The Bankruptcy of Thomas Cook May Cost the Greek Tourism Half a Billion Euros

The Greek tourism lost аbout half a billion euros from the bankruptcy of the British tourism company Thomas Cook, Kathimerini reports, citing an interview with Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis at ANA-MPA.

He announced new measures by the government to mitigate the effects on the industry.

Unresolved Cyprus issue among Juncker’s big regrets

The failure to reunify Cyprus while in office has been one of Jean Claude Juncker's big regrets, the European Commission President told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper in an interview published on Friday.

Juncker, who spoke on Brexit and other issues, also found time to reveal his disappointment over the failure to reunify Cyprus.

‘Greece can be major force for Balkan stability,’ says former US ambassador

The United States looks to Greece to "maintain stability" in the Eastern Mediterranean, former American ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns tells Kathimerini in an interview. He adds that following the Prespes agreement, there are now no more obstacles blocking Greece from expanding its role in Southeastern Europe.

Turkish drillship Yavuz withdraws from Karpasia peninsula

The Turkish drillship Yavuz has withdrawn from the coastal waters off Cyprus, just south of the Karpasia (Kaspas) peninsula where it had aimed to prospect for hydrocarbons, it emerged on Tuesday. 

The vessel moved to the Turkish port of Tasucu and is now located opposite the Karpasia peninsula for reasons that remained unclear. 

AHEPA president spells out support for Greece

In 2021, the annual conference of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), which will be attended by thousands of members, will take place in Athens instead of the United States, as part of its support for the recovery of the Greek economy and the promotion of a positive narrative for the country in the wake of the 10-year crisis.

Margaritis Schinas to take over as European Commission VP, sources say

Chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas is slated to fill the post of European Commission vice president, sources have told Kathimerini.

Schinas will become the first Greek to hold such a high-ranking position in the European Commission's top decision-making body.
The move is also seen as a vote of confidence in the new center-right New Democracy government in Athens.