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Growing chasm

The biggest challenge facing Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is neither SYRIZA nor the smaller opposition parties nor popular protests. It is the migration crisis, because the issue tends to alienate the New Democracy leadership from the party's traditional base of supporters, local administration officials and deputies. 

Turkey to deport IS suspect stuck at Greek border to US

A US national and suspected Islamic State group member, who has spent three days in a no man's land between Turkey and Greece after Ankara tried to deport him, will be repatriated to the United States, Turkey's Interior Ministry said Thursday.

A Ministry statement said the United States has agreed to take him in and that the procedures to repatriate him are underway.

One in 10 drivers fined for not wearing seat belt

Checks conducted by 933 traffic police crews around Greece last week found that one in 10 drivers were not wearing a seat belt.

Specifically, of the 15,073 drivers checked from November 4 to 10, 1,502 were fined for not wearing a seat belt.

Downpour wreaks damage

Heavy rainfall wreaked damage across much of the country on Wednesday, particularly in western Greece and on Crete, where a makeshift road linking the port of Hania to the village of Alikianos collapsed. On Corfu, a downpour led to roads flooding, with the fire service receiving dozens of calls to clear fallen trees and pump out flooded stores and homes.

Mitsotakis to express support for North Macedonia’s EU path in meeting with Zaev

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to express his full support for North Macedonia's EU accession prospects as well as for other countries in the western Balkans, provided they fulfil their obligations, in a meeting on Thursday with the country's counterpart Zoran Zaev in Thessaloniki.

Mitsotakis to meet with Zaev, Borisov in Thessaloniki on Thursday

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to meet with North Macedonia's Zoran Zaev and Bulgaria's Boyko Borisov on Thursday on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Summit 2019, a business event organized by the Federation of Industries of Greece.

Mitsotakis' first meeting with Zaev was on September 24 in New York, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting.

Athens rejects IMF projections on Greek growth

The government has clearly expressed its disagreement with certain conclusions reached by the International Monetary Fund, which has expressed reservations about Greece's growth prospects in a report.

Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university.

Greece's Culture Ministry says the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until research in 2014 by archaeologist Giorgos Kavvadias identified it in the University of Muenster's collections.

Poor imitation

It's 1980. After six years in the prime minister's seat, Constantine Karamanlis becomes president, leaving behind a divided party and a financially troubled country - it's only a few months since the second oil crisis in the summer of 1979. Greece is going through political upheaval: strikes, university sit-ins, and near-daily protests.

Broadband in Greece is slow and expensive

Internet users' landline connections in Greece are among the slowest and most expensive in the European Union, a study has shown.

In terms of nominal charges, the country is the second most expensive in the EU for landline broadband internet connections, according to a recent European Commission study. On average, only Belgium has higher charges for fixed broadband connections.

Supermarkets could tap into 7.8 bln

Supermarkets in Greece have a significant scope for further increasing their turnover, not only through increasing demand for the brands and products they already stock, but mainly by expanding to new categories of products and services.

Chinese visitors set to increase amid closer ties

Tourism cooperation between China and Greece is booming as the cradle of Western civilization is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Chinese travelers.
Between 150,000 and 200,000 Chinese tourists visited Greece last year, an increase of over 20 percent from the year before, according to the Beijing Office of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

Former foreign minister dismisses report on Turkish servicemen

Former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias has dismissed a report published on the Turkey-focused website Nordic Monitor that claimed Ankara was planning to execute a plan, with his knowledge, to secure the return of the eight Turkish servicemen it wanted extradited from Greece to stand trial in Turkey for their alleged role in the 2016 coup attempt.

Enhancing investment via the capital market

Greece's definitive emergence from its financial crisis and the recovery of living standards in the country require considerable new investments, the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) said in a report presented on Tuesday, which proposed three policy measures for strengthening bank savings through the capital market.