Category: Χωρίς κατηγορία

Activists, migrants squatting in city buildings

Residents and shop owners in parts of central Athens have told Kathimerini that an increasing number of derelict buildings are being occupied by activists and refugees and that appeals to the police and local authorities to intervene have failed to produce a solution. More than 15 buildings have been occupied in the city center, Exarchia […]

Man opens fire on police in Omonia

Police exchanged gunfire in central Omonia Square with a man “acting suspiciously” on Saturday morning, authorities said. According to reports, the man, a foreign national, allegedly opened fire on police, injuring one officer, after refusing to stop for questioning while walking down the street. Police said they fired back and eventually caught up with the […]

Seamen’s Union calls 48-hour strike

Ferries are expected to stay docked in ports across Greece on Friday and Saturday as seamen stage a 48-hour strike in protest at the latest round of cuts to pensions and job insecurity. PNO has warned of an escalation of action if the left-led government does not address its concerns.

Bailout review needs a debt agreement, eurozone official says

The second bailout review is unlikely to conclude without an agreement on a Greek debt settlement that would satisfy the International Monetary Fund, a senior eurozone official said on Friday. However, he added that, despite the expected difficulties, he was optimistic that a deal could be reached within 2016. “I am convinced it is possible […]

Cyprus president urges Turkey to help reunification talks

Turkey’s input will be pivotal in overcoming key obstacles preventing a deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus, the island’s president said Friday ahead of crucial talks in Switzerland next week. Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, says he and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have made significant progress on numerous issues making an envisioned federation workable. […]

PM removes some who opposed reforms, brings in new faces

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proceeded on Friday with a long-awaited government reshuffle, moving out some ministers who have opposed bailout reforms and bringing some new blood into the administration. Tsipras chose to keep most of the ministers closely involved in bailout talks with representatives of Greece’s international creditors, including Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, in the […]

EU official: Cyprus accord ‘game changer’ for bloc, region

A deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus would be a “game changer” for the European Union and a conflict-wracked region in need of good news to restore faith in diplomacy and political discourse, the EU’s foreign policy chief said Friday. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, said a Cyprus deal would […]

CoS TV law ruling: Government and parties’ reactions

The bombshell ruling by Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, the Council of State (CoS), against the constitutionality of the TV law passed by the Greek government portents serious developments in the domestic political system, with opposition parties calling for early elections and the government harshly criticising the court’s decision. The Greek government reacted to the decision […]

Downtown Athens resembles “war zone” as police and anarchists clash

Clashes between police forces and extreme left anti-establishment groups broke out around the area of the Polytechnic University, in downtown Athens, Wednesday evening. About 100 anarchists barricaded themselves in the university’s yard and started throwing firebombs, flares and other objects against riot police that formed a line around the building. Police responded by making extensive […]

Germany proposes north Africa centers for rescued migrants

Migrants rescued at sea should be taken to centers in north Africa where their claims for asylum in European Union countries can be studied, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed Thursday. De Maiziere made the suggestion as he arrived for a Luxembourg meeting of EU interior ministers who are trying to slow the migrant […]

PM backs reform of religion classes

Recent comments by Education Minister Nikos Filis, who questioned the role of the Church during the 1967-74 military dictatorship, have irked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to sources Monday who nevertheless said that the premier still backs his minister’s plan to reform religious education. Tsipras is said to be wary that the spat – Filis’s […]

Prior actions on Wednesday’s government-institutions agenda

The talks between government officials and the institutions continue on Wednesday, as the Greek side aims to complete the outstanding prior actions necessary for the second bailout review and the 2.8-billion-euro tranche. As such the meetings kick off on Wednesday with Ministers of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Giorgos Stathakis debating the country’s growth strategy […]

Interim Real Life Evidence Findings Confirm Effectiveness of EYLEA® in Patients with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Only anti-VEGF treatment for wet AMD to replicate outcomes from randomized clinical trials in routine clinical practice Bayer Pharma AG today announced new data from the interim analysis of the real life evidence (RLE) study RAINBOW. In this study of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) patients treated in France, EYLEA® (aflibercept solution for injection […]

Tsakalotos: Expresses opposition to sanctions on Spain, Portugal over excessive budget deficits

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Monday expressed opposition during a same-dayEurogroup meeting to the possibility of Commission-imposed sanctions against Spain and Portugal, according to Greek government sources. According to the same sources, Tsakalotos spoke after Germany’s Wolfgang Schauble and said Athens considers that countries which have made major efforts at fiscal readjustment should not […]