Latest News from Greece

One in three at risk of poverty in Greece

About one in every three Greeks runs the risk of poverty or social exclusion, a rate that keeps Greece on a par with Bulgaria and Romania and far below countries such as Finland and the Czech Republic in the European Union.

Serial Athos monastery raider remanded

Police said on Friday that a man who was arrested on June 13 for stealing votive offerings from the Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos in northern Greece had also plundered other monasteries in the monastic community to the tune of at least 150,000 euros.

One Belt, One Road: Chinese AI Landing in Greece

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) technology is arriving in Athens on Tuesday, with the Hellenic Trade Council aspiring to expand the modern Silk Road into an innovation channel between Greece and China by introducing Chen Haibo, founder and chief executive officer of DeepBlue Technology, to the Greek public.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

A billboard ridiculing the issue of alleged corruption in Zagreb has gone viral in Croatia.

Katrougalos calls foreign policy council meeting

Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos on Friday called a meeting of the country's National Council for Foreign Affairs (ESEP) on June 26 to discuss developments with Turkey and specifically its planned drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The minister will brief party representatives on the issues at hand. The council will be held at 1:30 p.m. (local time). 

New European summit puts Greek politicians' TV debate on back burner

A decision by European leaders to meet on June 30 after failing on Thursday to agree on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs is threatening to derail plans for a television debate in Greece between the main politicians who will be battling for the top job in Athens on July 7.

Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales

Scientists say a study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash in the animals' stomachs, which can condemn them to a slow and painful death.

Supreme Court official asks for testimony to pushed to after elections

A Supreme Court official who has challenged the handling of an investigation into claims that several high-ranking opposition politicians had taken bribes from a Swiss pharmaceutical firm, has requested that his testimony before colleagues be postponed until after Greece's general elections on July 7.

Piraeus metro beset by delays

Delivery of the Athens metro's extension to the port city of Piraeus is being beset by delays, with the opening of the first three stations (Aghia Varvara, Korydallos and Nikai) being pushed to early 2020 and the other three (Maniatika, Piraeus and Municipal Theater) slated to open in 2021, the company running the project has said.

Italian organized crime suspect arrested in northern Greece

An fugitive wanted in connection with his alleged links to Italy's Camorra organized crime syndicate has been apprehended in northern Greece on a European arrest warrant, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported on Friday.

Mitsotakis outlines his priorities to Merkel

During a meeting in Brussels with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined the economic program of his party, which is expected to prevail in next month's snap election.

Brain drain reversal may be imminent

The brain drain, that led to the departure of over 400,000 Greeks from 2008 to 2016 could be reversed if the economy grows and investments come into Greece, experts say.

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