News archive of February 2019

Hadjidakis in Film | Athens | March 1 & 2

The Greek National Opera presents two movie suites by Manos Hadjidakis at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on March 1 and 2. The first is the "The Martlet's Tale," a soundtrack penned by the great Greek composer for the 1970 film of the same title directed by John Crowther, which received such poor reviews at its San Francisco preview that it was never released.

Number of migrants in Greece expected to top 90,000 by year-end, minister says

Greece's population of undocumented migrants is set to exceed 90,000 by the end of the year, up from around 75,000 now, Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Wednesday, referring to a "unbearable weight."
Greece has the capacity to process 20,000 asylum applications every year but received 67,000 in 2018, Vitsas said.

‘Accused’ Kosovo Ex-Commander to be Quizzed in The Hague

A KLA veteran protesting against the new Kosovo war tribunal. Photo: BIRN/Atdhe Mulla.

"I was invited as someone accused of criminal offenses, but they did not mention which cases," Tara said.

He said he was invited for questioning on March 5, 6, and 7, and that he would tell the prosecutors that the KLA fought a defensive war.

More than 30 000 Nurses Needed in Bulgaria

More than 30 000 nurses are needed in our country. If in the European Union there are 740 nurses on average for every 100 000, this number is less than 490 in Bulgaria. The information is announced by BSP MP Prof. Georgi Mihaylov on the eve of the national protest of the nurses organized for tomorrow in the social networks.

Tsitsipas facing Poland’s Hurkacz in Dubai

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday. [Reuters]

MEPs Chide Albania Opposition Parties for Quitting Parliament

Luigi Soreca, EU Delegation Ambassador in Tirana (front) and Knut Fleckenstein, rapporteur for Albania in the European Parliament, after meeting opposition leaders in Tirana on 28 February 2019. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

Knut Fleckenstein, the German rapporteur for Albania, said quitting parliament was wrong.

Debt payment plans put on ice

The government appears to be shelving its plans for the restructuring of debts to the tax authorities and social security funds, according to the European Commission's report on Wednesday, even though officials in Athens had consistently said over the last few weeks that the clauses related to those plans would be voted immediately and start applying within March.