All News on Social Issues in Greece

PM, Avramopoulos discuss migration, improved living conditions top priority

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis set improved living conditions for refugees and migrants and the more effective patrolling of Greek and EU borders as the top priorities for the government in dealing with migration at a meeting in Athens today with European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Athens vows to speed up migrant deportations

Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members.

Greek Jan-June primary budget surplus at 382 mln euros, beats target

Greece's central government achieved a primary budget surplus of 382 million euros  ($430.44 million) in the first half of the year, well above its target, thanks to higher revenues, finance ministry data showed on Monday.

Mitsotakis highlights six priorities in migration

Following talks with European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Monday, Prime Minister Kyriakos on Monday had another meeting with key cabinet officials whom he asked to focus on six key areas in curbing the impact of migration inflows.

Under Greece’s New Government, Its Future Remains Uncertain

In the 1990s, Greece was enjoying the best moment of its modern history while most of its Balkan neighbors were still dealing with the debris left by their communist regimes or the horrors of the Yugoslav wars. Nationalism was strong in Greece (it has always been), but the economy was doing great.

Taxes weighing Greek companies down, study shows

Greek companies were the most heavily burdened by tax in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the last decade, according to a study by the Washington-based Tax Foundation.

Vroutsis blocks simplified AMKA issuance for non-EU nationals

Newly-appointed Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nikos Vroutsis has rescinded an encyclical signed by three SYRIZA ministers on 20 June, a bit over two weeks before the general election, which simplified procedures for the issuance of the AMKA social security number for  non-EU nationals and in particular for migrants, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied refugee children.

PM defends gender composition of cabinet

In an interview with the BBC's Hardtalk program aired on Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared that he wanted to see more women in politics and that the small proportion of women in his cabinet - only two out of 22 male ministers - was because Greek women were "hesitant" to join the government.

New governance model unveiled

Outlining his administration's action plan, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday set out 12 key priorities and a new model of governance in the first session of the new cabinet. 

Eight migrants hurt when high winds topple tree

Authorities in southern Greece say eight migrants have been injured by a fallen tree caused by high winds north of Athens.
The incident occurred Wednesday at a camp for migrants and refugees in Inofyta, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from of the Greek capital.

Dog killer nabbed in northern Greece

A 45-year-old man has been charged with the fatal poisoning last week of two stray dogs in the region of Aridaia in Pella, northern Greece.

Police launched the investigation after being informed of the poisoning by animal rights activists who also reported the incident on social media.

The suspect is accused of feeding the dogs with food laced with poison.

Lack of meritocracy still driving brain drain

Corruption and the lack of meritocracy continue to push Greeks to seek a better life on foreign shores, according to the latest survey - the fifth in as many years - by ICAP People Solutions.

Bill this month to ease tax load

Easing the pressure on taxpaying households and businesses is the top priority for Greece's new finance minister, Christos Staikouras said on Tuesday as he took over the portfolio, adding that this will be evident in the first tax bills later this month.

HRW urges new Greek gov’t to take action against abuses of migrants

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Greece's newly-elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to take action to end abuses against unaccompanied migrant children, other asylum seekers and migrants, and children with disabilities.