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Prespes Agreement vote postponed for Friday, protesters outside Parliament

The voting for the Prespes Agreement has been postponed for 2:30 on Friday, Jan 25, Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis announced late on Thursday. The vote was scheduled to take place when the speakers would conclude, that is sometime between Thursday midnight and early Friday morning. However, given the fact that …

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Earthquake strikes Rhodes with 5.4R, felt in broader East Mediterranean Sea

An earthquake measuring 5.4 R stroke the island of Rhodes and surrounding areas at 4:30 Thursday afternoon, January 24th 2019. Please, note that several seismologic institutes give different magnitude from 5R to 5.5R. The Greek Geo-dynamic Institute gives the magnitude with 5.4R. The epicenter of the tremor was in the …

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30% of Greek pensioners receive less than 500 euros per month

One third of Greek pensioners receives a monthly pension of no more than 500 euros. According to data from the Helios database of the Greek Labor Ministry for August and September 2018, the average monthly pension was 724.18 euros. Supplementary pension was 172.32 euros per month, while dividend paid monthly …

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Acropolis in Anti-Imperialist mood: Communist KKE banner against Prespes deal

Members of the Greek communist party KKE climbed to Acropolis early morning Thursday and hanged a banner against the Prespes Agreement that will be voted and ratified later today. The banner had messages against the Agreement both in Greek and English. The KKE said that the Prespes Agreement serves the …

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Submarine kickbacks: 21 defendants receive redeemable prison sentences

A three-member Appeal Court in Athens announced the penalties for 21 defendants who have been found guilty to be involved in the famous Greek-German scandal of Submarines kickbacks.  The court imposed prison sentences to 20 of the defendants as the 21st, a French-Swiss banker, is on the run. The former …

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Nimetz: Consequences profound and dangerous if Prespes Agreement…

“If the Prespes Agreement does not come into effect the consequences will be profound and dangerous,” UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks between Greece and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Matthew Nimetz said in an exclusive interview with Athens news agency. In response to a question by ANA, …

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Greece’s lenders agree to increase of minimum wage: a bag of peanuts

Representatives of Greece’s lenders have reportedly given the green light for the increase of the minimum wage, an issue Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has long promised to materialize. During a meeting with Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou on Wednesday in Athens, the lenders have reportedly recommended a “cautious increase” in the …

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Greek Post workers on 24h strike, protesting loss of 2,300 jobs

Greek Post workers took to the streets on Wednesday to protest a restructuring plan for Greece’s oldest organization, a plan that foresees the closure of dozens of branches and the loss of more than two thousand jobs. According to ELTA workers’ union more than 2,300 employees will be fired and …

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Greece’s public debt rises to €334.9 billion in Q3 2018, says ELSTAT

Greece’s public debt increased to 334.988 billion euros at the end of the third quarter of 2018, Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) revealed on Monday. On a yearly basis, the figure represented an increase of 21.493 billion euros from the same period of 2017. The public debt corresponded to 182.2 percent …

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Ten Oscar Nominations for Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite”

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ prophetically-name period comedy-drama “The Favourite” has once again lived up to its name, with no less than 10 nominations in this year’s Oscar race, including those for best picture, best director and best actress (Olivia Colman). “The Favourite” takes the lead for the most nominations, in …

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Prespes Agreement approved by Committee of Greek Palriament

With a majority of votes, the Committee of National Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament approved the Prespes Agreement on Tuesday afternoon. The deal between Greece and FYROM will be now submitted to the Plenary for voting and ratification. The discussion and processing of the draft law ratifying …

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Far-right extremists used underrepresented number of projectiles against police

Stones, pieces of marbles and wood, iron bars and crow bars, sledgehammers, nails, flares, and makeshift projectiles were used by extreme right wing “patriotic’ protesters against riot police forces during the Macedonia rally last Sunday. For three hours, from 14:25 to 17:20, the protesters were attacking the riot forces as …

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17-year-old charged for murder of her newborn in home birth

A 17-year-old girl has been charged for the murder of her newborn after she had given birth in an apartment in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, last week. The baby died of severe head injuries. The newborn allegedly slipped off the young mother’s handa right after the labor and fell on the …

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Greek households lose 27.9% of their assets during crisis decade 2008-2018

Greek households have lost 27.9 percent of their assets in the crisis decade 2008-2018. According to an analysis by Alpha Bank, the drop was the biggest in the eurozone and is followed by those recorded in Spain, Italy and Cyprus. Germany recorded significant gains during the same period. Portugal also …

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Greek Army officer, UK national member of NGO arrested in military area

A Greek army sergeant and a UK national, member of an NGO, have been arrested in a restricted military area in North-Eastern Greece on Sunday. They were arrested by an army patrol and Greek police. According to Greek state agency amna, the two men were taking photographs in a restricted …

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Clashes and extensive use of tear gas at Macedonia rally, 44 injured (videos)

Macedonia protesters clashed with riot police outside the Greek Parliament on Sunday during the big rally against the Prespes Agreement. Armed with sticks a group of men tried to break the police cordon and enter the Parliament building in downtown Athens. The reaction by riot police was prompt with extensive …

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Body of missing pilot Panagiotis Kefalas was retrieved 3 days after accident

The body of the 47-year-old missing pilot Panagiotis Kefalas was retrieved form the sea on Saturday afternoon, three days after his single-engine, two-seat plane went down over the Patraikos Gulf in western Greece. The body was found by Coast Guard divers inside the plane. It will eventually be taken to …

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