Articles Tagged 'greece'
Athens set for first mosque since Ottoman times…
ATHENS – Athens’s half a million Muslims are set to get their first official mosque in more than a century.
The city has not had…
Migrant crisis: Greece to start returns to Turkey
Greece is to start returning migrants to Turkey under an EU deal, despite fears over a lack of preparations and criticism from campaigners.
EU makes Turkey migrant offer but no deal yet
European Union leaders agreed to offer Turkey financial and political concessions if it stops migrants reaching Greece and will meet the Turkish prime minister in…
Greek banks to reopen Monday with restrictions
ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s government says the country’s banks will reopen Monday after being closed for three weeks but cautioned that restrictions on withdrawals would…
Greeks strike over state TV closure, PM offers talks
ATHENS | Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras moved to defuse a political crisis over the government’s abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT that prompted a nationwide strike on Thursday and brought thousands into the streets in protest.
Samaras, who has branded defenders of ERT hypocrites, invited two left-wing junior coalition parties opposed to the shutdown to talks next Monday, his…
Greece’s ruling conservatives extend lead in opinion polls
ATHENS | Greece’s ruling conservatives have widened their lead over anti-austerity opponents, three polls showed, in a sign that improving business sentiment has bolstered support for the crisis-ridden country’s government.
A survey by GPO pollsters for Mega TV released on Tuesday put support for the New Democracy party at 21.3 percent, 1.8 percent ahead of the leftist Syriza party, which…
Greece’s far-right party goes on the offensive
By Dina Kyriakidou, Reuters
ATHENS | Arm raised in a Nazi-style salute, the leader of Greece’s fastest-rising political party surveyed hundreds of young men in black T-shirts as they exploded into cheers. Their battle cry reverberated through the night: Blood! Honour! Golden Dawn!
“We may sometimes raise our hand this way, but these hands are clean, not dirty. They…
Crucial votes will end talk of Greece exiting euro: PM
By George Georgiopoulos, Reuters
ATHENS | Talk of Greece exiting the euro will end after critical votes in parliament this week on new austerity measures, labor reforms and the 2013 budget, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Sunday.
The three-party government will submit the package of measures to parliament on Monday and must approve both it and the…
Greek riot police deploy for Merkel’s first post-crisis visit
Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her first visit to Greece since the onset of the euro crisis today amid growing uncertainty over the country’s bailout and dire warnings from her own party that no “presents” should be given to Athens to help it overcome its worsening financial emergency.
The German leader’s one-day visit comes amid fears of violent …
Greece: Thousands detained during raids on immigrants
By Nicholas Paphitis,Â Associated Press
Authorities inÂ GreeceÂ are rounding up thousands of suspected illegalÂ immigrantsÂ in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion.
GreeceÂ has long beenÂ Europe‘s main entry point for illegalÂ immigrantsÂ fromÂ AsiaÂ andÂ AfricaÂ seeking a better life in the West. ButÂ Greece’sÂ severe economic problems…