Category: GREECE

Per capita GDP shrinks 0.8 pct in 2014, ELSTAT reports

Per capita gross domestic product declined by 0.8 percent across Greece in 2014 compared with the previous year, figures published by statistical authority ELSTAT on Tuesday show. The biggest decline, according to ELSTAT’s Regional Accounts report, was noted in mainland (Sterea) Greece, the Peloponnese and Central Macedonia, where per capita GDP shrank by 3.5, 1.9 […]

Two Turkish F-16 jets violate Greek airspace

Continuing its provocations towards Greece, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets violated Greek national airspace, Tuesday. The two aircraft flew over the island of Panagia at an altitude of 25,000 feet. The jets had infringed the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) south of the island of Chios at 11.05am.

Robbers attempt to break into dairy plant north of Athens

Seven robbers tied up a security guard and threatened three workers at a dairy plant north of Athens in the early hours of Tuesday during a botched heist. The assailants drove into the forecourt of the Olympus dairy factory in Kapandriti, on the 27th kilometer of the Athens-Lamia highway, and immobilized the security guard and […]

The government will not accept new measures, gov’t spokesman reiterates

The government has reiterated that it will never accept the legislation of new measures, State Minister and government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in an interview with Kontra Channel. “The 4.5 billion euro measures will not be made acceptable,” he underlined. Tzanakopoulos said that the government aims at a decision during the January 26 Eurogroup that […]

Snow makes comeback in central, northern Greece

Authorities in the areas of Ioannina and Volos in northern and central Greece were struggling on Tuesday with a new wave of snow following last week’s cold snap. Schools in many parts of both areas were ordered to remain closed, as snow and ice made driving treacherous in many parts of the city’s outskirts and […]

Greece vs. Schauble on “new” program

With the timeframe of the completion of the second review of the Greek bailout program uncertain, and the possibility of the IMF departing from the program becoming more likely, the Greek side is “battling” it out with the harshest proponent of more austerity, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble. Despite Mr. Schauble’s stark warning to the […]

Tsipras phone contacts with Guterres, Juncker over Cyprus negotiations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday spoke separately by phone with the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with discussions focusing directly on the latest negotiations aimed to find a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem. A renewed multi-party conference will resume this week in Geneva. According […]

Thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired permanently

The government plans to introduce an amendment that will allow thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired on a permanent basis via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), Minister of State Christoforos Vernardakis said in an interview Monday. The move follows an amendment included in a zoning bill that was passed in […]

Tourism spending falls by 300 million euros

According to the Bank of Greece’s (BoG) final data for the 9-monthly term on major indices in Greek tourism, the average spending of tourists per trip fell by approximately 300 million euros (13.2%) in comparison to 2015. The data, published by Kathimerini, showed there was a 1 billion-euro decline in tourism revenue in the first […]

Second man dies on freezing migrant route near Turkey in Greece

Police in a region of Greece that borders Turkey say another person has died of hypothermia on a route used by migrant smugglers despite freezing temperatures. Authorities said the body of a man was discovered buried in snow outside a Greek village on Monday. They think he probably died over the weekend. The man was […]

Weather forecast: Rain on Tuesday

Rain and winds from variable directions are forecast for Tuesday. Wind velocity will reach 7 on the Beaufort scale. Snow or rain in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from -04C to 05C. Snow in the mountainous and semi mountainous areas and rain in the lowlands of western and eastern Greece with […]

Athens court OKs highly-anticipated Marinopoulos supermarket rescue plan

A long-awaited decision approving a restructuring plan for the bankrupt Marinopoulos super market group was finally issued on Monday by a three-justice Athens first instance court. The substance of the court decision essentially opens the path for a merger of Marinopoulos with rival Sklavenitis, under a new company that will be wholly owned and managed […]

Police on Crete detain two over murder of businessman

Police in the Cretan port of Irakleio on Monday detained two suspects in connection with the murder of a 39-year-old businessman whose body was found in a ditch near the village of Rogdia five days after his disappearance. According to sources, the badly bruised body of the businessman was found on Thursday January 5 next […]

Vitsas: We want the programme review to close as soon as possible

We want the programme review to close as soon as possible, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Monday (16/01/2017) adding that with hard effort we can bridge the gap in fiscal, labour and energy issues. In statements to SKAI TV, he said that the issue has not yet closed as a result of different […]

Gov’t drafts law for electronic foreclosures to get around protests

After months of protesters blocking notaries’ access to courthouses around the country in protest at property foreclosures, the government has drafted legislation that will allow the auctions to take place online. According to Kathimerini, Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis has been working closely with associations representing the country’s notaries to draft a bill that will allow […]

Chiefs of 3 Greek military branches replaced

The chiefs of the general staff of the Hellenic army, navy and air force were reportedly reshuffled on Monday morning, after a surprise meeting and subsequent decision by a high-ranking Cabinet committee, known as KYSEA in its Greek-language acronym. The committee is usually chaired by the prime minister, although no official announcement had been made […]

Aegean islands see new spike in arrival of migrants from Turkey

A total of 130 migrants arrived on the islands of the northern Aegean from neighboring Turkey on Sunday, according to government figures that were made public on Monday. Of the 130, 102 landed on Lesvos and 28 on Chios. According to police records, a total of 10,780 migrants who have reached the Aegean islands have […]