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Ikonomidis believes new Serbian gov't will be up to task

BELGRADE - Greece's Ambassador to Belgrade Konstantinos Ikonomidis believes that the new Serbian government will be formed very soon and demonstrate that it is up to the big task of implementing reforms, solving economic problems and continuing on the path towards the EU.

Plan for social dividend to secure healthcare for uninsured citizens

By Prokopis Hatzinikolaou and Sotiris Nikas

The government has decided to use part of the so-called social dividend – i.e. 525 million euros from Greece’s 2013 primary surplus – to provide a large proportion of uninsured citizens with healthcare coverage.

Inmate murders Malandrino deputy warden

The deputy warden of Malandrino Prison in central Greece was murdered on Tuesday by an inmate who used a makeshift knife to slice his victim’s throat.

Authorities said the 46-year-old prison guard, a father of two, died as he was being taken to the hospital. His windpipe had been severed in the attack, which was carried out by an Albanian inmate.

Greece among EU's waste management laggards

Greeks produced more municipal waste than the average European Union citizen in 2012 and more of it ended up being buried in landfills than was the norm for the 28-member block.

Greece produced an average of 503 kilos of municipal waste per resident compared to the EU average of 492 kilos.

Greek pharmacists call indefinite strike over measures

Pharmacists have decided to launch an open-ended strike from Wednesday in protest at the government’s liberalization measures.

The pharmacists accused the coalition of making last-minute changes to draft legislation that will limit the role of pharmacies and threaten the livelihoods of some 12,000 Greek pharmacists.

Greek president to meet Pope Francis during Rome visit

Greek President Karolos Papoulias is expected to meet with Pope Francis during a visit to Rome on Friday.

Papoulias is due in the Italian capital for a meeting with his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano.

The two men are due to inaugurate an exhibition of Italian and Greek antiquities.

Eurozone recovery ‘gathering speed’

Further evidence emerged on Monday that the economic recovery across the 18-country eurozone is accelerating and, perhaps more importantly, spreading to the bloc’s debt-laden laggards.

Greece’s current account deficit narrows in January

Greece’s current account deficit narrowed in January from the same month last year, according to balance of payments figures by the central bank released on Monday.

The deficit stood at 295 million euros from 314 million in January 2013.

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Alpha Bank sale said covered

Alpha Bank has enough demand for all its stock as the Greek lender joined Piraeus Bank in selling 3 billion euros in shares to bolster capital, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

"Crimea won't cause EU to reconsider Kosovo"

"Crimea won't cause EU to reconsider Kosovo"

BRUSSELS -- Presiding member of the EU Council of Ministers Dimitris Kourkoulas says the Crimea crisis will not cause the EU to reconsider "its decision" concerning Kosovo.

Kourkoulas: Crimean crisis does not block Serbia

BELGRADE - Presiding member of the Council of Ministers of the EU Dimitris Kourkoulas has said that the Crimean crisis will not cause the EU to reconsider its decision concerning Kosovo.

Number of flu deaths in Greece reaches 110

The number of people in Greece who have died after contracting flu this winter rose to 110 on Monday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said that another 46 people are receiving hospital treatment.

Greek police destroy bomb outside tax office following warning calls

Police in Greece say they have destroyed a bomb by controlled explosion outside a tax office in western Athens, following overnight warning calls to a television station and news website. There was no damage or injuries.

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