News archive of December 2018

Greek, Bulgarian tourists enjoy shopping spree in Turkey's Edirne

Posters celebrating the New Year in Turkish, Greek and Bulgarian languages have been hung all over the walls and windows of the stores in Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne, which has been attracting more tourists from the neighboring two countries in the last six months.

US foreign policy standing on quicksand

Greece and Cyprus will have to exercise great caution from here on out in the planning of their foreign policy and defense, as Washington appears to be sinking in a mire of political quicksand, if developments concerning Syria are anything to go by.

An ominous future

Births in Greece are decreasing at a dramatic rate, life expectancy is rising, the population is aging rapidly and the migration of young people is taking on ever-greater dimensions. As a result, the nation is facing an ominous future.

Greens and Reds need late rallies to win on the road

Rick Pitino's domestic debut on the Panathinaikos bench brought the champion's 10th win in as many Basket League games on Sunday, while Olympiakos braved the challenge of host PAOK to win at Thessaloniki.

The Greens were challenged during the first half at Patra by Promitheas, but overcame their host with an 86-69 score to extend their perfect record in the league.

Bomb warning at Ant1 station was a hoax

Police say a search for a bomb at the premises of TV station Ant1 was fruitless.

A phone call at 7:55 p.m. had warned that a bomb would explode in 1 hour. The building was evacuated.

Banks, elections key 2019 challenges for the economy

The state of the credit sector is probably the biggest challenge facing the Greek economy in 2019, with analysts stressing that finding a swift and credible solution for clearing bank portfolios of nonperforming loans is essential to an economic recovery.

Report warns of impact of aging workforce

The aging of Greece's population will force the country's governments in the next few years to introduce social security contribution hikes by 35 percent, so that they reach up to 27 percent for the main social insurance from a rate of 20 percent today, and to 8.1 percent from 6 percent for auxiliary social security, according to a new report.

Greeks still wary of online medical appointments

Only 2 percent of Greeks booked their doctors' appointments online in 2016, versus a European average of 13 percent, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) has found in its "Health at a Glance: Europe 2018" report.