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Universities delaying in submitting reports on campus violence

Administrators at Greece's universities and technical colleges are being urged to speed up their reports on bullying for a special committee on campus violence that will convene next month under former justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos.

'Greece is neither Iraq nor Syria,' FM tells Turkey

"Turkey must think about what I have been saying for two years, that Greece is neither Syria nor Iraq," Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Saturday, referring to recent tension emanating from Turkey.

Name sign comes down at FYROM airport

Workers remove the letters of the sign reading 'Alexander the Great Airport' on the front of the airport building near Skopje, on Saturday.

Europe's core values

The European Union's power stems mainly from the strength of its values rather than military might. The rule of law and institutions upholding democratic principles are the cornerstones of the European philosophy.

In this regard, Germany is quite right to demand that all members of the EU respect the values that define and shape the bloc.

Protopsalti & Xarchakos | Athens | February 24-25

Two of Greece's most respected art-house music acts, vocalist Alkistis Protopsalti and singer-composer Stavros Xarchakos, return to the stage together after several sold-out shows in the summer and autumn in which they performed original work and popular covers. This time they will be playing at Gazarte on February 24 and 25, starting at 9.30 p.m. on Saturday and 8.30 p.m. on Sunday.

After New Incident on Cyprus, EU Calls on Turkey to Rein in Naval Aggression

Just a day after it said it won't allow Cyprus to conduct a "unilateral" gas search off the Eastern Mediterranean island's coast if Turkish Cypriots don't also reap the benefits, Ankara ratcheted up tensions with Nicosia Friday when its warships threatened to use force against a drillship contracted to Italian energy giant Eni as it tried, again, to reach an area in Cyprus's exclusive economic

The EU-Turkey Meeting in Varna is far from Certain

The Council of the EU will decide, at the last possible moment, whether the key meeting for the Bulgarian presidency with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Varna will take place. This was made clear by the statement of European Council President Donald Tusk, quoted by BTA.

F-16 upgrade deal eyed after visit by US officials

A decision on whether Greece will go ahead with updating its air force fleet of 85 F-16s is expected next week after a weekend visit by a team of nine representatives of the American government and eight representatives of US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin aimed at exploring whether a deal can be reached.

Easy win for Greek hoopsters over Estonia

Greece extended its perfect record in the World Cup qualifiers beating visiting Estonia 87-75 at Iraklio on Friday.

Corporate bonds follow sovereign

The deterioration of Greece's country risk, recently reflected in the increase in sovereign bond yields after the issue of the seven-year bond on February 9, has also had a negative impact on Greek corporate bonds on the platform of the Athens Exchange.

Pair caught with 9 kilos of heroin at Igoumenitsa

Two foreign nationals were arrested on Friday by coast guard officials in Igoumenitsa, western Greece, for attempting to smuggle heroin to Ancona in Italy.

The a 72-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were detained after sniffer dogs located 9 kilos of heroin in their car before it could be driven onto the Ancona-bound ferry boat.

Putin honored by University of the Peloponnese

Russian President Vladimir Putin was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Peloponnese in a special ceremony on Friday at the Russian Embassy in Athens, which was attended by Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos.

ELPE profit slides in Q4 2017

Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE), Greece's biggest oil refiner, on Thursday reported a 21 percent drop in fourth-quarter core profit due to weaker refining margins.

The refiner said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted for oil inventory holdings, came in at 170 million euros, down from 215 million euros in the same period a year earlier.

Gov't starts Elliniko casino licensing procedure

Greece has given its gaming committee the green light to launch a tender for a new casino license, removing another obstacle for a major tourism project in Athens, which is a key conditionality of the country's international bailout.

The decision was published in Thursday's Government Gazette, the same day as Greece's top administrative court approved the project's development plan.

Progress on key sell-off fronts of Elliniko and OLTH

Two key steps for the implementation of much-needed privatization projects in Greece were taken on Thursday, with the Council of State approving the draft presidential decree for the development of the old Athens airport at Elliniko, and Parliament's ratification of the concession contract for Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH).