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ForMin Melescanu, at CAE meeting in Luxembourg; stage of progress in files on security and defence on ministers' agenda

Head of the Romanian diplomacy Teodor Melescanu will participate on Monday in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (CAE) to be held in Luxembourg, where the EU member states' Foreign ministers will have a joint working session with the Ministers of Defence, on which occasion they will assess the stage of progress in security and defence.

Greece to seek fair distribution of burdens in mini summit on migration

Greece will reiterate its standing positions on migration at the informal mini EU summit in Brussels on Sunday, emphasizing the need to revise the European asylum policy to have a fair distribution of the burdens created by the refugee crisis.

Early commuters to be inconvenienced Monday

Early morning commuters will be inconvenienced on Monday as Athens metro staff are to walk off the job until 9 a.m., the morning rush hour.

The walkout is to affect metro lines 2 and 3, but not Line 1, also known as the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway.

Sting hails Greece's role in helping migrants, blasts world leaders

British singer and actor Sting called world leaders "half men and cowards" on Saturday for their inability to solve the refugee crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already played down expectations of a breakthrough at hastily-arranged talks among EU leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe and threatening her own government.

Left-wing terrorism still active in Greece, Europol report finds

Greece, and to a lesser extent Italy and Spain, are the only countries in the European Union still facing the threat of left-wing violence, Europol said in its annual "Terrorism Situation and Trend" (TESAT) report.

Over one in three at risk of poverty in Greece

Over a third of the country's population - i.e. 34.8 percent or 3.7 million people - are considered at risk of poverty or social exclusion according to the 2017 survey on households' incomes and living conditions by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Tsipras marks agreement on Greek debt with red tie

Donning a red tie, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday hailed the Eurogroup debt deal clinched on Thursday as "historic," insisting that Greece is finally turning a page after eight years of bailouts.

Greek PM dons tie in sartorial relief over bailout end

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has donned a tie, for the first time in more than three years in office, to celebrate the debt relief deal agreed by the country's creditors.

Tsipras sported the burgundy tie with a white shirt and blue suit during a speech Friday to lawmakers from his left-led coalition government in Athens. It sat slightly askew.

Greece, Egypt and Cyprus to hold joint exercise south of Crete

A joint land and air exercise between Greece and Egypt, with the participation of Cypriot forces, is set to begin on Sunday in an area stretching from the island of Crete to the coast of the North African country.

Greece will take part in the exercise, dubbed Medusa 6, with two frigates, a submarine, a C-130 plane, eight F-16 jets, one AWACS, one Chinook helicopter and two Apaches.

Germany Pockets EUR 2.9 Billion from Greece Bailouts

Yahoo News - Germany has earned some 2.9 billion euros ($3.5 billion) since 2010 on Greek debt bought to help the struggling country, a government report seen by AFP showed Thursday.

"Contrary to all the rightwing myths, Germany profited massively from the crisis in Greece," said Sven-Christian Kindler, a Greens party MP whose question to the finance ministry uncovered the figure.

How Greece will exit its bailout program and what it means

Europe has agreed on a plan to finally shepherd Greece out of its bailout program and keep it afloat in coming years.

The country's fellow states in the euro currency union said early Friday that they would give Greece its last loans and ease the cost of repaying old ones.

The Netherlands Gave the Green Light for Macedonia's Talks with the EU, but are Expected to Veto Negotiations with Albania

The Hague, 22 June 2018 (MIA) - The Dutch parliament blocked on Thursday (21 June) the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania. The EU summit will decide on 28-29 June whether to open negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. All decisions concerning the EU accession process are decided at the EU level with unanimity, which means that any member country can block the process.

Culture minister raises Parthenon Marbles' return during London visit

Greek Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou brought up the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece during a visit to London this week, the ministry said in a press release on Friday.

The minister was in the British capital to participate in an event celebrating 100 years from the founding of the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History at King's College London.