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The respectful behavior of three candidates for Athens mayor

At a time when cynicism and divisions are prevalent in Greece, many will choose to ignore or minimize the support offered to Costas Bakoyannis, who is running for mayor of Athens, by his rival candidates Pavlos Geroulanos and Nasos Iliopoulos following the attack on the former's campaign kiosk in central Athens.

Greece adopts OECD's principles on artificial intelligence

Greece is among the 36 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and another six countries to sign up to the organization's Principles on Artificial Intelligence at the OECD's annual ministerial council meeting, held on Wednesday and Thursday in Paris.

Lavrio-Cesme ferry service expected to begin mid-June

The ferry route between the Greek port of Lavrio, in southeastern Attica, and the Turkish port of Cesme on the Aegean Sea is expected to begin its service in mid-June, it was announced on Wednesday.

Bad-loan management market becomes an El Dorado for funds

The Greek bad-loan management market is welcoming international firm StormHarbour, which in cooperation with Italy's Fire SpA has created EuPraxis; this new servicer joins the long list of nonperforming-loan managers that the Bank of Greece has licensed.

Archbishop, Patriarch bury the hatchet

Archbishop Ieronymos received Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios on Wednesday in what has been described as a visit intended to the bury the hatchet between Athens and the Phanar. 

Vartholomaios described the thaw in relations between the two leaders saying, "Blood cannot be turned into water."

Supermarkets see Easter turnover strengthen on a yearly basis

Greek retail stores may have been disappointed with their revenues this Easter, but supermarkets saw a significant increase in turnover over the holiday period, according to Nielsen figures.

Total sales at supermarkets across Greece in the runup to Easter (April 22-27) registered 8.8 percent growth, with fresh products jumping 12.2 percent from the Holy Week of 2018 (April 2-7).

Attica hotels see revenues drop in Q1 due to short-term rentals

The major increase in short-term holiday rentals in Athens and other large cities in Greece, and the rise in the popularity of city breaks are highlighted by Bank of Greece data on travelers and their expenditure in the first quarter of the year.

Mitsotakis: 'In four days, Greece finishes with SYRIZA'

Conservative main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Greeks to vote in the European elections on May 26, noting it is an opportunity for people to vent their frustration over the past four years of SYRIZA's rule.

Democracy tainted

Speaking of Tuesday's attack on the Parliament in Athens, House Speaker Nikos Voutsis said that the assault "offers nothing to social struggles." But the incident in which vandals threw paint at the front of the building, an attack which was claimed by the anti-establishment group Rouvikonas, had something to offer to some people.

Greece's HOC head set to be IOC member

The IOC has nominated Greek official Spyros Capralos as a member, seven years after he was linked to black market ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics.

Contraband smokes seized in northern Greece; four arrested

Members of the Financial Police in northern Greece on Wednesday arrested four suspected members of a contraband tobacco smuggling racket after finding 924,000 packets of illegal cigarettes in a warehouse near Thessaloniki.