Latest News from Greece

ND lead expands to 8.5 percent according to final exit poll

Greece's conservative opposition New Democracy party is projected to win the European Parliament elections with an 8.5-percent margin, according to a final poll carried out by five firms.

New Democracy is seen clinching 32.5 to 34.5 percent of the vote, against 24 to 26 percent for the ruling left-wing SYRIZA.

Four die in road accidents on Lesvos, near Mesolongi

Four people were killed in two road accidents on Sunday morning.
Three people - two men and a 16-year-old girl - were killed in the area of Panagiouda on the Aegean island of Lesvos when two motorcycles collided.
Meanwhile in Neohori, near Mesolongi, western Greece, an army conscript was killed in a road accident.

Europe's voters elect new parliament amid rising nationalism

From Germany and France to Cyprus and Estonia, voters from 21 nations went to the polls Sunday in the final day of a crucial European Parliament election that could see major gains by the nationalist, populist and far-right movements that are on the rise across much of the continent.

SYRIZA suffers blow in Sunday’s vote

Supporters of ruling SYRIZA party react after the release of the initial exit polls following local, regional and European elections in Greece. New Democracy had 36-32 percent of the vote and SYRIZA, the party of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, had 29-25 percent, according to the polls. [EPA]

ND to top European vote in Greece, exit polls show

Polling stations in Greece's triple elections for European Parliament and regional and local government closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday, with a public opinion poll showing a solid lead for the conservative New Democracy party.

Tsipras chairs SYRIZA political secretariat meeting

With voting for local, regional and European Parliament elections still underway, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chaired a SYRIZA political secretariat meeting earlier Sunday, according to reports.
According to the same reports, the political secretariat of the incumbent leftists discussed data from early exit polls.

EPP's Manfred Weber lays down priorities

As Europeans elect a new European Parliament, Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People's Party (EPP) and lead EPP candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, tells Kathimerini that tighter border security, combating terrorism, streamlining the European Union and boosting employment are among his top priorities if elected.

Tsitsipas into second round of the French Open

Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece has beaten German world number 110 Maximilian Marterer to reach the second round of the French Open. [Reuters]

Electoral process going ‘smoothly,’ says Supreme Court chief

Despite being "completely unprecedented," Greece's triple elections for European Parliament, and regional and local government are "proceeding smoothly," Supreme Court President Vassilis Peppas said on Sunday afternoon.

First safe estimates on EU elections for Greece expected around 9-10 p.m.

The first safe estimates on the official results of Greece's triple elections are expected to be published between 9-10 p.m on Sunday, said Yiannis Theodoropoulos, the vice-president of Greek tech firm SingularLogic which is tasked with vote tallying.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. local and will close at 7 p.m.

Europe Votes for EU Parliament

Voters in 21 EU countries cast ballots on Sunday as elections for the European Parliament reached a crescendo in the Western world's largest democracy.

Politicians cast their vote, urge citizens to participate

Greece's main party leaders cast their vote on Sunday's triple elections, in a poll widely seen as a vote of confidence in the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Forty party lists are running for Greece's 21 European Parliament seats. For the EU elections, the country is considered as one constituency, so political parties present single tickets for the entire country.

Tsipras urges voters to consolidate economic recovery, relief measures

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is seen voting in the downtown Athens neighborhood of Kypseli during local, regional and European Parliament elections on Sunday. "This is a day of responsibility for everyone to defend the sacrifices and efforts of the Greek people… to consolidate [Greece's] economic recovery and the relief measures," he told journalists.