Latest News from Greece

Commissioner Avramopoulos says Prespes name deal 'is problematic'

EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday described the name deal reached between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as "problematic," arguing it favors the latter.

Fraudsters nabbed in Thessaloniki

Greek police on Wednesday nabbed two fraudsters - a 37-year-old man in Keratsini, near Piraeus, and a 47-year-old woman in Thessaloniki.

The man faced a prosecutor on eight counts of fraud after allegedly stealing the key to an apartment during a viewing while posing as a potential tenant.

Amnesty launches campaign for consent-based definition of rape in Greece

The Greek chapter of Amnesty International announced this week it is launching a campaign to revise article 336 of the country's penal code, changing the definition of rape from an act of coercion to one based on absence of consent for the sexual act.

ND leader Mitsotakis rejects idea for censure motion

Greece's main opposition party will not table a censure motion against the government over its disagreement on the Prespes accord, according to Kathimerini's sources on Wednesday.

EU's Katainen to attend parliamentary committee meeting on Jan. 29

European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen will visit Athens on January 29 to participate in a joint meeting of the Greek Parliament's committees on european affairs, production and trade and economics.

Katainen, who is Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will speak at a session titled "The future of Europe: Challenges and opportunities."

One in 3 pensioners live on less than 500 euros/month

Almost a third of retirees in Greece collect a monthly pension of no more than 500 euros, while the average income from main pensions in August and September 2018 came to 724.18 euros/month, according to data from the Labor Ministry's Helios database.

The same data show that auxiliary pensions averaged at 172.32 euros/month and dividends reached a mean rate of 97.84 euros/month.

Rain and storms expected until Sunday

A weather system dubbed Fοivos which brought storms and strong winds in most parts of Greece this week will continue to affect the country until Sunday, according to the country's National Observatory's online weather service, Meteo.gr.

Zaev optimistic of name deal's ratification, looks forward to new passport

The prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Wednesday expressed optimism that the name deal with Greece would be ratified by Parliament in Athens this week, saying that he looks forward to getting a new passport for the "Republic of North Macedonia."

Greek lawmakers edge toward Prespes deal as issue divides nation

Greek lawmakers began the final steps on Wednesday toward ratifying an historic accord on a name-change for neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as a bitter row rumbled with opponents who say it harms Greece's national identity.

All fronts open with creditors

Bad loans, the reduction of the maximum value of properties protected from auction, and a possible fiscal derailment due to court decisions were the main issues discussed by the mission chiefs from the eurozone and Greek officials during the first day of talks for the second post-program assessment in Athens on Tuesday.

New protest in Greece over Macedonia name deal

A vote has been scheduled in the Greek parliament for Friday to ratify the Prespa Agreement, changing the name of Greece's neighbor to the north from "the Republic of Macedonia" to "the Republic of North Macedonia."

Dacic responds to Pacolli: Serbia's only weapon is truth

Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said this for Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti.

He thus reacted to the assertion of Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli that he had "knowledge" of Belgrade "promising financial support and arms" to some smaller countries in return for revoking their recognition of Kosovo.

DIMAR quits centrist alliance over Prespes deal

Democratic Left (DIMAR) on Tuesday said it was quitting the centrist alliance, Movement for Change (KINAL), following the weekend expulsion of its president Thanasis Theocharopoulos over his support for the Prespes agreement.

"DIMAR will stick to the responsible stand... that it has from the very beginning maintained on this crucial national issue," the party said in a statement.

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