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French presidential candidate says strong EU borders needed in visit to Greece

French presidential candidate says strong EU borders needed in visit to Greece French presidential candidate Valerie Pecresse stressed the need for strong European borders Friday, during a visit to Greece that will also see her visit a camp for asylum seekers on an Aegean island used by migrants to enter Europe from neighboring Turkey. Pecresse, […]

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PM Mitsotakis meets French presidential elections candidate Valerie Pecresse

PM Mitsotakis meets French presidential elections candidate Valerie Pecresse Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a private lunch on Friday with visiting President of the Paris Region and candidate in France’s spring presidential elections Valerie Pecresse. During the lunch, the traditionally excellent Greek-French relations were reportedly reaffirmed. Mitsotakis and Pecress also talked about challenges faced by […]

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Greek president attends church service, visits presidential guard

Greek president attends church service, visits presidential guard Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou attended the New Year’s celebratory liturgy at the Athens Cathedral on Saturday. The New Year’s service was led by Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens & All Greece. The president then paid a visit to the presidential guards (Evzones) headquarters to cut the traditional New […]

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Book of condolences to open for late Karolos Papoulias at Presidential Mansion

Book of condolences to open for late Karolos Papoulias at Presidential Mansion A book of condolences will open at the Presidential Mansion for the former Greek President Karolos Papoulias, whose funeral will be held at 13:00 on Wednesday at Agios Spyridon Church in Pangrati. The book will be available at the entrance on 2 Vassileos […]

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The Presidential Guard: How Evzones Became a Potent Symbol of Greece

The Presidential Guard: How Evzones Became a Potent Symbol of Greece The Greek Presidential Guard. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/mfa.gr/ The long and honorable history of the Greek Presidential Guard (or Proedrikí Frourá in Greek) started on a day much like this, on December 12, 1868, in the newly established modern Greek state. This distinguished, battalion-sized military […]

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House approves post-Trump curbs on presidential power

House approves post-Trump curbs on presidential power WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a package of constraints on presidential power, which Democrats framed as a response to Donald Trump’s norm-busting presidency and Republicans unanimously opposed for the same reason. By a nearly party-line vote of 220-208, the House approved the Protecting Our Democracy Act, […]

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President Sakellaropoulou greets Pope Francis

President Sakellaropoulou greets Pope Francis Pope Francis arrived at the Presidential Mansion on Saturday where he was greeted President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. The Pontiff’s welcoming ceremony will be followed by a meeting with Sakellaropoulou, after which they will address each other at the dinner hall. Later in the day, the Pope will meet with Prime Minister […]

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Greek passport requirements upgrade under review by Council of State

Greek passport requirements upgrade under review by Council of State A draft presidential decree which outlines updated requirements for issuing and renewing Greek passports was submitted to the Council of State for legislative review on Monday. Specifically, citizens may not be granted a new or renewed passport if they have ever been convicted of having […]

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Democrats launch effort to curb post-Trump presidential powers

Democrats launch effort to curb post-Trump presidential powers WASHINGTON – House Democrats are planning to introduce a package of proposed new limits on executive power Tuesday, beginning a post-Trump push to strengthen checks on the presidency that they hope will compare to the overhauls that followed the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War. Democrats have […]

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‘We have always been Greeks,’ Antetokounmpo says in visit to presidential mansion

‘We have always been Greeks,’ Antetokounmpo says in visit to presidential mansion In a highly symbolic meeting, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Friday received NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, his mother Veronica and his younger brother Alex in the gardens of the presidential mansion, a day after the ceremony granting them honorary Greek […]

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Decree granting honorary citizenship to Stylianides published

Decree granting honorary citizenship to Stylianides published A presidential decree granting an honorary Greek citizenship to Christos Stylianides, the new minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, was published in the government gazette on Tuesday. Stylianides, a Cypriot national, had to receive the citizenship to be able to serve as minister in the government of […]

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Antetokounmpo invited to Presidential Palace

Antetokounmpo invited to Presidential Palace Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who earlier this week led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years, has been invited to attend Saturday’s event at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversary of the restoration of Greece’s democracy on July 24, 1974, Kathimerini understands. It has not been […]

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Heatwave working up a sweat

Heatwave working up a sweat An officer wipes the sweat from a presidential guard’s forehead in central Athens amid a protracted heatwave that was Thursday accompanied by a cloud of African dust. City dwellers flocked to the beaches while the Acropolis, the rocky citadel at the heart of the capital, was closed from 1 to […]

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