Latest News from Greece

Man gets suspended prison term for animal cruelty

A 69-year-old man was handed an 8-month suspended prison sentence and was fined 30,000 euros after being found guilty over charges of beating a stray dog to death in Charopo, in Serres, northeastern Greece.

The man was arrested by police officers who allegedly witnessed the abuse.

PPC approves $243 million wind investment in Greece

Public Power Corp., Greece’s biggest electricity provider, approved a 180 million euro ($243 million) investment for wind projects in the north of the country and a tender for a smaller facility in Crete.

Playing the good guy

There is a part of the government that is striving to fulfill the commitments that Greece has undertaken toward its foreign creditors, most of which pertain to reforms that are absolutely essential for the economy.

Democracy 'retreated' during crisis, says Papoulias

The crisis caused the democratic process to "retreat" and that is probably the most dramatic side effect of the financial crisis noted Greek President Karolos Papoulias in a statement marking the restoration of democracy in Greece following the fall of the military dictatorship 40 years ago.

Nimetz Upbeat on Fresh Macedonia 'Name' Talks

“This time I expect substantial progress at the meetings with the leaders in Skopje and Athens,” UN mediator Nimetz was quoted as saying in an interview for “Voice of the People,” a Macedonian TV magazine.

Nimetz will visit Skopje on Monday and Tuesday to meet Macedonian leaders, after which he will travel to Athens, a UN press release explained.

Almost Half of Bulgarians Live Below Poverty Threshold – Survey

A total of 49.3% of all Bulgarians live below the poverty threshold, a survey by Greek statistical institute EL.STAT shows.

Greece ranks fourth among EU countries in terms of the highest percentage of citizens living on the poverty line, Bulgarian Telegraph Agency informs.

Waterpolo-Serbia reaches European Champs semifinals

BUDAPEST – Serbia is through to the semifinals of the 2014 Men's European Water Polo Championship in Budapest after beating Greece in the quarterfinals 13-9 (3-2, 4-3, 4-2, 2-2) late on Wednesday.

And then there’s Cyprus

Amid the burning problems of Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and others, surrounding Turkey, not many people noticed that this year marked the 40th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation of July 20, 1974. Once described as the “national issue” in Turkey, it no longer occupies the center stage in public discussions.

Do tomatoes dictate Turkey’s policy on Russia?

“There’s never a dull moment in Turkey”: A cliché sentence I have heard so often from a newcomer to Turkey. Indeed, it’s a cliché, but it also reflects the truth.

‘Stop tax dodging to lower taxes’

 Task Force sees progress but officials call for monitoring of evasion and increase in flow of bank credit

By Prokopis Hatzinikolaou

Policeman saves bather in western Greece

A policeman on Wednesday saved a 75-year-old bather who had become stranded some 300 meters out to sea in western Greece.

Other bathers at the beach in Vonitsa called police when they spotted the man.

A 25-year-old officer who arrived at the beach swam out to help him.

The pensioner was described as being in a semi-comatose state when the policeman reached him.

Gov't leaders try to ease tensions over evaluation

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos are on Thursday expected to discuss a rift that has appeared within the government over an evaluation scheme for civil servants which has been demanded by the troika.