News archive of January 2019

Senior prosector calls for probe into fake degree reports

A senior prosecutor on Thursday called for a probe into media reports claiming that the former director of one of the Greek capital's biggest hospitals had submitted fake academic certificates to get the job.

Galatasaray sign Mitroglou on loan from Marseille

Greece striker Konstantinos Mitroglou joined Galatasaray on an 18-month loan deal from French side Olympique de Marseille on the final day of the January transfer window, the Turkish club said on Thursday.

Galatasaray will pay 30-year-old Mitroglou 1.5 million euros ($1.72 million) for the 2018-19 season and 2.6 million euros for 2019-20 season, the Turkish club added.

Hidden children of WWII

How the Cohen sisters eluded deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau.


Manolada farms under NGO scrutiny

Nonprofit organization Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity has set up an observatory to monitor the working conditions of migrant workers in the rural area of Manolada in the northwestern Peloponnese.

The group supports second-generation migrant children in Greece.

Man dies after downtown Athens brawl

A man who is believed to be an Afghan national died at an Athens hospital on Thursday after apparently being involved in a brawl between rival migrant groups in downtown Omonia Square.

According to reports, the incident occurred during a clash between an unknown number of Pakistani and Afghan men on Menandrou Street at around 6.30 p.m.

Suspected rioter at Prespes rally remanded in custody

One of the seven people arrested in connection with the riots at last week's rally in Athens against the Prespes agreement has been remanded in custody and transferred to the Korydallos maximum-security prison pending trial.

Losing a moderate voice and a useful kingmaker

Given some of the outstanding people it boasted among its ranks, both experienced politicians and outsiders who had already succeeded in other fields, the Potami party could have evolved into a robust and influential player on the local political stage.

Overcoming opposition

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Athens's southern coast, which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, had to deal with a lot of opposition before it was built.

Record takings from state debtors

State revenues from confiscations and debt settlements are estimated to have come to 5.5-6 billion euros in 2018, a record amount in the history of the Finance Ministry.

Two suspects questioned over ATM fraud ring

Police in Thessaloniki said on Thursday that they traced two suspected members of a ring believed to have tampered with nine ATMs which allowed them to steal people's card details, clone their cards and make multiple withdrawals from their accounts over the past two years.

The suspects, aged 33 and 41, are both foreign nationals, police said, without revealing further details.