Euclid Tsakalotos

Tsipras, Merkel meet in Athens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens Thursday. Merkel and Tsipras have met in person many times over the course of the past few years, but this is the first time the German chancellor visits Athens during Tsipras's government. 

Eastern Aegean islands get VAT discount extended to end-June

The privileged value-added tax status of the five Aegean islands that have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis since 2015 - Lesvos, Chios, Samos (pictured), Leros and Kos - has been extended for another six months, according to a legislative act published on Monday in the Government's Gazette and a ministerial decision signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on the same day.