Latest News from Greece
By Alexia Kefala
There is speculation in Paris that Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici may abandon his post to become a “super commissioner” in Brussels. In an interview with Kathimerini, ahead of a visit to Greece, Moscovici says that, in any case, he is keeping a close eye on developments regarding the Greek economy.
A 38-year-old Nigerian national was arrested by officers of the Attica narcotics squad at Athens International Airport on Saturday on charges of attempting to smuggle 1.1 kilos of heroin into Greece.
The suspect, who was traveling from Uganda via Istanbul, was found to be carrying 72 parcels of the drug in his stomach.
An investigation was launched on Friday into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ilie Kareli, the 42-year-old Albanian inmate who killed a prison guard on Tuesday, after he was found dead in a prison cell and a coroners report indicated that he had suffered serious injuries after being beaten with a blunt instrument.
The International Monetary Fund said on Friday it had reviewed Cypruss economy under a bailout program and approved a loan disbursement for about $115 million.
The international lender said the disbursement brings total lending to date under the IMFs $1.4 billion program with Cyprus to about $459 million.
Fulham could soon have Greece striker Costas Mitroglou back to assist in its Premier League relegation fight, manager Felix Magath said on Friday.
Mitroglou has featured just twice for the Londoners since joining from Olympiakos Piraeus for an undisclosed fee, which media reports put at 12 million pounds ($19.97 million), on transfer deadline day on January 31.
Drivers working at Greeces public hospitals will be on strike through Monday in protest at a Health Ministry plan to transfer them to EKAB, the national ambulance and emergency care service, the union of hospital workers, POEDIN, said Friday.
All hospital workers will also stage a work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.
Bulgaria will participate in the construction of a floating liquefied natural gas terminal near the Greek city of Kavala in a bid to secure constant access to natural gas.
Talks on the project are to be wrapped up by end-2014, according to the authorities in Athens, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).