Encouraging signs

Wednesday turned out to be a particularly good day for Greece with regard to the operations of the European Union.

The country’s commissioner, former Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, was assigned a significant and – as it turned out – reinforced portfolio.

EU's Juncker gives France, Britain key economic jobs [Update]

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France and Britain secured top positions on Wednesday in incoming European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker's new team, which must tackle a stagnant economy, rising euroskepticism and the Ukraine crisis on its borders.

Novak Djokovic through to 2nd round

NEW YORK - Novak Djokovic is through to the 2nd round of the US Open after defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1 6-2 6-4 on Tuesday.

World number one will now face France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, who ousted Gilles Mueller of Luxembourg in five sets, 6-7(9) 7-5 7(8)-6 6(5)-7 6-1.

Photo AP,Darron Cummings