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Numerous blazes break out in Greece

Four different blazes broke out in Greece on Friday afternoon, with the bigger one being the one in the area of Prokopata, south Cephalonia.
Twenty-six firemen manning six vehicles and assisted by two Pezetel water-dropping aircraft were deployed at the Inonian island.

Mitsotakis holds meeting on future of ERT

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a meeting on Friday to discuss the prospects of state-run TV channel ERT and ways to turn it into a modern and pluralistic public service broadcaster.
The meeting was attended by government spokesman Stelios Petsas, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis.

Victims of storms total 182 in Greece since 2000

Following the freak storm in the northern region of Halkidiki which killed seven people on Wednesday night, the National Observatory's Meteo weather service released data showing that 182 people have been killed in Greece from floods, strong winds or lightning bolts since 2000.

Bank of Greece to propose complete lifting of capital controls, discusses NPLs with PM

Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras has announced that the central bank will propose the full lifting of capital controls which were imposed in June, 2015, when Greece's second bailout memorandum had ended and the the Tsipras government was still refusing to sign a new memorandum with creditors and EU partners.

Greek island of Milos voted Europe’s best by Travel + Leisure readers

The Aegean islands of Milos and Crete have been voted, respectively, first and second Best Island of Europe for 2019 by readers of the American Travel + Leisure magazine.

Paros, last year's number one pick, placed fourth, ahead of Santorini in fifth place.

"Greece rules this list with four islands," the magazine declared on its website.

President returns decrees on judicial appointments unsigned

Greek President Prolopis Pavlopoulos returned unsigned the two presidential decrees on the appointment by the previous SYRIZA government of the new prosecutor and president of the Supreme Court.

Since the decrees were not signed by the president, they are considered null and void and therefore are not binding for the government of New Democracy.

Labyrinth Musical Workshop | Crete | To September 24

Ireland-to-Greece transplant Ross Daly has been conducting master classes out of a restored manor house in Crete for the past 17 years, bringing the sounds and musical styles of the Middle East, the Balkans, India and Central Asia to budding musicians, with the assistance of guest teachers.

Emergency hotline to be ready by year end, says minister

The European emergency number 112, which could have contributed to timely evacuations ahead of the deadly storms that pummeled Halkidiki on Wednesday night, will be up and running at the end of 2019, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis announced Friday, during a visit to the operation center of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection.

Piraeus Bank considers Asian Pacific partner for shipping financing

Piraeus Bank is looking into a strategic partnership with a major Asian Pacific financial conglomerate that will help it provide financing to Greek shipping companies, Greece's largest lender by assets said on Friday.
Piraeus did not name the Asian partner, nor provide details of what form such a deal would take.

Bank of Greece governor to propose full lifting of capital controls

Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras said on Friday that he aims to propose the full lifting of capital controls on Greek banks.
"We consider they are no longer of use," Stournaras told journalists after meeting new Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday.

Firefighters sent to tackle blaze in Halkidiki

Just two days after freak storms led to seven deaths in Halkidiki, northern Greece, a fire was reported to have broken out on agricultural land between the settlements of Nikiti and Neos Marmaras.

A firefighting contingent of 20 men and 10 engines was dispatched to tackle the blaze which broke out on a farm covering around a hectare of land. 

Romanian injured in Greek storm to be released from hospital

A Romanian man vacationing with his family in Halkidiki, Greece, who got injured by a violent hail storm on Wednesday night will be discharged from hospital today, Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Friday.

Concern over 112 hotline after storm causes 7 deaths

After seven people were killed and more than 100 injured following a short and vehement storm that struck the area of Halkidiki in northern Greece on Wednesday night, there was concern that the European emergency number 112, which could have contributed to timely evacuations, is not working.