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  • Athens Intensifies Diplomatic Moves Ahead of Crucial Berlin Conference on Libya
    by Nick Kampouris on 18/01/2020 at 15:17

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke on Saturday on the phone with the President of the European Council Charles Michel at the latter’s initiative and with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the issue of Libya. According to government sources in Athens, all the issues referring to Greece were discussed with a focus

  • Turkish Hackers Conduct Multiple Cyber-Attacks on Greek State Websites
    by Nick Kampouris on 18/01/2020 at 15:10

    Several Greek government websites fell prey to cyber-attacks on Friday evening, forcing some of them to shut down entirely for security reasons, after access to them became problematic. Among those attacked by hackers were the websites of the Greek Parliament, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Athens Stock Exchange, the National Intelligence Service (EYP) and the

  • Renovated Greek National Gallery of Art to Reopen in 2021
    by Tasos Kokkinidis on 17/01/2020 at 16:13

    Greece’s Ministry of Culture said that the upgraded National Gallery of Art, undergoing renovations and expansion during the last few years, will reopen on March 25, 2021, signaling the beginning of events commemorating the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence. Following a meeting chaired by Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni, the Ministry issued

  • Spectacular Annual Chios Rocket War Under Threat as Organizers Fold
    by Tasos Kokkinidis on 17/01/2020 at 16:03

    The organization which keeps alive the 200-year-old custom of the “Rocket War” on the Greek island of Chios announced on Thursday it is closing up shop for good. The organization “Friends of Vrontados Traditions” said in a statement that it is ceasing operations since it was unable to form a new board of management due

  • Libyan Strongman General Haftar Holds Talks with Greek Leaders
    by Tasos Kokkinidis on 17/01/2020 at 15:49

    The commander of rebel forces in war-torn Libya, General Khalifa Haftar, met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens today in a bid to counter Turkish support for his opponents. The surprise visit by Haftar takes place ahead of a weekend summit in Berlin aimed at halting the conflict in oil-rich Libya, in which the

  • Anarchists Vandalize Australian Consulate, Greek Newspaper Offices
    by Tasos Kokkinidis on 17/01/2020 at 13:27

    A group of anarchists vandalized the Australian consulate in Thessaloniki on Thursday evening by throwing red and black paint on walls at the premises. A different group also vandalized the offices of two Greek newspapers in Athens at nearly the same time. In Thessaloniki, the offenders broke into an apartment on Fragkou Street where the

  • Second Day of Thick Fog Causes Disruption at Thessaloniki’s Macedonia International Airport
    by Nick Kampouris on 17/01/2020 at 13:20

    Friday was the second consecutive day with significant delays and disruptions at Thessaloniki’s Makedonia International Airport due to the heavy fog with which the city was blanketed. The visibility at Thessaloniki’s main airport hub was constantly changing on Friday morning, due to a so-called ”traveling” fog, which enveloped the airport every few minutes. All scheduled flights

  • Greece Announces New Leaders of the Armed Forces
    by Nick Kampouris on 17/01/2020 at 13:15

    The Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA), Greece’s supreme decision-making body on issues of foreign policy and national defense, held a meeting on Friday morning and named who would become the new leaders of the country’s armed forces. Following the conclusion of the KYSEA meeting, the Government announced that they have unanimously decided

  • Greece to Veto Libya Deal If Turkey Maritime Pact Isn’t Withdrawn
    by Tasos Kokkinidis on 17/01/2020 at 06:37

    Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. “Greece will veto even at a foreign ministers’ level meeting before it makes it to the head of states level” any agreement on

  • Wide Consensus Foreseen as Opposition Parties Support First Female Greek President
    by Nick Kampouris on 16/01/2020 at 16:18

    It was announced on Thursday that the first Parliamentary vote to elect the next Greek President will take place on Wednesday, January 22. According to the recently-amended Greek Constitution, the first vote requires a 2/3 majority for a candidate to be elected to the country’s highest position. This means that if Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, the government’s

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