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Tirana Condemns Murders of Albanians in Greece

Albania's foreign ministry has condemned a wave of killings of Albanians in Greece and has urged the Greek Government to "stop the hate language that followed the events".

Madeleine Peyroux | Athens | December 6

Acclaimed American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, hailed as a modern-day Billie Holiday, is coming to Greece for a single show at the Olympic Hall in Galatsi on Thursday, December 6. Part of a global tour, the show presents her latest studio achievement, "Anthem," made up mostly of original material, along with a few covers.

Four NGO members arrested for migrant smuggling released from pretrial custody

Four members of a nonprofit organization were being released on Wednesday from pretrial custody after being arrested on the island of Lesvos in August, accused of forming a criminal organization that smuggled migrants and refugees into Greece with the aim of bolstering donations.

Russian government voices veiled threat against Cyprus

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow "will have to take response measures in case of a military build-up by the US in Cyprus.''

Katrougalos meets EU foreign policy chief in Brussels

Developments in the Western Balkans and the European Union membership ambitions of countries in the region were at the center of talks between Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday.

Talks were held on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels.

Greece tops OECD's 2007-2017 tax chart

The Revenue Statistics report on the period from 1965-2017 published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the tax-to-GDP ratio in Greece rose by 8.2 percentage points, from 31.2 percent in 2007 to 39.4 percent in 2017.

The increase puts Greece at the top of the OECD tax chart over that period.

ANEL vice president calls for revision of Prespes accord

Greece's populist right-wing party Independent Greeks (ANEL), Alexis Tsipras's coalition partner, on Wednesday called for a revision of the name deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) following remarks by the country's prime minister, Zoran Zaev, over the weekend who implied there is a "Macedonian" minority in Greece.

Structural reforms key to Greece's recovery, Mitsotakis tells FT

Greece needs to embark on structural reforms in order to restore market confidence, conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose New Democracy party is leading opinion polls, has told the Financial Times in an interview published Wednesday.

Bulgarian Border Police: Heavy Truck Traffic to Romania, Turkey and Greece

As of 6.00 am, there is heavy truck traffic from Bulgaria on the borders with Romania, Turkey and Greece, Border Police said. On the border with Greece, there is considerable truck traffic at exit on Kulata checkpoint. The same is the situation on the checkpoints of Kapitan Andreevo, Lesovo, Danube Bridge Ruse and Danube Bridge Vidin.

Spending goes mainly on basic needs

Food and housing costs, including spending on heating and water, absorb the lion's share of Greek households' income, Eurostat figures revealed on Tuesday.

Greek e-shops earn greater market share

Homegrown online shops are gaining ground in Greece, as 85 percent of consumers in the country use them for the vast majority of their online purchases, according to a survey by the E-Business Research Center of the Athens University for Economics and Business (ELTRUN) and the Association of Business and Retail Sales in Greece (SELPE).

Investment drop stymies growth

Greece's nine-month gross domestic output data hovered around the annual target for a 2.1 percent expansion, but investments remain in negative territory and the economy has been saved by tourism, exports and private consumption. Imports are also growing, threatening the balance of the current accounts.

Zaev pivots after Athens storm

Seeking to douse the fire that began after the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev implied there is a "Macedonian" minority in Greece, Skopje insisted on Tuesday that it remains firmly committed to the name deal it signed with Greece in June.