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The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has crossed the rocky mountains of Albania, putting it on track to start delivering gas to Europe next year.
Stretching for 878 km (546 miles) from Turkey's border across Greece, Albania's mountains, and the Adriatic Sea to Italy, TAP is a cornerstone of the European Union's energy security policy to wean the bloc off Russian gas.
Until last month, my house was surrounded on four sides by olive groves. Now, there are olive trees on three sides. On the fourth, a building site. The Greek proverb is: To cut down an olive tree is like killing a man. If so, then last month a mass murderer committed a chainsaw massacre to make way for four holiday apartments.
Greeks are the most stressed people in the world, according to the results of the Gallup 2019 Global Emotions report conducted on a sample of 150,000 people in 140 countries.
According to the poll, which was conducted last year, 59 percent of Greeks said they "experienced a lot of stress yesterday," putting Greece at the top of the chart for the third consecutive year.
Three foreign nationals - two 29-year-olds and a 26-year-old - were arrested in a mountainous region of Thesprotia in northwestern Greece, not far from the border with Albania, at midnight on Wednesday after being found in possession of 122.75 kilograms of unprocessed hashish.
The drugs were reportedly contained in 113 packages inside rucksacks being carried by the three suspects.
Democratic Party protesters hold a placard saying "Rama Go" at a rally in Tirana on February 16. Photo: BIRN
Led by Astrit Patozi, a former deputy chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party, the new party says it hopes to be the main electoral alternative to both the government and the opposition.