Government of Greece
A package of benefits announced in recent weeks are part of a broader plan and signal that Greece is turning a page following its exit from international bailouts last year, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has told the Athens-Macedonia news agency, adding that criticism of the handouts by some foreign officials has been "severe."
In an interview with the Financial Times, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed his conviction that his leftist SYRIZA will prevail in upcoming elections. which he suggested would happen in October as scheduled despite swirling rumors of snap polls, while also admitting that Greece needs more reforms.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos chose to skip last week's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, where serious criticism was expressed against Greek government decisions. The minister's explanation for staying in Athens was that Greece would not be on the agenda of the eurozone finance ministers' talks, which he knew was not the case.
In a no-holds-barred interview, shipowner, Olympiacos FC leader, media owner and Piraeus city council candidate Evangelos Marinakis detailed how Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and government ministers have targeted him over the last four years on various levels, including the illegal intervention in open judicial cases.
With Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu expected to meet on Thursday on the sidelines of a Council of Europe ministerial meeting, Athens is reportedly attempting to keep communication lines open with Ankara despite the recent escalation of its operations in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, where Turkish fighter jets violated Greek ai
Greek Police (ELAS) said on Wednesday it launched a preliminary investigation into the reported mistreatment of a man who participated in a protest against oil drilling in the Ionian Sea, on the island of Lefkada, on May 12.
In a video published by several media, officers are seen dragging the protester away from a square where he had gathered with other citizens.