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.
The operator of the Athens metro has said that it shut down the station at Panepistimio in the city center following a suicide.
Initial reports said a man threw himself onto the tracks in front of an incoming train.
Line 2 of the metro will run from Anthoupoli to Metaxourgio and from Syntagma to Elliniko until the station is reopened.
Wrapping up a visit to Greece, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, departed from the official program Friday to stroll down a crowded central Athens shopping street, delighting selfie-thirsty pedestrians but inconveniencing those unfortunate enough to get stuck in the ensuing traffic jams.