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Thessaloniki's prospects, US-Greek relations at center of discussion

The Center for Civic Reform, the US Consulate and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce hosted a discussion in Thessaloniki on Thursday that focused on the emerging prospects of the northern port city, following the impressive American presence at the Thessaloniki International Fair in September, with more than 55 innovation leaders and 75 events that revealed the depth of US-Greek business

PM attends digitization summit in Sofia

The aim of the Digital Agenda is digital transformation and modernisation of public administration, greater cyber security and the improvement of business climate in the region.

The Summit has been opened by Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel.

Turkish FM indicates 'another option' for settling Aegean dispute with Greece

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that the country's differences with Greece over the Aegean Sea will be put to the National Security Council for discussion, indicating that there is "another option" for the government besides diplomacy for resolving the dispute.

European Commission reiterates its support for former ELSTAT chief

The European Commission has "full confidence in the reliability and accuracy of data by the statistical authority in Greece under Mr Georgiou's leadership," Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen told a meeting of European parliament's plenary on Wednesday night.

Political expediency

Greece's leftist-led government has put a great deal of effort into avoiding the implementation of pension cuts.

However, according to data from the European Union's statistics office Eurostat, the impact of Greece's other social transfers (such as state unemployment and housing benefits) on poverty reduction is much smaller when compared with other members of the bloc.

Police dog sniffs out hashish hidden in car

Police said on Wednesday that a sniffer dog discovered 32 kilograms of hashish hidden in the car of a 36-year-old foreign national who attempted to cross into Kilkis, northern Greece, from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia last Friday.

IOBE: Property taxation harming the economy

The existing property tax framework in Greece hampers the expansion of its real estate sector, a report published this week in Athens has found.

Greece's primary budget surplus for Jan-Oct beats target

Greece's central government exceeded its target and achieved a primary budget surplus of 6.46 billion euros (5.63 billion pounds) in the 10 months to October, thanks to higher revenues and lower spending, finance ministry data showed on Wednesday.

Eighteen people in hospital from latest migrant van crash

Greek authorities say 18 people were hospitalized after the latest in a string of often fatal road accidents involving vehicles smuggling migrants through northern Greece.

Police say a van driven by a suspected migrant smuggler and crammed with another 46 people veered off a road and crashed near the northeastern town of Didymoteicho overnight Wednesday.

Lost Аncient City was Discovered During Excavations in Greece

Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.

EU Warns Against 'Politicising' Gruevski Case

After the Macedonian Interior Ministry said former prime minister Nikola Gruevski had fled to Hungary and was applying for political asylum there, an EU spokesperson told BIRN that Brussels was following events and hoped the case would not be politicised. 

Georgiou case to be discussed at EP plenary on Wednesday

The European Parliament plenary will on Wednesday hold a debate on the case of Andreas Georgiou, the former head of Greece's statistical service (ELSTAT), and the independence of statistical authorities in the members of the European Union.

The session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Greek time.

Kotzias: 'Tsipras behaved like Pontius Pilate'

Nikos Kotzias, who resigned as Greece's foreign minister last month, has criticized Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for failing to support him in his dispute with junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos over the Prespes accord.

"Tsipras behaved like Pontius Pilate," Kotzias told News 24/7 Wednesday, a reference to the Roman governor who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.