News archive of June 2018
Two men were arrested on Friday for a series of burglaries that targeted churches in Hania, Rethymno and Iraklio on the island of Crete.
Police said the two suspects, aged 33 and 36, carried out 28 burglaries over a period of three months, removing church items and offerings worth more than 30,000 euros.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the government is freezing a planned VAT hike in five islands of the northeastern Aegean that have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis, saying it is "a very positive development."
The freeze will affect the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros, which were due to adopt in July the higher tax rates implemented on the mainland.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said Ankara hopes a 3 billion-euro aid payment to Turkey by the European Union would be delivered without delay, after EU member states approved the second tranche of the payment during a summit in Brussels.
The National Commission for Telecommunications and Post (EETT) convened on Thursday and, according to sources, has decided to issue its approval for the acquisition of Cyta telecom's Greek subsidiary by Vodafone.
This decision paves the way for the merger of the two Greek companies, thereby reducing the number of local market players from five to four.
Greek retail sales by volume rose 1.3 percent in April compared to the same month last year after a 1.5 percent increase in March, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday.
Retail sales were led higher by supermarkets and pharmaceuticals, the data showed.
Greece's economy grew for a fifth straight quarter in January-to-March, helped by stronger exports.