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Greece to recruit 10,000 doctors and health staff with 1:1 scheme

For the first time after the Greek crisis and the bailout agreements, the government will implement the scheme 1:1 in order to strengthen staff in the country’s health system. The scheme 1 recruitment  : 1 departure/retirement was abolished by the lenders’ first bailout of 2010 and replaced with 1:5 scheme …

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Greek Holocaust-themed game shocks Jewish Community

A Holocaust-themed game created by a Greek company has shocked the Jewish community and prompted their outcry. The company “Great Escape” created an escape-room game with direct reference to Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List.” The outcry by the Jewish Community prompted the company to change the game name into “Secret …

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Number of asylum-seekers in Greece rose to 73,000, says Migration Minister

There are about 15,000 immigrants living in the Greek islands, Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Monday. He pointed out at the overpopulation of the hot spots on Samos and Moria on Lesvos. And he stressed that the majority of migrants arriving in Greece nowadays are from Afghanistan and countries …

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Greece announces plans to issue 10-year bond, the first since the 2010 crisis

Greece is setting the stage for a 10-year bond issue, the country’s first since its 2010 debt crisis, with a mandate given to six major banks, the Athens stock exchange said Monday. Greece “has mandated BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs International Bank, HSBC and J.P. Morgan as joint …

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Acropolis: Ministry temporary suspends licenses for buildings above 17.5m

Minister for Environment and Energy, Giorgos Stathakis, has signed a decision that new building permits are temporarily suspended in the area south of the Acropolis and Makriyanni-Koukaki. Furthermore, the Minister has asked for the immediate legality control of the hotel on Falirou Street No 5, which construction triggered the public …

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Pulitzer-winning photographer Yannis Behrakis dies at 58

Pulitzer-winning photographer, Yannis Behrakis, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.  In his 30-year long career at Reuters, Behrakis covered main conflict areas around the world. He touched millions of people worldwide with his snapshots from the Refugee crisis in Greece. His coverage of the refugee …

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The emblematic Keritis Bridge suffered irreparable damage (video)

The images break one’s heart. For 111 years the bridge of Keritis was standing over Alkianos    River. The emblematic construction surrendered to the force of nature and the human negligence and suffered irreparable damage. It broke down into pieces on February 25, 2019  when a disastrous weather front struck the …

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Moody’s upgrades Greece by 2 notches, opens way for 10-Year bond issue

Rating agency Moody’s announced on Friday it has upgraded Greece’s sovereign credit rating by two notches to “B1” with a stable outlook, from the “B3” rating with a positive outlook it had granted Greece just over a year earlier. Economists expected this upgrade to assist Greece in its next foray …

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Goat kid swept away by rushing waters in Chania rescued by passerby

In the unprecedented difficult moments people experience in the Prefecture of Chania a touch of hope: a little goat swept in a well by rushing stream waters was rescued by a passerby. The goat kid was found in the well under mud and debris swept away by the stream in …

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Greece’s Beau, actor Phaedon Georgitsis dies at the age of 80

One of the most attractive men on the Greek film screen: actor Phaedon Georgitsis died at the age of 80 after a long battle against cancer. He starred in more than 40 films, dramas as well as comedies. 13 of the films where he head a leading role were produced …

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One firefighter dies and another hospitalized in Thessaloniki blaze

One firefighter died and another was transferred with respiratory problems in hospital on Friday. Both men were actively operating against a fire in an open plot near a factory in the industrial area of Sindos by Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. The tragedy took place around 3 0′ clock Friday afternoon. …

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EPP chairman Weber is spreading “fake news,” says Greek Foreign Minister

Greek Foreign Minister, George Katrougalos has accused Manfred Weber, the European Peoples Party (EPP) candidate for European Commission president, of “reproducing fake news.” The Foreign Minister was responding to a tweet posted by Weber and in which he claimed that Athens was refusing “70,000 Greek nationals the right to vote …

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Flu death toll in Greece rises to 91, after another 17 people die last week

The number of flu victims rose to 91, after another 17 people died last week, February 17-24, 2019, the Greek Disease Control and Prevention Center KEELPNO announced on Thursday. Accoridng to KEELPNO weekly bulletin, the majority of the victims, that is 95% had contracted influenza virus Type A, as well …

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Granny rescue after she abandoned crumbling home in Crete village (videos)

Fearing that her house would collapse due to erosion, a granny abandoned her home in a village in Crete and started to walk in the rugged mountainous area, between rocks, boulders, shrubs, mud, landslides and water streams. Her only aid was a crutch and a make-shift wooden stick. Granny Irene …

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Greece’s Development Bank to go in operation in April, says Minister

Greece’s Development Bank “already operates informally,” said Economy and Development Minister Yiannis Dragasakis. He stressed that the Bank is soon to be founded under draft legislation and go in operation right afterwards. The legislation was recently unveiled for public consultation, the bill is expected to be a law in upcoming …

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European Rights Court slams Greece, France for treatment of migrant children

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has punished Greece and France for their treatment of migrant children in two unrelated cases. The Court ordered Greece to pay 4,000 euros ($4,550) to nine teenagers — six Syrians, two Iraqis, and a Moroccan — who arrived in the country in early …

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Weather damages in Crete’s infrastructure may exceed €100mn (videos)

The video shot by a drone shows the damages and the floods in Chania Prefecture caused by barometric low Okeanis that stroke the West past of Crete with powerful rainfalls. It is mostly the infrastructure on the island that suffered immense destruction due to landslides and soil erosion. The road …

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