Regional units of Greece

Islanders set to protest cramped migrant centers

Residents of two eastern Aegean islands that host reception centers for undocumented migrants are planning action this week to protest overcrowding at the facilities. 

Businesses on Samos yesterday called a strike for Thursday to demand that the island's center near the village of Vathy be shut down and its 3,685 residents moved elsewhere. 

Farmers vow to continue roadblocks despite summons

Unionists representing farmers in Nikaia, central Greece, have accused the government of launching a "political persecution" after 10 of their colleagues were summoned by a Larissa prosecutor on charges of obstructing public transport.

Hundreds of farmers have parked their tractors along one lane of the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway at the Nikaia junction in Farsala.

Downpours wreak damage across the country

The area of Timenio, near Argos in the Peloponnese, remained largely flooded on Wednesday following protracted heavy rainfall that has submerged hundreds of hectares of farmland across the country. Messinia and Ilia were badly hit by flooding, as was the plain of Philippi near Kavala, in northern Greece. Meanwhile landslides were reported in Viotia, Chios, Lesvos, Kos and Arachova.

Bad weather sweeps Greece

Gale-force winds reaching speeds of up to 9 Beaufort, storms and hail caused problems in several parts of Greece Friday, hitting the regional units of Laconia and Attica the hardest. Ferries were tied up in the port of Lavrio, while all services to the islands of the Cyclades were canceled from Piraeus and Rafina.

Greek Farmers Plan to Block Kulata - Promahon Border Crossing on Jan 24

The consulate of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki warned that long queues of waiting vehicles may be formed at the border with Greece on 24th of January because of a new protest of farmers in Serres, repors BNT. 

Greek famers plan to block traffic in the Kulata-Promahon area after 14:00.


Man arrested in northern Greece over ancient coins

A 30-year-old man was arrested in the northern Greek town of Pieria on Saturday and charged with attempting to illegally sell ancient coins over the internet.

During a raid on his home, police seized 19 coins and two bronze objects.

According to archaeologists at the Ephorate of Antiquities of Pieria, 16 of the coins are dated between the 4th century BC and Roman times.

'Why not do it?'

"If I can do something, why not do it?" Maritsa Mavrapidi asked a journalist in 2015, when a flood of desperate people from the shores of Asia Minor arrived on Greece's eastern Aegean islands. She was one of a group of three elderly women who were photographed as one fed a baby with a bottle of milk shortly after it arrived on Lesvos with its mother and many other refugees.

Komotini-Alexandroupolis train service disrupted after river flood

Train services between the northern Greek cities of Komotini and Alexandroupolis were suspended on Thursday after a local river burst its banks in the area near the village of Venna, in the regional unit of Rhodope.

Railway operator Trainose said the route is being serviced by buses.