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“Majority of Greeks are not xenophobic,” says Migration Minister

The majority of the Greek people are not xenophobic and see the issue of migration as a result of need, not a problem, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Alpha 989 radio on Friday. In an interview on upcoming European Parliament elections, Vitsas responded to a comment that migration was …

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PM Tsipras praised victory of Pedro Sanched and progressive forces in Spain

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras commented on the result of the elections in Spain praising the victory of the socialist party and the progressive forces. “The prevalence of progressive forces in Spain and the collapse of the right-wing People’s Party is a message of hope,” he said in a tweet. …

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S& P affirms ‘B+/B’ rating, sees Greece’s economy growth at 2.8%

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has affirmed ‘B+/B’ sovereign credit ratings on Greece and projects an economy grow by 2.8% on average over 2019-2022. Furthermore, the agency said that “Greece has one of the most advantageous debt profiles of all our rated sovereigns in terms of maturity and average interest …

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Anti-Greek or just German arrogance? Candidate for Commission presidency Weber in Athens

“Next time I’ll come to Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be Prime Minister.” The bold support came by Manfred Weber, the center-right European People’s Party candidate to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the President of the European Commission. The Bavarian arch-conservative politician from the Christian Social Union choose the Greek capital Athens …

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Unemployment benefits are counter-productive, says New Democracy

Unemployment benefits and Christmas bonus have become the target of conservative new Democracy, Greece’s main opposition party, aspiring to come to power after the next parliamentary elections. New Democracy sees the achievements of the working class struggle as counter-productive and claims that they create clientele relations between the state and …

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21 April 1967 is a “black-letter day” for Greece’s democracy, says Pavlopoulos

The criminal coup d’etat that led to the seven-year ‘tragedy’ of Greece’s military junta on April 21, 1967, is a ‘black-letter day’ for democracy, and must remain indelibly marked in the country’s historical memory, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said in a statement 52 years after the colonel’s coup. In view …

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Tourism growth over last 4 years helped Greece exit bailout agreements, says…

Tourism growth in the last four years has helped Greece exit the bailout agreements, said Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura. Tourism has attracted more than 400 investment projects, she added. Speaking to state news agency amna, Kountoura said “This great tourist development with growth over 35 percent in the last four …

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FinMin Tsakalotos confirms early repayment to IMF; Greece to use ‘cash buffer’

Greece’s Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos confirmed that Greece is planning to repay the loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) earlier than their maturity. Speaking to Radio Thessaloniki 94.5 FM on Tuesday Tsakalotos noted that the IMF loans are “very expensive debt”. He pointed out that approximately 3.5-4.0 billion euros …

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First private Crematorium in Attica expected to go in operation in autumn

The first private crematorium in Greece has received a license and it looks as if it will go in operation before the public ones. The private facility is located in Ritsona in North-East Attica, near Halkida. It is expected to go in operation in upcoming autumn. According to daily ethnos, …

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Bella Hadid meets Antiquities as VOGUE returns to Greece

Iconic star model Bella Hadid met Greek antiquities as fashion magazine VOGUE returned to Greece after seven years of absence on Sunday, March 31. The 22-year-old American beauty has posed for the magazine’s cover of its April 2019 comeback edition. Vogue Greece will be the luxury magazine’s 26th international edition. …

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Bank of Greece lowers growth prospects for 2019 to 1.9%

The Bank of Greece on Monday lowered growth prospects for 2019 to 1.9 percent, from a previous forecast of 2.3%. It said that the country’s GDP grew by 1.9% in 2018, down from an initial 2.1 pct growth rate. The state budget envisages a growth rate of 2.5 pct this …

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No extra Easter bonus for civil servants and public sector pensioners

Active and retired civil servants cheered when they heard deputy Labor Minister Tassos Petropoulos announcing that they will receive extra money as a one-off Easter bonus. But their joy was of short duration. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos cut their winfs in zero time. Speaking on news247 FM, Petropoulos said that …

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Hollywood meets “European Spring”: Pamela Anderson joins Varoufakis’ campaign

American activist Pamela Andersonanis  gave a “Hollywood flair” to the European elections campaign of former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and his party DiEm25. The campaign across Europe named “European Spring” started in Brussels on Monday. As secretary of MEP25 and co-founder of DiEM25, Yanis Varoufakis pointed out “today we are …

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12 Neo-Nazis arrested for attacking police during National Day parade

Police has arrested 12 far-rightists, among them 4 minors, for attacking police in Kallithea suburb of south Athens during the parade of 25. March. Among the arrestees is reportedly a 24-year-old man who was arrested a week earlier for a racist attack again a foreigner in Salamina, West Attica. Charges …

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Erdogan tells Greeks on National Day: We will convert Hagia Sofia into mosque

For one more time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Hagia Sophia, currently a museum, might be converted into a mosque. As if Turkey had no other important problem to solve… In an interview with staged Question and Answer on the specific issue, reporters of state TRT TV asked …

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