Latest News from Greece
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.