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Commission’s winter forecast points to Greek economic spring


European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn

By Eleni Varvitsioti

The winter forecasts of the European Commission confirmed on Tuesday that the Greek economy is emerging from the shadows of recession with expected growth this year reaching the target of 0.6 percent.

Gazprom grants DEPA 15 pct discount


 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.

Worlds apart


By Alexis Papachelas

Many pundits like to draw parallels between SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras and the late PASOK leader Andreas Papandreou. The assumption is that should Tsipras come to power, he would turn into a more systemic, adaptive politician.

MEPs pick holes in bailouts, call for new approach


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 Fund’s involvement in future bailouts be “optional.”

Dignity and common sense

Opinion polls ahead of Greece’s 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.

Serbian-Greek military cooperation to be enhanced

ATHENS - Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodic stated after a meeting with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday that a decision has been made to enhance the bilateral military cooperation.

Teachers' union chief concerned by police stance to protesting students


The head of the secondary school teachers’ union OLME, Themis Kotsifakis, has told Kathimerini that he is concerned that authorities are coming down too hard on pupils after it emerged that 21 youngsters who took part in sit-in protests are to go on trial in April.

Four Chinese men sought for blackmailing female compatriot


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 To Set Up Transplantation Network

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"

"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.

EU Empty Properties Exceed 11M

Some 11 million homes lie empty across Europe, according to figures collated by the Guardian from across the EU.

In Spain more than 3.4 million homes are vacant, the numbers are 2 million for both France and Italy, 1.8 million in Germany and more than 700,000 in the UK.

Greek Jewish community seeks return of Nazi ransom


Greece's biggest Jewish community said Monday it has taken Germany to Europe's top human rights court, seeking the return of a huge ransom paid to Nazi occupiers more than 70 years ago to free thousands of slave laborers — who were still sent subsequently to German death camps.

Kurz: Dialogue has to be continued, results implemented

BELGRADE - After the early parliamentary election on March 16, Serbia must continue reforms and the dialogue with Pristina with renewed vigor and implement the results of the dialogue, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has said.

Piraeus port has ‘geostrategic’ edge as Greece pushes logistics


The Greek port of Piraeus could become one of Europe’s top five container-shipping hubs as the government spurs logistics activities in a bid to kick-start economic growth, said Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.

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