News archive of October 2020

Israeli foreign minister in Athens on Monday

Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi is visiting Athens on Monday (Oct. 26) for talks with Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.

The talks will focus on bilateral, regional and international issues, with emphasis on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the situation in the Middle East, and EU-Israel relations, the Foreign Ministry said.

MPs discuss for second day on SYRIZA's motion of censure

A parliament plenary on a motion of censure tabled by main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and 85 MPs of the party against Finance Minister Christos Staikouras on Friday, continued on Saturday with speeches by cabinet ministers. 

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

It's a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers.

European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the European Union's 27 countries.

Turkey continues preparation of S-400 defense systems: Defense minister

The Turkish defense minister on Oct. 24 said his country continued the preparation process of Russia's S-400 missile defense systems as planned.
"We continue the controls and preparations of the system as planned," Hulusi Akar said, addressing a meeting of the ruling AKP in the central province of Kayseri.

Animal cruelty trial deferred to November 6

A court in Athens on Saturday deferred the trial of the man charged with stabbing a dog in the stomach earlier in the month in Nikaia, western Athens, to November 6.

Overnight curfews, mandatory mask use come into effect

The Greek government's most recent restrictive measures against the second wave of the coronavirus in Greece were published in the Government Gazette on Saturday.

Six new taxi ranks for capital

As part of an initiative by City Hall aimed at facilitating both commuters and taxi drivers in downtown Athens, six new taxi ranks are being set up in key streets.

The new ranks - which come in addition to an existing five - will be on Sofokleous, Evripidou, Omirou and Sina streets, as well as at Monastiraki and Agion Asomaton squares.

President Erdoğan slams Macron, says he needs ’mental checks’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 24 slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed "mental checks."

"What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks," Erdoğan said in a televised address.

Virus spread 'aggressive' in the north

A day after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis heralded new restrictions to curb a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, the latest figures indicate that the upward trend shows no signs of abating, with epidemiologists warning of an "aggressive" increase in northern Greece, while cases are up 40 percent in Attica since last week.