Latest News from Greece

Greece flies first fighter jet over North Macedonia

Greece on Tuesday conducted its first fighter jet flight over North Macedonia, in a mission that was carried out by an F-16 from the Hellenic Tactical Air Force's 110 Combat Wing, based in Larissa.

The purpose of the mission was to locate any radar blank sectors and to test the compatibility of reconnaissance systems.

OECD warns of impact on economic progress from handouts

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned Greece that it needs to stick to agreed reforms and fiscal targets if it wants to maintain current growth rates.

"Deviations from the current medium-term fiscal strategy would undermine gains in fiscal credibility," the OECD warned in its latest Economic Outlook report.

Turkish travel agencies anxiously await Greece’s visa regulation

As the nine-day long Eid al-Fitr holiday approaches, Turkish travel agencies have been anxiously waiting for Greece to start the visa facilitation program for thousands of Turkish tourists making reservations in Aegean islands.

Kyllini tremor rattles western Greece

A moderate earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale rattled parts of western Greece on Tuesday, though there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

According to the Athens-based Geodynamic Institute, the 4.3 tremor struck at 11.58 a.m. off the coast of the port town of Kyllini, southwest of Patra.

Four Koufodinas supporters arrested in Thessaloniki

Four people were arrested in Thessaloniki on Tuesday on charges of disturbing the peace, after they scattered fliers in support of hunger-striking terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas in the northern port city's main courthouse.

Lime offering free scooter rides on election day, May 26

Lime, a company that rents out motorized scooters, will be offering free rides on May 26 in Greece and 10 other EU countries in a bid to encourage voters to turn out for the European Parliament elections.

Olympiakos is relegated from the Basket League

Greek basketball was dealt a devastating blow on Monday as Olympiakos eventually chose not to show up for the play-off match against Panathinaikos, which means the automatic relegation of the Reds to the A2 division.

Greek current account deficit widens in March, tourism revenues up

Greece's current account deficit widened in March compared to the same month last year, due to an increase in imports of fuel and other goods, the Bank of Greece said on Tuesday.

Central bank data showed the deficit at 1.503 billion euros ($1.68 billion) from a deficit of 1.151 billion euros in March last year.

Handouts will be judged at Sunday's polls, says PM

The SYRIZA government and a package of relief measures and tax breaks it announced earlier this month will be judged by voters at this Sunday's European Parliament and local elections, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday.

Turkish officials in Athens for CBM talks

In a bid to revive confidence-building measures between Greece and Turkey, a delegation of Turkish military officials arrived in Athens on Monday for talks until Friday with their Greek counterparts in the presence of diplomats from both countries.

Juncker ‘proud’ to have kept Greece inside the euro area

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has once again claimed credit for helping keep Greece in the euro area against the wishes of several member-states after the country was hit by a brutal financial crisis.

Fitch: Greek gov't handouts increase uncertainty

Greece's new fiscal package increases uncertainty about the country's medium-term policy stance and is set to generate tensions with Greece's European creditors, Fitch Ratings said on Monday.

North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered eight migrants crammed into a hidden compartment in the roof of a truck, during a routine search at the border crossing with Serbia.

The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday in a truck with Bulgarian license plates.