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Greek shipowners urge government to safeguard shipping competitiveness

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The President of Greece’s Union of Shipowners, Theodoros Veniamis, called on the Greek government and the country’s Seamen Unions to allow the maritime labor market to become internationally competitive by overcoming industrialist obstructions. Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, controlling some 18% of the world […]

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ESR to begin deliberations over TV licensing procedure

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By   5 days ago

Following the recent announcement of the Council of State decision which found that the law on which the government tender for television broadcasting licenses was based contravenes Greece’s Constitution, the only competent authority to issue TV licenses is the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR). The ESR is now expected to begin a round […]

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Industrialists warn Greece must take ownership of reforms to remain in the Eurozone

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By   3 weeks ago

The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) warned on Wednesday that should Greece’s current guardianship by international creditors should not continue in the foreseeable future, the country’s participation in the European Union (EU) will only be “on paper”. In the worst case scenario, Greece risks exiting the EU altogether, SEV says in a weekly report focusing […]

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Corruption Prosecutors Investigate Novartis

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By   3 weeks ago

According to information an investigation took place at the offices of the pharmaceutical company Novartis, a few days ago, following an order by Corruption Prosecutors. A major investigation has been launched since mid-December after information concerning bribes of government officials and doctors were made public, following  a two-year investigation by US authorities on the methods […]

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The NSRF absorption target for 2016 met

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By   3 weeks ago

The absorption of National Strategic Reference Framework  (NSRF) resources for 2016 has reached 11.35%, which corresponds to 1.6 billion euros against a 7% absorption target the equivalent to 1 billion euros of community contributions, according to figures provided by the Greek Ministry of Finance. According to final data which were communicated to the European Commission […]

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Pappas announces possible Preliminary Fact – Finding Commission

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By   1 month ago

In an interview on Public Television the Greek Minister for Digital Policy Nikos Pappas announced the possibility for a preliminary Fact-Finding Commission. The Commission would have the power to investigate what was said during the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission concerning loans by political parties and the media. “What was said cannot be swept under the carpet,” […]

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OP/ED: Final Curtain ready to Fall on Greek Media

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By   1 month ago

The curtain is drawing to a close for Greek media that were once powerful and which marked Greek political life in both a negative and a positive way. Lambrakis Press, Mega Channel TV, Pegasus and other Greek media are a breath away from closing after a long glorious (and infamous) history. It is a shame […]

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Stathakis: Greece is at the crossroads of two energy corridors

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By   1 month 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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CNA launches campaign to collect signatures for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

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By   3 weeks 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

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By   2 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

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By   2 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

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By   2 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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Alexis Tsipras to honour 45th anniversary of the Union of the Arab Emirates

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By   2 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi between December 2-4. The celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the union of Arab Emirates, have taken on an international dimension as leaders from many countries will be honoring the Gulf state […]

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Tsipras to visit Abu Dhabi

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By   2 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Abu Dhabi from the 2nd to 4th December, on the occasion of the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Greek Prime Minister is expected to hold bilateral meetings with French President […]

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Greek as an optional language in Russian schools

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By   2 months ago

Russian schools will be taught Greek as a foreign language from January 1, 2017. The final decision and approval of training manuals was signed by the Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilieva, on 10th November. A proposal for the teaching of Greek as a language selection from the Modern Greek Literature Faculty at the University […]

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Lavrov visit marked by deepening Greece – Russia ties

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By   3 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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Stathakis: Greece is at the crossroads of two energy corridors

Greece's New Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

By   1 month 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

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By   1 month 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

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By   1 month 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

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By   2 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

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By   2 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

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By   2 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

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By   3 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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Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to visit Athens

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By   3 months ago

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov will find himself in Greece on the 1st and 2nd November only a few days before US President Barack Obama is set to visit Athens.  During the two-day working visit, Sergey Lavrov, will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias According to […]

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Greek shipowners urge government to safeguard shipping competitiveness

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By   3 days ago

The President of Greece’s Union of Shipowners, Theodoros Veniamis, called on the Greek government and the country’s Seamen Unions to allow the maritime labor market to become internationally competitive by overcoming industrialist obstructions. Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, controlling some 18% of the world […]

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Greece exceeding bailout program targets – Fin Min

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By   3 days ago

Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, expressed optimism on Wednesday that Athens is on track to conclude the review of its bailout program, despite negotiations currently being on hold due to the differences of opinion between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European creditors over the goals of the program. “If we continue exceeding targets like […]

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MIN EDU condemns Golden Dawn’s threats against teachers in Perama school

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By   5 days ago

The ministry of education condemned on Tuesday the jeering and threats suffered by the principal and teachers of a primary school in Neo Ikonio, Perama, by a group of Golden Dawn members headed by party MP Yiannis Lagos. According to information, a group of about 20 Golden Dawn members and Lagos started quarrelling intensely with […]

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ESR to begin deliberations over TV licensing procedure

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By   5 days ago

Following the recent announcement of the Council of State decision which found that the law on which the government tender for television broadcasting licenses was based contravenes Greece’s Constitution, the only competent authority to issue TV licenses is the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR). The ESR is now expected to begin a round […]

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Athens looks to overcome obstacles to review conclusion

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By   1 week ago

On the day of a Euro Working Group meeting, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici met with Greek counterpart Eu. Tsakalotos in Brussels. After the meeting on Thursday, Moscovici told reporters that the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) participation in the Greek program is viewed as reassuring for a number of EU member-states. […]

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Athens takes aim at IMF as it seeks to get review back on track

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By   2 weeks ago

Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou was the latest Greek official to take aim at the International Monetary Fund, accusing it of keeping a “negative stance” in the talks Athens is currently engaged in with its international creditors over labor reform. Achtsioglou had a telephone conversation with German counterpart Andrea Nahles on Tuesday and took the opportunity […]

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We are not pushing for IMF withdrawal or stay in Greek program – minister

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By   2 weeks ago

The Greek government has no specific strategy to oust the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from the country’s bailout program, or to see it remain one of its international creditors, a senior government official says. Minister of Digital Policy, Nikos Pappas, said during an interview on Greek television that it was the IMF that raises such […]

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UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

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By   2 weeks ago

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland states the announcement. The Agency states that “even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor.” The drop in temperature over the past […]

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Greek shipowners urge government to safeguard shipping competitiveness

Veniamis GR

By   3 days ago

The President of Greece’s Union of Shipowners, Theodoros Veniamis, called on the Greek government and the country’s Seamen Unions to allow the maritime labor market to become internationally competitive by overcoming industrialist obstructions. Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, controlling some 18% of the world […]

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Working group of deputies completes its mandate successfully, Eide says

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By   3 days ago

The working group of deputies established on January 12 in Geneva by the Conference on Cyprus successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it by the Conference, namely identifying specific questions related to the issue of security and guarantees and the instruments needed to address them, UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide […]

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Anastasiades – Pavlopoulos hold meeting in Nicosia

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By   3 days ago

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, met today with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia. In his welcoming remarks, at the meeting, President Anastasiades said, among other things, that “our common pursuit is to at last achieve a solution (to the Cyprus problem) that will be fully […]

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Greece exceeding bailout program targets – Fin Min

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By   3 days ago

Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, expressed optimism on Wednesday that Athens is on track to conclude the review of its bailout program, despite negotiations currently being on hold due to the differences of opinion between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European creditors over the goals of the program. “If we continue exceeding targets like […]

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Bulgarian MEPs call on EC to act against threatened Greek border blockade

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By   4 days ago

Bulgaria’s 18 members of the European Parliament, from all parties, issued a joint statement on January 18 2017, calling on the European Commission to act a planned border blockade by protesting Greek farmers. The Bulgarian MEPs expressed sharp disagreement with the “passive position” taken by the European Commission during a lengthy border blockade by protesting […]

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Greece and Italy face common challenges in economy and migration

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By   5 days ago

Greece and Italy are united by the common challenges they face in economy and migration, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday, welcoming him at Maximos Mansion. “Today we stand as EU countries, as Eurozone countries, as countries of the European South, before common challenges, the economic crisis and the refugee […]

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Greek President Pavlopoulos meets Italian counterpart Mattarella

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By   5 days ago

“Greece with all its political forces united will overcome the crisis and will firmly continue its course within the European Union and the hard core of the eurozone,” Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday said welcoming the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella at the Presidential mansion. Pavlopoulos thanked the Italian President for Italy’s […]

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ESR to begin deliberations over TV licensing procedure

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By   5 days ago

Following the recent announcement of the Council of State decision which found that the law on which the government tender for television broadcasting licenses was based contravenes Greece’s Constitution, the only competent authority to issue TV licenses is the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR). The ESR is now expected to begin a round […]

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Bulgarian MEPs call on EC to act against threatened Greek border blockade

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By   4 days ago

Bulgaria’s 18 members of the European Parliament, from all parties, issued a joint statement on January 18 2017, calling on the European Commission to act a planned border blockade by protesting Greek farmers. The Bulgarian MEPs expressed sharp disagreement with the “passive position” taken by the European Commission during a lengthy border blockade by protesting […]

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MIN EDU condemns Golden Dawn’s threats against teachers in Perama school

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By   5 days ago

The ministry of education condemned on Tuesday the jeering and threats suffered by the principal and teachers of a primary school in Neo Ikonio, Perama, by a group of Golden Dawn members headed by party MP Yiannis Lagos. According to information, a group of about 20 Golden Dawn members and Lagos started quarrelling intensely with […]

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Athens takes aim at IMF as it seeks to get review back on track

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By   2 weeks ago

Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou was the latest Greek official to take aim at the International Monetary Fund, accusing it of keeping a “negative stance” in the talks Athens is currently engaged in with its international creditors over labor reform. Achtsioglou had a telephone conversation with German counterpart Andrea Nahles on Tuesday and took the opportunity […]

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UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

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By   2 weeks ago

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland states the announcement. The Agency states that “even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor.” The drop in temperature over the past […]

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Corruption Prosecutors Investigate Novartis

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By   3 weeks ago

According to information an investigation took place at the offices of the pharmaceutical company Novartis, a few days ago, following an order by Corruption Prosecutors. A major investigation has been launched since mid-December after information concerning bribes of government officials and doctors were made public, following  a two-year investigation by US authorities on the methods […]

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

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By   3 weeks 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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Athens considers concessions to creditors

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By   3 weeks ago

As the Greek government prepares for more direct talks with the country’s creditors after the holiday period, officials appear to be contemplating concessions Athens could make towards agreeing a deal to wrap up the ongoing review of the latest bailout program. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos revealed over the weekend that the government is considering agreeing […]

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Greece: November sees 593% increase in asylum requests

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By   3 weeks ago

There was a 593%  increase in asylum requests in Greece during November 2016, compared with a monthly average of 2015, according to data from the Greek Asylum Service. Specifically, in November 7,625 requests were filed, while in 2015 an average of 1,100 requests were filed per month. This increase is even higher in women (932.7%) […]

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

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By   5 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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By   5 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

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By   5 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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