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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.
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.
Property prices in Greece posted an annual increase of up to 28 percent last year, while rental rates rose by up to 25.2 percent, with those figures recorded in Thessaloniki and Piraeus respectively. Across the country sale prices rose 8 percent while rents showed an average increase of 10 percent, according to data from the Spitogatos Property Index of property ad website Spitogatos.
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.
US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt has reiterated Washington's support for the deepening cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel in the energy sector.
In early January, the three countries signed a deal to build a 1,900 km (1,180 mile) subsea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean's rapidly developing gas fields to Europe.
The European Union's lending arm, the European Investment Bank (EIB), signed a 180-million-euro ($199.69 million) loan deal with Greece to help it pay its share for a new airport on Crete, the country's biggest island.
Greece has been upgrading its airport facilities to handle an increasing number of tourists visiting the country, one of the world's top holiday destinations.
Greece's Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) announced on Thursday it had seized 1.2 tonnes of processed cannabis inside a container at the port of Piraeus.
Authorities believe the container came from the Maltese-flagged freighter Cartagena Trader, which left Beirut on 21 December 2019 and was heading to Misrata, Libya.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday proposed the use of digital technology for showcasing Greece's cultural heritage and archaeological wealth during a visit at Microsoft's pavilion in Davos.
The proposal was made to the company's President Brad Smith, who showed a series of innovative technological applications that link the digital era with green technologies.