Latest News from Greece

Railway security is on the right track

Security on the Greek railway network is improving according to the latest data by Eurostat, as all kinds of accidents are on the wane.

The Greek 1917

Sam Mendes' war epic "1917" has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike; it's also an Oscar favorite. Watching the film made me think about Greece's experience in the Great War.

Wind to lease ADMIE fiber-optics infrastructure

Athens-listed Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) on Tuesday announced the signing of a 15-year contract to lease out its fiber-optics grid to telecommunications supplier Wind Hellas, in its first step toward becoming active in the wholesale telecommunications market.

US firm is third suitor for Ethniki Insurance

US group Varde Partners has been added to the list of suitors for the 80 percent stake in Ethniki Insurance, Greece's biggest insurer.
According to sources, Varde Partners is among the bidders short-listed for the second stage of the tender, concerning binding offers.

Athens plans for a 15-yr bond issue next week

The Public Debt Management Agency is ready for Greece's first market foray of 2020, with the issue of a 15-year bond, which is seen raising 2-2.5 billion euros.

Stretcher-bearers to strike on Thursday

Greece's state hospitals will be without stretcher-bearers on Thursday as the union representing them has called a 24-hour strike to protest understaffing and a lack of state funding.

30% of the Households in Bulgaria Face Difficulties in Paying Utility Bills on Time

Improving the living conditions of its people and fighting poverty and social exclusion is a central part of European Union policies. Nevertheless, there are still households in the EU that have difficulties in making ends meet. In 2018, almost 7% of households had been unable to pay utility bills (heating, electricity, gas, water, etc.) on time, due to financial difficulties.

Authorities on alert over Wuhan coronavirus

Greece's health authorities have been placed on alert due to the outbreak in Wuhan, central China of a deadly coronavirus which has led to the death of six people and at least 300 infections.

With a nod from Parliament, Greece gets first female president

Top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou became Greece's first woman president on Wednesday when lawmakers elected her head of state in a rare display of unity.
Sakellaropoulou, 63, has been president of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court. She will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term expires in March.

Greek islanders protest overcrowded refugee camps

Local residents, business owners and officials have launched a day of protest on the Greek islands hardest hit by migration, demanding that the Greek government ease the severe overcrowding at refugee camps.

Incoming Greek president vows to seek ‘maximum possible consensus’

In her first comments after her election by Greek lawmakers on Wednesday, incoming President Katerina Sakellaropoulou vowed to seek the "maximum possible consensus" from the country's political system with the aim of safeguarding "the smooth functioning of democracy."

Kidnapped crew members of Greek tanker released

The eight crew members of the Greek-flagged tanker Happy Lady - among them five Greek nationals - who had been abducted by pirates in an attack near the coast of Cameroon were released on Wednesday.
The tanker was attacked while anchored two nautical miles from Limboh port in Cameroon on December 21.

Nicosia suspicious over Yavuz drilling spots

The government of the Republic of Cyprus believes Turkey has obtained privileged drilling information regarding an area off the southern coast of the island.

EU chief welcomes Sakellaropoulou election

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has congratulated Katerina Sakellaropoulou on her election as Greece's first female head of state, welcoming the development as a step toward "a new era of equality" for the country.