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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.
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 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.
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.
The announcement by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the closure of the International Monetary Fund office in Athens following his recent meeting with the IMF's new managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, had an obvious symbolic character: to mark the end of an era. The office opened in 2010, and in the popular mind it is identified with Greece during the period of the memorandums.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Monday hailed the outcome of Sunday's conference on the Libya crisis as a positive first step, although he regretted the fact that the summit's conclusions did not reiterate the position of the European Union on the contentious agreements signed between Ankara and the Tripoli-based government.