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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Greek Parliament Budget Office warns against excessive fiscal expansion

It warned against increase wages beyond productivity rates


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Europa League: Olympiakos-Luzern 4-0 (Upd.) (FINAL)

An easy night for the Greek team...


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European Outdoor Championship: Double Greek victory in pole vault!

A great day in total for Greek sports!


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Maybe Letter Grades for School Districts Should Be From Greek Alphabet

There must be some ancient instinct buried somewhere in our Cro-Magnon genetic roots that makes people start squealing and whining like they’re going to die if you dare suggest there might be somethin...


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Greece lemonade stand raising money for Golisano Children's Hospital

Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - Every Thursday this summer, kids in Greece are spending their free time helping to raise money for the Golisano Children's Hospital. The children set up a lemonade stand on Engli...


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Take a trip to ancient Greece and let the gods speak to you with Bell's Brewery The Oracle

Bell’s Brewery in July released a West Coast-style double India pale ale called The Oracle that, according to the Michigan brewery, “is sure to make you as all-knowing as Pythia; it’s just a matter of ...


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Greek unemployment below 20% after 7 years

The decline in unemployment continued in May 2018 which is a further factor that contributed to the rise of the Greek economy which is taking place Although it remains at a high


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National Sovereignty Supersedes All

My readers know that I often do not have the opportunity to agree with the decisions of the current Greek administration. And that is not […] The post National Sovereignty Supersedes All appeared first on The National Herald.


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Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (22 July 2018)

“Our country is determined to send a message to the East and West, to all of our friends and to those who are not our friends, that anyone who violates the principles of sovereignty and respect with regard to us will meet with corresponding measures. The era of diplomacy that backed down is over. This kind of diplomacy belongs in the chicken coop and not in foreign policy,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias stressed in a televised interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA). Asked about the recent tensions in Greek-Russian relations and the visit the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was to carry out to Athens, Mr. Kotzias underscored to AMNA that he is not concerned and hopes that any problems can be resolved in a friendly manner. “Sergey Lavrov, whom I regard as one of the best diplomats on the international stage and with whom I have friendly relations, asked me to invite him to come to Greece to prepare Prime minister Tsipras’ visit to Moscow. And they invited him to Moscow. I extended this invitation, if he wants to come. If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t. He is welcome in any case. If he feels he has to identify with the people we expelled or with those we banned from entering Greece, that’s his right. As you know, and our announcement says this, I tried not to identify these negative cases with official Russia. It’s up to Russia whether it wants to identify with them.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasised in his interview with AMNA that “I am not concerned about Greek-Russian relations. What concerns me is a situation that has taken shape in our country, where when I say that the Turkish troops should leave Cyprus, they tell me it’s not patriotic; that I should leave a few. When I go to resolve the name issue, the Skopje problem, they tell me not to rush. When I take measures against people who are violating international law and rules for guests in our country, they tell me I shouldn’t. I don’t understand why. Because on the one hand some people are using hate speech inside the country and against small countries – the future 'North Macedonia', Albania, etc. – and on the other hand, when large countries break our rules, they say we should tolerate it and back down. As I said at the Foreign Ministry’s Scientific Conference, these people are not patriots; they are serving third-party interests.” Mr. Kotzias characterized as “very good” the fact that the Greek main opposition party’s statements on Greek-Russian relations were cautious and low key. “Conditions were ripe for the agreement with Skopje” Referring to the Prespa Agreement, Mr. Kotzias noted that the conditions were ripe for resolving the dispute with Skopje. “They say we were hasty. The conditions were ripe. When conditions are ripe, it means you have to do whatever you can. There is the second school of thought, which says, leave the problems unresolved so we can exploit them. I ask: Do we want a fYROM that is under Turkish influence or a fYROM that is our friend? This is the question we have to answer – not whether we were hasty. Do we want a fYROM where Slavic fundamentalism will develop, creating terrorist flows from the north in Greek Macedonia, or do we want to eliminate the causes of and potential for growing Slavic fundamentalism and terrorism to our north? Do we want a country that is stabilised and will have economic, geographical and social ties with us, or do we want a country that will see us as an enemy and look to collaborate with other countries, which wouldn’t please us so much?” he underscored. Responding to a question as to whether this was the best agreement Greece could have made with Skopje, Mr. Kotzias stressed: “If you and I sat at home and drew up the agreement, and there were no other side, yes, we could have made a better agreement. As I have said, in that case we wouldn’t call it 'North Macedonia'. We’d call it 'North Alaska'. And if there hadn’t been concessions and backing down in the negotiations over the past 25 years, everything would be easier. But we have two issues: one, that the other side has to agree, because we didn’t defeat them in war, so we can’t impose whatever terms we want. We want the other side, too, to convince its society, to get the requisite majority in their Parliament, to win the referendum, amend their constitution. We want them to do difficult things.” “We were faced with accomplished facts and remedied them as best we could” “Second, we were faced with accomplished facts, and you can’t continue negotiations without bearing these accomplished facts in mind. We corrected the situation where we could. There is continuity of the state, which is a longstanding principle of international law. First, the name was changed: 'North Macedonia'. Some people are pointing to what Zaev is saying today. But the agreement hasn’t been ratified yet and hasn’t gone into effect. Second, the agreement provides for their changing article 49 of the Constitution, which talks about the "Macedonian nation" in neighbouring countries; in other words, minorities. And previous governments signed the Interim Accord in spite of this. Zaev has agreed that this will change and that it will copy word for word Article 118 of the Greek Constitution, which of course does not talk about minorities within the country, but refers to defending and helping Hellenes across the world. And I was in complete agreement with him that they should copy the very good phrasing in the Greek Constitution. With regard to the frontier, the inviolability of borders is mentioned in a special paragraph in the agreement, also saying that we will not allow actions of a non-friendly character directed against the other country”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs told AMNA. Asked how he interprets the fact that six in ten Greeks are alleged, in polls, to say ‘no’ to the agreement, Mr. Kotzias noted: “I think the majority of Greeks, like me, say emotionally that it would be good if we didn’t need to make any agreement. I also think the opposition parties thrive a little on the non-solution of problems. And here we have to distinguish between those who specialise in creating problems, like the current opposition – New Democracy and Pasok, who governed the country for decades after the junta fell – and those who solve problems. The country needs the latter, not the former. But solving problems is more difficult. And as I said in my speech at the conference, if you don’t do anything in foreign policy, you usually don’t face opposition. But as soon as you start solving problems, everyone starts saying how the solution could be better or worse. But I believe deeply in actions, like the conference held by the Foreign Ministry’s Scientific Council, and that is why the media I referred to didn’t cover the conference, because they don’t want the Greek people to gain a better understanding of the Greek people’s real interests. And incredible things are being said. For example, a woman on the street said to me, “you should be ashamed of yourself for handing over Thessaloniki so the Skopjans can make it their capital.” Nonsense. But as the Greek people say, do you know what is unbeatable in our country? Malice and misinformation. It’s not the woman’s fault. The ones at fault are those who, in order to promote their opposition agenda, are undermining an agreement that, as you will have seen, is being called a masterpiece of a diplomatic agreement by respected newspapers abroad.” “It will be referred to as 'North Macedonia' in all official documents” Asked whether the agreement could have provided for fYROM citizens’ being called ‘Slavomacedonians’ or ‘North Macedonians’, and not as they want to be called, Mr. Kotzias noted: “We have to distinguish between two things: Officially, the term 'North Macedonia' will be in the title of their institutions, as well. But if you think I can make it so every citizen is called 'North Macedonian', I will ask you the following simple question: There is a resident of Skopje and he tells his girlfriend that he is "Macedonian". What do we do in this case? Will we set up a thought-police state that will put him in prison? What we said is that the citizens of this country have the right to self-determination. This is a global right that we cannot change. But at the same time, we can call them whatever we want. We can call them by their Slavic name. We can talk about a Slavomacedonian language, Slavomacedonian nation. On the level of the private citizen, only an authoritarian, despotic state can choose what the citizen will be called unofficially. But on the state ID, the institutional ID, everything will have the name 'North Macedonia'. In other words, their Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of "Macedonia" or the "Macedonians". It will be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 'North Macedonia'. Such and such a school will be the school of 'North Macedonia'. But outside the institutional system or state contexts, you cannot impose how people self-determine. Some people say, “we’re in the Balkans,” or “we are westerners,” or “we belong to the east.” Should we start punishing these people and throwing them in jail? And what will we decide? Are we westerners or easterners, or a mix? People self-determine as they want to ...” We ensured the elimination of irredentism “In negotiations, you make compromises. They say, “Macedonian citizens of North Macedonia.” For years, these people have been entering Greece, with travel documents, as “Macedonians”. And everyone who is criticizing the agreement is pretending they have forgotten this or didn’t know about it. And the question is not what we want to call them. Based on the accomplished facts and their needs, the question is: What’s better: Macedonians or citizens of 'North Macedonia'? That is the alternative. And of course the name “citizens of North Macedonia” is much better. And we have to remember that we didn’t fight a war against these people; we didn’t defeat them. We didn’t impose an occupation constitution on them. We carried out friendly negotiations. And we got the main thing for us, which was eliminating irredentism, recognition of the borders, recognition that there are no minority demands or rights in Greece, recognition that they have to change their name to 'North Macedonia', recognition that this name, 'North Macedonia', must be for all uses, recognition that they have to amend their constitution ... This is an agreement between two states. It is not binding for individual persons. I’ll give you an example. In the Interim Accord, it says that both sides are prohibited from manifesting irredentism. At the demonstration that took place here at Syntagma Square and at the demonstration in Thessaloniki, some far-right elements – not everyday people who rightly went to the demonstrations out of concern – shouted, “bring us guns so we can enter Skopje.” What is that? Is that not irredentism? And I was left with a question regarding the political parties and Church officials who supported these demonstrations: Why didn’t they condemn these slogans? Do they think it is to be expected that, today, in Greece, people are shouting, “bring the guns so we can enter Skopje?” In other words, if we heard slogans like that at demonstrations in Turkey, in Istanbul, in Ankara, wouldn’t we see it as a provocation? Wouldn't we condemn such irredentist phenomena? How can we grant ourselves such ‘rights’ and not grant them to others? To be honest, I haven’t heard slogans like that in Skopje. Irredentism – as professor Marilena Koppa put it correctly at the conference – expresses an intention to retake territory that you have lost. Irredentism means, first, that you are making territorial claims and, second, that you will pursue these claims by all means. I no longer see any territorial claims. Mr. Zaev has been saying this from morning to night. Now, if there are foolish opposition protesters or people doing this out of business interests, saying there is irredentism, our societies have to take measures – not suppression measures, naturally. Measures include, for example, the provisions for changing school books. The process started on 17 July. A month after the agreement, meetings and the creation of the scientific groups started regarding this issue. Irredentism is also their laying claim to our ancient Greek heritage. These claims have ended. Skopje’s airport has already been renamed Skopje International Airport. The name of the motorway running from our border to Skopje has been renamed, the statues have been taken down or are being taken down. I think these are all very serious issues, because we are fighting, together with the Zaev government, to stop people from being poisoned with fanaticism; fanaticism that has no place in today’s world. We want friendship. We want a common course so that we can contribute to the development of this region, and so that this region can contribute to the development of the Balkans as a whole. If you read the books by Michalis Papakonstantinou, of New Democracy, and of Mr. Skyllakakis, the Secretary General of Mrs. Bakoyannis’ party and former Secretary General here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you will see what they all say. That 25 years ago we unfortunately did not realise that the world was changing and, instead of dealing with the essential problems, we argued over problems of formality. And that, unfortunately, we did not realise that we needed to make our northern neighbour our best friend, instead of keeping it at arm’s length without understanding how the world was changing. This still holds true for some people today,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed to AMNA. But aren’t there differences between the current policy on Skopje and the national line drawn by former prime minister Kostas Karamanlis in 2008, in Bucharest?” we asked Mr. Kotzias: “In 2008, Kostas Karamanlis said that the country we still call fYROM had to change its name. If the name didn’t change, they couldn’t join NATO. Now the name is changing. The content of the Bucharest process and negotiations did not include negotiations on the name or even a proposed agreement. Not allowing this country to join an organization is one thing, and the agreement the two countries are making is another. Bucharest was not a proposed agreement. Bucharest was a condition for fYROM’s joining NATO: first we had to reach an agreement. The solution on product names We asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the disagreement and objections being expressed by businesspeople in Northern Greece regarding product names. “Let’s be honest: More objections are coming from businesspeople in Athens. Because businesspeople in Thessaloniki, as you saw at the conference the Prime minister attended there, welcomed the agreement. And why did they welcome it? Because some people are acting as if, until now, our neighbouring country’s products had the name 'North Alaskan', and suddenly they are being called 'North Macedonian' products. That’s wrong and it’s a lie. Until now, this country’s products have been called "products of Macedonia". And from now on, as soon as the agreement is ratified and goes into effect, they will be called products of 'North Macedonia'. Is there a time frame for this? “It will happen automatically for products of 'North Macedonia'. What will take more time to solve is the products themselves, their brand names, and not their country of origin or production. Because there are Greek products that are correctly called Macedonian products and fYROM products that are also called "Macedonian". There are 3,500 businesses in the two countries – that is how many the University of Thessaloniki found, and we have the study here – that have the word ‘Macedonian’ in their name. This is why we said we will create a committee under the supervision of the European Union and the UN. We are a member state of the European Union. We’re not concerned. However, didn’t these products have these names up until now? Now we are going to regulate the issue. We are going to resolve it. The people who saw the problem and did nothing about it are cursing now because we want to solve it. Mr. Minister, what makes you believe that the 140 countries throughout the world that have currently recognised fYROM as "Macedonia" will accept the new name? “Watch the BBC video that shows what the BBC called fYROM before the agreement and after the agreement. Before the agreement, the BBC, CNN, all of the major channels called fYROM plain "Macedonia", and there was no Macedonia on the map of Greece. With the agreement, fYROM is called 'North Macedonia', and Greek Macedonia is shown on the map as Macedonia. And I ask you, what it patriotically closer to what we want: the map that eliminates Greek Macedonia and refers to Skopje as "Macedonia", or a map that has Skopje as 'North Macedonia' and Northern Greece as Macedonia? Listen, Zaev’s recent letter to NATO is very interesting. It says that his country is applying to join NATO under the name 'North Macedonia'. What NATO member state or member state of the European Union can refer, from now on, to a state other than by the name under which that state itself is asking to join them? And the second thing is, the commitments fYROM has undertaken include its writing to all the states that have recognised it as plain "Macedonia" to say that it will now be called 'North Macedonia' and wants to be called that from now on. If Turkey, for example, wants to continue to call it plain "Macedonia", it will be violating the NATO treaty, the agreement at the UN and the agreements the state of 'North Macedonia' itself has made with each third party.” The agreement will come before the Hellenic Parliament as soon as the whole process is completed in Skopje How realistic is it, however, to believe that the agreement will be accepted in fYROM in the end, given that the latest poll shows that 54% of the country’s residents oppose the agreement? “I saw that, but three days ago there was another poll that said 70% were in favour of the agreement. Tell me what company carried out the poll and what interests that company represents, and I will comment. In my opinion, the majority of the friendly neighbouring people want to join NATO, not to say an absolute majority of the Albanian element and a majority of the Slavomacedonian element want to join NATO and the European Union. If they decide not to join – I don’t want that, I don’t believe that’s what they’ll decide, I don’t think that’s what will happen – but if that happened, I think it’s clear that we are not at fault in any way. Ratification will take place with the referendum and then the constitutional changes have to be made. You have to understand how difficult it is for a country to change its name and to change its Constitution. And what a major move it is on the other side’s part – some people cursed me for acknowledging the other side’s difficulties. It is a difficult thing, and they are doing it to have good relations with us and a Euroatlantic perspective. And if you will, from their standpoint, they will be doing all of this without knowing what will happen in the end in Greece; whether we will ratify the agreement.” “Everyone wants us to resolve the problem so they can have the right to level accusations at us”What is your real assessment of the Greek side’s stance? “I think that as soon as the constitutional changes are ratified in fYROM, it should come before the Hellenic Parliament the very next day; in the Foreign Affairs Committee and then the Plenary,” Mr. Kotzias replied to AMNA. And if Parliament doesn’t ratify the Agreement? Snap elections? “There is no chance of that happening,” Mr. Kotzias reckons. “It is in the interest of both states – and the majority in both countries will realise this – for this story to end. And let me say something else: I’ve been hearing a lot of criticism from the opposition. I used a phrase in Parliament and I will repeat it: It is my feeling that everyone wants us to resolve this problem so they can have the right to level accusations at us. That suits them,” he added. But what is happening with your partner in the government, Mr. Kammenos, who is reacting? “I think he has the right to his own opinion, just as I have the right to mine,” Mr. Kotzias told AMNA, adding that "we should wait and see how things develop. I think that when the agreement is voted on in Parliament, a majority of the people will have understood the positive aspects of the agreement and that no one took Thessaloniki for the Skopjans. They will have seen that frightened and cowardly people are fabricating disaster scenarios and that the bold patriots are the ones who are right.” But if the Independent Greeks vote against the agreement and withdraw from the government? Do you foresee a change in government in Greece and, consequently, the possibility of the agreement’s being voided? “I don’t see a likelihood of a change in government, and no government can void international agreements that easily: agreements that have been confirmed by the 28 other member states,” Mr.  Kotzias responded, noting that “these threats to void the agreement are playing to public opinion. And I reiterate, they are condemning an agreement that is many times better than any other agreement. The opposition politicians know it is a very good agreement, but it suits them, as an opposition tactic, to criticize it. Deep down, they are pleased. We are doing the hard and bold work, and they are pretending innocence. As I always say, history is a school for us to grow up, develop and learn in. It is not a prison. We have to throw off the shackles we ourselves put on.


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Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement on the recent catastrophic wildfires in Attica

We once again express our warmest thanks to Greece’s friends and partners for their immediate response and their offer of firefighting aircraft and vehicles, as well as personnel, to assist in extinguishing the wildfires in Attica. We also thank the members the Greek community abroad and the foreign friends of Greece who, from the very outset, expressed their support and solidarity, stating their willingness to provide essential supplies and financial assistance to bring relief to the victims and to repair damages caused by the wildfires. Greece’s diplomatic missions abroad will provide information on the optimum way to send and coordinate the relevant assistance. The foreign Embassies in Greece have also been advised in this regard. At the same time, our Permanent Representation to the European Union is closely monitoring the progress of support being provided to Greece by the competent European institutions. Greece will continue to promote and support the necessary proposals to strengthen the European Civil Protection structures, as well as the adoption of policies by the European Solidarity Fund and other European institutions for dealing with the consequences of climate change, so that similar disasters can be avoided in the future.


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GASLOG LTD. TO MAKE DONATION TO LYREION ORPHANAGE FOLLOWING GREECE WILDFIRE DAMAGE

Monaco, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GasLog Ltd. (“GasLog”) (GLOG), the international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, wishes to express its profound sadness and extend its sincere co...


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Greek unemployment below 20% for first time since 2011

Greece's unemployment rate, the highest in the European Union, has edged below 20 percent for the first time in seven years, statistics bureau Elstat reported Thursday. The rate came in at 19.5 percen...


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NASA is going closer to the Sun than anyone has gone before

In a story from Greek mythology, a clever craftsman named Daedalus was imprisoned in a tower for knowing too much. To escape, he fashioned a set of wings made of feathers and wax, one for him and one for his son Icarus. As they made their escape, he cautioned the boy to not fly too high, as his wings would melt. Icarus ignored his father, soared too close to the Sun, and fell to his death.


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Firefighter’s Wife, Baby among 93 Victims of Greece Blaze

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Greek navy ship docks in Limassol, open to public

The Greek navy ship Chios has arrived at Limassol port on Thursday and will be open for visits from members of the public, the defence ministry said. The ministry said that the vessel, which is part o...


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GREEK minister: Erdogan planned the arrest of our two soldiers

The arrest of two GREEK soldiers at the border with Turkey was “pre-planned” and ordered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, GREEK defence ...


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GREEK PM to unveil new plan for civil protection

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected Thursday to unveil a plan for overhauling the General Secretariat for Civil Protection in the wake of last ...


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GREEK industrial output rises 1.2 pct y/y in June

ATHENS, Aug 9 (Reuters) - GREEK industrial output increased by 1.2 percent in June compared to the same month last year, after an upwardly revised ...


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GREEK consumer price inflation slows to 0.8 pct in July

ATHENS, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Greece's annual EU-harmonised inflation rate slowed in July, statistics service ELSTAT data showed on Thursday.


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Russian officials investigating 'attack' on journalists by GREEK football fans

Russia's General Consulate in the GREEK city of Thessaloniki is looking into reports of an attack by fans of local football club PAOK on Russian ...


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Recovery in GREEK property prices gains traction as economy improves

Prices of the apartments in which most GREEKS live rose 0.8 percent in the quarter from a year earlier, Bank of Greece data showed, with the recovery ...


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GREEK unemployment falls below 20 pct in May

Greece's jobless rate dipped marginally to 19.5 percent in May from 20 percent the previous month, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT ...


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GREEK Football Fans Attack Russian Journalists Covering Spartak Game

A group of Russian journalists were reportedly the target of attacks by GREEK football fans at a European championship game in northern Greece.


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Qatar offers to mediate for release of two GREEK soldiers from Turkey

Qatar is willing to mediate for the release of the two GREEK soldiers who have been detained in Turkey since March after accidentally crossing a ...


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GREEK PM announces new emergency response service

A National Emergency Response Service is to be established to replace the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ...


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Come! Be GREEK!

Once the leaves were in place, Tsopelas (whose first name is short for what is a very long GREEK name) scooped up the stuffing made up of beef, ...


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How to Get Paid to Hang Out With 55 Cats on a Beautiful Greek Island

If hanging out with a bunch of cats on an island in the Aegean Sea sounds like your idea of paradise, look no further than this very real dream job listing. God’s Little People Cat Rescue, a cat sanct...


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GREEK-AMERICAN ACTOR / MUSICIAN JAMES PRAVASILIS ON THE CUSP OF GREATNESS

by Nick Christophers It was a humble event that brought James out to the Long Island Independent Film Festival. His shorts “Prime” and “Sexual Healing” were being presented there. Joining James at the LIIF was his band-mate, Award-winning actor Danny Aiello, who was there to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. For James being a part […] The post GREEK-AMERICAN ACTOR / MUSICIAN JAMES PRAVASILIS ON THE CUSP OF GREATNESS appeared first on Hellenic News of America.


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“We are Sons and Daughters of Light,” says Archbishop Demetrios, on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America celebrated the great feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, August 5-6, 2018 On Sunday August 5, 2018, and in advance of the feast, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, in the picturesque town of Mattituck, Long Island, where many […] The post “We are Sons and Daughters of Light,” says Archbishop Demetrios, on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ appeared first on Hellenic News of America.


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Lindsay Lohan Steps Out to Film Reality Show in Greece

Lindsay Lohan isn't letting the backlash from her recent comments on the #MeToo movement keep her from doing her thing in Greece. Lindsay was spotted Wednesday heading out to film her new MTV reality ...


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FYROM: Only 3% of citizens have read the agreement on the name

On 30th of September citizens of FYROM will vote on the issue of the agreement reached with Greece However only a small number of them have read the agreement or know what the a


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The Real Reason Democracies Won’t Solve Their Immigration Problems

Images of suffering children have a unique power in politics. They forced the Trump Administration to end its policy of ripping migrant children from their parents at the southwest border. In 2015 a photo of a dead 3-year-old who drowned trying to reach Greece also inspired policy changes across Europe. But the goodwill did not…


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AHEPA Grand Banquet Honors Community Excellence

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based service association for the nation’s millions American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, hosted its 96th Grand Banquet, the pinnacle event of the annual Supreme Convention, July 26, Harrah’s Resort & Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.  The Grand Banquet serves to honor […] The post AHEPA Grand Banquet Honors Community Excellence appeared first on Hellenic News of America.


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Russian Football Union to urge UEFA opening probe into attack on journalists in Greece

The Russian Football Union intends to turn to the UEFA requesting it to initiate a probe into reports on Greek PAOK FC fans’ assaulting Russian journalists at a Champions League match


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Russian priests claim Greek Visa bias

Mount Athos falls under the jurisdiction of Constantinople religious matters


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Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit as fire toll hits 93

Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93. "What's important today ...


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Woman dies five days after motorcycle crash on 390 in Greece

Woman dies five days after motorcycle crash on 390 in Greece Christina Roncone, 29, died Tuesday at Strong Memorial Hospital after a two-motorcycle collision in Greece last week, troopers announced. C...


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'King Otto' Rehhagel turns 80

Legendary German coach Otto Rehhagel has made a career of making the impossible possible. He was the chief architect of the Greek national team's miracle at Euro 2004 and one of the Bundesliga's most unlikely title wins.


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Death toll from Greek forest fire rises to 93, victims named

Greek authorities have released the names of those who died in the country's deadliest forest fire in decades, a list that includes several families. The death toll from the July 23 fire at the seasid...


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Exclusive Premiere: Watch Neil Diamond Perform 'Cherry Cherry' from the Greek Theatre

Here’s Neil Diamond in classic fashion delivering a rockin’ live version of his hit, “Cherry Cherry.” Sounding (and looking!) amazing as ever, Diamond knows how to control the crowd like no other with ...


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Kammenos Will Quit Coalition if FYROM Name Deal Goes to Vote

ATHENS – Getting tough with elections coming within the next year and his Independent Greeks (ANEL) at about 1 percent in polls after reneging on […] The post Kammenos Will Quit Coalition if FYROM Name Deal Goes to Vote appeared first on The National Herald.


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After Wildfires Response Debacle, Tsipras Revamping Greece’s Civil Protection Force

ATHENS – With criticism, and evidence, that his government had no evacuation or disaster plans and badly fumbled the response to July 23 wildfires that […] The post After Wildfires Response Debacle, Tsipras Revamping Greece’s Civil Protection Force appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greece’s Miltos Tentoglou at the Top of Europe

BERLIN – Miltos (Miltiades) Tentoglou late Wednesday won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships that are held […] The post Greece’s Miltos Tentoglou at the Top of Europe appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Prisoners of War in Turkey in Early 1924

At the end of the Greek-Turkish war in September,1922, the Kemalists detained Greek males aged 17-45 and deported them to work in the infamous labor […] The post Greek Prisoners of War in Turkey in Early 1924 appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Prosecutors Get Names of 92 Wildfires Victims, Press Probe

ATHENS – The names of the 92 victims of the July 23 wildfires, identified despite some having been nearly incinerated, were sent by forensic investigators […] The post Greek Prosecutors Get Names of 92 Wildfires Victims, Press Probe appeared first on The National Herald.


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Inspectors Find Widespread Tax Cheating by Mykonos Businesses – Again

In what’s become a kind of summer ritual, Greek tax inspectors conducted yet another crackdown on tax-cheating businesses on Mykonos, who are generally allowed to […] The post Inspectors Find Widespread Tax Cheating by Mykonos Businesses – Again appeared first on The National Herald.


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Kammenos Says Erdogan Ordered Arrest of 2 Greek Soldiers

ATHENS – Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said two Greek soldiers held in Turkey after accidentally crossing the border while on patrol in bad weather on […] The post Kammenos Says Erdogan Ordered Arrest of 2 Greek Soldiers appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greece CPI Rises For Third Month

Greece's consumer prices increased for the third straight month in July, data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Thursday. Consumer prices climbed 0.9 percent year-over-year in July, just ...


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Greek fire toll at 93 as two more die in hospital

The death toll from Greece's deadliest fire disaster rose to 93 on Thursday after two more people died in hospital. The latest casualty was a 78-year-old woman, state TV ERT said. An 83-year-old man d...


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Inbound tourism records a substantial rise in Greece

International arrivals up by 14.6% so far


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