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Greece’s gov’t spokesman does not rule out new lockdown

Greece’s government spokesman Stelios Petsas warned of a possible new lockdown if the measures to contain the spread of the virus are not observed. What is interesting is that the government had vehemently rejected such an option until last week. Speaking to Skai TV on Wednesday morning, Petsas said that …

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Gov’t needs a new plan to manage the pandemic crisis, says ex Health Minister

The government needs to come up with a new plan to manage the coronavirus pandemic crisis, Andreas Xanthos, former Health Minister (SYRIZA) urged on Monday as the trend is upward, hospitalizations increase and most likely new restrictions are due. Speaking to Skai TV, Xanthos said Greece is “at a very …

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Instead of anticipated reshuffle, PM proceeds with “functional improvements”

The much anticipated and several times in the last weeks announced government reshuffle was supposed to take place initially in mid-July; then at the end-July and finally after August 15. At the end of the scenarios and government announcements the reshuffle took place today – but not really… All ministers …

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SYRIZA criticizes Gov’t over controversial coronavirus measures

Main opposition left-wing SYRIZA has criticized the Greek government for a series of controversial measures amid a spike of coronavirus cases. SYRIZA describes the government decisions as creating an “unprecedented confusion.” SYRIZA criticizes the government decision to ban religious festivals and at the same time to allow flights from countries …

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Marinakis’ media group returns “Stay Home” campaign funds to the state

Media group Alter Ego of ship-, media and football clubs owner Vaggelis Marinakis has returned to the government the funds it received for the anti-coronavirus campaign ‘Stay Home.” almost one million euros. In a statement released on Wednesday, the media group said that the money was returned to the state …

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Pressure mounts on Greek Gov’t to publish list of media funding

An scandalous issue that has recently shaken government, opposition parties and media in Greece may soon come to an end. State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis said on Tuesday said that all the amounts concerning the allocation of 20 million euros in funds to the media will be probably made public this …

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Greece decides to increase COVID-19 testing, introduce restrictions locally

Greece will increase Covid-19 testing and introduce restrictions at local level where clusters of coronavirus infections are reported, the government decided on Tuesday. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and key health and public safety officials had an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning in the wake of a significant increase in Covid-19 …

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Greek authorities threaten with “local lockdown” islands, touristic areas

Greece’s health authorities have been set on alert and politicians threaten with “local lockdown” in islands and touristic areas, should crowding phenomena like the one at a Mykonos beach bar occur again. Government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, said on Monday that there is a plan for a local lockdown in case …

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Hoteliers want more border crossings opening in North Greece, gov’t reluctant

Hoteliers in northern Greece want more border checkpoints to be opened but the government is willing to open no more than four. Deputy Minister of Macedonia and Thrace Theodoros Karaoglou expressed concern over the situation at border checkpoints in northern Greece and issues regarding the opening of borders. Speaking to …

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Greek gov’t “awards” companies for migration centers construction, bypassing…

Instead of launching public tenders, the Greek government simply awarded three well-known big construction companies with the building of the closed migration centers on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos. The Ministry of Migration and Asylum invited the companies Aktor, Terna and Mytilineos with a posting on the Diavgeia …

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SYRIZA criticizes Gov’t for linking coronavirus to refugees’ closed camps

Main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA sharply criticized the government of conservative New Democracy for  attempting to establish a link between public health and protection from coronavirus with the closed detention of refugees and migrants on the islands. “In the face of the chaos it has created and without any plan …

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Islands against requisition: Legal measures, “guard teams”, protests

Municipalities on the the islands of Lesvos and Chios decided to take counter-measures as they categorically reject the government plans to requisite public and private properties and land in order to construct the new migration centers. The Regional government went even further and cut the dialogue with Athens. In emergency …

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Mammoth donation by Niarchos Foundation to improve health services in Greece

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will proceed with a mammoth donation to improve health services in Greece. In the framework “Initiative for Health” that creates partnerships between the state and private organizations, the SFN will build two general hospitals, one children hospital and provide equipment to already existing hospitals. The …

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