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Ankara irked by Athens meeting of Cyprus, Egypt, Gulf officials

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said that a forum in Athens where the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt met with counterparts and senior officials from several Persian Gulf countries, was "hostile."

Greek GDP down 10 pct in 2020, Commission says

The Greek economy shrank a massive 10 percent in 2020, the European Commission estimates in its winter economic forecasts report published Thursday.

Paris Opera’s ‘Swan Lake’ | February 12-15

The Paris Opera's production of "Swan Lake" based on the famed 1984 choreography by Rudolf Nureyev will be streamed online by Greece's Christmas Theater event organizer from February 12-15. It costs 15 euros to watch the show, with bookings available on christmastheater.gr, viva.gr and tel 211.770.1700. Screenings take place at 8 p.m., with additional shows at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Gov’t planning 60 initiatives to boost country’s openness

The government has set four priorities in its economic diplomacy, namely openness, foreign investment, promoting Greece's international presence and innovative projects, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Kostas Fragogiannis told an online event on Wednesday.

Greece on track for EU border security system

Greece is one step closer to implementing a 35-million-euro program that will bring it in line with the European Union's Entry/Exit System (EES) for registering the biometric data of third-country nationals crossing into or out of the Schengen Area.

Greece seeks ESM consent to repay part of IMF loans earlier

Greece has filed a request to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the eurozone's bailout fund, seeking its consent to pay back earlier expensive debt to the International Monetary Fund, government officials said on Wednesday.

The country has received three international bailouts from the eurozone and the IMF worth 280 billion euros since 2010.

Coronavirus: 1,327 new cases, 22 deaths

Greek authorities announced 1,327 new cases of coronavirus and 22 fatalities in the past 24 hours Thursday.

Eight of the 1,327 cases involved international visitors tested upon arrival.

Greece's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 168,872, with 6,056 dead.

A total of 281 patients remain intubated in intensive care units while 1,194 have left ICU.

Athens condemns Houthi attack in Saudi Arabia

The Greek Foreign Ministry has released a statement condemning the latest attack in Saudi Arabia by the Yemeni Houthi rebels and expresses its full support for the oil-rich kingdom.

Greek Film Double Bill | To March 6

The Hellenic Film Society USA is showcasing two films with English subtitles on its website through March 6.

Greek Police Accused of Violence at Education Bill Protests

Police in Greece have been criticised after videos circulated on social media of officers violently pushing and shoving photojournalists covering a protest against a new bill for universities on Wednesday.

The photojournalists' union said riot police beat up a member of the union who had been reporting on the protests.

In Athens, a regional alliance is taking shape

Foreign ministers and senior officials from several Persian Gulf countries are meeting in Athens on Thursday, as Greece seeks to expand alliances to counter tension with regional rival Turkey.

Turkey's diplomatic charm offensive, the S-400s, and the so-called 'Crete Model'

This week Turkey signaled that it could give ground on the S-400 missiles it purchased from Russia, with Defense Minister Hulusi Akar suggesting Turkey could adopt the so-called "Crete Model'' - which was used to solve a dispute between Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey in the 1990s over S-300s Nicosia had purchased - to deal with this issue.

Meeting set up to prepare for frosty weather

Α meeting will be held at the Civil Protection's operatin center on Thursday to discuss the state's preparation ahead of the imminent cold front that is expected to hit a large part of the country in the following days.

Greek economy shrank 10 pct in 2020, EU report shows

The Greek economy shrank a massive 10 percent in 2020, the European Commission said in its winter economic forecasts report published Thursday.

The Commission even forecasts that this lost ground will not be covered in 2021.

According to the report, Greece will achieve a 3.5 percent rebound in 2021 but predicts that growth will accelerate to 5 percent in 2022.

Tsitsipas holds off Kokkinakis to win Greek epic

A Greek tragedy threatened to befall Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open on Thursday before the fifth seed steadied to fend off local wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 6-7(5) 6-4 and reach the third round.

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