Daily Update

19-04-2018 | EYE ON GREECE | EU


Friday, April 20, 2018

Athens to bolster defense capabilities with two French frigates

Greece is to acquire two French FREMM-type navy frigates in the coming months with the vessels expected to be inducted into the Hellenic Navy by August, as part of efforts to boost the country’s military capabilities amid rising tensions with Turkey.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227865/article/ekathimerini/news/athens-to-bolster-defense-capabilities-with-two-french-frigates

FYROM name talks to resume next week in Vienna

After a brief lull, efforts to settle the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will resume on Wednesday, April 25, when foreign ministers will hold talks in Vienna.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227863/article/ekathimerini/news/fyrom-name-talks-to-resume-next-week-in-vienna

Eurogroup’s Centeno: Athens must take possession of reforms; decisions over debt relief, supervision pending

Eurogroup president Mario Centeno on Thursday reiterated that the current Greek government must take “possession” of the battery of reforms it has agreed to with creditors, something that should also prove resilient on the political level.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1342508/eurogroups-centeno-athens-must-take-possession-of-reforms-decisions-over-debt-relief-supervision-pending

ND continues to field double-digit percentage point lead over ruling SYRIZA; five parties above 3%

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party continues to field a double-digit percentage point lead over ruling SYRIZA party in the latest opinion poll results unveiled on Thursday.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1342467/nd-continues-to-field-double-digit-percentage-point-lead-over-ruling-syriza-five-parties-above-3

Economy among the grayest in Europe, but taxes won’t go down

Greece has the fourth largest illegal economy rate in the European Union, according to data presented at Thursday’s 14th Athens Tax Forum, organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227876/article/ekathimerini/business/economy-among-the-grayest-in-europe-but-taxes-wont-go-down

Snam-led consortium wins DESFA tender

State sell-off fund TAIPED on Thursday opened the way for the consortium of Italy’s Snam, Spain’s Enagas and Belgium’s Fluxys to acquire 66 percent of Greece’s gas grid operator DESFA, thereby strengthening the southern Europe energy axis built around the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227874/article/ekathimerini/business/snam-led-consortium-wins-desfa-tender

ATHEX: Benchmark keeps rising

The main index of the Greek stock market took its rising streak to six sessions after Thursday’s ascent, bringing its total gains over that period to 6.18 percent, while the banks sector has increased almost 18 percent.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227870/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-benchmark-keeps-rising

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KATHIMERINI: France is giving Greece two frigates

ETHNOS: Recruitments with OOSA’s signature

TA NEA: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: Greece and Turkey should work out their differences on their own

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: The Municipalities Central Organization (KEDE) turned its conference into a New Democracy event where taxes and lay-offs were pledged

AVGI: New Democracy wants to privatize municipalities

RIZOSPASTIS: The Greek people must resist against the criminal ‘deregulation’ of the energy sector

KONTRA NEWS: Polling distance between SYRIZA and New Democracy declines!

DIMOKRATIA: New Democracy has become a giant-sized loony bin

NAFTEMPORIKI: IMF’s Lagarde distances herself from excessive budget surpluses in Greece