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Lifting a national curse

It takes a great deal of insolence, after being in power for four-and-a-half years, being responsible for triggering a third bailout agreement that brought the Greek people to their knees, taking a huge toll on public investment and infrastructure maintenance, and only a month after being unseated in a national election, to attack the new government for chronic problems such as that which sever

Rewarding delinquents

No one has any delusions about the state of Public Power Corporation. There is no easy way to overcome the troubles dogging Greece's biggest public utility, which is too big to be left to its fate.

A banner week for the stock market

Despite losses of 1.60 percent on Friday, the Athens Stock Exchange ended up 5 percent on the week, boosted by bank shares, which rose 12 percent.
However, trading volume was down almost 30 percent from last week, with the average transaction value at 50.081 million euros per session.

Replacement ferry found for Samothraki route

The Artemis passenger ferry is from Monday to start serving the Alexandroupoli-Samothraki route which was disrupted earlier this month after the two ferries that used to connect the two ports broke down.
The route had been temporarily served by the Andros Jet ferry, which belongs to the company Seajets.

New German ambassador presents himself in short video

Germany's new Ambassador to Greece, Dr Ernst Reichel, said on Friday Athens and Berlin are "partners and friends" and can work to build a better present and future for the two countries.

English Service Team, August 23, 2019

Editors: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu (cor) Bogdan Gabaroi (bog) Simona Klodnischi (sko) Razvan-Adrian Pandea (pra) Rodica State (rod) Maria Voican (mav) AGERPRES

France to send Parthenon metope to Greece for 2021 celebrations

France has agreed to lend Greece a metope from the Parthenon displayed at the Louvre, to coincide with the 2021 celebrations of the bicentennial of the start of the country's War of Independence, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported Friday.

Contraband cigarettes operation was worth millions

A gang that was unraveled on Tuesday was manufacturing and distributing contraband cigarettes worth more than 2 million euros, Kathimerini understands.
On Tuesday police raided warehouses where contraband cigarettes were being made in Ritsona, central Greece, and Aspropyrgos, southwest Attica.

Gov't awaits CoS ruling on pension rebates

The government is nervously awaiting a decision by the Council of State, Greece's highest administrative court, on whether a 2016 law that drastically reduced pensions is constitutional.

PM Dancila on criteria for Justice Minister’s nomination: Politically independent, well-acquainted with magistrates’ work

Prime Minister and national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Viorica Dancila explained the reasons behind the decision to replace Ana Birchall as Justice Minister and appoint Dana Garbovan in her place, stating that she wants the position to be held by somebody who has worked with magistrates and is also politically independent. "Of course I discussed with Mrs.

Hard Rock Int'l submits binding offer for casino at Elliniko

Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen announced a binding offer for the casino in the Hellinikon Project, at a press conference in Athens on Friday.
The value of the investment totals 1 billion euros, he said, and will be self-funded with 250 million euros, supplemented by Greek and foreign bank loans.

Bosnian Court Increases Sentence for Bosanski Brod Crimes

The Appeals Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has increased the prison sentence handed down against Alminko Islamovic to three years from 14 months for the inhumane treatment of Serb civilians and for depriving them of their property in the northern Bosanski Brod area during the 1992-95 war.