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Sorin Oprescu: Former Bucharest mayor arrested in Athens

The former mayor of Bucharest convicted of corruption has been arrested in Athens on an international warrant. Sorin Oprescu, 70, who served as mayor in the Romanian capital from 2008 and 2015, was found guilty by the Romanian courts of bribery, setting up a criminal organization and abuse of power. …

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Greeks slam Athens Mayor for 17-min event with Rouvas without audience at €215,000

Fun fact, public money and outrage: The Mayor of Athens will spend 217.000 euros for a 17 minutes long New Year Eve gig by Greek singer Sakis Rouvas.The event will take place without audience and in the parking area of Lycabettus hill off the center of the city. The decision …

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School in northern Greece demands removal of Maradona graffiti

A graffiti portraying Maradona has created tension between local and school authorities in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, with the latter demanding its removal. The parents association and the principal of the 3rd elementary school in Kalamaria Municipality demand the removal of the graffiti claiming the lifestyle of the football legend cannot …

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Council of State: Athens Great Walk traffic restrictions “Covid-19 irrelevant”

Greece’s top court, the Council of State annulled the joint ministerial decision that defined traffic regulations for the Athens Great Walk as “due to COVID-19.” The decision exposes Mayor Costa Bakogiannis and his project he described as “temporary” thus for a cost of 2 million euros. The CoS ruled that …

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Deputy mayor of Thessaloniki gets rid of the “evil eye” live on camera

Deputy mayor of Thessaloniki Haris Aidonopoulos underwent a xematiasma procedure during a teleconference of the Municipal Council on Monday. While his assistant was mumbling the spell against the evil eye thus making the sign of the cross over the face of the troubled man, the conference camera was on, recording …

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Crowding overshadows inauguration of Omonia fountain, Athens mayor under fire

Dozens of Greeks gathered at Omonia Square on Thursday night to attend the inauguration of the new fountain at the Omonia Square by Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyiannis. The fountain was illuminated and the water spurted up to 20 meters high. It was the right place but the wrong time. The …

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Coronavirus: “People instructed to house isolation go out in the city,” Pyrgos mayor says

“Personal responsibility is unfortunately very low, people who should be in house isolation due to coronavirus are just going around as if nothing is going on,” Mayor of Pyrgos, Ilia in West Peloponnese, denounced on Monday morning. The Prefecture of Ilia is one of the three, next to the one …

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Symi SOS: 400 migrants stranded on the island without facilities (video)

The remote island of Symi is sending S.O.S. The ongoing arrivals of migrants and refugees has created a state of emergency. Some 400 people, among them many children, have landed on the small island that has absolute no facilities to accommodate them. The people are sleeping on the streets, there …

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New Chios mayor bans civil marriages from Town Hall with church blessing

The new mayor of the island of Chios has decided that civil marriages will no longer be conducted at the Town Hall of the capital of the island. Those couples who insist on civil marriage will have to travel several kilometers away and get married at the town halls of …

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Moses Elisaf: The city of Ioannina elects the first Jewish mayor in Greece

Moses Elisaf is the first Greek Jew ever elected as mayor in Greece. He was elected in the city of Ioannina, north-west Greece, once the heartland of Romaniote Jewish tradition. The  65 -year-old professor of medicine at the University of Ioannina Medical School ran as an independent candidate. He won …

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Maria Kakali: The mayor who got re-elected with 100% of the votes

While local leaders struggled to beat their competitors and some will have to go to a second round of elections next Sunday, one mayor managed to be elected with 100% of the votes. 32-year-old Maria Kakali on the remote island of Agios Efstratios had no competitor at all. From 210 …

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