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High-speed intercity rail travel comes a step closer

High-speed intercity rail travel comes a step closer Greece’s rail operator TrainOSE moved a step closer to the licensing of five reconstructed Pendolino ETR 470-type trains after the decision of the parent company (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) to proceed with the installation of sanding systems, which are a prerequisite for the licensing by the […]

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Quake off Greece’s Karpathos shakes eastern Mediterranean

Quake off Greece’s Karpathos shakes eastern Mediterranean An earthquake struck off the Greek island of Karpathos early on Tuesday, shaking towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean, witnesses and media said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, however. “Really felt that one… Lasted for 30 seconds,” a witness in Lindos, Rhodes, […]

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AHI Virtual Speaker Forum Commemorates Greece’s OXI Day on October 28

AHI Virtual Speaker Forum Commemorates Greece’s OXI Day on October 28 The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Virtual Speaker Forum continues with a commemoration of OXI Day on Thursday, October 28, 12 PM EDT, via Zoom, featuring Dr. Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Professor and Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at […]

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Aegean ups its stake in Animawings

Aegean ups its stake in Animawings Greece’s largest carrier Aegean Airlines said on Thursday it has raised its stake in Romanian Animawings to 51% from 25%, strengthening its presence in the Romanian market. The Greek company said its total investment for the 51% stake amounted to 1.3 million euros. Aegean, a member of the Star […]

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Distrato: Greece’s Magnificent Mountain Village That Keeps Growing

Distrato: Greece’s Magnificent Mountain Village That Keeps Growing The village of Distrato in Konitsa, Greece. Photo credit: Labros Raptis/Municipality of Konitsa Distrato is an exquisite mountainous village in Greece that has managed to remain unknown to the majority of travellers. As we all know, Greece is dotted with small mountainous villages, however, most of them […]

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Government touts defence agreement with US as ‘huge success’, upgrade of Greece’s geopolitical role

Government touts defence agreement with US as ‘huge success’, upgrade of Greece’s geopolitical role Government spokesman Yannis Economou today described the US-Greece Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement as a huge success for the country and as a response to Turkey’s threat of war against Greece, even in the event that Greece is confronted with an attack […]

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Need to adapt

Need to adapt Greece’s civil protection authorities have been equipped with new tools. This became evident again Thursday as early warning systems, such as the 112 emergency communications service, were employed to a smaller or greater degree, depending on requirements.  However, the challenges being created by climate change demand more than this level of preparation. […]

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United States of America welcomes Greece’s role as regional leader

United States of America welcomes Greece’s role as regional leader Τhe US applauds Greece’s role as a regional leader and pillar of stability, underlined US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a letter to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, government sources said on Friday, according to ANA. The letter also notes that the US remains […]

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Blinken praises Greece’s role as ‘regional leader’

Blinken praises Greece’s role as ‘regional leader’ The US applauds Greece’s role as a “regional leader and pillar of stability,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underlined in a letter to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday. The letter also notes that the US “remains committed to supporting Greece’s prosperity, security and democracy.” Blinken […]

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ELSTAT – Greece finally recorded a 9% recession in 2020

ELSTAT – Greece finally recorded a 9% recession in 2020 Greece’s recession last year was worse in the end. Based on the revised data, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the year 2020 in terms of volume showed a decrease of 9% compared to 2019, compared to a decrease of 8.2% that was announced in […]

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Non-EU imports hurt Greece’s industrial price index

Non-EU imports hurt Greece’s industrial price index Industrial import prices remained high in August, a fact already reflected in retail goods’ prices. Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) figures showed on Thursday that this index posted a remarkable 18.7% increase from August 2020. This is mainly attributed to the 29.4% increase in the price of imports from […]

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Greece’s foreign policy agenda: The MDCA, Libya and the Western Balkans

Greece’s foreign policy agenda: The MDCA, Libya and the Western Balkans Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini’s diplomatic and defense editor, joins our podcast today to discuss his latest report that highlights Greece’s key foreign policy goals in the near future. We kick off by discussing Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ trip to Washington, DC, where he is expected […]

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Stormy weather system spreading east

Stormy weather system spreading east Greece’s civil defense mechanism is in full activation mode as a wet weather system dubbed Ballos by the National Weather Service (EMY) starting spreading east after coming in from the west on Wednesday night.  The 112 emergency hotline sent out messages on Wednesday night to residents in Corfu, Kefalonia, Epirus […]

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United before responsibility

United before responsibility Ankara is scaling up its aggressive behavior in the wake of Greece’s defense deal with France and before the signing of a five-year extension to the Greece-US military cooperation agreement. Turkish officials say the country is ready to resume drilling and exploration activities in the areas that it considers the Turkish continental […]

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Greece’s 2021 tourism season is still going on, says Kikilias

Greece’s 2021 tourism season is still going on, says Kikilias “The tourism season in Greece is still actively under way,” Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Tuesday in an interview with Skai TV. “Greek tourism is not switching to ‘autopilot,’ nor did it do so last year. A very great effort has been made in […]

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Greece’s Island and Shipping Minister visiting Crete after 6.3R earthquake

Greece’s Island and Shipping Minister visiting Crete after 6.3R earthquake Greece’s Shipping and Island Policy Minister Giannis Plakiotakis visited Sitia, Crete, on Wednesday in order to inspect the areas affected by yesterday’s earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale. The quake had a focal depth of 8.2 km and occurred in the sea area southeast […]

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NATO welcomes Greece-France defense deal

NATO welcomes Greece-France defense deal NATO has welcomed Greece’s defense deal with France as a sign of cooperation between members of the western security alliance. “We welcome cooperation among NATO allies,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in an interview with state-run broadcaster ERT. “What matters to NATO is that this agreement is interoperable, that we […]

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Seismologist says Ierapetra quake was main one

Seismologist says Ierapetra quake was main one Seismologist Efthymis Lekkas, who heads Greece’s Organization of Earthquake Planning and Protection (OASP), told state broadcaster ERT that Tuesday’s 6.3 magnitude quake south of Ierapetra on the island of Crete was the main one. However, he noted that experts will have to wait two days for the post-earthquake […]

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Hospitals will no longer be fully dedicated to Covid, ministry source says

Hospitals will no longer be fully dedicated to Covid, ministry source says Greece’s coronavirus referral hospitals will no longer dedicate the lion’s share of their resources to treating patients with Covid-19 at the expense of people suffering from other illnesses, Skai television quoted a Health Ministry source as saying on Tuesday. Beds at intensive care […]

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Turkish defense minister blames Greece for tensions

Turkish defense minister blames Greece for tensions Keeping to the script of Greece’s aggression, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar accused Athens that it is the one that is fueling the tension in relations between the two countries. “Unfortunately, some politicians, especially in Greece, are escalating tensions with their aggressive actions and rhetoric,” Akar told a […]

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Coronavirus death toll shows no sign of easing

Coronavirus death toll shows no sign of easing Greece’s National Organization for Public Health (EODY) on Monday reported 41 new Covid-related fatalities, which took the overall death toll since the start of the pandemic to 15,177. EODY also reported 2,383 confirmed new infections, only eight of which were identified among incoming travelers, pointing to continued […]

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Later opening for archaeological museum this Tuesday

Later opening for archaeological museum this Tuesday Greece’s National Archaeological Museum will be opening an hour later this Tuesday, the Culture Ministry has announced. Doors will open at 2 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. but will close at 8 p.m. as usual. The museum is running on summer hours until the end of the month. […]

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Migration Minister refutes allegations of migrant pushback in Messinia

Migration Minister refutes allegations of migrant pushback in Messinia Greece’s Migration Minister refuted allegations that 24 migrants who allegedly arrived in southern Greece last September were push backed back by Coast Guard officials, describing the reports as “organized propaganda.” “Our country is facing an orchestrated attack by the industry of illicit rings that smuggle illegal […]

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UN Honors Young Activist Trying to Make Greece’s Fishing Industry “Greener”

UN Honors Young Activist Trying to Make Greece’s Fishing Industry “Greener” 27-year-old Lefteris Arapakis was honored for his efforts to adapt Greek fishing to a greener future.  Credit: Enaleia The UN Environment Program (UNEP) awarded the honorary title of ambassador for the Mediterranean coast for 2021-22 to Lefteris Arapakis, a young activist who is fighting […]

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Fire-ravaged Greek island of Evia hit by floods, mudslides

Fire-ravaged Greek island of Evia hit by floods, mudslides The island of Evia, Greece’s second-largest, has been hit by floods months after devastating forest fires last summer destroyed about a third of its forest cover. There were no casualties from the heavy rains that hit the northern part of the island, but dozens of residents […]

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Exclusive interview with FM Nikos Dendias: ‘The US recognises Greece’s strategic position’

Exclusive interview with FM Nikos Dendias: ‘The US recognises Greece’s strategic position’ By Angelos Athanasopoulos US-Greece relations are at the best level ever and the major bilateral defence agreement seals the relationship, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias maintained in a no-holds-barred interview with To Vima just days before his departure for Washington. Dendias touted the fact […]

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Greek activist fisherman receives honorary title from UN

Greek activist fisherman receives honorary title from UN The founder of Greece’s first school for professional fishermen and an activist for cleaner seas and healthy fish stocks, Lefteris Arapakis, has been bestowed the honorary title of ambassador for the Mediterranean coast for 2021-22 by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Awarded in the context of […]

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Cities or El Dorados?

Cities or El Dorados? Greece’s real estate market is booming again – and so are housing rates. The race to snap up property in big cities is similar to what has already happened in other cities around the world where the cost of renting or buying a house is now out of reach for most […]

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Dendias: The US recognizes Greece’s strategic position

Dendias: The US recognizes Greece’s strategic position The United States recognizes the “strategic position of our country, as well as the stabilizing role we play in the wider region,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Sunday said in an interview with newspaper “To Vima.” Dendias is expected to visit Washington next week to sign the […]

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Floods Follow Catastrophic Fires in Greece’s Evia

Floods Follow Catastrophic Fires in Greece’s Evia North Evia floods. Credit: Greek Reporter The North Evia floods generated by the bad weather system “Athena” caused great destruction as they swept the fire-stricken North Evia on Saturday night. The fire-affected areas of Evia are being tested again with the bad weather that has hit the country […]

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