25-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU

25-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Prospect of Athens leasing 2 French frigates denied by Paris; sharp reaction by opposition

No discussion was reportedly held on Monday by members of the high-ranking government council for defense and armaments (KYSEA) regarding the supposed leasing of two French Fremm-type frigates by Greece, with the relevant minister in Paris, in fact, flatly denying the prospect.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1343693/prospect-of-athens-leasing-2-french-frigates-denied-by-paris-sharp-reaction-by-opposition

Athens asks EU official to stop ‘undermining’ FYROM talks

As diplomats from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) prepare to resume talks in Vienna on Wednesday, European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday expressed optimism that the dispute could be resolved in the next two weeks.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228015/article/ekathimerini/news/athens-asks-eu-official-to-stop-undermining-fyrom-talks

SYRIZA divided over bill for adoption by gay couples

Draft legislation that aims to grant same-sex couples the right to adopt a child has divided leftist SYRIZA, with several MPs raising objections to the proposed reform, arguing Greek society is not “ready” for such a change.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228011/article/ekathimerini/news/syriza-divided-over-bill-for-adoption-by-gay-couples

Minister drafts action plans amid fears over migrant influx

Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas conceded on Tuesday that he is “worried” about the significant increase in the flow of migrants and refugees to Greece observed recently.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228018/article/ekathimerini/news/minister-drafts-action-plans-amid-fears-over-migrant-influx

Statistics authority: Lower revenues, higher spending, debt in Q4 2018

Greece’s statistics authority on Tuesday reported lower Greek state revenues, higher expenditures as well as an external debt burdening the country that reached 317.407 billion euros in the fourth quarter of 2017.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1343728/statistics-authority-lower-revenues-higher-spending-debt-in-q4-2018

Over one in five Greeks can’t make ends meet

Last year 21.1 percent of Greeks – or more than one in five – were unable to cover their basic needs, such as the timely payment of utility bills and regular consumption of meat, according to Eurostat.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228023/article/ekathimerini/business/over-one-in-five-greeks-cant-make-ends-meet

ATHEX: Minor losses on banks’ drop

Bank stocks on Tuesday led the benchmark at Athinon Avenue to a third consecutive session of losses, albeit marginal, while the overall picture was quite patchy, with mid-caps and small-caps registering gains. The gains registered by PPC and Coca-Cola HBC offset most of the blue chip index’s losses.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228019/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-minor-losses-on-banks-drop

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KATHIMERINI: Closed Bulgarian borders, open borders in Evros [for refugees and migrants from Turkey]

ETHNOS: Rules for the labor market

TA NEA: European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn reveals the deal between Skopje and Athens. Skopje to be ‘baptized’ in the next fifteen days.

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Venizelos and Loverdos ‘wrote’ the review on the Novartis scandal

AVGI: Novartis scandal: The justice system is going to handle the case now

RIZOSPASTIS: Struggle for salaries and rights against anti-popular policies

KONTRA NEWS: The NGO that was set-up by the crooks of PASOK was sentenced to 42 years

DIMOKRATIA: SYRIZA MP Theano Fotiou deems stupid all Greeks who reject the bill that allows gay couples to adopt children

NAFTEMPORIKI: Moscovici distances himself from the IMF which wants an automatic procedure for the restructuring of the Greek debt