The lights of the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square, central Athens, were switched on Tuesday night. In a speech to a crowd of Athenians and visitors, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, said City Hall commissioned Greek artists to decorate the country's capital this year. "We entrusted the adornment of the city to accomplished and popular artists," he said.
Hundreds of elderly Greeks protested against deep cuts to their pensions on Thursday as well as measures included in the government's draft 2018 budget which they say will undermine access to healthcare and phase out the so-called EKAS allowance for low-pension retirees.
The protesters gathered at Kotzia Square in central Athens before marching to the Health Ministry.