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Independent deputy Nikos Stavrogiannis on Wednesday resigned from Parliament in order to be sworn in as mayor of Lamia, central Greece.
Stavrogiannis is a former New Democracy MP who was ousted by the conservative party. His seat was set to return to the conservatives with the appointment of Dimitris Brianis.
Taxpayers will be able to pay off the newly introduced unified property tax (ENFIA) in six installments, while revisions to the tax rates for 4,000 residential areas around Greece will also be made, the government decided on Tuesday, offering some clarity to one of this summers most controversial issues.
The Ministry of Administrative Reform and E-Governance is adding the final touches to its latest tender for an upgrade of the public sectors telecommunications infrastructure.
The project, dubbed Syzefxis II and budgeted at 600-650 million euros, is expected to attract bids from both local and foreign players.
A Hellenic Air Force fighter crashed on Tuesday during military exercises in the area between Rhodope and Evros on Greeces northeastern border though the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft before impact.
Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos contacted the pilot, who suffered minor injuries, to wish him a speedy recovery.
Coast guard officers on Tuesday intercepted a total of 129 undocumented immigrants off the islands of Chios and Agathonisi in the eastern Aegean in three separate operations.
In the first operation, a coast guard vessel spotted 46 migrants off the northeastern coast of Agathonisi.
A few hours later another 43 would-be migrants were found on a beach in southeastern Chios.
Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is to represent Greece at the official inauguration ceremony for Turkeys new president, former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
The ceremony to install Erdogan as Turkish president is to take place in Ankara on Thursday.
Engaging in public dialogue regarding whether the anti-racism bill is mandatory and sensible is both legitimate and necessary at this current point in time.
The association representing property owners in Greece on Tuesday demanded that the government ensure that empty properties, or ones that have been disconnected from the power grid, are taxed at a lower rate.
In a statement, the Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners (POMIDA) said it was directing a request and warning to the government regarding the properties in question.
Ahead of an important German-hosted meeting in Berlin on Thursday, the Prime Ministers of Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro met on Monday in Cavtat, Croatia, to discuss the planned construction of an Adriatic-Ionian highway.
The highway will connect Central and Western Europe with Greece through the Western Balkans, running down the coast.
By Angelos Stangos
The rabid reactions to the anti-racism bill are neither random nor unheard-of. They are in the same vein as reactions against the construction of a mosque in Athens and common-law marriage, and before that against the removal of religion from identity cards and long before that to womens right to vote.