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Magical inspiration is not enough

During its going on five months in power, the conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has taken many positive steps to bring Greece back to normality. Some of these steps may appear self-evident today, but they would have been unthinkable during the reign of SYRIZA - a political party held hostage by ideological fixations. 

A test of public ethos

The enforcement of the anti-smoking law is not just a matter of public health. It will also test the country's public ethos, which has nothing to do with political parties.
This is the third time Greece is attempting to enforce the ban. And no matter how meticulous the police are in their efforts to enforce the rules, that alone will not be enough.

ForMin Aurescu underscores importance of strengthening cooperation between Romania and Poland in security

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, had a meeting on Wednesday with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz, on the sidelines of the meeting in Brussels of the foreign affairs ministers from the NATO member states, on which occasion he highlighted the importance of further strengthening cooperation between Romania and Poland in the security area, under the B9 format and Romania-P

Burglars break into Ecumenical Patriarch's house in Istanbul

Three masked individuals broke into the house of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos in Istanbul on Saturday evening, according to a report in a newspaer of the Greek diaspora.

Vartholomeos was attending a social gathering and the housekeeper was the only person in the premises, Anatoli reported.

Euro Parliament chief raps Turkey over drilling, migration, Syria

European Parliament President David Sassoli on Wednesday criticized Ankara over its illegal drilling activities in the East Mediterranean and its operation in Syria, while accusing it of using the migration crisis to "pressure the EU."

SYRIZA’s perception of universities

Due to events that have transpired at the Athens University of Economics and Business, questions have been raised as to why SYRIZA insists on advocating in favor of troublemakers at universities.

Eyes will be on Greece says InvestGR Forum founder

The global investor community will be carefully monitoring the Greek government's ambitious efforts to accelerate the country's economic growth, Andreas Yannopoulos, founder of the annual InvestGR Forum, said on Wednesday ahead of the tabling of the final 2020 draft budget.

EU and US Welcome End to Bosnia’s Political Impasse

The European Commission and the United States welcomed on Wednesday an agreement reached within Bosnia's tripartite presidency to appoint a new Chairman of the Council of Ministers - effectively Bosnia's prime minister - more than a year after the country voted in elections.

PM says Greece 'has reached its limits' on migration

The first priority for the new European Commission should be managing migration, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday at an event on youth participation in European politics.

Inspectors slap first fines on smoking ban in Lamia

One day after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis officially launched the Health Ministry's national action plan against smoking, inspectors and police officers imposed the first fines on a cafe owner and his customer in central Greece for flouting the ban.

Poorest Pensioners in Bulgaria Will Receive BGN 40 Christmas Bonus

The Bulgarian government allocates BGN 51 million for Christmas bonuses for the poorest pensioners.

Christmas bonus of 40 BGN will be given to each pensioner who receives less than BGN 363 BGN monthly pension, which is the new poverty line, BNR said on November 20, BNT reported.

The Construction of the First 8 Stations from the Third Metro Line of Sofia Will Be Completed the Next Month

The construction of the first 8 stations from the third metro line of Sofia will be completed in December, the director of Metropoliten Stoyan Bratoev announced, Trud bg writes. The 8 km route starts from Vladimir Vazov Blvd and will pass through Eagle Bridge, National Palace of Culture and Bulgaria Blvd, reaching Krasno Selo. The stations will be commissioned in the next few months.