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Tsipras: Greek tourism constantly on the rise

By   3 days ago

  I got the impression that the programme review is on track to conclude, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) Andreas Andreadis on Monday said after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion. Asked if he discussed it with the prime minister, he said that Tsipras is optimistic that […]

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MFA to present Greece’s investment potential to foreign diplomats

By   4 days ago

  The foreign ministry will present Greece’s potential in attracting foreign investments to foreign diplomats in a briefing at the ministry on Wednesday, a ministry press release said. The aim of the briefing, organized by the ministry’s General Secretariat of International Economic Relations and the Secretariat for Strategic and Private Investment, is to showcase the […]

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Athens Airport gets Automated Passport Control Units

By   4 weeks ago

  Athens Airport will acquire e-gates, automatic passenger passport control and passenger identification gates, (Automated Border Control Units), in 2017 and will reach the standards of many large international airports and railway stations. These systems used in the departure and arrival of passengers to and from countries outside the Schengen Treaty, are expected to operate […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   4 weeks ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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SEV says “Grexit” is worst possible scenario for Greece

By   1 month ago

A paper by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) strongly warns against the risk of Greece returning to its national currency – also known as “Grexit” – stressing that the concerns being raised over the prospect are damaging the economy. SEV points out that Greek citizens should not consider a “Grexit” scenario to be positive […]

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Tsipras: Greece supports the need for peace in Ukraine

By   1 month ago

  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, arrived at a frozen -20 degrees Kiev late on Wednesday afternoon at the invitation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Tsipras is on an official visit on 8 and 9 February. Alexis Tsipras, accompanied by the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, the Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for Greeks Abroad and […]

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Fraport clinches financing for landmark privatization of 14 regional airports

By   1 month ago

  The management of fourteen regional airports in Greece will be officially assumed by Fraport Greece, a German-Greek consortium, on March 14. Fraport and Greece’s Copelouzos Group won an international tender by the country’s privatization agency (TAIPED) to assume the management of the airports. According to the 1.2 billion euro concession agreement signed late 2015, […]

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Ukraine

By   2 months ago

  The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Kiev on 8 and 9 February, after accepting an invitation by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Alexis Tsipras, continuing on a multidimensional and active foreign policy in the Black Sea area will be found in the Ukrainian capital where he will meet with the country’s President […]

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Renovated Holy Sepulchre delivered to the public in presence of Alexis Tsipras

By   2 days ago

  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and many prominent clerics led by Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos, were present during the delivery of the renovated sanctuary canopy of the Holy Sepulchre of Jesus in Jerusalem. Besides its very important symbolism, the presence of the Greek PM affirms, yet again, the versatility and energy of […]

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Archaeologists found the port of Salamis’ ancient sea battle

By   3 days ago

  After an archaeological search that started in 2016, the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece announced that, the place where the Greek naval forces had gathered before the historic sea battle of Salamis against Persians in 480 BC had been discovered. According to the Ministry’s announcement, this place was the commercial and the […]

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Director Nikos Koundouros passes away, aged 90

By   4 weeks ago

  Greek film and television director Nikos Koundouros passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 90. Koundouros had been admitted to hospital with respiratory complaints in recent weeks. Born in Athens in December 1926, to a family originally hailing from Crete, Koundouros was counted among the most notable modern Greek directors, while his 1956 […]

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Ukraine

By   2 months ago

  The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Kiev on 8 and 9 February, after accepting an invitation by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Alexis Tsipras, continuing on a multidimensional and active foreign policy in the Black Sea area will be found in the Ukrainian capital where he will meet with the country’s President […]

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CNA launches campaign to collect signatures for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

By   3 months ago

This year marks the bicentenary since the theft of the Parthenon Marbles by Lord Elgin, who smuggled them to the United Kingdom. The marbles have since then been in the British Museum. Many efforts have been made and several international campaigns have been launched for the return of the marbles to their natural environment, the […]

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Tsipras: Greece has three years ahead before elections

By   4 months ago

Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict. Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime […]

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Speech of Tsipras in the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference

By   4 months ago

Your Highness, Excellencies, Dear Participants, I would like to warmly thank our hosts for the excellent hospitality and the organizers – the United Arab Emirates and France – for today’s Conference. The world is witnessing an alarming escalation of violence and extremism. Armed conflicts and terrorism challenge not only peace and security, but the core […]

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Tsipras at 45th anniversary of Union of the Arab Emirates

By   4 months ago

The Greek Prime Minister will arrive at Abu Dhabi late on Friday afternoon (20:00 local time), to attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates, December 2-4 and participate in the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France On the […]

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Kotzias – Tillerson meeting fruitful

By   2 weeks ago

  Following the meeting at the State Department on Monday with his US counterpart the Greek Foreign Minister began his visit to Washington. The head of the Greek diplomacy during the meeting with the 69th United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson analyzed the situation in Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and […]

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Stathakis: Greece is at the crossroads of two energy corridors

By   3 months ago

Energy and Environment Minister Giorgos Stathakis is visiting New York to present investment opportunities in the energy sector during the “Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum.” Stathakis was in a 10-day tour in Rome, Brussels and Jerusalem and now is in New York. The aim of these international contacts is to create the conditions so […]

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Cyprus – Greece – Israel cooperation of Strategic Importance

By   4 months ago

Cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, is promising to go smoothly since during the joint declarations of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Cypriot President spilled a glass of water on the declarations table. This mishap gained an array of positive comments and all immediately […]

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Israel Cyprus Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration

By   4 months ago

We, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, having met in Jerusalem today, 8th December 2016, have agreed to continue strengthening the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in various […]

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Alexis Tsipras in Israel for 2nd Greece-Cyprus-Israel tripartite

By   4 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Jerusalem on Thursday 8 December to participate in the 2nd tripartite summit between Greece, Cyprus and Israel. The issues that will be in focus are energy, environment, tourism, research & innovation, fighting terrorism and the Cyprus issue. The Greek PM will be accompanied by Environment & Energy Minister […]

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Anastasiades to participate in the Tripartite Summit in Israel

By   4 months ago

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, departs today, 7 December 2016, for Israel, where tomorrow, along with the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Alexis Tsipras, he will participate in the proceedings of the Cyprus-Greece-Israel Tripartite Summit, which will take place in Jerusalem. The Summit, which will begin at […]

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DESFA Privatisation Talks Collapse

By   4 months ago

Government negotiations between the Azeri natural gas company SOCAR for the privatization of Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) proved to be fruitless on Wednesday. Greece’s environment and energy ministry on Wednesday officially announced the collapse of talks with Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR for the sale of DESFA, ending a 3.5-year effort to privatise the […]

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Lavrov visit marked by deepening Greece – Russia ties

By   5 months ago

It wasn’t so long ago when on the 27th May, 2016, Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were giving a joint press conference. That was the first trip of a Russian President in a Western country after the sanctions imposed for the annexation of Crimea. In the adjoining room from the […]

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IMF maintains tough stance as Greek talks continue

By   12 hours ago

  Top International Monetary Fund (IMF) official, Poul Thomsen, slammed the Greek taxation system stressing that over fifty percent of salaried employees do not pay their taxes. Speaking to students at a UK University, Thomsen reiterated the Fund’s view that the Greek tax base must be broadened, primarily by slashing the income tax-free threshold. The […]

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Greek opposition under pressure to sign up to more austerity

By   2 days ago

  Political upheaval was caused in Athens after scenarios emerged that Greece’s creditors want main opposition New Democracy party to commit to the implementation of reforms in the post-bailout program period. According to reports in local media, the government was thought to be contemplating to call for the ratification of any agreement on new measures […]

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Creditors up pressure on Athens 

By   3 days ago

  As talks between senior Greek government officials and the country’s creditors continue in Brussels in search of an agreement for the conclusion of the ongoing program review, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble sent another strong message to Athens. Speaking on the sidelines of an Ecofin meeting on Tuesday – one day after a fruitless […]

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Tsipras: Greek tourism constantly on the rise

By   3 days ago

  I got the impression that the programme review is on track to conclude, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) Andreas Andreadis on Monday said after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion. Asked if he discussed it with the prime minister, he said that Tsipras is optimistic that […]

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MFA to present Greece’s investment potential to foreign diplomats

By   4 days ago

  The foreign ministry will present Greece’s potential in attracting foreign investments to foreign diplomats in a briefing at the ministry on Wednesday, a ministry press release said. The aim of the briefing, organized by the ministry’s General Secretariat of International Economic Relations and the Secretariat for Strategic and Private Investment, is to showcase the […]

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Agreement elusive at Eurogroup; talks to continue

By   4 days ago

  There was no breakthrough at the Eurogroup meeting held on Monday, with Athens and creditors still in disagreement over the measures required to conclude the ongoing program review. It is unknown when the “quartet” of creditors will return to Athens for direct talks while local media reports suggest that an informal deadline for an […]

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Low expectations ahead of Eurogroup meeting

By   5 days ago

  Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, will attend a Eurogroup meeting on Monday with a view to making progress towards the conclusion of the ongoing review of the country’s bailout program. According to latest information, Eurozone Finance Minister go into Monday’s meeting with low expectations hoping to agree a timeframe for the return of the […]

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Greek “debt trap” pushing it to brink of another financial crisis

By   1 week ago

  The Budget Office of the Hellenic Parliament released a report on Wednesday which highlights the need for Greece’s debt issue to be addressed. The 5th Interim Report titled “The Debt Trap” stresses that Greece is in need of “serious restructuring of its debt” that will be accompanied by implementation of crucial reforms related to […]

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Tsipras Letter to European Leaders

By   11 hours ago

  In a letter sent Thursday to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jaen-Claude Juncker and to chairpersons of Summit in Rome Joseph Muscat and Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras requesting a clear answer to whether the European social model, especially in terms of labor relations […]

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IMF maintains tough stance as Greek talks continue

By   12 hours ago

  Top International Monetary Fund (IMF) official, Poul Thomsen, slammed the Greek taxation system stressing that over fifty percent of salaried employees do not pay their taxes. Speaking to students at a UK University, Thomsen reiterated the Fund’s view that the Greek tax base must be broadened, primarily by slashing the income tax-free threshold. The […]

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Tsipras: Europe has surrendered to the IMF and this explain its existential crisis

By   12 hours ago

  Europe is not defending its own accomplishments, its heritage and social model and has surrendered to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which explains its existential crisis, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday evening, addressing an event organized by the Transform! Europe network, in Rome’s “La Sapienza” University. “We are at a critical moment […]

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EU’s future prospects the focus of Kotzias-Gabriel meeting in Athens

By   12 hours ago

  “Greece belongs in the Eurozone,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, during joint statements with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias after their meeting in Athens. He also emphasised that this discussion was now closed, since “Europe cannot become stronger if it progresses with amputations.” The two ministers announced that Greece and Germany […]

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Mitsotakis speaks of ‘strategic’ partnership between Greece and Israel

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  New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke about the strategic partnership between Greece and Israel saying the country is an example for Greece on entrepreneurship, during a speech at the Greek-Israeli Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. “The relationship between Greece and Israel is strategic and with great depth, a relationship which is not questioned in […]

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PM Tsipras meets German FM Sigmar Gabriel

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  German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived at the Greek government headquarters at the Maximos Mansion at 19:30 (GMT+2) on Wednesday evening for the start of a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The dilemma is whether EU countries will regain the social contract and social acquis or if they will […]

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Greek opposition under pressure to sign up to more austerity

By   2 days ago

  Political upheaval was caused in Athens after scenarios emerged that Greece’s creditors want main opposition New Democracy party to commit to the implementation of reforms in the post-bailout program period. According to reports in local media, the government was thought to be contemplating to call for the ratification of any agreement on new measures […]

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Tzanakopoulos: Debate on debt measures to open after technical agreement

By   2 days ago

  After the technical agreement on the reforms by August 2018 and the change of policy mix for 2019, the way will open for the discussion on the medium term measures on the debt as well as the medium term primary surplus targets, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Wednesday said in a press briefing. He […]

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Tsipras: Health sector funds increased for the first time

By   1 week ago

  We received a suffocated health sector and we achieved a small miracle, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said during the Hour of the Prime Minister in Parliament. Despite the suffocating fiscal framework, we managed to integrate 2.5 million people without social security to the public health sector, the prime minister underlined and promised […]

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IMF parcel bomb sent from Greece; Greek terror group targets Schaeuble

By   1 week ago

  Greece’s Minister for Citizen Protection, Nikos Toskas, confirmed on Thursday evening that a parcel bomb that exploded at the offices of the International Monetary Fund in Paris earlier on Thursday was sent from Greece. A woman suffered minor injuries from the explosion of the booby-trapped parcel that was addressed to the Fund’s Director for […]

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Alexis Tsipras meets Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis

By   1 week ago

  Meeting Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis at the Maximos Mansion on Thursday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised the government’s support for initiatives to make Athens a safe and sustainable city. He stressed that Greece’s capital needed “metropolitan-scale” interventions that aimed to improve quality of life for its residents. Acknowledging that the greatest burden in this […]

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Greek “debt trap” pushing it to brink of another financial crisis

By   1 week ago

  The Budget Office of the Hellenic Parliament released a report on Wednesday which highlights the need for Greece’s debt issue to be addressed. The 5th Interim Report titled “The Debt Trap” stresses that Greece is in need of “serious restructuring of its debt” that will be accompanied by implementation of crucial reforms related to […]

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Last ditch effort to make progress in Greek bailout program review

By   2 weeks ago

  A European Commission spokeswoman revealed on Tuesday that the envoys representing Greece’s international creditors may prolong their stay in Athens in an attempt to conclude an agreement with the Greek government over the review of the country’s bailout program. The representatives of the institutions representing Greece’s creditors – also known as the “quartet” – […]

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Cyprus – Greece – Israel coordinating meeting on Diaspora issues

By   3 weeks ago

  The Presidential Commissioner, Mr Fotis Fotiou, the Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Terence Nikolaos Quick and the Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Mr Natan Sharansky held today in Jerusalem their first trilateral coordinating meeting on Diaspora issues between Israel, Cyprus and Greece respectively. The meeting was held according to the relevant provisions […]

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Government talks with creditors reach impasse yet again

By   3 weeks ago

  Very little progress was made in the meetings held over the weekend between Greek government ministers and the “quartet” of the country’s international creditors. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Houliarakis and Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou – among other cabinet members – discussed fiscal and labor issues with the top foreign envoys […]

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NPLs a thorn in government talks with creditors

By   3 weeks ago

  One of the top issues on the agenda of talks with creditors on Thursday was the Greek government’s draft proposal for a new out-of-court settlement framework to manage non-performing loans. According to sources the negotiations surrounding the issue ended in disagreement on Thursday evening. The draft bill prepared by the Greek Economy Minister has […]

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Kontoni’s handlings receive the full approval of FIFA and UEFA

By   7 months ago

Athens, August 30, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “The Laws of the State are above any Federation statute”. With this statement the representative of FIFA, Kostas Koutsokoumnis, set the tone for what will follow on the developments in Greek football and the confrontation between the Greek Football Federation (EPO) and the Sports Minister. […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Stefanidi wins gold at pole vault

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country’s first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games, then defended its integrity after barred Russian Yelena Isinbayeva blasted the event as sub-par without her in the field. Stefanidi cleared 4.85 meters to beat American […]

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Greek Minister for Sport postpones Super League football premiere

By   7 months ago

Athens, August 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greece’s Deputy Minister for Sport, Stavros Kontonis, announced Thursday that the Super League football, the country’s top division, will be postponed until 5 September at least. According to an official announcement by the Sports Ministry:  “Deputy Minister for Culture & Sport, Mr. Stavros Kontonis, […]

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Greek 470 Dinghy Sailing crew wins bronze

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 18, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis gave Greece its fifth medal by winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics for the 470 Dinghy Sailing race on Thursday. The medal race, initially to have taken place on Wednesday, was postponed for Thursday following still winds. Thursday’s race proved unfortunate […]

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Gianniotis wins silver medal

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 16, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Ferry Weertman (1:52:59) has given the Netherlands a sweep of the Olympic open water swimming events, winning the men’s 10-kilometer race at the Rio Olympics. Spiros Gianniotis (1:52:59) of Greece takes the silver and France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier (1:53:03) claims the bronze. The judges went […]

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Petrounias wins gold medal in men’s rings (Update)

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 15, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency   By Zacharias Petrou In a powerful display of control and strength, world rings champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece, 25, won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a score of 16,000. Brazilian Arthur Zanetti – who won the gold medal in the […]

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Gold medalist Anna Korakaki receives hero’s welcome in Athens

By   7 months ago

Athens, August 11, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Olympic champion Anna Korakaki, who won gold and bronze in the 25-meter pistol and 10-meter air pistol in Rio respectively, thus becoming the first Greek athlete in more than a century to win two medals in the same Olympics, received a hero’s welcome as she landed in […]

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