Latest News from Greece

D’Estaing to Kathimerini: We need 'a clear vision' for Europe

On the eve of European elections, Kathimerini spoke with a "wise" European who may have the answers to some of the most fundamental questions challenging the Continent right now: How worrying is the rise of euroskeptic parties? What steps need to be taken in order to restore citizens' faith in the European project? Is Greece out of the woods yet?

Apple Pay Comes to Bulgaria

Apple Pay makes its way to Bulgaria. The British fintech Monese has officially announced that it will start offering this service to its customers in 13 new countries, including ours.

Apple Pay gives you the opportunity to pay with your iPhone or Apple Watch by typing your card number in the special app. With the NFC chip you can pay anywhere you pay with a contactless card.

Philip Morris Makes a Call Center in Bulgaria and Opens 100 Jobs

Philip Morris International, the manufacturer of the iQOS tobacco heating unit, will invest in the creation of a call center in Bulgaria, Christos Harpandis, Managing Director for Southeastern Europe, told The new call center is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2019. The company has not yet decided whether it will be in Sofia or another city in Bulgaria.

Head of Attica Bank dies at 69

Prominent Greek banker Giorgos Michelis, who was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Attica Bank in late March, died on Saturday at the age of 69.

Michelis had many years of banking experience having served as CEO of Bancpost, a subsidiary of Greece's Eurobank in Romania, general manager of Emporiki Bank and executive vice president and chief operating officer at Egnatia Bank.

Greeks head to the polls for triple elections

Greeks are heading to the polls on Sunday to participate in the country's triple elections - European, regional and local.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. (EEST) and will close at 7 p.m. (EEST). The country has a total of 9,922,294 registered voters, of which 4,810,075 are men and 5,112,219 are women. Greeks living abroad vote a day earlier, on May 25.

North Macedonia PM Zaev: We have never been Closer to Bulgaria

The relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria are friendly, deep and warm. I think we have never had a better relationship. There is no citizen who does not confirm this thing. This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said.

'Greece will turn blue on Sunday night,' says ND leader in final campaign speech

Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday called on young voters and former New Democracy supporters to back the conservatives at Sunday's elections for European Parliament, and regional and local government, so that they could "write a new page" in Greece's history.

The masks are off

"The masks are off and the programs and plans of the political parties are revealed," the prime minister said in a television interview a few days ahead of the upcoming local government and European Parliament elections. Alexis Tsipras is right: The masks are off and the whole political troupe is on stage, waiting for Sunday's applause.

Greek grid operator launches tenders for $1 bln power link

Greek electricity grid operator ADMIE on Friday launched two tenders to build two undersea cables linking the island of Crete to the mainland, the energy ministry said.

The 915 million euro ($1 billion) project will be completed by 2022, the ministry said.

The specter of fear

Fear had been erased in Greece after the fall of the 1967-74 dictatorship.

Citizens, judges, politicians and anyone else in the public eye knew they had nothing to be afraid of.

But the fear is back, as groups of hooligans threaten or exercise violence. Decisions are being made in a climate of fear and freedom of speech is under threat.

ATHEX: PPC, Piraeus turn bourse's weekly losses into gains

Public Power Corporation and Piraeus Bank helped the benchmark of the Greek bourse recover on Friday, which sufficed to swing the weekly losses into gains. However, turnover reverted to low levels as the market clearly is in anticipation of the election results, not only in Greece but also in the rest of the European Union.