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Record sum of new debts to the state in August

By Prokopis Hatzinikolaou

Expired debts to the state rose to a record high in August, according to data released on Friday by the Finance Ministry. The sum of taxes and fines that remained unpaid after their deadlines exceeded 1.4 billion euros, adding to the government’s concerns about the progress of state revenues.

‘Greece can meet its needs on its own’

 Hardouvelis says a solution must be found to the IMF’s reluctance to lend to Greece after January

By Sotiris Nikas


Hitting a high the Ottoman way with tobacco

Despite occasional efforts to outlaw the habit, the smoking of all kinds of tobacco and opium was a favorite pastime of the Ottomans

Readers: We love Turkish men no matter what

Responses vary to the realities of Turkish men coupling with foreign women. Love comes first in most relationships, but the mother-in-law and cooking come right after love

Why are Islamic banks still so small?

We do not call them Islamic banks in Turkey. Banks are banks, administrative apparatuses. In the past, they were termed “Special Finance Institutions” and only after the 2005 amendments to the Banking Law are they now called “Participation Banks.”

The Turkey-ISIL relationship

There have been extensive allegations lately regarding the relationship between Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The truth about Turkey and ISIL (II)

On June 10, 2014, the notorious “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) took over Mosul, a key city in northern Iraq, with a swift conquest that caught many off guard.

Lions visit top-notch newcomers

Galatasaray visits Balıkesirspor while defending champion Fenerbahçe hosts Gaziantepspor in the Spor Toto Super League’s third match day this weekend.

Today’s ‘moderate,’ tomorrow’s ‘radical’

The U.S. Senate on Sept. 18 approved a bill to authorize President Barack Obama to provide equipment and training for Syrian rebel forces in order for them to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), both in Syria and in Iraq.

How will the anti-ISIL fight impact the Kurdish peace bid?

The entire Middle East is passing through dire straits as the world’s most brutal terror organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), consolidates its power in Iraq and Syria, storming both countries and turning the lives of non-Sunni communities into a nightmare.

Capital changes

A sizable part of the middle of the Greek capital has been slated to receive a significant makeover with the implementation of an urban restructuring project which includes turning a key city center thoroughfare, Panepistimiou Street, into a pedestrian-only, vehicle-free zone.

Mayors resisting evaluation to face disciplinary action

Mayors and municipal employees who refuse to take part in a civil service evaluation scheme the government has undertaken as part of commitments to international creditors will face disciplinary action, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (photo) said on Friday.