Greece is a country in the southern Balkans


Violence and memory

The Ministry of Citizens' Protection on Monday held an event to commemorate the victims of domestic terrorism. Strange as it may sound, it was the first time that the state had organized a formal event to honor the memory of the victims. In fact, it was the first such ceremony in the 45 years since the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.

Top judge set to become first female president on Wednesday

A high court judge is set to become Greece's first female president in a vote on Wednesday after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government's nomination.

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, has served as president of the Council of State, a top administrative court, for the past 15 months.

Mitsotakis heading to Davos on Wednesday after vote on new president

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis will depart for Switzerland on Wednesday evening to attend the 2020 World Economic Forum at Davos-Klosters, his office said Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, he will attend the plenary session vote for the election of Greece's new president at 10.30 a.m., then at noon he will meet with the Labor Ministry's leadership at his Maximos Mansion office.

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.

Turkish Cypriot leader calls for dialogue in eastern Mediterranean

Turkish Cypriot leader on Jan. 21 said diplomatic methods should be used extensively in a bid to counter growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mustafa Akıncı's remarks came at the International Science Diplomacy Forum held in the capital Lefkoşa where he commented on the discovery of natural gas in the region and diplomatic ties with neighbors.