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

The government is mulling the way forward after Thursday’s Eurogroup, which piled more pressure on Athens to legislate measures now for the period after 2018, when the…

Chios residents tense over rumors of new refugee camp
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Chios residents tense over rumors of new refugee camp

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

Speculation that authorities are planning to construct an additional migrant reception center to ease congestion at the existing hot spot on the eastern Aegean island of Chios…

Kammenos urges Ankara to respect ‘democratic process’
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Kammenos urges Ankara to respect ‘democratic process’

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday not to extradite the eight officers that Turkey has accused of treason has added another thorn to the already strained relationship…

Second man dies at Lesvos migrant camp
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Second man dies at Lesvos migrant camp

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

A 46-year-old Syrian man was found dead in his tent in the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos on Saturday morning. He was the second person to die…

Teachers complain about freezing classrooms
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Teachers complain about freezing classrooms

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

The majority of Greece’s schools are not adequately heated, leaving students and staff having to sit through freezing classes, the teachers’ federation DOE has claimed in a…

Protesting farmers try to reach the northern borders
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Protesting farmers try to reach the northern borders

Sokratis - Jan 28, 2017

Greek police on Friday obstructed farmers protesting hikes to tax and social security contribution payments from moving their tractors to block the Promachonas checkpoint on the country’s…

Patra man, 22, found hanged on his balcony
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Patra man, 22, found hanged on his balcony

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

A 22-year-old student hung himself from a fourth-floor apartment balcony in Patra, in the Peloponnese, on Saturday, in an apparent suicide. According to reports, a neighbor saw…

As Tsakalotos seeks to restart review, PM must keep lid on SYRIZA dissent
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As Tsakalotos seeks to restart review, PM must keep lid on SYRIZA dissent

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is bracing for a Eurogroup summit on Thursday where he is expected to present a set of concessions on thorny issues that have…

Technical glitch causes power cuts in northern Greece
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Technical glitch causes power cuts in northern Greece

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Parts of Rhodope and the whole regional unit of Evros, in northern Greece, suffered a power outage at noon on Saturday due to a technical glitch at…

Riot police attacked in Exarchia
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Riot police attacked in Exarchia

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Riot police units stationed in Athens’s Exarchia district were attacked by self-styled anarchists on Friday night, authorities said. The incident occurred on Tositsa Street, outside the Athens…

Greek farmers on standby
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Greek farmers on standby

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Farmers in the northern Greek regions of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace threatened over the weekend to renew protest action against the leftist-led government’s “painful measures.” “It so…

Kotzias calls for scrapping of system of guarantees in Cyprus
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Kotzias calls for scrapping of system of guarantees in Cyprus

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over the weekend repeated his call for the dismantling of the system of guarantees and the removal of Turkish forces from the…

Cyprus leaders to meet on Thursday in Nicosia
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Cyprus leaders to meet on Thursday in Nicosia

Sokratis - Jan 21, 2017

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet this coming Thursday in Nicosia to process and assess the results of the meetings held in…

Lesvos mayor grants prize money to two fishermen who saved hundreds at sea
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Lesvos mayor grants prize money to two fishermen who saved hundreds at sea

Sokratis - Jan 14, 2017

Authorities on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos have announced that the money from the 2016 Olof Palme prize awarded to its mayor and his counterpart in…