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Deal securing cheaper Russian natural gas for industries and households applies from July 2013 for 10 years
By Chryssa Liaggou
The Environment and Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday that Greece has secured a 15 percent discount on natural gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom for 10 years, adding that the measure will be retroactively applied from July 2013.
The troika faced an immense challenge in dealing with the euro crisis but the adjustment programs it helped implement in Greece and other countries lacked transparency and were not fully adapted to those states, according to a European Parliament committee, which recommended on Tuesday the International Monetary Funds involvement in future bailouts be optional.
Opinion polls ahead of Greeces regional and municipal elections in May as well as the results from various ballots held recently by professional associations indicate that the partisan lines of the past are mostly irrelevant.
Only a very small minority of people are still voting on the basis of narrow party interests or good old ideological dividing lines.
Police in Katerini, northern Greece, said on Tuesday that they were seeking four Chinese nationals in connection with the alleged blackmail of a female compatriot of theirs who worked as a masseuse on local beaches.
The ring members are believed to be behind the attempted manslaughter of a 26-year-old Chinese man in June last year.
Bulgaria and Greece will set up a regional network for exchange of organs for transplantation.
This was agreed at a meeting between Bulgaria's Health Minister Tanya Andreeva and her Greek counterpart Adonis Georgiadis.
The Balkan transplantation network would facilitate the organ exchange among the neighbouring countries.
"Dialogue has to be continued, results implemented"
BELGRADE -- After elections on March 16, "Serbia must continue reforms and the dialogue with Priština with renewed vigor and implement the results of the dialogue."
This is what Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has told the Belgrade-daily Danas in an interview ahead of his visit here on Wednesday.