Government of Greece
Greece's Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) is to convene at 9 a.m. on Friday morning at the Maximos Mansion under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The issues to be discussed include the appointment of a new leadership to the Greek Police, with Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis to propose candidates.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) received former conservative premier Costas Karamanlis at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Wednesday. Later in the day, Mitsotakis visited the Defense Ministry where he praised Greece's armed forces for being "in a state of full operational readiness." [Intime News]
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that he asked for a "clean line of communication" between Athens and Washington in the event that "issues" arise with Turkey, during his first meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday. "The Americans noted this (request) and will answer us," he said.
Veteran New Democracy MP (representing the district of Ioannina) Konstantinos Tasoulas has been elected Parliament Speaker with an unprecedented 283 votes in the 300-seat legislature.
Tasoulas was supported by five of the legislature's six parties (New Democracy, SYRIZA, Movement for Change, Elliniki Lysi, and MeRa 25).
Italian prankster Tommaso De Benedetti struck again on Wednesday, falsely announcing the death of former Greek president Karolos Papoulias on Twitter using a fake account he created under the name of Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos.
"Karolos Papoulias, the former President of Greece, has died few minutes ago at 90," the tweet read.