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Investing in ‘social buildings’

Institutional investors are increasingly interested in properties of a "social character," an alternative investment category that is likely to grow in the domestic realty market too.

PM: Turkey must face consequences if provocations continue

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday that Turkey should face consequences if it continues its "provocative actions" against Greece.

Speaking at the online Lisbon Web Summit on Friday, he said that issues between Greece and Turkey concern Europe and NATO as well, as they affect the entire Eastern Mediterranean region.

Dendias says Turkey's moves to ease tensions 'unconvincing'

Turkey's recent moves to de-escalate a clash with Greece and Cyprus over east Mediterranean energy reserves are "unconvincing" and European Union leaders need to take action that will prompt Ankara to heed international law, Greece's foreign minister said on Friday.

Greece to ban entry to infected visitors from land borders

Anyone arriving at Greece's land borders who test positive for the novel coronavirus will not be allowed to enter the country, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Friday.

Speaking during a regular press briefing on the developments with the pandemic, Hardalias also said that authorities will ban visits to the monasteries of Mount Athos.

98 new Covid-19 deaths, lower number of infections

Greek health authorities announced 1,667 new SARS-CoV-2  cases on Friday, pushing the total number to 113,185.

Of the new cases, only nine were detected in Attica.

The daily death toll was also high on Friday, with the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) reporting 98 new deaths from Covid-19, raising the total number of fatalities to 2,804.

A priceless legacy

The passing of former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing is an opportunity to look back on his important contribution to the restoration of Greek democracy and the country's participation in the European Union project.

In silence, Thessaloniki buries coronavirus dead

Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki have dug dozens of graves for the victims of Covid-19 after a sharp increase in the number of deaths.

Greece has ordered a second nationwide lockdown after a spike in cases of the new coronavirus. By Thursday, it had recorded 111,537 cases and 2,706 deaths.

Greek migration minister sends letter to EU, UNHCR on deadly wreck

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis on Friday sent a letter to European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson and UNHCR Representative in Greece Philippe Leclerc on a migrant boat wreck that claimed the lives of two women on Thursday.

Friends in Europe

Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who died on Wednesday, is tied to Greek history by his providing his presidential plane to bring Greek statesman Konstantinos Karamanlis back to Greece from France as the seven-year dictatorship was collapsing in July 1974.

EU raps Greece over air quality, turtle nesting site

Greek authorities have not done enough to curb air pollution in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, where airborne particulates consistently exceed acceptable limits, the European Commission said on Thursday, announcing that it is referring the country to the European Court of Justice for environmental violations.

Health Ministry official sees vaccination drive completed by June

An official at Greece's Health Ministry on Friday expressed confidence that the country would have complete vaccination coverage for the novel coronavirus by June next year.

"We believe that we can accomplish the vaccination of the entire population within the next six months," Health Ministry General Secretary Marios Themistokelous told state broadcaster ERT.

Greek economy swings back to growth in third quarter Q/Q

Greece emerged from its worst quarterly contraction on record to report 2.3% growth in output for the third quarter, aided by a tentative return to economic activity following the country's first coronavirus lockdown.