Latest News from Greece

Tsitsipas aiming for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Four days after winning the ATP Next Gen final in Milan, Greece's young tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas was on Wednesday received by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion in Athens.

'I have nothing to hide,' ex PM Simitis says

Former Prime Minister Costas Simitis has reacted to reports that Greek anti money-laundering authorities have requested the opening of his bank accounts saying he has "nothing to hide."

Describing the allegations contained in the report published in Ta Nea daily Wednesday as "slanderous," Simitis said he would respond to them after finding out "who is behind them."

Senior official Ciamba, sworn in as new minister-delegate for European affairs

At the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday, George Ciamba was sworn in as the new minister-delegate for European affairs, with President Klaus Iohannis underlining on this occasion that the preparations for Romania's presidency of the Council of the European Union have reached the home stretch.

Authorities request opening of ex PM's bank accounts

Greece's anti money-laundering authorities have begun the process to open bank accounts held by Costas Simitis, family members of the ex socialist prime minister, and two former PASOK ministers, according to a report in Ta Nea newspaper on Wednesday which was confirmed by officials.

Greek public sector workers strike for higher pay

Greece's largest public sector union staged a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday, demanding wage and pension increases from a government still bound to keeping expenditure in check by its lenders.

The strike by the ADEDY union is the first major strike since Greece exited its bailout program in August.

US State Department backs Cyprus's right to drill in EEZ

Hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged all parties engaging in gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean not to pressure it over Ankara's own energy plans in the region, the US State Department said Washington "discourages any actions or rhetoric that increase tensions in the region."

Germany will accept delay to pension cuts

The German government intends to support Athens's demand not to implement planned cuts to Greek pensions issued before May 2016, thereby backing Alexis Tsipras's administration ahead of national elections in Greece, according to sources cited by Bloomberg on Tuesday.

Erdogan reiterates that Turkey will persist with search for gas

In what was seen as a warning aimed at Greece, Cyprus and the US, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged all parties engaging in gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean not to pressure it over Ankara's own energy plans in the region.

Benefits make small dent in poverty

Excluding pensions, social benefits in Greece are far less effective compared to those in other European Union member-states when it comes to reducing the number of people at risk of poverty, according to Eurostat data for 2017.

The name deal and Kammenos's endgame

The stance of Independent Greeks (ANEL), the junior nationalist party in Greece's leftist-led coalition, on the name deal reached with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continues to resemble a kind of theater of the absurd.

Scenes from a jungle

The disturbing images of anti-establishment group members clashing with police officers during the trial of 21 anarchists at a courthouse in Athens yesterday morning is unprecedented - or rather it would be more correct to say that it is unprecedented by European standards.

Samos mayor calls for migrant transfers

The mayor of Samos, Michalis Angelopoulos, has written to Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas calling for the immediate transfer of migrants from the island's identification and processing center, or hotspot, to the mainland due to overcrowding.

The facility on the island is currently hosting 5,000 migrants and refugees - much more than the 648 it was designed to hold.

Greek Cypriots protest 1974 invasion

A group of Greek-Cypriot university students went on a two-day hunger strike on Tuesday outside the Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the unilateral proclamation of the Turkish-Cypriot state in the occupied north of Cyprus on Thursday.

A march to the Turkish Consulate has also been planned for Thursday.

Notable rise in visits to museums, archaeological sites

Museums and archaeological sites in Greece have welcomed more visitors in the first seven months of 2018 while revenues have grown, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said in a statement on Monday.

Hellenic Petroleum bid deadline pushed back

Greece has told short-listed investors to submit final bids for a majority stake in its biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE) by January, two sources close to the sale said on Monday, pushing the deadline back from November.