Latest News from Greece

Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Mykonos

 Another 56 undocumented immigrants detained on the island

Authorities in Greece say 77 migrants trying to enter the country illegally have been detained off the Aegean island of Mykonos.

The migrants – 53 men, 12 women and 12 children – were picked up Friday by a coast guard vessel and transferred to the island's main port.

Municipal Cull Angers Albania Opposition

Albania's main opposition party has slated plans to drastically cut the number of rural and urban municipalities from 350 to 61, three of which will be ethnic minority municipalities.

If the law is passed on July 31, it will be Albania’s first territorial administrative reform since 1992, following the collapse of the Communist regime.

Illegal betting worth 5.5-6 billion euros

An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 illegal gaming machines contribute to the country’s illegitimate gambling industry, which is believed to be worth some 5.5 to 6 billion euros, according to the president of gaming regulator EEEP, Evgenios Giannakopoulos.

Hardouvelis to push for milestones target

By Sotiris Nikas

The multi-bill covering the prior actions required for the disbursement of the summer’s second sub-tranche is an immediate priority for the government, but it is not the only one.

IMF insists on eurozone lightening Greece’s debt

 Fund remains against horizontal cuts to salaries and pensions

By Katerina Sokou

The International Monetary Fund insists that Greece’s debt needs to be restructured and is waiting for the issue to be discussed this fall in the context of the Greek economy’s next assessment, a spokesman for the Washington-based Fund confirmed on Thursday.

Boutaris plans Islamic art museum for Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Mayor Yannis Boutaris on Thursday announced plans to establish a museum of Islamic art in Greece’s northern port city.

Boutaris, who was re-elected in May, told Kathimerini he had already contacted the Benaki Museum in Athens to ask for help to turn either the Alaca Imaret or the Yeni Cami, both former mosques, into a museum.

PM, Venizelos meet as Administrative Reform Ministry eases stance on evaluation

Coalition leaders sought on Thursday to defuse tension that has built up between New Democracy and PASOK as a result of the assessment of public servants’ performance, with the Administrative Reform Ministry indicating that it is willing to make compromises over the evaluation scheme.

Putting the past behind us

Democracy was restored in Greece 40 years ago and the country owes a debt to Constantine Karamanlis for handling the transition and anchoring the country firmly in the safe port of Europe with wisdom and determination.

Numerous mistakes were made in the decades that followed the fall of the 1967-74 military dictatorship – mistakes that ultimately led to the crisis.

Activists launch flotilla against Syria chemicals

Nearly 40 activists from Greece and Italy plan to launch a flotilla from the port of Hania on Crete on Friday to protest the decommissioning of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in the sea south of the island.

Greek leaders mark 40th anniversary of the fall of the junta

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras marked Thursday’s 40th anniversary of the end of the military dictatorship by saying that democracy has “deep roots” in Greece but the government’s spokeswoman found herself in disagreement with President Karolos Papoulias, who argued that democracy has suffered during the country’s economic crisis.

Study finds Greeks with soft spot for conspiracy theories are more likely to hold anti-Semitic views

By Harry van Versendaal

Anti-Semitism in Greece is more common among people who are susceptible to the lure of conspiracy theories, a new survey has shown.

The study, which was carried out by a group of Greek experts from local as well as international institutions and unveiled during a recent seminar in Berlin, was conducted before Israel's latest Gaza offensive.

Policeman among other eight arrested for antiquities trafficking

A police officer from Greece’s antiquities protection department has been arrested, accused of being part of a smuggling ring that was trying to sell an ancient marble statue worth an estimated 1 million euros.

Council of State deems university reform plan legal

The Council of State issued a ruling on Thursday deeming the government’s “Athena” plan for tertiary education reform legal.

Introduced just over a year ago with the aim of merging and shutting down of dozens of university and technical college departments, a number of institutions had appealed against the program.

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