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China, Greece agree to push ahead with Cosco's Piraeus Port investment

China and Greece agreed on Monday to push ahead with a 600 million euros investment by Cosco Shipping into Greece's largest port, Piraeus, as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe.

EMY issues weather warning for next three days

Greece's National Meteorological Service (EMY) warned on Monday of storms, hail and strong winds which are expected to hit the country as of Tuesday, starting from the western regions.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame to be lit in March

The Olympic Flame for the Tokyo 2020 Games will be lit on March 12 at Ancient Olympia, the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics announced on Monday.

Greece, China to sign 16 deals during Xi’s visit

Greece and China will sign 16 agreements deepening bilateral cooperation on sectors ranging from transport, investments and agri-food products, to crime prevention and culture.

Specifically, according to government sources, the agreements to be signed are as follows:

Mitsotakis to Xi: Visit inaugurating new era in Greek-Chinese relations

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Greece, expressing hope that the official visit will lead to wider cooperation between the two countries.

"My recent visit to Shanghai and yours today is inaugurating a new era in our relations, he told Xi. "I hope this visit is a milestone in the further deepening of our bilateral relations.

Traffic disrupted in central Athens for Chinese president’s visit

Police shut down central avenues in the Greek capital on Monday morning as a two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping got underway.

The road closures concern Syntagma square, the Presidential Mansion and the area around the Acropolis Hill.

The Syntagma metro station will remain closed and trains will pass through without stopping.

ND lawmaker denies intervention claims

Conservative New Democracy MP Marios Salmas, one of 10 Greek state officials implicated in the original Novartis investigation, over the weekend denied claims that he sought to intervene in a subsequent judicial probe into the affair.

#2019PresidentialElection/Last polling stations abroad close

The vote abroad in the November 10 presidential election ended with the closing of the last polling stations on the West Coast of the United States of America and Canada, at 21:00hrs, local (7:00hrs Romania's time).

Three simple steps toward normality

The past few days saw three distinct interventions that sent out a political signal, raised a barrier against arbitrary behavior and indicated a desire for normality.

Berlin raises wall to decision on use of SMP and ANFA earnings

Germany's opposition to the creation of additional fiscal space for Greece's 2020 budget with the earnings of eurozone central banks from their Greek bond holdings (SMPs and ANFAs) is the reason for the apparent delay in the decision on this matter, which has now been put off until next year.

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MONDAY

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during an official to Athens.

The US Embassy in Athens and its consular section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki and all US government offices in Greece will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, a US national holiday.

China's president Xi Jinping arrives in Athens

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Athens on a two-day official visit.

Xi was met at the Athens Airport by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

On Monday, Xi is due to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who visited China last May, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Xi and Mitsotakis also met a few days ago, at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

American and other pressures on Ivan Savidis

Controversy was caused when the Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savidis started claiming a stake in the port of Thessaloniki because of the opaque nature of his actions and transactions and of his obscure relationship and dependency from the Russian oligarchic governing system.

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