Latest News from Greece

Loans in Swiss francs to be repaid at current rate

Greece's Supreme Court has overwhelmingly ruled that some 70,000 people who had taken out loans in Swiss francs will have to repay them at the current exchange rate and not that at the time they were issued by the banks. 
Due to a currency appreciation of the Swiss franc, many borrowers have seen the cost of their loan increase despite having paid regular installments in repayments.

Flu kills six in a week

The death toll from the flu virus in Greece since last October has risen to 141, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO).
Citing the latest data in its weekly report on Thursday, KEELPNO said that six patients who had contracted the virus died last week, noting that another two patients had been admitted to intensive care units at Greek hospitals.

Piraeus Port tackles environmental issues

Greece's biggest port is taking measures to address the problem of pollution from ships and industrial activities in the area, Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) has said.

Editorial: WWII claims without delusions

As just as Greek claims may be regarding German reparations and the repayment of the "occupation loan" which the Nazi took out from the Bank of Greece and even started to service, one is obliged to address the issue carefully and with an understanding of the legal and political complexities.

It is not an issue to be exploited for electoral gain or for cultivating false hopes.

Greek police launch tender for secure ID cards, passports

The Greek Police (ELAS) on Thursday launched a tender to create a new electronic system that will issue new, more secure identity cards in Greece that will meet the standards and technical specifications of the European Union.
Apart from the new IDs, the Integrated Information System for Security Documents will also provide new secure driving licenses and upgrade existing passports.

Greece needs a more civilized public discourse

Public dialogue in Greece often looks like some kind of theater of the absurd. On the one hand we complain about the vulgar political squabbling that is so prevalent - especially on television - and, on the other, we applaud conflict for conflict's sake, political bias, absolutism and aggressive rhetoric.

Bulgaria is the Fourth in Europe in Respect to Price Growth

Inflation in Bulgaria is again gaining momentum in March, and our country ranks fourth in the European Union to raise prices, according to data from the European Statistical Office.

In the third month of the year, prices rose by 2.8 percent over the same period last year. As of February 2019, the consumer basket is 0.2 percent more expensive.

Acropolis closed again after storm warning

Visitors to Greece's top historical monument were prevented from entering the site of the Parthenon atop Acropolis Hill in central Athens on Thursday afternoon in response to a storm warning issued by the country's weather service.

Greek opposition leader in Cyprus on two-day visit

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in Nicosia on Thursday for a two-day visit during which he will also hold talks with President Nicos Anastasiades.

Arriving in Cyprus, the conservative leader was welcomed by the head of Cyprus' Democratic Rally (DISY) party, Averof Neofytou.

Ankara putting the squeeze on Skopje

Turkey is reportedly threatening to delay the ratification of North Macedonia's NATO accession protocol if the Balkan country does not extradite 15 Turkish nationals Ankara accuses of taking part in a failed coup in 2016.

Alexander the Great finds his place in Athens

A statue of the ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great will be officially unveiled on Friday in central Athens. The statue, which is a work by prominent 20th century sculptor Yiannis Pappas (1913-2005), was positioned on Wednesday on the corner of Amalias and Vasilissis Olgas avenues in central Athens.