Latest News from Greece

Son of accused Cypriot minister becomes victim of brutal assault

The son of former Cypriot Interior Minister Dinos Michailides, who is on trial for money laundering in arms deals involving Greece’s ex-Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, has been seriously injured in an attack in southern Athens.

Marios Michailides suffered a head injury and broken ribs when three men attacked him at a hotel in Palaio Faliro on Tuesday.

More flooding expected in northern Greece

After nearly a week of heavy rainfall, civil protection authorities in northern Greece on Wednesday warned that the Ardas River is at risk of breaking its banks due to flooding at the Ivaylovgrad Dam in neighboring Bulgaria.

Nikolic made Citizen of Honor of the Greek city of Serres

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic received on Wednesday in Belgrade the charter of the Greek city of Serres awarding him the title of Citizen of Honor.

Nikolic met with a delegation of Serres, headed by Mayor Petros Aggelidis.

Anarchist Nikos Romanos ends hunger strike

Greek anarchist and convicted robber Nikos Romanos has ended a hunger strike after parties agreed on an amendment that will allow him to attend on-campus classes while wearing an electronic bracelet, Kathimerini understands.

Justice Minister submits amendment aimed at breaking Romanos deadlock

As Nikos Romanos started a thirst strike Wednesday, Greek Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou submitted an amendment in Parliament aimed at breaking the deadlock over the 21-year-old jailed anarchist and robber.

Romanos has been on hunger strike since November 10 over authorities' refusal to grand him an educational leave to attend classes at a Greek technical college (TEI).

Venizelos to meet Schaeuble in Berlin

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos heads to Berlin on Wednesday for an official two-day visit.

Venizelos is scheduled to meet with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Greek bonds fall, yield curve inverts on political fears

Greek bonds extended losses on Wednesday, with yields on short-dated debt spiking sharply above longer-dated ones, as investors worried about the upcoming presidential elections that could catapult the leftist anti-bailout SYRIZA party to power.

Vertical Gas Corridor connecting Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, to Carry 3-5 bcm a year

The Vertical Gas Corridor connecting the gas grids of Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania, will have a capacity of 3-5 billion cubic meters a year, according to reports of Greece's Energy Ministry.

On Tuesday, the three countries agreed to build the Vertical Gas Corridor as an alternative to the South Stream gas pipeline project, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

Rental rates continue their slide across the country

By Nikos Roussanoglou

The rate of the drop in rents across the country increased in the January-September period according to data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority and the Bank of Greece, which concur with the estate agencies’ conclusions.

PM names Dimas as presidential candidate, starts search for votes

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday named former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas as his coalition’s candidate for early presidential elections this month, paving the way for weeks of political turbulence as the government scrambles to garner the 180 votes required to endorse Dimas and avert snap general elections.

Tsipras has eye on national elections

The presidential elections may not have started yet but that did not prevent SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras from fully turning his attention to the prospect of snap national polls on Tuesday.

Thermi motorist dies after car swept up by floodwaters

A 63-year-old motorist died Tuesday when his car was swept up by floodwaters on a country road near Scholari in the municipality of Thermi following heavy rainfall.

A 64-year-old woman who had been in the car with him managed to get out of the vehicle and was transferred to the hospital with symptoms of hypothermia.

Man burned to death in Larissa

Police and the fire service in Larissa, central Greece, were investigating the exact circumstances of the death of a man whose charred body was discovered Tuesday on a construction site in the city.

Local residents had called the authorities to the scene, saying they had seen a figure engulfed in flames at the site after hearing cries.