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President: Greece will not accept 'arbitrary' interpretations of name deal

Greece will not accept "arbitrary" interpretations of the Prespes accord by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Tuesday, referring to the deal reached between Athens and Skopje to resolve the decades-old dispute over the country's name.

Eurozone waves Greek budget through

The eurozone finance ministers have formally approved the Greek budget for 2019, waving it through Monday's Eurogroup meeting.

With the government readying the amendment that cancels the pension cuts for 2019, attention now shifts to the particularly important second European Commission report on Greece in February, as that is directly linked to debt easing measures.

Pahor: Greece must assume leading role in the Balkans

The Prespes accord is of historical importance not only for Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but also for the broader region of the Western Balkans because it creates fresh momentum for the country's incorporation into the European Union and NATO, Slovenia's President Borut Pahor tells Kathimerini in an interview, while urging Greece to play a leading role in this pa

Serbia ends Greek hoopsters' unbeaten run

A depleted Greek national basketball team went down 84-61 in Serbia on Monday for its first loss in 10 World Cup qualification games.

Moscow ready to enhance military cooperation with Athens, says Russian envoy

Moscow is looking to expand military and technical cooperation with Athens and is ready to discuss new projects, Russian Ambassador to Greece, Andrey Maslov, told Russian news agency TASS on Monday.

The diplomat said Greece is armed with the Russia-made military equipment, which Moscow supplied to Athens more than 15 years ago.

Beauty and cosmetics products sector recovering

Greek producers of cosmetics and beauty products have seen a revival in their fortunes thanks to a growing worldwide consumer trend toward natural products, among other factors, according to Enterprise Greece, the country's official trade and investment promotion agency.

IOM says more shelters required to house unaccompanied minors

The International Organization for Migration last week announced it had offered shelter and tailored services to more than 1,114 unaccompanied minors in Greece since the beginning of 2018 as part of an European Union-funded program.

Germany's share of ECB rises as Italy, Spain and Greece's recede

The Bundesbank's share in the capital of the European Central Bank is set to rise at the expense of countries whose economies have shrunk, such as Italy, Spain and Greece, according to the ECB's new shareholder structure published on Monday.

This so-called capital key is re-calculated every five years based on the size of each country's economy and population.

"Serbia fully supports China's Belt and Road Initiative"

These relations have enabled Serbia to be an important point on the New Silk Road route, Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic said on Monday, Tanjug reported on Monday.

Greek 2019 budget compatible with Stability Pact, says Dombrovskis

The Greek 2019 budget is compatible with the EU's Stability and Growth Pact, Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Monday, arriving at the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels.

Eurozone finance ministers will discuss, among other ssues, the draft budgets of member-states.

He also said Greece will achieve its target for a primary surplus of 3.5 percent next year.

After bailout, disabled Greeks seek austerity relief

Members of disabled groups from around Greece — some wearing white gloves to protest in sign language — have staged rallies in Athens and other cities to call for expanded exemptions from bailout-era taxes.

Greek Seas | Athens | To December 31

"Greek Seas: A Photographic Journey in Time," showcases the inspiration Greek and foreign artists drew from the Greek seascape from the 19th century up until the 1970s. The exhibition is dedicated to the notion of the sea as an integral part of everyday life in a large portion of Greece.

President hails growing international support for return of Parthenon Marbles

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos referred on Monday to broadening international support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece during a visit to the capital's Acropolis Museum which was built to house the sculptures, currently in the British Museum.

German ambassador heralds 'new chapter' for investments in Greece

Germany's ambassador in Greece, Jens Ploetner, sought to end a positive message on the prospects of the Greek economy at the launch in Berlin of a conference about southeastern Europe jointly organized by the Hellenic-German Chamber of Commerce and The Economist.