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Spokesperson says that lockdown is not in the Greek government’s plans

Spokesperson says that lockdown is not in the Greek government’s plans Government spokesperson Yiannis Economou in an interview with the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper said that the pandemic is a dynamic phenomenon and the government is taking all the necessary measures after examining the epidemiological, economic, and social conditions, ANA reports. “The lockdown is […]

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Economou says that the lockdown is not in the government’s plans

Economou says that the lockdown is not in the government’s plans Government spokesperson Yiannis Economou on Sunday in an interview with the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper said that the pandemic is a dynamic phenomenon and the government is taking all the necessary measures after examining the epidemiological, economic and social conditions. “The lockdown is […]

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Tsipras accuses the government of using failed economic recipes

Tsipras accuses the government of using failed economic recipes Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras accused the government of using failed economic recipes of the past which led the country to bankruptcy, addressing on Saturday the General Assembly of the Central Union of Chambers of Greece. Tsipras referred to the challenges of the climate […]

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Gov’t to wait for scientists before deciding on travel ban

Gov’t to wait for scientists before deciding on travel ban The Greek government will decide on whether to issue a travel ban similar to the ones announced by the United Kingdom and Israel after scientists get “a clear picture” of a new version of the coronavirus detected in South Africa, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: Expediting justice

Editorial Ta Nea: Expediting justice Expediting justice is a major challenge for the entire government and particularly the justice ministry. Delays and foot-dragging have long led even to the denial of justice and have rocked citizens’ trust in institutions. A less discernible repercussion has to do with economic growth and the overriding image of a […]

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Top rental income tax rate may ease as of next year

Top rental income tax rate may ease as of next year The government is mulling the reduction of tax on incomes from properties as of next year, as rates reach up to 45% for incomes as low as 35,000 euros per annum. Among the ideas the Finance Ministry is considering is the addition of one […]

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Government dismisses rampant rumours of new lockdown

Government dismisses rampant rumours of new lockdown By Eleni Stergiou The owner of a clothing shop sends a message: “Should I stock up for Christmas or will we shut down? I cannot endure yet another disastrous year.” A university student who just began a programme of face-to-face instruction wonders: “Will universities shut down again? How […]

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What Does the New German Government Mean for Greece?

What Does the New German Government Mean for Greece? Next German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Credit: Wikimedia Commons /Steffen Prößdorf CC BY-SA 4.0 Greece is eagerly awaiting to learn the plans of the new German government, after the three parties announced their agreement on a governing coalition on Wednesday. The three parties — the center-left Social […]

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Government says no lockdown in the cards to tackle Covid surge

Government says no lockdown in the cards to tackle Covid surge The Greek government reiterated on Thursday that it is not considering curbing an ongoing surge in Covid-19 infections using a nationwide or partial lockdown. “There’s neither going to be a lockdown, nor will the ESY [national healthcare system] collapse,” Yiannis Oikonomou told journalists at […]

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German Coalition Government Announced

German Coalition Government Announced Germany will be governed by a new coalition of three parties, taking over from Angela Merkel, who was Chancellor for sixteen years. Credit: Cezary Piwowarski /CC BY-SA 3.0 On Wednesday night, German political parties announced the conclusion of negotiations and the formation of a coalition government that will officially mark the end […]

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Emergency surgeries will not be interrupted, says minister

Emergency surgeries will not be interrupted, says minister After the Greek government directed hospitals to halt all non-emergent procedures as ICU admissions surged amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, Health Minister Thanos Plevris on Wednesday reassured that emergency surgery will not be affected by the decision. “No human life will be put at risk and […]

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Government says healthcare will not be compromised

Government says healthcare will not be compromised Government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou described the decision to reduce regular surgeries by 80% as a “significant blow to public health.” He said it is a “necessary decision due to the pressure that the National Health System has come under due to the unvaccinated.” Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga […]

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Editorial To Vima: Even belatedly

Editorial To Vima: Even belatedly Even belatedly, the government responded to the many calls of doctors and scientists and imposed tougher public health restrictions on our unvaccinated fellow citizens, especially those over age 60, who are at the greatest risk of falling gravely ill and of being placed in ICUs with painful intubation. As of […]

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Budget eyes major growth

Budget eyes major growth In the final draft of the 2022 budget, the Greek government foresees very high growth rates that add up to 11.7% for this year and next. However, it has also opted to act with caution, and hopes to avoid any new handouts or social dividends, as it wants to secure a […]

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Coronavirus – “Black cloud of uncertainty” looming over Christmas

Coronavirus – “Black cloud of uncertainty” looming over Christmas The Greek Government is on the lookout for Christmas, in an effort to avoid the worst. November tends to be a “black” month as infections are climbing and unfortunately the same goes for people who lose the battle with the coronavirus. The campaign launched by the […]

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PM: Unvaccinated adults to be barred from all indoor public venues from Mon

PM: Unvaccinated adults to be barred from all indoor public venues from Mon The government will impose more restrictions for those not vaccinated against Covid-19 from next week, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday following a steep rise in infections in recent weeks. The measures were announced by Mitsotakis in a televised address to […]

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US Government Pays $5.29 Billion to Pfizer for Anti-Covid Pills

US Government Pays $5.29 Billion to Pfizer for Anti-Covid Pills Pfizer Corporation Dr. Albert Bourla, a Thessaloniki native. The US government will pay the Pfizer corporation $5.29 billion for its Paxlovid anti-Covid pills. Credit: Facebook/Pfizer The pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer has signed a $5.3 billion deal with the United States government to supply its anti-Covid Paxlovid […]

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Government reluctant to impose new restrictions on unvaccinated, mulls other measures

Government reluctant to impose new restrictions on unvaccinated, mulls other measures Amidst a major surge of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, some experts are calling for new, tougher restrictions on unvaccinated citizens, while others maintain in addition that the only way to build a strong wall of immunity is for those who are […]

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Government to start issuing requisition orders to private doctors on Tuesday

Government to start issuing requisition orders to private doctors on Tuesday The Greek Health Ministry will start requisitioning the services of private sector doctors from certain specialties on Tuesday, as a deadline to volunteer in the efforts to fight a renewed surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming state-run hospitals expires tonight. “The Ministry of […]

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Municipalities and climate crisis

Municipalities and climate crisis No civil protection system can work unless the local government is actively involved.  It is provocative to watch local officials pointing fingers at the central government after every natural disaster, when they have not bothered to unblock a stream bed or clear a plot of land of dead wood.  The lessons […]

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No military alert, government says

No military alert, government says Government sources say that a report about Greek forces being placed on high alert for fear of a spike in migration flows from Turkey is not accurate. Earlier Saturday, Kathimerini had reported that all of Greece’s armed forces had been placed on high alert across the country following the recent […]

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Greek gov’t squarely against general lockdown

Greek gov’t squarely against general lockdown The decision and the will of the government is not to have horizontal local measures that will also concern vaccinated people, government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou reiterated on Saturday when asked about the partial lockdown that was imposed in the Netherlands. Speaking to Skai TV, he said the government has […]

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Government mulls new measures to avert harsh Christmas season COVID-19 restrictions

Government mulls new measures to avert harsh Christmas season COVID-19 restrictions The strong surge in the number of COVID-19 infections, the spike in hard epidemiological indices, and dramatic conditions at hospitals nationwide have fuelled discussion in the government and the media of new public health restrictions. Many experts have warned that if more restrictions are […]

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Merchants – How much is the reduction of unvaccinated customers in stores – Demands and the government

Merchants – How much is the reduction of unvaccinated customers in stores – Demands and the government Faced with the necessary evil of taking action against the pandemic, the market is once again facing the reassurances from the government focusing mainly on a categorical “no” to the possibility of a lockdown. From the positive data […]

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Task force to accelerate state projects

Task force to accelerate state projects The government has formed a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) at state asset utilization fund TAIPED to assist with major strategic investments and the absorption of Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) resources, starting with a portfolio of projects budgeted at 2.5 billion euros. This portfolio concerns 19 projects and reforms […]

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Government poised to impose stricter social distancing measures, harsher restrictions for unvaccinated

Government poised to impose stricter social distancing measures, harsher restrictions for unvaccinated With the fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic rapidly spinning out of control and with public hospitals at the breaking point, the government is reportedly prepared to institute strict social distancing measures at supermarkets and retail shops and is mulling harsh measures to […]

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Firebomb throwing becomes a felony

Firebomb throwing becomes a felony The government reintroduces harsher sentences for the throwing of firebombs, especially at protest rallies, making them a felony. The relevant provision was introduced as an amendment to the draft law on the revised penal code. The amendment, jointly submitted by the Justice and Citizen Protection Ministries comes only a few […]

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Government to announce further support for electricity consumers on Wednesday, sources say

Government to announce further support for electricity consumers on Wednesday, sources say A significant increase in the amount budgeted for subsidising electricity consumption is to be announced by Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas later on Wednesday, according to government sources. The total amount, which currently stands at 500 million euros, is expected to be […]

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Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan

Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan The Turkish press reported that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has purchased a fourth drilling ship. Those who know that the Turkish president belongs to the category of politicians who use foreign policy for domestic consumption were not surprised by his attempt to reverse his decline in opinion […]

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