Ioannis Sarmas

Theodoros Pangalos, outspoken former foreign minister, dies at 84

Theodoros Pangalos, a former Greek foreign minister known for his undiplomatic outbursts and on whose watch Greece suffered one of its most embarrassing foreign policy debacles in 1999, has died. He was 84.

Pangalos' family said on Twitter that he died on Wednesday "peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and close associates."

PM meets with US envoy

Prime Minister Ioannis Sarmas, on Wednesday received the US Ambassador to Greece, George Tsunis at his office.

The ambassador congratulated Sarmas on his appointment as prime minister and wished the caretaker government good luck in its endeavours. They reaffirmed that Greek-US relations are "at their best point".


President issues decree dissolving parliament and sets June 25 as next election day

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou issued the presidential decree dissolving Parliament and officially calling for elections on June 25 on Monday. According to the decree, the resulting Parliament will convene on Monday, July 3.

The decree is also signed by caretaker prime minister Ioannis Sarmas and members of the caretaker ministerial cabinet.

Greek caretaker PM congratulates Erdogan on election victory

Greece's caretaker prime pinister, Ioannis Sarmas, sent a letter to Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, extending his congratulations on his re-election as the president of Turkey and expressing wishes for peace and prosperity for the Turkish people.

Erdogan extended his rule into a third decade by defeating Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the country's runoff election Sunday.

Operational slip-up

We did not see what the voluminous blue folder that New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis handed over to the caretaker prime minister, Ioannis Sarmas, contained. It seemed too heavy to only include next month's milestones. We do know that the president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, will represent Greece at the summit of the European Political Community (EPC) in Moldova next Thursday.

Cabinet holds first meeting

Caretaker Prime Minister Ioannis Sarmas will chair the first full-length meeting of the caretaker cabinet shortly after noon on Saturday at the Maximos Mansion.

Sarmas had a brief meeting with the ministers after they were sworn in on Friday. The same day, the cabinet members received their portfolios at handovers in ministries.