Latest News from Greece

Fears about tension in jails after guard death

Authorities are investigating whether the murder of a prison guard by an inmate at Malandrino Prison, central Greece, on Tuesday is part of an alleged effort to increase tension at the country’s jails, where the situation is “explosive,” according to a Justice Ministry official who spoke to Kathimerini.

Growing Numbers of Bulgarian Pensioners Visit Greece

Bulgarian pensioners become more frequent visitors to Greek islands for Easter. 

A survey of Bulgaria's Darik national radio among tourist agencies found that this spring Greece and Turkey are more preferred by Bulgarians above middle age. 

Greek unions to hold general strike on April 9

Greece's largest public sector union says it will join a nationwide general strike April 9 to protest austerity measures. The move means that the walkout will affect all private and public sector services.

The ADEDY union said Thursday it was joining the strike call issued by the GSEE union a few days ago.

15th International Archaeological Film Review to open

BELGRADE - The 15th International Archaeological Film Review will be held at the National Museum from Thursday through April 3, featuring creations from eight countries.

Cross-party committee to publish report on WWII reparations by end of 2014

Parliamentary speaker Evangelos Meimarakis has signed a decision to create a cross-party committee to examine the claim for German war reparations.

The 19-member committee, which is made up of deputies from all political parties, is expected to submit a report on the subject by the end of the year.

Eurozone banks buy govt bonds in February

Eurozone banks mainly increased their holdings of sovereign debt in February after banks passed the year-end deadline for balance sheet data under the European Central Bank's asset review, ECB data showed on Thursday.

Voting against multi-bill could lead to euro exit, Georgiadis warns

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis has warned deputies who have threatened to vote against a government multi-bill containing reforms agreed with the troika that failure to back the measures could force Greece to leave the euro area.

Rights groups slam proposed Greek law on migrants

Europe's top human rights official has called on the Greek government to drop plans to include a clause in a draft immigration law that would allow for the deportation of migrants deemed to have made false claims of abuse by law enforcement officials.

Free Wi-Fi around Greece from fall

Free Internet access will be available across Greece as of November through a network of up to 4,000 Wi-Fi points in closed and open public spaces, Transport and Networks Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said Wednesday.

Greek New Wave artist Lakis Pappas dies aged 76

Lakis Pappas, one of the leading singers of Greece’s so-called New Wave, died on Wednesday at the age of 76.

Pappas worked with composer Manos Hatzidakis in the early 1960s and gradually became drawn to the New Wave style, which emerged in the mid-1960s and combined Greek music with French chansons.

Police in Drama arrest four on multiple arson charges

Four suspects have been arrested in Drama, northern Greece, in connection with multiple fires in parkland and rubbish skips.

Authorities said the four are connected to 68 arson attacks between June 2012 and October 2013.

The suspects have also been charged with setting up and participating in a criminal organization.