News archive of January 2019

ForMin Melescanu says EU and ASEAN share same fundamental values, deal with similar challenges

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu tackled in Brussels the prospects of establishing a strategic partnership between the European Union and South-East Asia, highlighting the fact that the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) share the same fundamental values and they are confronted with similar challenges, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.

Red hoopsters scrape through another domestic challenge at Holargos

Holargos has become the latest of Greek teams to challenge Olympiakos at home and threaten the Reds with their second defeat, but without success.

The Basket League new boys took Olympiakos to overtime in the gripping game that took place on Sunday, only for the far more experienced visitors to win 73-68, after 45 tense minutes that produced just 141 points in total.

Households have lost 28 pct of their assets

Greek households lost 27.9 percent of their assets in the decade from 2008 to 2018, Alpha Bank notes in its weekly financial bulletin.

Over 141,000 jobs created during 2018

The slowdown in the rate of job creation in the last few months of 2018 averted the achievement of an all-time high in new jobs, according to the official data of the Labor Ministry's Ergani hirings database.

In 2018 as a whole, 141,003 new jobs were created, according to the database, down from 143,545 jobs created in 2017, meaning that 2,542 fewer jobs were created last year.

Teachers' glut causing bottleneck in hirings

As Greek universities continue to pump out educators, the new crop is joining more than 150,000 trained teachers on the waiting list for a permanent position. It is estimated that incoming teachers will have to wait at least 20 years to get a job in the public education sector.

Anabolic steroids found hidden in truck

Thousands of tablets and vials containing anabolic steroids were seized on Monday during a police operation in the wider region of Thebes, central Greece.

The tablets had been hidden beneath olives in a metal container on a transport company truck.

According to reports, a total of 21,068 tablets and 2,971 vials containing anabolic steroids were confiscated.

Tsitsipas trains ahead of Bautista clash

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in action during a practice session on day eight of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Monday. After his stunning win over defending champion Roger Federer, No. 14 Tsitsipas faces No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut. at 3.30 a.m. Tuesday. [EPA]

Military officer, British national remanded near military facility

A Hellenic Air Force officer and a British national who were detained on Sunday after allegedly taking photographs of military installations in a restricted area near the Evros border with Turkey will remain in police custody in the town of Orestiada until they appear before an investigative magistrate Wednesday, according to reports Tuesday.

EU sees crime risks from Malta, Cyprus schemes to sell passports

The European Commission will warn that schemes in some EU countries that allow wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship or residency could raise risks of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.

The warnings are included in a draft report, seen by Reuters, that is expected to be published on Wednesday by the European Union's executive.