News archive of January 2020

Serving three major objectives at once

"Minister for PPC": That's what many people thought I was, until December, which was when public interest focused on the international energy plans, mainly due to tension with Turkey.

Three demands that could fetch 6 billion euros

The government's negotiation plan for the ongoing fifth post-bailout assessment of the Greek economy provides for investments totaling 3.4 to 4 billion euros and fiscal space for tax breaks worth 2 billion euros in 2021 and 2022, as well as scope for even more tax cuts in case of overperformance.

A new paradigm

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' nomination for Greece's next president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was not based on partisan criteria (nor was it driven by inner-party concerns, for that matter).

Pensions to rise by 12-252 euros/month

The final version of the Labor Ministry bill on the new replacement rates for pensioners will lead to an increase in main pensions by 12 to 252 euros per month, Kathimerini understands.

Agenda

MONDAY

Finance Minister Christos Staikouras heads to Brussels to take part in the Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers.

The US Embassy in Athens and its Consular section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all US government offices in Greece will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day, a US national holiday.

PSD's Ciolacu says much addressed early election topic means austerity

The much addressed early election topic means austerity, on Sunday said in Targoviste (northwest of Bucharest) the Acting President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Speaker of the Chamber of deputies Marcel Ciolacu. "I'm deeply certain that the much addressed topic of the early election means austerity.

Musician Dan Andrei Aldea passes away aged 69

Musician Dan Andrei Aldea has died, the songwriter and folk singer Nicu Alifantis wrote Sunday on his Facebook page. "Great musician Dan Andrei Aldea has left us! Have a smooth way to the stars, Good Man (Om Bun)!" Nicu Alifantis said. Born on 9 March 1950, in Bucharest, Dan Andrei Aldea used to be a soloist, composer and multi-instrumentalist.

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