old Byzantine monastery in Kaisariani, Athens, Greece

Greece and the economic crisis 2018

NEWS ARCHIVE - April 10 - April18




April 18, 2018

Greece and Turkey Are Inching Toward War - Foreign Policy

"In the Greek public opinion, there is a very real fear that the country is sleepwalking toward a conflict it doesn’t want. The mood is reflected in the front pages of the daily press, and insinuating remarks by politicians across the spectrum. NATO seems unwilling to get involved in the war of words, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement that this is “not an issue for NATO” is indicative.

But it would be extremely careless to think that Turkey’s behavior in the Aegean will change. It hasn’t in the past, and it certainly won’t now that Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman dreams are in full gear. 


Greece says will respect landmark court decision on migrants - Yahoo

Greece launches tender for Hellenic Petroleum privatisation - UK Reuters

Greek sovereignty over Imia is ‘clear’ and ‘undisputed,’ says Athens - eKathimerini

Foreign Ministry blasts Ankara over claim to Imia sovereignty, cites three treaties - ToVima


Early elections in Turkey - Naftemporiki

"Early presidential and parliamentary elections for June 24, 2018, a year and five months before their planned holding, were proclaimed by Turkey's President and leader of the ruling, Islamic-conservative AKP Tayyip Erdogan.


April 17, 2018

EU MPs to call on Turkey to release imprisoned Greek soldiers - eKathimerini

Tsipras: Greece has entered the final stretch before exiting memoranda - Athens News Agency

Hundreds of refugees, migrants cross into northern Greece

Return to the soil lifts refugees' spirits in Greece - MSN News

Greek-made beach ramp for the disabled vies for million dollar prize - Ta Nea

Greek PM: Greek-Turkish relations in period of instability - Washington Post [Paywall]


April 16, 2018

Yildirim: Turkish coast guard took down Greek flag from Aegean islet - eKathimerini

"Speaking at a panel in Istanbul, Yildirim said that Greece has recently been violating islets in the Aegean and attempted to plant a flag on one of them off Didim, Turkey's Daily Sabah reported.


101.6 billion euros, in February the total outstanding (old and new) debts to the State increased by 2.013 billion euros - Naftemporiki

"Of this increase, the EUR 1,908 billion relates to tax arrears, according to the AAD.


Turkey warns Greece after flag is hoisted on disputed islet - FOX News

Greek January-March government primary budget surplus beats target - Reuters

FYROM PM Zaev: Greece and FYROM have never been closer to a solution than now - Protothema

Tsipras Fights on All Fronts as Greece Back in the Spotlight - Bloomberg

German Finance Minister: Greek Debt Relief Must be Tied to Growth Plan - Greek Reporter

Aegean reports increase in passengers as Greece seeks to become year round destination - Breaking Travel

Greece launches new filming incentive - KF TV

Greek Presidential Guard, the Evzones, to lay wreath in Camden on Anzac Day - Keep Talking Greece

Russia, Italy, Greece are largest remittance senders in March 2018 - Agenda GE

Greek defence forces would not participate in a military operation in Syria - Capital GR

Competition in DESFA tender for 66 percent share - Tovima


April 15, 2018

A 'secret war' between Turkey and Greece just turned deadly after a long history of dogfights over the Aegean Sea - Business Insider

Greek-Turkish tension ‘not an issue for NATO,’ alliance chief says - eKathimerini


Finance Ministry launches auctions of seafront, beach concessions - Tovima

"Last year, the final price at auction was on average 50.3 percent higher than the starting price


Athens Greece Sunset


April 14, 2018

Greece a hub for drug and human trafficking, police report shows - eKathimerini

Meeting in the afternoon the UN discusses the missile attacks in Syria - Naftemporiki

Banks seen passing stress tests - eKathimerini

Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes – What do we know so far - Protothema

Turkish letter to the UN: Complete questioning of the continental shelf of Greece and Cyprus - Liberal GR

Turkey considered biggest threat for Greece, opinion poll reveals - Neo Kosmos


April 13, 2018

Greece property auctions stir anger and violence - Financial Times

"... foreclosure affects up to 1m Greeks — one in 10 of the population, an indication of the scale of the country’s economic trauma — and the e-auctions have been aggressively opposed by activists and some civil society groups...The government is also viewed as dragging its feet over the foreclosure programme, making implementation a test of its commitment to reforms. The eurozone’s bailout mechanism this month released a €5.7bn tranche of bailout aid but held back a further €1bn because of concern over Athens’ commitment to the auction process.


Three-day mourning in the Armed Forces for the death of the fighter pilot - efsyn.gr

"...Haberturk refers to a reporter's report from Ankaraby Mahmoud Gueur, who notes that according to information from the Turkish armed forces there was no Turkish aircraft in the area at that time.


The Greek car market is speeding up - Naftemporiki

Deadly Pollution May Be Price for New Jobs in Greece - MSN News

The first free access database targeted for the Maritime Industry in Greece - Hellenic Shipping News

Greece refuses to extradite slain Maltese reporter’s source - Washington Post

Ferry rams into port of Agistri, five injured - eKathimerini

Greece hoping for Germany to change tune on debt relief - France24

Greece Counts Cost of Protecting its Borders - Greek Reporter

US Spy planes land on Crete - Protothema

Britain requests closure of air space around air base on Cyprus island - Parikiaki


Editorial: Yet another needless sacrifice - ToVima

"One wishes that the loss of [pilot] Yorgos Baltadoros could be the occasion to stop, or at least limit, the daily battles over the Aegean


April 12, 2018

Greece, Macedonia see progress at name change talks - ABC News

"Our discussions were sincere and covered all the issues under negotiations — on some there were progress, on others differences remain," [Nikola] Dimitrov said.


Greece fighter jet CRASHES in dogfight with Turkey plane just day after Greeks open fire - UK Express

"The Mirage 2000-5 plunged into the eastern Aegean Sea today near the island of Skyros. It was thought to have been returning to base after intercepting Turkish fighter jets. Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos later announced the pilot was dead.


Fallen Greek mirage found off Skyros, pilot's death confirmed - ekathimerini

George Baltadoros: This is the pilot killed in the line of duty - Protothema

Drones could make Turkey-Greece clashes less risky, but more frequent - Al-Monitor Pulse of Turkey


Turkey "to avoid any kind of threat or action against a member state"

"Responding to a question put by independent MEP Kostas Chrysogenos on Turkey's threats against Greece, Mogerini also reiterated "the need to respect the sovereignty of member states", stressing that "negative statements damaging good relations neighbors should be avoided. "


April 11, 2018

Greece remains an economic pariah - eKathimerini

"The impact of the crisis remains strong on the Greek economy despite the upcoming expiry of the bailout program, with European Central Bank data showing that Greece had the lowest growth rate in the eurozone in 2017, among the lowest gross domestic product per capita, and negative credit expansion and savings rates.


Ryanair closes its base in Chania and reduces domestic routes - Liberal GR

Regling calls for seizing momentum: A new, European IMF? - ToVima

ECB: Many Greeks still prefer cash over plastic, but that is changing - ToVima

Greece raises 812.5 mln euros in treasury bill auction - Xinhuanet

Greece won't recognize Kosovo, Athens office not diplomatic - b92.net


Zea Marina, Athens Greece

Zea Marina, Athens Greece


April 10, 2018

Russian Ambassador to Greece: I Can not Imagine Armed Conflict in the Aegean - Naftemporiki

...he expressed the hope that Mr. Tsipras' meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held in 2018, a year in which he said is celebrated 190 years of diplomatic relations between Greece and Russia.


Panathinaikos players go on strike over unpaid wages - FourFourTwo

Migrant Flows to Greece Increase; Clashes Break Out at Lesvos Camp - GreekReporter

Labor Costs in Greece Well Below EU Average - Greek Reporter

In a New Cold War With Russia, Balkans Become a Testing Ground - The New York Times

Greece fires warning shots at Turkish helicopter - MSN News


The Future of Greece-Israel Relations - The Algemeiner

"...Military cooperation between the two countries has been also remarkable since the ice was broken. Between 2010 and 2012, no fewer than 13 joint Greek-Israeli military exercises were conducted. According to a paper published by the Hudson Institute, bilateral cooperation in the zone between Israel and Crete (a distance of about 1,400 km) has allowed Israeli pilots to engage in bombing drills and the aerial refueling needed to cover a distance equal to that separating the country from Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. Reuters informs us that Israel has trained in Greece against the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system."


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