PM confident Greece will receive investment grade this year

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday expressed his confidence that Greece will regain investment grade rating this year.

"I am certain that we can achieve the investment grade goal by 2023 as long as people have faith [in New Democracy] and [the elections] result in a strong and stable government," Mitsotakis said in comments after the European Council meeting Friday.

Mitsotakis, Costa, Meloni to meet Fri morning

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with his Italian and Portuguese colleagues, Giorgia Meloni and Antonio Costa, Friday morning on the sidelines of the European Union summit to discuss a coordinated position on issues of economic governance.

State Athens New Agency reported that the tripartite meeting was scheduled on Mitsotakis' initiative.

Bracing for 101-day electoral marathon

The assurance by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that the elections will be held in May, with the 21st and 28th being considered as the most likely days, has put the country's political system in overdrive until July 2, when the second round is expected. During this time there will be three or probably four periods with extremely dense developments.

After Greek rail disaster, trains gradually restart

Train services in Greece resumed Wednesday for the first time since a deadly rail disaster three weeks ago, and just a day after the embattled conservative prime minister announced an early election for May.

The February 28 head-on collision, the deadliest in the country's history, killed 57 people and left dozens injured, with nine still hospitalized.