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aek comeback stuns olympiakos | sports

lazaros christodoulopoulos led aek to a comeback triumph over olympiakos in the season’s first derby, as the yellows won 3-2 at home on sunday to stay alone on top of the table.they are two points clear of paok and panionios who scored home wins on sunday, in a much more productive super league weekend than the previous one.reports bring the position of olympiakos coach besnik hasi as untenable after the result, as the reds squandered a two-goal lead and have dropped to fourth at the table.olympiakos weathered the early storm of the aek attacks and took the lead halfway through the first half via a delightful chip by marko marin who sent the ball across the aek goal and into the side netting.the reds doubled their advantage within 18 secon...




agenda | business | ekathimerini.com

mondayeurogroup head jeroen dijsselbloem is in athens and will meet with president prokopis pavlopoulos, prime minister alexis tsipras, new democracy leader kyriakos mitsotakis and other greek officials.the economist conference, titled “how fast can we grow? vital questions for america, europe and greece,” takes place at the divani apollon palace & thalasso in kavouri, southern athens. (info: 210.940.8750, www.hazliseconomist.com)deputy foreign minister giorgos katrougalos to meet european commissioner for climate action and energy miguel arias canete in brussels.the european commission and the education ministry organize an open event on the partnership for research and innovation in the mediterranean area (prima) at the national resear...




luxurious properties on islands attract ever more foreign buyers | business

the rise of tourism and the popularity of certain destinations such as myconos and santorini have sent demand for and purchases of luxury holidays homes soaring. the first half of the year saw a 63.5 percent annual increase in the inflow of capital for property buys in greece, following a 45.3 percent rise in the entire 2016 year-on-year to reach 270 million euros.another factor boosting investments in holiday homes grow is the considerable decline in prices – averaging at 50 percent – compared to the period before the financial crisis, around 2008. the drop mainly took place from 2009 to 2013, as this section of the property market has become stable since then with some growth signs mainly regarding properties that have unique features ...




recent tax cases bring money to state coffers | business

monitoring tax violation cases from the last five years brings greater gains to state coffers, the director of the independent authority for public revenue, giorgos pitsilis, says in an interview with kathimerini.the collection rate for cases up to five years old comes to 47 percent, pitsilis says, while older cases have a rate of just 9 percent, so the more recent the cases probed, the bigger the chances to collect taxes and fines. what the official is saying, in effect, is that the various lists of suspicious deposits abroad are of limited interest, as confirmed by the collection data.referring to the financial years covered by the statute of limitations, pitsilis says t...




archaeological council to discuss fate of elliniko plot | news

as prime minister alexis tsipras persists with his new pro-investment narrative, the outlook remains unclear for a major project in greece – the development of the plot of the capital’s former airport at elliniko – as state archaeologists press for the protection of antiquities that might be found on the site.the country’s central archaeological council (kas) is to convene on wednesday to determine whether a section of the plot should be declared of ar...




banks plan to buy back properties sold at auction | business

banks intend to repurchase a large part of the properties they will auction off, aiming to ensure the efficient operation of the new online system and prevent a dramatic drop in property prices that would have an impact on their financial reports.according to the banks’ plans, between 8,000 and 10,000 properties of all categories will go under the hammer in the coming months and the lenders – depending on the general economic climate – are planning to absorb up to 6,000 of them to avoid a shock effect on the property market.real estate assets constitute collate...




german vote to be defining for greece | business

greece’s economic weakness over the last decade and the valuable political capital that has been frittered away in dealings with its lenders have left the country vulnerable to even the slightest of shocks from developments outside of its borders.this is one of the reasons greeks will be closely following developments in germany, where elections sunday are expected to lead to chancellor angela merkel being re-elected for her fourth term but with doubts about who she will govern with.the euro crisis elevated berlin into the decision maker as well as paymaster within the single currency area. since 2010, greek leaders have tried everything from cozying up to and lashing out at the formidable merkel, but with little impact.the conservative le...




mps to debate gender identity bill | news

greek lawmakers are to discuss legislation on tuesday that would allow individuals to officially declare their gender identity and change the gender definition they were assigned at birth.the justice ministry bill paves the way for transgender individuals to be formally recognized by the gender they identify as and is being seen as a litmus test for ...




education study for oecd survey points to serious flaws | news

greek schools do not cultivate students’ creativity and critical abilities, while the majority of teachers use teaching methods that are not adapted to their students’ needs and the requirements of the modern age, a study has found. it also revealed serious problems with the way that students are assessed, stressing that the prevalent grading and reporting system does not offer them any scope for improvement as it is done in an automated manner.the study was conducted by a...




ex-finmin varoufakis to speak in patra | news

greece’s controversial former minister of finance and founder of the democracy in europe 2025 (diem25) movement, is scheduled to speak in the western port ci...




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fuel cleanup resumes amid fears of fresh leak from sunken tanker | news

a ship resumed the process of pumping out the residual fuel from the sunken oil tanker agia zoni ii off salamina over the weekend amid fears that the wreck could leak more oil into the saronic gulf.as authorities continued with their efforts to clean up hundreds of tons of oil that have spread along the athens coastline since the agia zoni ii sank on september 10, the siros tanker started pumping fuel out of the sunken wreck early on saturday.another vessel, the aegean breeze 1, which had also been dispatched to the wreck site, remained on standby.the two ships were sent to the site in the middle of last week after the lassaia cargo vessel, the first to start pumping out fuel from the agia zoni ii, was obliged to stop when it emerged that it...




police say dozens of syrian families crossing into greece | news

police say a total of 168 syrian refugees have crossed into greece over its land border with turkey.police say that while border crossings, over land or sea, are everyday occurrences what is unusual in this case is that the refugees are all families and t...




blank banshee | athens | september 26 | what’s on

canadian musician blank banshee, known for keeping his identity hidden behind a mask and creating trademark electronica that blends the vintage sounds of the 1980s and 90s, is coming to athens for one night. the show starts ...




political transformation | comment | ekathimerini.com

our creditors and our partners marvel at what has been happening in greece over the past two years. they wonder how it is possible to impose such deep cuts to pensions and enact such labor reforms, among so much more, yet still be standing. some, like europe’s economy commissioner pierre moscovici, express support for the government of alexis tsipras, citing such reforms.the truth, however, is that up until 2015, they saw athens in flames every so often and frequent mass protests. suddenly, this all stopped. greek citizens have become numb as they continue to see more cuts being imposed. protests are less frequent and smaller. the hooligans just partake in “extracurricular” activities on the weekends now.but what is really going on? no...




new rules on illegal construction more lenient | news

homeowners found to be in violation of building regulations will be able to pay their fine in 80 installments instead of 60 as is the case today, and may pay as much as 60 percent less than current rates for minor infringements, a plan submitted by th...




hot spot staff warn of strain as arrivals spike | news

amid concerns over a rise in migrant arrivals from turkey, staff at greece’s reception and identification centers (rics), commonly known as “hot spots,” wrote to migration minister yiannis mouzalas to complain about deteriorating conditions on the island facilities.in their letter, workers warned about shortages in medical personnel following the government’s decision to terminate cooperation with humanitarian organizations and pass on responsibility for recruitments to the health ministry.“for about a month in mid-summer, the kos ric was left without a single nurse for a population of 850 with a high morbidity rate,” the workers said, stressing the high number of psychological disorders and pregnancies. employees added they have...




illegal construction, tax dodging continues unabated on myconos | community

the head of urban planning on the island of myconos, antonis kastorinis, had just returned to his office after inspecting an illegal house on mirsini beach. “this year, i’ve approved 5 million euros in fines but i’m working alone. i have two contractors on my staff who don’t even have the authority to sign the fine notification document handed to violators,” he says.in april last year kastorinis was arrested for breach of duty and making a false claim for issuing a 24-hour earth-moving license for a plot where construction had been banned since the summer of 2015. the case is pending and kastorinis claims he was not involved in any illegal transactions.kastorinis was dismissed from the urban planning department for more than six mo...




art night | athens | september 23 | what’s on

spend the night soaking up some culture on saturday, september 23, when many locations around athens will be participating in art night. events, which start at 8 p.m. and run throughout the night, include musical performances at the b&m theocharakis foundation, an all...




missing british woman found dead, mauled by animals | news

rescue workers on saturday discovered the body of a 64-year-old british woman who had been missing since thursday in the area of maroneia, in the northern prefecture of rodopi, which appeared to have been sava...