22-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

22-03-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

Thursday, March 22, 2018

PM to broach soldiers, Turkish aggression at EU summit

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aims to broach the matter of Turkey’s ongoing detention of two Greek soldiers as well as a spike in Turkish aggression in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean in recent weeks at a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels Thursday and Friday.


FM in landmark visit to Skopje amid rift at home

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to conduct a landmark visit to Skopje Thursday, amid signs that Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are edging closer to a solution on the latter’s official name, though differences remain within the coalition in Athens over the issue.


IMF ready to re-enter Greek bailout programme: Brussels sources

Sources in Brussels claimed the IMF was ready to come onboard the Greek bailout programme a new, adding, however, that it was not a done deal. The same sources said that the IMF would consider re-entering the programme under the condition that cuts in tax-free threshold, as well as slashes in pensions, would take effect from January 1, 2019, without the implementation of countermeasures.


Court deems changes to school religion classes unconstitutional

The Council of State deemed unconstitutional a set of changes introduced by former education minister Nikos Filis to the way religion is taught at the country’s public schools, in a bid to introduce greater separation between church and state.


Anti-foreclosure protesters scuffle with police in Athens

Protesters opposing property auctions outside the office of a notary in the upscale Athens neighborhood of Kolonaki on Wednesday clashed with police trying to move them along.


Registered unemployed persons in Greece at 1.081 mln in Feb. 2017

Registered unemployed people fell by nearly 15,000 in February 2018, compared with the same month in 2017, a reduction of 1.35 percent. The jobless rolls also showed nearly 12,000 people less than the preceding month, January 2018, according to figures released by the state-run Manpower Employment Agency (OAED) on Wednesday.


OECD: Greek households among the most heavily taxed amongst its members

Recession-battered Greece imposes Scandinavian-like tax rates while offering social benefits, such as health and education, on par with its Balkan neighbors, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat data.


ATHEX: Stocks drop for seventh day in succession

The positive start to Wednesday’s bourse session in Athens, on the back of the rise at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, gave way to losses that led the benchmark lower for a seventh day in a row, a sequence unseen in more than 21 months. Piraeus Bank’s 8.45 percent drop played a big part in that result.







KATHIMERINI: Yellow card by the creditors regarding partisan recruitments

ETHNOS: Timeline for the payment of 42.833 pension bonuses

TA NEA: Photographic amendment favours SYRIZA MP Makis Balaouras by exempting him from a pension cut

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: 230 million Euros were ‘embezzled’ through the National Disease Control & Prevention Center

AVGI: 230 million Euros are missing from the coffers of the National Disease Control & Prevention Center

RIZOSPASTIS: Plans for the establishment of a small US military base in Syros are a threat to the Greek people

KONTRA NEWS: Who stole the 230 million Euros missing from the coffers of National Disease Control & Prevention Center

TO PONTIKI:  Erdogan wants to create de facto situations

DIMOKRATIA:  Blasphemous rants by [Education Minister] Gavroglou and [former Education minister] Filis

NAFTEMPORIKI:  Hard poker game between Brussels and the IMF [on the Greek issue]