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farmers launch anti-austerity action with roadblock in central greece | news

farmers, who have threatened to launch their annual anti-austerity protests this week, on monday set up their first roadblock in karditsa, central greece.in comments to the athens-macedonia news agency, a spokesperson for the karditsa farmers, aris polygenis, said the blockage signaled the beginning of protest action that will spread across the country."we are sending out the message t...




far-right protesters, paok fans linked to arson attack on former squat | news

an investigation by the thessaloniki security police indicates that members of far-right groups and fans of the northern city's paok soccer club appear to be behind an arson attack on a former squat in thessaloniki over the weekend.a video said to be in the hands of authorities shows banners with far-right slogans and individuals wearing the paok insignia.the same video appears to show the assailants lobbing smoke bombs into the derelict building where a fire can be seen igniting shortly afterwards.the arson ...




eurozone awaits expert view on greek reforms to disburse new loans | business

eurozone finance ministers will decide on monday whether greece is eligible for the next tranche of bailout loans after listening to an expert review of reforms recently adopted by athens, top eurozone officials said.to pay out 6.7 billion euros of new loans, probably in more than one tranche, international lenders have asked greece to adopt 110 “prior actions.”greece passed a so-called omnibus bill earlier this month to meet that condition and experts of the lenders – the european commission, the bailout fund esm and the european central bank – have been looking at the laws to see if they cover al...




the leaps that shaped greek industry | life

the operation of greece's first gasworks in 1860 signaled the country's entry into the industrial revolution and, like elsewhere, was instrumental in shifting the focus from a rural, agrarian economy to the power of production and fast-paced industries. now, 160 years later, the technopolis cultural center and the industrial gas museum have put together an exhibition titled “160 years made in greece,” on the greek industrial revolution. the show is an homage to the contribution of industries that excelled in the sectors of textiles, construction, lumber, weaving, energy, copper extraction, food, paper and tobacco.running through march 25, the show comprises 800 exhibits including 3d screenings, rare photographs, historical documents and...




doc fest | kalamata | january 24 - february 7 | what’s on

the fourth international documentary festival of the peloponnese in the messinian capital, kalamata, comprises 68 feature-length entries and 23 shorts, as well as 19 educational films, and the main theme this year is health. the festival starts on wednesday, january 24, with a screening of “kuzola, songs of the roots,” directed ...




serenades for winds | athens | january 23 | what’s on

the city of athens symphony orchestra is putting on a free concert of classical music at the technopolis cultural complex on wednesday, january 23, showcasing the beauty ...




free opera tickets | athens | january 24 | what’s on

the greek national opera is offering 300 seats to unemployed people at wednesday afternoon's dress rehearsal for its production of giacomo puccini's “tosca,” at its state-of-the-art opera house at the stavros niarchos foundation cultural center in southern athens. anyone interested in receiving a free ti...




turk cypriot editor accuses erdogan of inciting violence against his paper | news

men hold up the sign of turkish cypriot newspaper afrika, which was attacked by supporters of turkish president tayyip erdogan on monday over the newspaper's headlines criticizing the turkish army's campaign in afrin in northern syria, in the turkish-occupied northern part of nicosia, on monday. the editor of a left-wing turkish cypriot newspaper on monday accused turkey’s president of instructing supporters to launch a violent attack against his publication’s offices over criticism for ankara's military offensive into syria.sener levent said his newspaper afrika won’t be silenced in calling out turkey’s policies either in the breakaway north of ethnically-split cyprus or elsewhere.dozens of turkish flag-waving protesters smas...




eurozone looks to final stages of greek bailout | news

spain's finance minister luis de guindos (l), and germany's acting finance minister peter altmaier (c), talk with greece's finance minister euclid tsakalotos during a eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the eu council in brussels on monday. key eurozone leaders say greece is expected to pass the latest review of its bailout program, putting it on track to emerge from its eight-year rescue this summer.top officials of the 19-nation eurozone said there was little doubt that greece would get ...




greece expected to pass latest review of bailout program | news

eurogroup president and portugal's finance minister mario centeno (r) talks with greece's finance minister euclid tsakalotos during a eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the eu council in brussels on monday. key eurozone leaders say greece is expected to pass the latest review of its bailout program, putting it on track to emerge from its eight-year rescue this summer.top officials of the 19-nation eurozone said monday there was little doubt that greece would get the green light on its review at monday’s meeting of finance ministers.eu financial affairs commissioner pierre moscovici said that once the review is completed, the eurozone should prepare for "a successful conclusion, which means greece being back as a normal member of...




greek short-dated bond yields tumble after s&p lifts greece's ratings | business

greece’s short-dated government bond yields fell on monday following a decision by s&p global ratings to upgrade greece for the first time in two years.s&p raised greece’s credit ratings by one notch to ‘b’ after the close of markets on friday, citing improvements in the finances and fiscal outlook for the debt-laden south-eastern european nation.the ratings upgrade boosted sentiment towards a bond market that has benefited in recent weeks from expectations that greece will exit its bail...




greece might need to lower taxfree threshold sooner, report says | business

greek authorities might be obliged to bring forward plans to lower the taxfree threshold on income to 2019 from 2020 if the country's creditors deem that the primary surplus target of 3.5 percent of gross domestic product for 2019 is beyond reach.the potential demand is mentioned in a draft compliance report by the european commission made public on monday by bloomberg.the report notes that "if necessary" greece will be obliged to adopt ...




robert dilts | athens | february 7 & 8 | what’s on

acclaimed business consultant and expert on genius thinking robert dilts will be in athens for two days as part of his world tour, for a signature class on the success factor modeling (sfm) process. at the interactive event hosted by athens concert hall on february 7 and 8, dilts will present the critical factors that have enabled the likes of steve jobs, elon musk and jeff bezos to become the entrepreneurial forces they are today. participants will learn about the mechanics of the game-changer mind-s...




turkish delegation in athens to discuss case of eight servicemen | news

a delegation from turkey's justice ministry arrived in athens on monday for talks relating to the case of eight turkish servicemen who have applied for political asylum in greece since fleeing turkey followed the thwarted coup of july 2016.the delegation arrived ahead of a scheduled hearing on february 15 when an administrative court is to consider an appeal by the greek state against a trib...




mitsotakis slams 'inconceivable tolerance' of gov't for anarchist violence | news

conservative new democracy leader kyriakos mitsotakis has referred to "inconceivable tolerance" by the leftist-led government of violence and other worrying phenomena, warning that authorities should not allow the resurgence of a new generation of terrorists in greece.referring to an upcoming furlough to be granted to convicted november 17 hitman dimitris koufodinas, mitsotakis expressed his opposition to the prospect, calling for legislative reform that would exclude "people who have been convicted of such crimes for leaving prison for any reason.""i will not allow us to see greece a revival of a new generation of terrorists," he told cnn greece.he ...




a lost opportunity | comment

for a demonstration to have the right impact it needs to be held at the right time and to be, directly or indirectly, part of a comprehensive national strategy. in the case of the rally organized on sunday in thessaloniki about the name of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia, neither of the above applies. seen from this point of view, it will not be beneficial for greece. it will rally certain political and social forces, it will divide some others, but it will not help greece as a whole. unfortunately, the current situation is completely different to what it was 25 years ago and, as a result, such a demonstration cannot serve the purposes that its organizers promote, however respectable or historically correct they may be. the real ...




greek current account deficit shrinks in november, tourism revenues rise | business

greece's current account deficit shrank in november 2017 compared to the same month a year earlier on the back of a lower trade gap, the bank of greece said on monday.central bank data showed the deficit at 0.954 billion euros from a deficit of 1.25 billion euros in november 2016.tourism revenues rose to 225 million euros from 222 million in the same month a year earlier."in novem...




prominent nd mp says half a million attended 'macedonia' rally | news

in comments to skai television on monday, the vice president of conservative new democracy, claimed that half a million people joined a demonstration in thessaloniki on sunday protesting talks over the name of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia. police estimated participation at 90,000."the rally had 500,000 people," he said. "tsipras is in trouble," he added, referring to greek prime minister alexis tsipras."tsipras started the story with the macedonia [name talks] to create problems with nd but now kamm...




mfa welcomes measures to disinter, identify fallen greek soldiers in albania | news

greece's ministry of foreign affairs on monday welcomed measures taken to disinter and identify greek soldiers who lost their lives in albania during world war ii."an important step is being taken today towards laying to rest the souls of the greek soldiers who fell in the greek-italian war of 1940-1941," the ministry said in a statement on monday, referring to "the last unburied fallen of the second world war." "the long-pending issue of cemeteries for the greek fallen soldiers was discussed in the negotiations held in crete this past november. steps were agreed upon and are being taken, based on a specific time frame, for the full implementation of the relevant agreement, so that this matte...




a balancing act | comment

a nightmare scenario for 2019 is weighing heavily on the minds of those who deal with greece in the international markets and in many foreign capitals. this is perhaps why they are in such a rush for the country to return to relative normality in 2018 and tie as many loose ends as possible.one dimension of this scenario has to do with the possibility of greece lapsing into an extended period of having no proper governance. the political scene is already exceptionally fluid, with a good amount of activity taking place behind the scenes. the scenario of a new party merging to the right of new democracy is being widely discussed, and it is obviously drawing some of its momentum from the resumption of negotiations over the name dispute with skop...