Latest News from Greece

Mitsotakis pledges to restructure civil protection

Speaking nearly a year after the deadly wildfires in the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis heralded the restructuring of the country's civil protection mechanism, while promising that the 112 emergency telephone number will be operational by the end of the year.

Merkel offers budget target hope

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Greece a glimmer of hope on Friday for a possible review of the terms agreed by Athens and its creditors on state debt, including a high primary surplus target.

The super-weapon of simplicity

Greece may need stability in Europe and the world so that it can make up for lost time, but everything is in flux. We may have a new government and new faces in politics, we may hope that Greece is entering a period of stability and growth, but this will depend on many factors inside and outside the country.

Georgiadis discusses pending US investments with ambassador

Greece's Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis discussed about American investments in the country which remain pending in a meeting Friday with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.
The ambassador noted that there are "important opportunities" to develop trade relations in investments such as the massive development project in Elliniko and the Elefsina shipyards.

Schinas says honored to be nominated for European Commissioner

Margaritis Schinas, the current chief spokesperson for the European Commission, said he is honored to be nominated to represent Greece in the next college of commissioners, following a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday.

The dark soul of a Golden Dawn murderer

By Lefteris Charalambopoulos

It is often different to talk about evil than it is to see it personified.

I am speaking about the court testimony of Yorgos Roupakias who showed that fascism is not a political choice.

It is a person's existential choice to become the tool of an inhuman ideology.

Athens hails results of FM’s Washington visit

The results of the two-day visit by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Washington, where he met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and senior officials, have been welcomed in Athens as yet another indication of ever deepening US-Greek relations.

Greek current account surplus widens

Greece's current account balance showed a larger surplus in May compared to the same month last year, on the back of an improved balance in the primary income account due to lower net payments for interest and dividends, the Bank of Greece said on Friday.

Central bank data showed the surplus at 301 million euros from a surplus of 37 million euros in May 2018.

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Was Registered in Greece

5.3 magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale was registered in Greece. The tremor was recorded at 11.13 am

There is no information about seriously injured people or major damages. There were power cuts in Athens.

The epicentre of the earthquake is located 23 km northwest of Athens, reports the European Mediterranean Seismological Center.

Young Artists Festival | Samos | August 7-13

Featuring performers from Greece, Germany, Georgia, France, Turkey, the United States, Russia and China, the 10th Samos Young Artists Festival bridges cultural divides with seven concerts at the open-air theater of Pythagoreion. The concerts pay tribute to 18th- and 19th-century European music and include performances of Italian Baroque and traditional Mediterranean classics.

Women of Passion, Women of Greece | Athens | To November 2

For 16 Saturdays, Evelina Arapidi performs the three leading roles of "Women of Passion, Women of Greece." The 60-minute play, written in English by Eugenia Arsenis, follows the characters of Medea, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri as they explore their shared passion for love, life and creativity.

Penny Marathon | Athens | July 21

Now in its eighth year, the Penny Marathon raises awareness and funds for stray and neglected animals through a pet-friendly walk/run. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) will host the last 10 kilometer-leg of the 42k race, in which participants will run, swim, cycle and paddle. The race was established by two Greek Australians looking to bolster animal rights in Greece.

New German ambassador to Athens assumes post with greeting in Greek

In a post on Twitter in Greek and German, Germany's new ambassador in Athens, Ernst Reichel, announced his arrival.

Reichel, who said "Hello Greece!" in both Greek and Germany, previously served as Germany's ambassador to Ukraine and as the head of the German Foreign Ministry's office for Southeastern Europe and Turkey.

KYSEA appoints Karamanlakis as new chief of Greek Police

Greece's Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) is on Friday appointed Michalis Karamanlakis as the new chief of the Greek Police (ELAS) following a meeting at the Maximos Mansion.

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