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Tsipras wins vote of confidence from parliament

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote on Wednesday, which will pave the way for parliament to ratify an accord he agreed last year with Skopje to end a long dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Mitsotakis: Whoever supports gov't, approves 'shipwreck' of past four years

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis launched his attack against the government during a debate on a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday night, warning that whoever supports the government is condoning its actions in the past four years and supports the "Macedonian ethnicity" as included in the Prespes name deal.

Moscovici's implied warnings to the government

Athens needs to implement the reforms it has committed itself to and act wisely concerning the social policy measures it has planned, according to the message European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici conveyed on Wednesday to Athens, practically confirming that Brussels is monitoring the handout talk and the delays in the prior actions required for the second post-program asse

ATHEX: Index ends day virtually unchanged

Stocks at Athinon Avenue rallied toward the end of the session on Wednesday for a third day in a row, offseting most of their losses. A slight majority of stocks ended up lower and banks continued to slide, while the benchmark closed virtually unchanged and mid-caps recorded small gains.

Tsipras says he took the risk to seek 'clear solutions'

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended on Wednesday his decision to call for a no-confidence vote on the government, saying he aimed at seeking "clear solutions" ahead of the legislation his government intends to bring to Parliament in the coming months.

Serbian Protesters Commemorate Kosovo Politician's Murder

Serbs who have been protesting against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic for the past six weeks on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic’s murder.

Tsipras seen visiting Turkey in early February

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to visit Turkey early next month, Skai TV quoted a representative of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

According to Wednesday's report, an exact date has not been set for the trip, though sources suggest the Greek premier will be visiting Istanbul and possibly one more city.

Police probing death of man with gunshot wound

Greek police on Wednesday were investigating whether a man who was brought to Hygeia hospital in northern Athens with a bullet wound in his back and pronounced dead was involved in a shooting incident in a nearby district.

According to police, one of its officers reported earlier in the day that he saw three suspects trying to push a woman into a car in Kato Kifissia.