Pensioner shoots lawyer in Thessaloniki

A 70-year-old pensioner shot his lawyer in the latter’s Thessaloniki office on Thursday, with the victim currently undergoing surgery at a hospital in the northern port city. According to initial reports, the 70-year-old gave himself up to police after shooting the lawyer, who is said to be aged 40-45 and is a vocal proponent in […]

Lesvos rocked by early morning tremor

The eastern Aegean island of Lesvos was jolted early on Thursday morning by an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale. According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the tremor occurred at 3.55 a.m., while its epicenter was located at sea, 67 kilometers northwest of Mytilene town.

French PM to visit Athens on March 3

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is due to conduct an official visit to Athens on March 3. Cazeneuve, who is to meet with his counterpart Alexis Tsipras for talks expected to focus on the Greek reform program and Europe’s refugee crisis, is to be accompanied on his working visit by French Finance Minister Michel Sapin […]

Court clears Patra mayor, who denied GD a platform

A misdemeanors court in Patra on Thursday cleared the local mayor, Costas Peletidis, of charges of dereliction of duty that were lodged against him by Michalis Arvanitis, a former candidate for neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, in 2015 after Peletidis denied Arvanitis the right to use a municipal venue to stage a pre-election campaign. The decision to […]

Golden visa applications for investment in Greece very low

A total of 1,573 Golden Visas had been issued to 3rd country nationals on January 1s 2017, according to Enterprise Greece, the organisation responsible for running the Golden Visa program. The program allows non-EU citizens and members of their families extended visa stays in Greece under the condition they invest over 250,000 euros on property […]

Turkish survey vessel sailing between Greek islands

In the latest of a series of incidents between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea, Turkish survey vessel TCG Cesme is currently sailing in international waters between Greeks islands and mainland Greece, according to NAVTEX (244/17) -an international safety signal/warning information to ships- issued by the Turkish government on Wednesday. The vessel is sailing […]

Patra mayor’s trial over Golden Dawn candidate’s suit starts

A court in Patra on Thursday started hearing a lawsuit filed by a candidate for the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party in 2015 against the western port city’s mayor. Mayor Costas Peletidis responded on Thursday morning to dereliction of duty charges, filed after the city council unanimously denied a request by Golden Dawn parliamentary candidate Michalis […]

Ilioupoli and Agia Paraskevi metro stations closed for works on Saturday

Ilioupoli station on line 2 and Agia Paraskevi station on line 3 will be closed on Saturday for works to install the new automated ticket barriers. Peristeri station on line 2 will also close for the same reason on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week. While the work is taking place, trains will pass through […]

Embattled Greek FinMin uses Mark Twain misquote to deflect criticism that he’s avoiding briefing on Eurogroup deal

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reportedly harked back on his prep school days in England to employ a famous quote often attributed to Mark Twain in order to respond to heightened speculation over his standing in the government. The development came after Tsakalotos failed to make statements or a public appearance following a Eurogroup decision […]

Police exchange fire with robbers in northern Athens suburb

Police and five armed robbers exchanged fire during a chase through the streets of Maroussi, a residential suburb north of Athens, on Wednesday night. The robbers, who had their features covered with masks, had broken into a neighborhood convenience store on Areos Street, stealing cigarettes and any cash they could grab from the register, but […]

24-hour strike in public transport in Athens

Commuters in Athens are expected to encounter slow traffic, as track-based public transport workers (STA.SY) are on a 24-hour strike. The subway services, tram and suburban railway routes will not be operating for Thursday, February 23. Workers have also scheduled 24-hour strikes for Monday, March 1 and Friday March 4 of next week. The workers […]

Turkish provocations test Greek resolve

The recent spike in Turkish provocations in the Aegean and incendiary comments emanating from Ankara are aimed at testing Greece’s resolve, according to Greek analysts. In what was seen as its latest transgression, Turkey dispatched its Cesme research vessel to conduct surveys on Wednesday in international waters between the islands of Thasos, Samothrace and Limnos, […]

Greece okays asylum requests of 10,000 refugees

At least 10,000 refugees, including around 2,000 minors, are expected to remain in Greece over the coming three years as their asylum applications have been approved. The approved asylum claims account for about a sixth of more than 60,000 migrants who are currently stranded in Greece following the decision last year by a series of […]

Weather forecast: Fair on Thursday

Mostly fair and westerly winds are forecast for Thursday. Wind velocity will reach 5 on the Beaufort scale. Mostly fair in the northern and western parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 05C to 18C. Fair weather in the eastern parts with temperatures between 07C and 20C. Fair over the Aegean islands and Crete, […]

Cyprus reunification stalled in row over 1950 vote

Cyprus reunification talks were in disarray on Wednesday after reports the Turkish Cypriot side would not join this week’s meeting because of the commemoration by Greek Cypriots of a plebiscite on union with Greece more than 60 years ago. Talks between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were abruptly interrupted […]

Armed robbers nabbed after chase

Two armed robbers were arrested on Tuesday midnight after a chase by officers of the Dias motorcycle unit on Petrou Ralli Street in Athens. The two suspects had earlier used guns to rob an OPAP betting agency in the area of Liosia in northern Athens before making a getaway in a car. They were spotted […]