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police probe execution-style shooting in northern athens suburb | news

a 33-year-old woman who was found dead in her car in the affluent northern athens suburb of kifissia on wednesday was shot with an assault rifle and had a lengthy criminal record, including drug and theft charges.she is believed to have been killed on tuesday as she sat in her mercedes car in the garage at her home.forensic examiners have found at least 16 casings from a kal...




rouvikonas taunts the police after minister threatens to bill for embassy damages | news

deputy citizens’ protection minister katerinia papakosta said on wednesday she wants to send the rouvikonas anti-establishment group the bill for the material damages it caused to the iranian embassy in its early morning paint attack on monday. however, in a show of defiance, a senior member of the group sai...




nicosia, cairo sign deal for gas pipeline | business

cyprus and egypt have signed an agreement for the construction of an underwater pipeline to export natural gas to egypt, a statement said on wednesday.it said the deal was signed by minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism yiorgos lakkotrypis and egypt’s oil minister tarek el-molla.the terms of the commercial agreement for the construction of the pipe will be discussed between the companies involved in the project, a noble energy consortium and the operators of a liquefa...




new adjustment expected on properties’ taxable rate in 2020 | business

property rates used for tax purposes, known as “objective values,” will be adjusted next year and again in 2020, deputy finance minister katerina papanatsiou confirmed on wednesday.“the objective values were harmonized with the market rates, b...




police uncover illegal excavation for antiquities in northern greece | news

six people were arrested on wednesday for conducting illegal excavations in search of antiquities under the ground floor of a listed building in the town of veria, northern greece.the suspects – four greeks, aged 68, 42, 38 and 32, and two foreign nationals, aged 33 and 31 ...




media snub is no solution | comment

when a political party decides to boycott a specific media outlet for whatever reason, it doesn’t really achieve anything tangible.here in greece, such practices were started by syriza and other similar forces, but media boycotts happen all over the world, called for by all sorts of parties when they don’t like what they see or hear on the news or on political talk shows.regardless o...




we need the new diaspora back | comment

it is impossible to say with any certainty how many greeks have been forced by circumstance to leave the country since the start of the crisis. however, the simple fact is that however many there are, we need them back – the country needs them, and for all sorts of reasons.we need people with an appetite for work, who are professional and can operate as part of a team within the context of a system. greeks who have shed the false expectations of the past for a cushy job in the public sector or a life bankrolled by subsidies can play an important role in the country’s revival.the sad truth, however, is that the way back home is strewn with obstacles. in a recent letter to kathimerini, a young academic recounted how she expressed interest ...




190 years of greek-russian diplomatic ties marked in moscow | news

an exhibition of archival material concerning the foreign policy of the russian empire was inaugurated on wednesday in moscow by russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and greek ambassador andreas fryganas on the occasion of the 1...




athex: most bank stocks hit by fresh losses | business

most of the early gains registered by greek stocks were wiped out by the end of wednesday’s trading session in athens, with banks and mid-caps posting losses while the benchmark and other blue chips headed north.the athens exchange (athex) general index ended at 689.59 points, adding 0.42 percent to tuesday’s 686.68 points. the large-cap ftse-25 index expanded 0.36 percent to 1,811.80 points, while the mid-cap index gave up 0.28 percent.the banks index returned to the red (down 0.64 percent) at the end of a session that had initially promised more gains. ...




investors have their eyes on tourism infrastructure | business

foreign investors in greek tourism have turned to the development of plots for the creation of holiday complexes (i.e. resorts combining hotel units, golf courses and holiday housing), according to enterprise greece officials who are in contact with funds and investment groups from abroad on a daily basis.there is a clear difference in the strategy of foreign investors who until just a few months ago would not even consider discussing the development of a plot from scratch, said angela michalopoulou, investment director at enterprise greece, during an event on wednesday ahead of the mediterranean resort & hotel real estate forum, which takes place in athens on october 17-19.that trend is attributed both to foreign investors realizing that th...




process begins this month for new minimum wage | business

the public consultation process concerning the new level of the minimum wage is expected to begin within this month and be completed by end-december, while the requisite ministerial decision for that purpose will be issued in the latter half of january 2019.this is according to the new timetable included in a law amendment su...




fintech can boost the economy, study shows | business

the development of financial technology (fintech) enterprises in greece could deliver a significant boost to the country’s economy, according to a study by professors giorgos doukidis of the athens university of economics and business and panagiotis kourouthanasis of the ionian university.according to a bank of greece report this month, the country already has an active fintech sector – which includes companies that provide financial services through sophisticated digital technologies – including nine licensed payment companies (access payment services, argo exchange, everypay, intelli express, km...




woman killed in execution-style shooting in northern athens suburb | news

a 33-year-old woman who was found dead in her car in the affluent northern athens suburb of kifissia on wednesday was shot with an assault rifle and had a lengthy criminal record, including drug and theft charges.she is believed to have been killed on tuesday as she sat in her mercedes car in the garage at her home.forensic examiners have found at least 16 casings from a kal...




aek crumbles in second half at amsterdam | sports

three second-half goals condemned aek to a 3-0 loss at ajax in the greek champion’s opening night in the champions league on wednesday.aek’s unbeaten run of 14 games in europe came to a resounding end as the athens team generally got what it deserved, particularly in the second half at amsterdam.with no marko livaja, tasos bakasetas or helder lopes, aek coach marinos ouzounidis had some holes to plug and seemed to opt for a low-risk game that appeared to bear fruit by half-time, with the game still scoreless.however a disastrous start to the second half saw argentine left-back nicolas tagliafico open the score for ajax in what was his first ever champions league.aek was pegged back, felt the dutch putting more and more pressu...




regional authority, migration minister clash over lesvos hot spot | news

the regional authority of the northern aegean issued a stern reply to migration minister dimitris vitsas who claimed the local governor lacks the legitimacy to close down the identification centre in moria, lesvos, pointing to a law on public health risks.speaking to radio station news24/7 on wednesday, vitsas said moria does not fall under the jurisdiction of the regional governor because it is not a restaurant or a cafe.responding to the comment, the regional authority pointed to a circular published by the ministry of health (law 4075/2012) which allows it to “prohibit the operation, temporarily or definitively” of any premises or houses “used for living,” if there is a risk to public health.the la...




charity concert | athens | september 23 | what’s on

singer-songwriter dionysis savvopoulos, along with singer marina satti, the band fones kai chores and the alkman group, among others, will be performing in a charity concert at the herod atticus theater on sunday, september 23. proceeds from the event will go toward a campaign for the prevention...




europeans still open to refugees, three years after crisis | news

a majority of europeans support taking in refugees although many disapprove of how the european union has handled a record influx of migrants that peaked three years ago, according to a new survey by the pew research center.at a time when anger over migration has fueled a rise in eurosceptic, anti-immigrant parties across europe, the survey, conducted between may and july of this year, showed that over 80 percent of adults in spain, the netherlands, germany and sweden favor taking in refugees who are fleeing violence and war.at over 70 percent, support was also high in france and the united kingdom. even in greece and italy, the main entry points for migrants into europe, the survey showed that a majority of respondents still favor accepting...




cult movies | thessaloniki | september 20-26 | what’s on

the film club of employees at state broadcaster ert3 and the center of film studies and research pay tribute to diabolical and/or scheming female characters who have achieved cult status with a program of 13 films being screened at the apollon open-air cinema. the program is as follows: thursday, 8 p.m. “ascenseur pour l'echafaud,” 10 p.m. “les diaboliques”; friday, 8 p.m. “the girl on a motorcycle,” 10 p.m. ...




julie | athens | september 20 | what’s on

the athens concert hall will be screening a performance of the uk national theater's successful new production “julie” on thursday, september 20. directed by carrie cracknell and starring vanessa kirby and eric kofi abrefa, this new version of august strindberg’s play “miss ju...




reworks festival | thessaloniki | september 20-23 | what’s on

tags:music, festivalselected acts associated with three european music festivals – sonar (spain), todaysart (the netherlands) and c/o pop (germany) – will converge in thessaloniki from september 20 to 23 for t...