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Another furlough rejection for Koufodinas

Jailed terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas has had another furlough demand rejected by a court in Volos, central Greece, upholding a decision by his prison's parole board.
The hitman of the November 17 terrorist organization, who has been convicted to 11 consecutive life sentences over as many assassinations, had asked to spend Christmas at home in Attica.

Police detains over 50 FETÖ-linked terror suspects

Turkish security forces on Jan. 21 detained 52 suspects over ties to FETÖ, the group behind the defeated 2016 coup attempt.

The Chief Public Prosecutor's Offices in the southern provinces of Adana and Antalya and western province of Balikesir issued warrants for 52 people, including some officials.

Erdogan escalates fiery rhetoric

Escalating the incendiary rhetoric directed at Athens, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed again, after his return on Sunday from the Berlin conference on Libya, that the southern island of Crete does not have a continental shelf while also slamming Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for receiving Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Athens last week.

European naval mission to secure Strait of Hormuz

Eight European Union member states have decided to set up a naval surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced on Jan. 20 after a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers.

UN warns of 'growing skepticism' over Cyprus deal

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus warned on Jan. 20 of "growing skepticism" among the island's population that recent diplomatic efforts between the rival communities will herald a comprehensive peace deal.

Editorial: National vigilance

The instability and complexity that prevail in the broader region of the Southeastern Mediterranean are for Greece endangering issues of national importance and national rights.

The wealth that is hidden under the sea is attracting everyone, intensifying adventurism, and aggravating competition.

Local human resources seen suffering from skills shortage

Greece ranks last in the European Union, along with Spain, in the European Skills Index compiled by the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), as while the country may boast a high rate of basic education, it also has a low level of professional skills.

France agrees to relocate 400 refugees from Greece

France will take 400 asylum seekers from Greece, with priority given to families and other vulnerable individuals, France's Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez said after meeting with Alternate Minister of Migration Greece Koumoutsakos in Athens on Monday.

ESM appoints Paolo Fioretti as new mission chief for Greece

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has appointed Paolo Fioretti as mission chief for Greece, replacing Nicola Giammarioli who held the post since 2015, the ESM said in a statement.

Government to introduce new strategy against terrorism, violent extremism

The Greek governemnt will present in three months a national strategy to fight terrorism and violent extremism, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday, speaking at an event in Athens to honor of victims of terrorism in Greece.

Pollutant-related deaths almost twice the EU average

The number of early deaths caused by air pollution in Greece is nearly double the European Union average, according to research.

Data from the European Environment Agency show that there were 16,440 early deaths in Greece in 2016 due to exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3). 

Greece nowhere near EU target for green vehicles

Greece lags behind its European peers when it comes to electric cars, the latest data suggests.

The high cost of purchasing such vehicles, the scarcity of charging points around the country and the lack of incentives to obtain clean energy autos are considered the main factors that are holding Greece back in this field of technology.

France: More countries back European-led naval mission in Hormuz

A European-led naval mission in the Straits of Hormuz - a vital shipping route for world transport that has been impacted by military tensions in the Middle East - has won more political support from countries, said the French government on Monday.

Reasons to be cheerful

End-of-the-year reports indicate that the Greek economy is moving in the right direction. Poll figures, representing the view of the man on the street, reports from institutions such as the European Central Bank, representing the views of the experts, and lower rates for Greek government bonds, representing the views of the market, agree: Greece is changing course.

Greek PM turns his focus to Turkey and migration

Having achieved the government's aim to seek a broad consensus over its pick for Greece's next president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minster Kyriakos Mitsotakis' focus has shifted to Greek-Turkish relations, with an eye on Libya and migration.