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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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A hackathon on transparency in Europe by the Dutch Embassy in Greece

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Greece in Athens and Impact Hub Athens organize for the first time in Greece a hackathon aiming to generate new ideas regarding transparency in Europe, on April 8-10, in Orange Grove. Researchers, diplomats, developers, journalists, social entrepreneurs, designers and active citizens will join forces. Within a weekend, they will try to develop new business ideas, ...

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The Francophone Film Festival kicks off this Thursday

The Francophone Film Festival returns to Athens and Thessaloniki for a 17th year, featuring a wide range of interesting synergies. The annual event kicks off on April 7 at the Onassis Cultural Center (107-109 Syngrou), with the Greek premiere of the 2015 romantic drama “Mon Roi.” Director and actress Μaïwenn Le Besco also directed award-winning “Polisse” — a film that was ...

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No flights to/from Athens on Thursday due to 24-hour union strike

No commercial flights will arrive at or depart from Athens International Airport on Thursday due to the participation of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees’ Unions’ (OSYPA) , which includes air traffic controllers, in a nationwide strike called by the country’s public sector union, ADEDY, to protest the government’s pension reform plans. On Monday, the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY) published ...

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Hundreds of refugees marched in the streets of Athens

Some 1,500 stranded migrants and refugees, joined by Greek supporters, marched to the European Commission building in central Athens to protest against a migration agreement between the European Union and Turkey that is due to take full effect next Monday. The migrants, from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, chanted “open the borders” and “we are refugees” as they filed past ...

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Athens went to London for Jason Bourne’s sake

When commuters got off at Woolwich earlier this week, they were in for quite a shock. Instead of arriving in the London, the confused passengers were led to believe they were 1,500 miles away, in Athens. Instead of the normal underground map, the Athens’ metro system was displayed. The signs were no longer in English but primarily in Greek. Some ...

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The annual students parade took place in Athens

Students enrolled at schools located in the Athens first constituency on Thursday took part in the annual parade on Syntagma Square marking the March 25, 1821 anniversary of Greek independence from Turkish rule. Leading the parade were students from the Evsevios Kipourgos high school in Kalavryta, in the Peloponnese, the town where the flag of the revolution was raised in ...

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No metro service in Athens on Thursday

Athens will be without metro service on Thursday due a twenty-four hour strike called by Athens Metro Association of Workers. Metro workers complain about the constant undermining of infrastructure and the targeting of individual colleagues such as ticket inspectors. According to their union, current events may lead to privatization of the service and a subsequent increase in ticket price. Events ...

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Athenians pay tribute to Brussels attacks victims

The Belgian and the EU flag fly at half mast in the building of the Belgian embassy in Kolonaki, Athens, after the terrorist attacks that plunged Brussels into mourning. Civilians are eager to leave a flower or a note with a sympathy message in the memory of tragic victims of the double terrorist attack that shocked the world. Messages such ...

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Greek authorities step up security measures

The Greek authorities decided to strenghten security measures across the country in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili said. As a precautionary measure, security will be strengthened in the airports, the Athens subway and all mass transport services, as well as around foreign embassies, in particular of European countries, Greek national ...

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