Latest News from Greece

Energy tops talks agenda between Azeris and Greeks

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and visiting Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Monday discussed two major investments that promise to draw much-needed revenue – the privatization of Greece’s gas transmission network (DESFA) and the construction of the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP), that would cross Greece.

Berlin denies espionage allegations

Berlin has denied media reports that the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) had been monitoring online activity in Greece, among other countries.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Germany’s deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter said that although Greece was mentioned in internal BND documents, the country itself was not being monitored.

Nearly 9,000 apply for refugee status in Greece

Asylum application in Greece have climbed to nearly 9,000 over the past 12 months, while 926 people were granted refugee status on their first application, authorities said on Monday.

First group of suspects in attack on gold mine facilities released

Six of 22 people being charged with a string of criminal offenses in connection with an arson attack on the headquarters of a mining company in northern Greece were granted release by the magistrate investigating the case on Monday.

Fifteen-year-old suspect in heroin bust released

A 15-year-old arrested along with another 10 people after a ton of heroin was seized in a residence in Filothei, northern Athens, and a warehouse in Koropi, last Thursday, was conditionally released on Monday.

The teenager is the son of a 40-year-old businessman involved in shipping and his former wife, both of whom are facing charges in the probe.

Public transport to become cheaper

Public transport is set to become cheaper starting on September 1, Transport Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis announced on Monday.

Eurozone price inflation hits trough in May

By Martin Santa

A further slowdown in eurozone inflation in May was confirmed on Monday, as the cost of telecommunication and food kept prices low, confirming a problem that the European Central Bank recently sought to stem.

Makaza Border Crossing Point to Get 2 Extra Lanes for Trucks

Biser Nikolov, District Governor of Karzdhali, has requested two extra lanes for freight vehicles at the Makaza border crossing point.

Nikolov suggested that the scales for TIR trucks had to be installed at these lanes.

Wily Italy outfox England, Costa Rica stun Uruguay

Italian experience overcame England's youthful exuberance in an intriguing clash of styles at the World Cup on June 14 and in Group D's other game unfancied Costa Rica beat twice champions Uruguay in the tournament's biggest upset so far.

Tenth Athens Pride calls for equal rights to have a family

Hundreds of people on Saturday joined Greece's annual gay pride parade in a long-standing demand for equal rights to civil union and adoption.

Titled «A Family Affair», the 10th Athens Pride held on central Klafthmonos Square was supported by nearly a dozen embassies including those of Britain, the United States and Canada.

Defeat by Colombia is no Greek drama says coach Santos

By Karolos Grohmann

A 3-0 defeat by Colombia on Saturday in Greece's opening World Cup Group C game was a bad start to the tournament in Brazil but it is no drama, Greece coach Fernando Santos told reporters.

Santos said the Greeks, who have never managed to keep a clean sheet at a World Cup match, paid the price for a lack of focus at key moments in the game.

Softer-than-butter Greece concedes three to Colombia

By George Georgakopoulos

No beautiful horizon lies ahead for Greece after its performance at Belo Horizonte on Saturday and its 3-0 loss to Colombia in its opening game for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as besides its defeat the national team was disappointing in many ways.