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Victory of nationalist VMRO in North Macedonia could pose a risk to Prespa Agreement

Results of  parliamentary and presidential elections in North Macedonia on Wednesday, where the right-wing nationalist party VMRO prevailed with a large majority, is causing concern to Greece’s political leadership as well as the Foreign Ministry with regards to the historic Prespa Agreement of 2018.. The election result enables the majority …

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EU Court: European Parliament must provide access to information on convicted MEP Lagos

The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday annulled a European Parliament decision to deny access to documents relating to funds the latter provided to Ioannis Lagos. Lagos, who has been jailed for participation in the criminal organization Golden Dawn, was elected to the European Parliament under that …

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Turkey formally opens the magnificent Church of Chora as a mosque

Of all things on Easter Monday, the Turkish government decided to announce the formal opening of another Byzantine church into a mosque. After Hagia Sophia, the Chora church is the second magnificent heritage of Greek Orthodoxy that Turkey converts into a mosque and opens for prayers to Muslim faithful. The …

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Convict leader of neo-nazi Golden Dawn, Michaloliakos, on early prison release

Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of neo-nazi Golden Dawn, convicted for establishment of a criminal organization, will be released from prison with a special degree, a decision of the judicial council of Lamia, central Greece. According to media reports on Thursday, the prosecutor rejects the release on grounds that the convicted …

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Man is aggressive by nature as food hunter, woman’s role is to bring children into the world, says Dept Health Minister

Dangerous far-right rhetoric and unscientific views from the Deputy Minister of Health, Dimitris Vartzopoulos, directly from the cave of the modern homo sapiens. With a few sentences, 160,000 years of evolution and several centuries of Enlightenment, Science and progress were thrown over board. The views of Vartzopoulos, a psychiatrist and …

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Independent MP who punched a lawmaker released after testifying to magistrate

Independent MP Konstantinos Floros, formerly of the opposition Spartiates party, was released after testifying before an examining magistrate on Thursday. He was accused that he had physically assaulted a fellow MP, Elliniki Lysi deputy Vasilis Grammenos, in the colonnade surrounding the Parliament a day earlier. Both the examining magistrate and …

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Municipal councilor punches and injures deputy mayor

A new incident of violence between elected politicians, this time not in the Parliament but at the level of  local administration. A municipal councilor punched in the face the deputy mayor of the municipality of Nikaia suburb of Piraeus on Thursday morning. The victim was taken to the hospital as …

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Frigate HYDRA intercepts two Houthis’ drones targeting merchant ship

Frigate HYDRA of the Greek Navy intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis against a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday. One of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) was destroyed and the other one driven away, the General Staff said in a statement. Frigate HYDRA was escorting …

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Greece dismiss U.S. State Dept “Human Rights report” blaming NGOs

Greece turned sour against the USA, after the Human Rights report of the State Department sharply criticized the Greek government on a series of issues. The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement questioning the credibility  of the State Department sources. It is the same Greek tactic applied also to reports …

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Supreme Court excludes far-right the Spartans from EU elections

Greece’s Supreme Court, Arios Pagos, ruled on Wednesday afternoon that the far-right party, Spartiates – the Spartans – cannot participate in the upcoming European elections on June 9, 2024. Although the reasoning has not published yet, Mega TV reported that the Supreme Court suggested that the former No 2 of …

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EU Commission warns Greece & Cyprus on fraud rule implementation

The European Commission has taken action against Greece and Cyprus for their failure to properly implement rules aimed at combating fraud within the EU’s budget. In a statement released Wednesday as part of the EU’s package of decisions on infringements for April, the Commission announced its decision to issue reasoned …

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MP punches and injures another lawmaker in Greece’s Parliament

Unprecedented scenes in the Greek Parliament: A independent MP punched and insulted a fellow lawmaker from another opposition party. Both lawmakers  are members of the conservative far-right. Attacker MP Konstantinos Floros was elected to the Parliament on the Spartans ticket and supporter of  ex Golden Dawn No 2, Ilias Kassidiaris. …

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More than 114,000 citizens have registered for postal vote in the European elections

More than 114,200 voters have registered on Greece’s Interior Ministry platform to vote by post in the European elections on June 9, 2024. According to Ministry’s data, the participation of Greek diaspora voters in the elections has far exceeded the number of citizens who voted from abroad in the summer …

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Green light for first Private Medical School in Greece

The first private medical school in Athens has been approved by Greece’s Competition Committee. The school is in cooperation of a newly established  company based in Cyprus and the CVC Capital Partners, the Luxembourg-based private equity and investment advisory Corporate Venture Capital that has bought several companies in the country. …

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Greece, Spain under pressure to provide Ukraine with air defense systems

Greece and Spain are under significant pressure by their EU and NATO allies to provide air defense systems to Ukraine, according to a report in the Financial Times. European leaders personally urged Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Spanish counterpart during a summit in Brussels last week to supply …

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