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Investors have renewed confidence in Greece, PM says

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos that investors now have a renewed confidence in Greece, discerning a "convincing narrative" in the country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed praise for Greek reforms at the forum.

Pyatt voices US support for EastMed

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt told the Athens Energy Dialogues 2020 event on Thursday that his country warmly supports Greece's cooperation with Cyprus and Israel on the EastMed natural gas pipeline that forms part of the US strategy in the region.

ADEDY set to strike over pension reform

The civil servants' union ADEDY has heralded strike action as soon as a bill with the government's pension reform is tabled in Parliament.
ADEDY's executive committee indicated on Thursday that it would proceed with a 24-hour strike on the day the bill goes to the House, in line with a decision taken during its session last week.

The face of a forward-looking Greece

The new Greek president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, will do her best to help a society with a long democratic tradition to heal the wounds of the past. She also highlighted the importance of the rule of law, and noted her dedication to working with the Parliament, the government and the opposition to achieve the highest possible consensus.

Poll: Six in 10 happy with new president

Six in 10 Greeks have a positive view of the choice of Katerina Sakellaropoulou as Greece's new president, according to an opinion poll by Pulse for Skai.
The survey showed New Democracy retaining a lead of 12.5 percentage points over SYRIZA, with 38 percent backing the ruling conservatives over 25.5 percent for the leftist opposition.

Merkel praises Greek government’s reform drive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the Greek government's reform drive while defending Berlin's austerity prescription during the years of economic crisis.

Bulgaria and Greece to Strengthen their Relations and to Deepen Cooperation in the Field of Tourism

The government has approved a draft Joint Action Programme between Bulgaria's Ministry of Tourism and Greece' Ministry of Tourism for 2020-2022, said the government press office.
The document reflects the willingness of the countries to strengthen their friendly relations and to contribute to the further development of cooperation in the field of tourism.

Mitsotakis says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

The European Union will not agree to a political solution to Libya's factional conflict unless Turkey and Libya abandon a maritime accord they signed in November, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

Cyprus backtracks on claim Turkey stole offshore gas data

Cyprus' government spokesman on Thursday backpedaled on a claim that Turkey may have stolen technical data it used to pinpoint a target for gas drilling in waters where the island nation has exclusive economic rights.

'At least hypocritical' for Turkey to invoke international law, says foreign ministry

Greece's Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected arguments by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar that Athens is allegedly violating international law by not demilitarizing 16 of its islands, saying Ankara's concern on legality is "hypocritical."

Akar said Greece's arming 16 out of 23 islands with "non-military status" is in violation of agreements in the Aegean sea.

Objections ahead of college degree vote

A tense debate is expected in Parliament on Thursday ahead of a vote on a contentious Education Ministry bill that would allow graduates of education faculties belonging to private colleges - that operate in Greece as branches of foreign universities and colleges - the right to apply for positions at Greek schools. 

First female president elected with large majority

Top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou was comfortably elected Greece's first female president on Wednesday, wining the support of 261 out of 294 MPs present in Parliament. 

The 63-year-old president of the Council of State will replace incumbent Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term ends in mid-March.

Vucic: Charles Michel, EC President, to organize WB leaders meeting in February

According to him, President of the European Council Charles Michel announced the gathering of Western Balkans leaders in February.
"I expect Michel to soon organize some kind of rally in February that will bring together all the leaders in the Western Balkans, so that we can continue dialogue", Vucic told Television Pink.

Ankara slams Greece for 'illegally arming' 16 islands in Aegean

Greece, arming 16 out of 23 islands with non-military status, in violation of agreements in the Aegean sea, should act in accordance with international law, Turkey's defense minister has said.

Speaking in his visit to Turkey's missile producer Roketsan on Jan. 23, Hulusi Akar said: "We expect Greece to act according to international law, agreements and good neighborly relations."

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