Category: GREECE

EU hopes Greece will drop objections to unity declaration

EU officials said on Thursday they were hopeful Greece would drop its eleventh-hour objections to a declaration marking the bloc’s 60th birthday, sparing it a major embarrassment as it struggles for unity despite the looming departure of Britain. The leaders of the European Union’s 27 remaining states will mark the anniversary at a gathering in […]

Weather Forecast: Mostly fair

Mostly fair weather and northerly winds are forecast for Friday. Wind velocity will reach 5 on the Beaufort scale. Partly cloudy in the northern and western parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 06C to 22C. Mostly fair in the eastern parts with temperatures between 09C and 22C. Mostly fair over the Aegean islands […]

Checking for uninsured vehicles will not start before May

The process for the identification of uninsured vehicles will not begin before mid-May, as the Finance Ministry will first try to locate the vehicles with debts from road tax due for the years 2013-16. This emerged following a meeting between the president of the Athens Professional Chamber (EEA), Yiannis Hatzitheodosiou, and the head of the […]

Greek objections mar preparations for EU’s 60th birthday

Greece has stuck to its objections to a declaration to mark the European Union’s 60th anniversary, officials in Brussels and Athens said on Thursday, a potentially embarrassing setback for the bloc as it seeks to rebuild unity ahead of Brexit. The leaders of the EU’s 27 remaining states will mark the anniversary on Saturday at […]

Athens police net gang that preyed on vulnerable

A gang that robbed elderly people and teenagers in the northern suburbs of Athens has been broken up, police said on Thursday, adding that five suspects – three minors, aged 12, 14 and 15, and two adults, 20 and 23 – had been arrested. According to the investigation, the gang targeted people who would put […]

Immigration officers detain illegal nurses at Nikaia

Officers of the Greek Police’s immigration department on Thursday detained five women who are alleged to have been working illegally as nurses at the Nikaia General Hospital near Piraeus. The women – two Georgians, two Bulgarians and an Albanian national – had no nursing qualifications or health insurance, according to police sources.

EU envoy: Three million migrants waiting to cross into Greece

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday underlined the need to safeguard a deal between Brussels and Ankara to curb human smuggling in the Aegean, noting that some 3 million refugees were in Turkey waiting to cross into Greece in a bid to reach Western and Northern Europe. In comments during a visit to […]

Aegean announces higher turnover, lower after-tax profits for 2016

Aegean Airlines on Thursday announced consolidated turnover exceeding one billion euros in 2016, a first for the Greece-based carrier, and a 4-percent increase from 2015. Nevertheless, after-tax profits dropped 53 percent to reach 32.2 million euros, with EBITDA at 76.8 million euros Passenger volume increased by 7 percent, reaching 12.5 million passengers for the year.

PM Tsipras departs for Rome

The European leaders will gather on Saturday in Rome to decide the next steps of the European structure which celebrates its 60-year anniversary. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras departs for Rome on Thursday to participate in the summit having already expressed his positions. “We will either seek the social contract or we will reproduce divisions.” The […]

Study: Tax evasion in Greece between 11 to 16 bln€ annually

A reduction in currently punishing tax rates, cultivating a tax- paying consciousness and a better exploitation of state-of-the-art digital tools, especially an almost universal use of electronic transactions, are the primary axes for dealing with the so-called “underground” or “grey economy”, as well as tax evasion, according to the findings of a high-profile study unveiled […]

ELA-ceiling for Greek banks increased by 0.4 bln€

The Bank of Greece (BoG) on Thursday announced that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) governing council did not object to an ELA ceiling for Greek banks of 46.6 billion euros, up until April 5, 2017. The development comes in the wake of a request by the BoG. “The increase of 0.4 billion euros in the […]

Theresa May: Two Greeks among the injured!

According to the British Prime Minister Theresa May, there are two Greeks among the injured of the Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Westminster, London. May revealed this information during her speech in the British Parliament, where she also mentioned the ethnicity of the other injured people. This comes as a surprise since the Greek authorities had […]

Woman and child injured in clashes at Chios migrant camp

A woman and a child were injured in overnight clashes between Afghan and Algerian migrants at a camp on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on Wednesday night. No details were released regarding their ages or the exact nature of their injuries, though, a local news site, said the pair was taken to hospital. […]

Greece, stokes fears of fallout

Police and the fire service in northern Greece were on Wednesday investigating the cause of a large fire that ripped through a 600-year-old Ottoman mosque in Didymoteicho in the early hours of the morning, causing extensive damage but no injuries. The Bayezid Mosque, a cultural monument rather than a functioning prayer site, had been undergoing […]

Greek Foreign Ministry: No Greeks among London terror attacks

The Greek Foreign Ministry released a statement expressing its horror over the “hideous and cowardly terrorist attack” in London, Wednesday. “Greece unequivocally condemns terrorism and stands by the government and people OF THE United Kingdom”, the statement reads. The statement stresses that the Greek Embassy is closely following the ongoing developments, adding that so far […]

Dijsselbloem comes under southern fire for comments on women, drink

With the backlash over the derogatory remarks about crisis-stricken Southern European made by Jeroen Dijsselbloem – the chief of the eurozone’s finance ministers – in full swing on Wednesday, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said the Dutch official was divisive and “completely misguided.” “[The comment] adopts stereotypes that widen the chasm between north and south,” […]

Weather Forecast: Mostly fair on Thursday

Mostly fair weather and northerly winds are forecast for Thursday. Wind velocity will reach 5 on the Beaufort scale. Partly cloudy in the northern and western parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 06C to 22C. Mostly fair in the eastern parts with temperatures between 09C and 22C. Mostly fair over the Aegean islands […]