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Talks on primary surplus target revision to start in year’s first half

Finance Minister Christos Staikouras presented the government's priorities for 2020 at Monday's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, mentioning Athens' request for a primary surplus reduction for 2021 and 2022, an issue eurozone sources say will start being debated in the year's first half.

Primary surplus target revision to start in year’s first half

Finance Minister Christos Staikouras presented the government's priorities for 2020 at Monday's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, mentioning Athens' request for a primary surplus reduction for 2021 and 2022, an issue eurozone sources say will start being debated in the year's first half.

Pompeo to Mitsotakis: Greece is a Major US Ally

The United States considers Greece a major ally and participant in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, cited by BGNES.

"We consider Athens a key ally and a crucial player in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the Balkans,", the letter stated.

A game with many players

The escalation of a crisis in relations between Athens and Ankara typically leads to negotiation; this is understood by both sides, as protracting a clash creates the risk of a potential military confrontation which Greece certainly does not want and Turkey most likely would not desire either.

Prominent poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke dies

Acclaimed Greek poet and translator Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke died on Tuesday, aged 81.
Anghelaki-Rooke was born in Athens in 1939 and studied in Athens, France and Switzerland.

She obtained a degree from the School of Translators and Interpreters and worked as a professional translator from English, Russian and French into Greek.

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