News archive of February 2019

What is a European statesman?

Commentators have recently suggested that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may achieve a political legacy "unmatched" by any of his recent predecessors, or that he has achieved the status of "statesman," or that, along with Zoran Zaev, his counterpart in North Macedonia, he might be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Irresistible AEK wins Intercontinental Cup in Brazil

AEK is the proud winner of the 2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, a trophy it has won for the first time in its history to become the third Greek club after Panathinaikos and Olympiakos to reach for the global throne.

In the tournament's final on Sunday AEK defeated host Flamengo at Rio de Janeiro with an 86-70 score, after downing Americas champion San Lorenzo in Friday's semifinal.

Constitutional review backfires, turning up heat on PM

With early elections looking increasingly likely in May, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's push for a constitutional review to bolster his center-left credentials and rally his party could well backfire if recent developments are any indication.

Öcalan's capture 'did not end foreign support to PKK'

The jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, was captured and brought to Turkey on Feb. 15, 1999. Turkey had taken the risk of going to war if necessary when it called on Syria to return Öcalan, according to a retired ambassador who was the deputy undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry at the time.

The Athens Riviera

The year is 2021. Athens is a changed city. It is already acknowledged as a hip European destination. Neighborhoods that were considered no-go zones have become a magnet for alternative tourists - but not the kind who want to hurl petrol bombs in what they consider a Balkan playground. The Athens coast is transformed, overtaking Barcelona in popularity.

Fortounis leads Olympiakos to triumph over AEK

Four second-half strikes gave Olympiakos a precious 4-1 triumph over AEK in Sunday's Super League derby, putting clear blue water between the two teams at the table.

Short-term rentals become big business

An ever-greater share of the short-term property leasing market in Greece is passing into the hands of investors and professional property managers, a trend that is also being observed in many other countries.

Costly stagnation

It would not be premature to say that given the way parties have been dealing with Greece's constitutional review so far, the procedure should have been skipped altogether. 

The issues that are being left untouched outnumber the changes being promoted by the process.

Five reasons behind drop in air seats to Greece

Airlines are planning a 7 percent reduction in the number of seats on flights to Greece this year, according to the latest report by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (InSETE), increasing concerns in the local market of a downturn in the coming season.