European people

New European summit puts Greek politicians' TV debate on back burner

A decision by European leaders to meet on June 30 after failing on Thursday to agree on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs is threatening to derail plans for a television debate in Greece between the main politicians who will be battling for the top job in Athens on July 7.

Serbian Security Chiefs Begin Defence at Hague Trial

Lawyer Wayne Jordash told the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals as the trial resumed on Tuesday that the defence will call witnesses who will confirm that Jovica Stanisic, the former chief of the Serbian state security service, was not in command of Serbian paramilitary or police units in Bosnia or Croatia during the war, as the indictment claims.

Apostolakis will not run in general election

Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis will not run in the upcoming general election, the leftist government said in a statement on Sunday.
The decision was made so that Apostolakis, a former chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), "is able to fulfill his national duty as political head of the Armed Forces, undistracted."

Tsipras bids to woo middle class

Seeking to leave behind the gloom after the heavy defeat in the European election last month, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his ministers Monday outlined his party's program for the next four years until 2023, insisting he will target the middle class that has borne the brunt of the country's protracted financial crisis.

Commission: Tsipras’ stimulus package costs over one percent of GDP

The European Commission in its quarterly enhanced surveillance report on the Greek economy has warned that the stimulus package announced by PM Alexis Tsipras on 8 May (and adopted on 15 may) will cost one percent of GDP and that there are problematic delays in the privatisation programme and in implementing reforms in the civil service and the banking sector.