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Christmas shopping in Greece: Stores and supermarkets hours

Retail stores and supermarkets throughout Greece will operate with special working hours during the Christmas and News Year holidays 2022/2023. The operation hours during the holiday season include also two Sundays. According to an announcement by the Business and Retail Association of Greece (SELPE), shops will operate: On weekdays Monday …

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“Strip on camera” has MeRA25 MPs lashing out at media

MeRA25 MP, Kleon Grigoriadis, was caught without his shirt on during a video conference of the Parliament’s Public Administration Committee on Wednesday. The incident occurred while the MeRA25 MP Maria Apatzidi was addressing the committee. Apparently not knowing that his camera was on, Grigoriadis started to take off his shirt. …

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NYT: Greek Gov’t admits giving Intellexa license to export Predator

The Greek government has admitted that it gave an Athens-based company permits to export a phone hacking tool to Madagascar, a country with a history of cracking down on dissent. According to the New York Times, the government “admitted that it gave the company, Intellexa, licenses to sell Predator to …

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PM Mitsotakis ends abruptly debate on surveillance bill, leaves Plenary

“Whatever you had to say Mr. Tsipras, you have said it, the debate ends” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, packed his papers and left the Parliament Plenary where the debate on the surveillance bill was held. On a post with the video, SYRIZA-affiliated newspaper Avgi noted wryly:”The moment Mitsotakis runs …

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Large-scale police operations in Roma camps after riots (picts)

Large-scale police operations with dozens of police officers and special units have been taking place in Roma camps in western Athens since Thursday morning following ongoing riots over the shooting of a 16-year-old Roma boy by a policeman. Special units police officers with riot police squads and patrol cars moved …

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Renovation of Maria Callas house in Athens to host Opera Academy

The house of legendary Maria Kallas will be renovated to house the Academy of Lyrical Art Maria Callas. Mayor of Athens Costas Bakoyiannis announced last week. Located close to the National Museum, the 1500-square-meter Jugendstil – Art Nouveau Architecture – apartment building is considered as one of the architectural jewelries …

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US Congress sends Turkey message about overflights in Greece

The US Congress sent a clear message to Turkey that a NATO member-state should not carry out overflights against another member of the Alliance. The message was sent in the explanatory text of the Fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which, however, did not include an amendment to …

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Impressive Christmas Tree Lighting in Thessaloniki (video)

The Christmas tree in Thessaloniki ‘s main square Aristotelous was lit on Wednesday evening, thousands of people had flocked to the city center to attend the festive ceremony. The lighting was accompanied by fireworks and a live music concert with Christmas carols and other popular songs. The 18 meters-long tree …

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Greece’s economy grows 2.8% in Q3 2022

The Greek economy grew by 2.8% in the third quarter of the year compared with the same period in 2021, but fell by 0.5% on a quarterly basis compared with the second quarter, the Greek Statistics Authority ELSTAT said on Wednesday. On a quarterly basis, the country’s Gross Domestic Product …

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Reality show winner faces 10 years for fatal accident under alcohol influence (video)

The winner of a Greek reality show faces charges that could send her to prison up to ten years for causing a fatal traffic accident under the influence of alcohol. The 20-year-old model was involved in a traffic accident where a 60-year-old motorcyclist died in the early morning hours of …

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Paligremnos landmark: Locals, scientists fight against hotel construction

Local communities and scientists vehemently oppose the construction of a hotel facility in the iconic Paligremnos Wall, an area of Plakias by Rethymno on the island of Crete. They have appealed to justice to cancel the building permit arguing that the construction would damage the “natural environment of great geological …

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Libya accuses Greece of imposing fait accompli in defining maritime borders

Libya has reacted to Greece’s decision to expand out seismic surveys for hydrocarbon south of Crete. The foreign minister of the Tripoli-based outgoing government accused Athens of exploiting the crisis in the North African country and imposing a fait accompli in defining the Libyan-Greek maritime borders. “Greece has conducted contracts …

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