Latest News from Greece

Cafe in Greek Parliament fined for breaking anti-smoking law

The owner of the cafe in Greece’s Parliament has been fined 600 euros for breaking the anti-smoking law.

A check revealed that the cafe did not have a complaints book where non-smokers could record instances of people smoking in the establishment.

Greece posts 1.6 bln primary budget surplus in Jan-Mar, beats target

Greece's central government posted a primary budget surplus, before interest payments, of 1.6 billion euros ($2.22 billion) in the first quarter, widening by more than three times from the same period last year, Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Monday.

Bulgarians Busted for Heroin Traffic in Greece

Six Bulgarian citizens have been arrested in Greece with 50 kg of heroin, part of an alleged drug traffic channel between Turkey and Greece.

The six Bulgarians were taken into custody in the eastern city of Alexandroupoli, near the border with Turkey, the Bulgarian National Radio reported.

Four Nigrita jail guards bailed over inmate's fatal torture

Four prison guards from Nigrita jail in northern Greece were bailed on Monday after giving their depositions in connection to the deadly beating suffered by inmate Ilie Kareli.

Six prison guards have been remanded in custody, while a total of six have been bailed.

Another two prison guards are to face a prosecutor in Serres on Wednesday.

Bulgaria Among Popular Passover Destinations for Israeli Tourists

Israeli citizens prefer to spend the Passover festival in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, according to Turkish tour operators, Bulgarian National Radio reported.

Turkey is the destination of choice for some 6,300 Israeli citizens celebrating the eight-day festival of Passover, also known as Pesach, beginning on 15 April, Turkish Haberler informed.

Greek Protesters Clash with Police over Extra Working Hours on Sunday

Clashes erupted in Greece between protesters and riot police in the capital Athens during a demonstration against a decision on extra Sunday working hours for retailers.

No injuries or damages occurred, according to Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

Time for hope, not fear

Many Greeks voted out of fear in the back-to-back 2012 general elections. They did so to keep the country afloat, in the eurozone and safe from calamity. Now, thanks to their votes and the efforts of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, those fears have abated.

Apollon is relegated, Xanthi to face survival play-off

By George Georgakopoulos

Apollon followed Aris to the second division and Xanthi will contest a relegation play-off, as the end of the regular season of the Super League on Sunday produced predictable results that also included defeats for PAOK and Panathinaikos.

Market tapping came late, not early

 Acting responsibly will ensure the country its funding from bonds even without troika monitoring

By Dimitris Kontogiannis

New Iraklio airport to keep charges low

By Tassos Telloglou

The new airport at Kastelli in Iraklio, Crete, will be ready in four years’ time and will thankfully manage to dodge the high charges seen at Athens International Airport due to its concession agreement, which have resulted in reduced traffic.

Gauging the reactions of the markets

By Alexis Papachelas

Talk of what the markets are up to is back in our lives and there are those who want people to believe that they have an infallible instinct when it comes to predicting how the markets will react at any given time.

Samaras sees no need for third bailout

After a week that saw Athens successfully tap international bond markets for the first time in four years, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras essentially ruled out the need for a third loan program for Greece, insisting that the markets’ positive response to last week bond’s issue is the first step toward the country emerging from its economic crisis.

Six more guards called on Nigrita prison torture

Six employees of Nigrita Prison in northern Greece – where a 42-year-old Albanian inmate was found dead in his cell on March 27, apparently after a severe beating – are to face a magistrate in Serres on Monday and Tuesday on charges of torture.