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Roma man in Patra set alight ‘for fun’ in NYE incident

An investigation has been launched in the southwestern port town of Patra after a 35-year-old Roma man was asked at a local car dealership to kneel down to sing Christmas carols on New Year's Eve and was set on fire "for fun."

No let-up in Ankara’s rhetoric

Keeping tensions high with Athens, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated on Monday that Ankara will "not accept any extension" by Greece of its islands' territorial waters.

Manufacturing index at two-year lows

Greece's manufacturing sector, which accounts for 8% of the economy, posted in December the fastest decline of the last two years in production and new orders.

S&P Global's seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index for the manufacturing sector in Greece (PMI) closed at 47.2 points in December, from 48.4 in November.

Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry: The Natural Gas for 2023 is Secured

"The gas for 2023 is secured, the expectations are for stabilization of the prices in the coming winter months", Deputy Minister of Energy Elenko Bozhkov said on BNT.

According to him, the warmer winter means less gas used from the gas storage in Chiren.

Five fugitives caught in Thessaloniki

Police in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, have arrested five fugitives and wanted persons convicted of or wanted for various crimes.

One of the arrestees is 55-year-old man against whom authorities in Corfu had issued a pending arrest warrant for fraud while he had also been convicted to a total prison sentence of 11 years for fraud, embezzlement and extortion.

The Finance Ministry’s 10 goals and challenges in 2023

Prudent fiscal management and the best use of available funds will allow Greece to face uncertain times effectively and achieve investment-grade status, which is the central national goal for 2023, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras has told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA). 

Health minister, manufacturers meet to review drugs shortages

The Greek agency for pharmaceuticals (EOF), wholesalers, pharmacies and others met on Monday with Health Minister Thanos Plevris to review the issue of lack of drug availability in the Greek market.

While all cited global issues in medicine shortages, they also said the issue was not as severe as in other countries since Greece has its own production of pharmaceuticals as well.

Outwardness, deterrence, resilience

The international political and economic system is currently in a phase of transition. Global and regional powers are challenging or noticeably distancing themselves from the rules-governed international order and are instead developing hegemonic aspirations.

Akar says Greece undermining CBM talks

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Monday accused Greece of undermining talks on confidence-building measures (CBM) between the two Aegean rivals, adding that his country wants to defuse tensions through dialogue.

Baby’s body found in dam; mother arrested

A woman has been arrested in northern Greece after her 11-month-old daughter was found dead in an irrigation dam, police said Monday.

Akar blames Greece for trying to escalate tensions

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Jan. 2 accused Greece of trying to increase tension in the Aegean with provocative actions and rhetoric due to domestic political considerations.

One dead, three injured as migrant van overturns

A van carrying migrants in northern Greece crashed on Sunday killing one of the passengers and injuring at least three others, police say. 

The vehicle was traveling on the Egnatia Highway connecting Alexandroupolis with Komotini when it overturned under unknown circumstances.

The van was not being pursued.

Police are still looking for the driver of the van.