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EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling

The European Union has unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted.

Şişecam to buy back Paşabahçe shares

Glass maker Şişecam has announced that it decided to buy back some of the Paşabahçe shares it sold in 2014 to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Instagram to Hide the Likes Count of some US Users

The Facebook-owned Instagram app plans to eliminate the number of likes seen under posts for some users in the United States. The goal of the move is to reduce competition between people in the photo and video sharing service, Bloomberg writes.

Bulgaria Becomes Part of the Common European Electricity Market

Bulgaria joins the common European electricity market, the Electricity System Operator announced. Together with Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, Bulgaria will now be involved in unifying the electricity markets.

So far, there were 14 European countries involved in the union.

The first deliveries are planned for November 20 this year.

Bosnian Football Hit by Match-Fixing Arrests

Twelve people were arrested in Bosnia on Monday on suspicion of fixing the results of football matches in the top two tiers of the Bosnian championship, a spokesman for the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, told BIRN.

Promitheas shocks the Greens in Greek Cup

Panathinaikos crashed out of the Greek Cup on Sunday as last year's league finalist Promitheas Patras triumphed over the holder in the knockout quarterfinal in Patra, while second-tier Diagoras Aigaleo dumped PAOK out.

#2019PresidentialElection/PSD's Steriu says no surprise Dancila advancing to runoff

Spokesman for the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Valeriu Steriu said on Monday that it was no surprise that PSD national leader Viorica Dancila made it to the second round of the presidential election. "Her advancing to the second round was no surprise. I knew that all the necessary resources were in place and throughout the day there was no sweat about it," Steriu said at the PSD headquarters.

Police clash with youths outside Athens business school

Dozens of students clashed with riot police outside the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) on Monday, which will remain closed for seven days after police found several items on the premises used by rioting anarchists last week.

"EU's decision is a disaster"

Wolfgang Ischinger is a Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and German diplomat with extensive experience.

Thessaloniki Jewish Museum launches new wing

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki opened in 2001 with the aim of telling the story and preserving the memory of the northern port city's Jews with exhibits including heirlooms and testaments to their presence. On the occasion of the recent inauguration of its new wing, curator Evangelos Hekimoglu talks about the museum and the changes that the new wing represents.

Byzantium inspires Greek board game

Inspired by the popular board game Monopoly, Greek designers created Constantinopoly, where players buy plots in Constantinople using Byzantine and Ottoman coins to build the city's famous monuments, while historical events such as the city's fall in 1453 influence the development of the game. The board game aims to spread knowledge of Greek culture and history in an innovative way.

From 2022 New Cars in the EU Must Have “Smart" Speed Control Systems

From mid-2022, all new cars placed on the EU market will need to be equipped with advanced safety systems. Following the agreement reached in March with the European Parliament, the EU Council representing the Member States has adopted a regulation on the general safety of motor vehicles and the protection of passengers and vulnerable road users.