Latest News from Greece

Air raid sirens to sound across Greece on Tuesday

Greek soldiers take part in the annual Parmenion large-scale military and civil defense exercise of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, which began on Friday. As part of the exercise, air raid sirens will go off across Greece on Tuesday every 60 seconds, starting at 11 a.m.  and ending at 11.05 a.m.

Illegal crossings in Meriç River doubled

The number of irregular migrants crossing the Meriç (Evros or Maritsa) River to enter Greece from Turkey has more than doubled in the first nine months of 2018, compared with the whole year of 2017.

All eyes in Athens on Skopje

With speculation mounting that Greece could he heading for early polls in May, the ratification or not of the name deal by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is expected to determine the hot-button issue of the election campaign.

Kotzias in Barcelona for Mediterranean summit

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias was in Barcelona on Monday to join his European and regional counterparts at the 3rd Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean.

The summit, now in its 10th year, is to focus on regional issues and prospects for cooperation.

It is to be opened by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell.

Drunken motorist arrested outside Parliament after long car chase

After a long car chase that started on the Attiki Odos and culminated outside Greece's Parliament, police early on Monday detained an inebriated motorist.

The upheaval began at 12.45 a.m. on Monday when the 59-year-old driver stopped his car at a set of toll gates on the Attiki Odos and refused to move.

Peristeri upsets AEK on Basket League's tip-off

The new Basket League season started this weekend with three new entries in the top flight, one of which, Peristeri, scored a big upset over FIBA Champions League holder AEK on Saturday. The other two, Ifaistos Limnou and Holargos had too high mountains to climb.

Athens tourism soars, but bubble is feared

Athens is successfully tapping the global trend of city break tourism, with the Greek capital enjoying an unprecedented boom of investments in new hotels and homesharing accommodation offered through online platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway, as one in six visitors to Greece spends at least one night in Athens.

Sites, museums closed on Thursday as culture workers strike

Culture Ministry employees working at Greece's state museums and archaeological sites have declared a 24-hour strike on Thursday, demanding  that the government publishes a list of ministry assets that will be put up for sale.

Zaev: The sooner Athens-Skopje name deal is implemented, the better

Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will both benefit if the name deal agreed between the two countries to end the 27-year-old dispute is implemented as soon as possible, the country's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Euronews in an interview published on Sunday.

WWII Occupation | Athens | October 8-12

The Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece has put together an exhibition of original books and other printed material from the G.K. Dimanatopoulou private collection on Greece's occupation by the Nazis in World War II and resistance efforts, in a show that coincides with the anniversary of Greece's liberation on October 12, 1944.

Body found on Greek island is man missing in severe storm

Greece's coast guard says it has identified the badly decomposed remains of a person found on an island shore as a 67-year-old man who was reported missing in a storm that struck a week ago.

A national priority

Greece's demographic crisis as demonstrated by a number of recent studies will undoubtedly have a significant impact on many vital sectors like the economy and defense.

There is a lot of talk about the problems that loom for Greece down the road, but very little - if anything at all - is being done to combat the effects of a shrinking and ageing population.

A twisted system

Just how well public health and education work in Greece is confirmed by data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority and the Center for Liberal Studies, which found that in 2017, 7.3 percent of Greek households' monthly spending went on health services, or 102.44 euros per month on average, and that collectively, beyond the taxes they pay, Greek households also spent 1.5 billion euros on prima

Deadline extended for illegal constructions

Property owners who are entitled to legalize unlicensed buildings or additions have until the end of the month to enter a settlement plan with a 20 percent discount offered by the government, after the original October 8 deadline was extended.