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Immigration bill article pulled after coalition rift

The government on Thursday removed from a draft immigration law a provision foreseeing the expulsion of immigrants found to have made false claims of racially motived violence after the proposed measure nearly caused a rift in the fragile coalition.

Bogus civil service jobs in crosshairs

Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is overseeing a troika-imposed overhaul of the civil service, on Thursday issued a circular to all ministries and state bodies calling for an intensification of checks aimed at weeding out public sector employees who were hired on the basis of forged degree certificates or other fake qualifications.

Israeli FM dampens pipeline expectations during Athens visit

Talks in Athens on Thursday between Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman indicated that the possibility of a pipeline being built to carry natural gas from Israel to Greece via Cyprus has diminished.

Man arrested for scamming five unemployed people

A 57-year-old man was arrested in Thessaloniki on Thursday for scamming five unemployed people who he allegedly misled about job opportunities abroad and within Greece.

According to police, he would find his victims through the classified ads, where they would advertise their availability.

Meeting planned in NYC next week on FYROM name dispute

Envoys from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are to meet in New York City next Wednesday with the United Nations mediator in the dispute between the two countries regarding the Balkan nation’s official name.

Winners of Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition

BELGRADE – Belgrade-based cultural organization Mikser, in association with the Croatian Design Association and Public Room from Skopje, announced results of the Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition on Thursday.

Piraeus bond sows seeds of Greek revival but capital demands loom

Piraeus Bank's comeback to the public bond market – the first from a Greek bank in over four years – has fueled hopes that its lenders are on the road to recovery, but capital demands are looming as the next big challenge.

Athens University of Economics & Business

“Crisis? What crisis? Athens University of Economics & Business wins AMBA’s MBA Innovation Award 2013.” That was the title of last November's press release from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education and the only global MBA-specific accrediting body – announcing the global MBA innovator for 2013.

Japanese art form Kyogen to be displayed in National Theatre

BELGRADE - Japanese theatrical art form Kyogen will be presented in the Belgrade National Theatre on March 21 and 22 through the short stage plays 'Kagyu' (The snail) and 'Jobikoe' (Deception rhythm).

Plane mechanics ‘cheated’ on tests

A private school in Attica is under investigation after complaints from abroad that it allowed student aircraft mechanics to obtain certificates under false pretences, Kathimerini understands.

EOPYY staff called back to work before polyclinics reopen

More than 8,000 doctors and nurses who are employed by the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY) but have been in a labor mobility scheme for the past month have been asked to visit the EOPYY polyclinics on Thursday ahead of the scheduled launch next week of the Primary National Healthcare Network (PEDY) which is to replace EOPYY.

Greece set to return to markets within 3 months

Greece could opt to sell 1.5 to 2 billion euros of five-year bonds in a test issue in the first half of the year to end its four-year exclusion from bond markets, a senior Greek Finance Ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Number of flu deaths in Greece this winter surpasses 100

The number of flu-related deaths in Greece exceeded 100 on Wednesday, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), which has been monitoring the spike in the number of cases of the virulent H1N1 strain this year.