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Kotzias begins pivotal visit to Skopje as name talks progress

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrived in Skopje on Thursday evening for a landmark visit as talks between the two sides appear to be edging toward a resolution on the longstanding "Macedonia" name dispute. 

East Med gas could supply Europe

The East Mediterranean could become a hub to export gas to Europe - and the fastest and cheapest way to do that is to utilize idle processing plants in Egypt, a senior official for Italy's ENI said Wednesday.

China's Fosun to bid again for Ethniki Insurance

Chinese group Fosun formally expressed its interest in Greece's leading insurance company Ethniki on Thursday, at a price that should be adjusted based on the firm's financial data, according to Fosun's senior vice president and executive board director Lan Kang.

Citigroup sees growth at just 1.4 pct in 2018

Citigroup expects the Greek economy and the budget to miss the targets set by the government and the European Commission for this year and next, as its growth and primary surplus estimates are considerably lower than the official forecasts.

Labor market picture looks bleak

Unemployment in Greece stands at a rate of 27.5 percent when underemployment is included, according to a report by the Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (INE-GSEE).

Demand for air seats to Greece soars

Demand from foreign tour operators for air seats to Greece this year is showing an annual increase of 21 percent, according to the air carriers schedules.

Objective values to rise for 60 pct of property zones

The adjusted property rates used for taxation purposes (known as "objective values") will be increased in 6,070 zones around the country, Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou stated on Thursday. Speaking on Sto Kokkino radio, she added that the state revenues from the Single Property Tax (ENFIA) will remain the same.