Tsipras on fYRoM issue: Reiterates govt’s position for composite name for use in all instances

A closely watched meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his counterpart from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Zoran Zaev, on Wednesday served as the pinnacle of resumed efforts this month to solve the thorny ‘name issue’. In comments carried by Greek media immediately after the meeting in snow-covered Davos, described as very friendly and sincere by both ...

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Turkish hackers hijack ND official’s Twitter account

Hackers on Wednesday briefly hijacked the Twitter account of Costis Hatzidakis, one of New Democracy’s two vice presidents. Hundreds of accounts from media organizations to celebrities were reportedly hacked, branded with the Turkish flag and messages being sent out in Turkish. Tweets included the words “Nazi Germany” and “Nazi Holland,” as well as a reference to the April 16 referendum ...

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Athens sticks to low-profile responses as Ankara ups rhetoric over islets

The fallout from Ankara after the Supreme Court’s decision last week not to extradite eight servicemen to stand trial in Turkey for their alleged role in the failed coup attempt in July, continued on Friday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim disputing Greece’s sovereignty over “130 small and large chunks of rocks in the Aegean.” Yildirim said the rocks have ...

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US Election 2016 Results: Five reasons Donald Trump won

Donald Trump has defied all expectations from the very start of his presidential campaign more than a year ago. Very few people thought he would actually run, then he did. They thought he wouldn’t climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, then ...

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Clash over ESR between government and opposition escalates

The nomination of Byron Polydoras for the position of president of the new National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) does not appear to have satisfied the opposition parties and has reportedly caused friction within SYRIZA. Mr. Polydoras appeared on ERT on Sunday where he defended his candidacy and expressed his bitterness over his ousting from New Democracy, accusing former ...

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A joint European framework to deal with hybrid threats

In recent years, the EU and its Member States have been increasingly exposed to hybrid threats that comprise hostile actions designed to destabilise a region or a state. The European Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Framework to counter hybrid threats and foster the resilience of the EU, its Member States and partner countries while increasing cooperation with ...

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Giorgos Kyritsis: Piraeus and Idomeni will be evacuated

The representative of the Greek Coordinating Body for the Refugee Crisis, Giorgos Kyritsis, spoke to itimes.gr about the upsurge of the refugee crisis in the country. Asked by itimes.gr how will the government handle incidents of violence between migrants. Kyritsis replied: “These are people who are in difficult conditions and we are handling the incidents with a mild approach. Individual ...

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Iceland’s P.M. decided to resign after Panama Papers revelations

Iceland’s prime minister, following revelations about him in the Panama Papers, stepped down Tuesday after President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson declined to immediately dissolve Parliament and pave the way for snap elections. Ingi Jóhannsson, the minister of agriculture and fishing, told RUV, the broadcaster, that Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson had resigned as prime minister. Jóhannsson said Gunnlaugsson would remain the chairman of the ...

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Trump: NATO is obsolete, other countries must pay or leave

Donald Trump has stepped up his attack on Nato, saying he would force member nations to leave the transatlantic security organisation unless they contributed more money to what he said was an “obsolete” defence alliance. Speaking in Wisconsin ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, he went further by saying that NATO’s demise would not be a serious problem. “Its possible ...

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