Greek government plans to replace top judges before election

Europe 05/29/19, 11:22

Greece's left-wing government says it is planning to appoint new top judges before a July 7 general election, a decision that has drawn criticism from opposition conservatives who hold a big lead in opinion polls.Government officials said Wednesday that the government was expected to back the move before the current ...

Greek government sets national election date for July 7

Europe 05/28/19, 12:03

The Greek government has set July 7, a week later than expected, as the date for early parliamentary elections.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the early election after his party's heavy defeat in the weekend's European parliamentary polls.Government spokesman Dimitris Tzannakopoulos said Tuesday the decision was taken to not disrupt school-leavers' ...

Greek prime minister calls for early election after EU loss

Europe 05/26/19, 16:48

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for an early national election following the defeat of his party at the European Parliament elections.Tsipras said from the Syriza party offices that "the result does not rise to our expectations ... I will not ignore it or quit."Tsipras credited his government for pulling ...

Aging voters in Greece keep traditional campaigning alive

Europe 05/23/19, 08:07

In the mountainous Evrytania region of Greece, fir trees cover the hills, deer and wolves roam the lush landscape and waterfalls add to the dramatic scenery, earning it the nickname "Little Switzerland."Harder to find, however, are young people.The area — a winding, three-hour drive from Athens — has the oldest ...

Hunger-striking Greek extremist wins new hope of jail leave

Europe 05/23/19, 04:04

A lawyer for a Greek far-left extremist jailed for 11 murders says Greece's supreme court has ordered lower judges to reconsider his request for a temporary leave from prison, which had earlier been rejected.Dimitris Koufodinas is serving 11 life terms for his role as the main hit man for the ...

Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

Europe 05/21/19, 10:55

Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization.Dimitris Koufodinas, a hitman for the now defunct November 17 group which killed 23 people from 1975-2000, has been on ...

Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece

Sports 05/20/19, 13:01

Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority accepted the ...

Migrants on the island of Lesbos find refuge on soccer field

Sports 05/17/19, 04:44

A 10-minute walk from Europe's largest refugee camp, across olive groves and open land scattered with thorns and wildflowers, sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field.It's a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about their tiny container-homes and crowded tents ...

PAOK beats AEK 1-0 to win Greek Cup for its 1st double

Soccer 05/11/19, 17:27

PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third straight year with a 1-0 victory over AEK Athens in a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium on Saturday.Chuba Akpom scored the winner with an overhead kick in the 45th minute.PAOK also won the Greek league title this season for its first-ever double. ...

Update: Greek government survives confidence vote

Europe 05/10/19, 13:43

The Latest on a government confidence vote in Greece (all times local):9:35 p.m.Greece's left-wing government has survived a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nearly two weeks before the European Parliament elections.  New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, delivers a speech as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, drinks ...

Greek far-left extremist to carry hunger strike ‘to the end’

Europe 05/10/19, 06:55

A Greek far-left extremist serving 11 life terms for a string of murders vowed Friday to continue "until the end" a hunger strike if his bid to get a new leave from prison isn't granted.Dimitris Koufodinas, chief hit man for the November 17 group that killed 23 people from 1975-2000, ...

Greece’s Tsipras faces confidence vote after backing ally

Europe 05/10/19, 05:21

Greek lawmakers are holding a vote of confidence in the left-wing government, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras turned a censure motion against a junior minister into a test of his entire administration.Tsipras is expected to win the ballot late Friday. His Syriza party has 145 seats in the 300-member parliament, ...

Greek prime minister promises bailout relief before polls

Europe 05/07/19, 12:36

Greece's left-wing prime minister has promised crisis-weary voters a series of tax-relief measures before upcoming elections, after outperforming budget targets set by bailout creditors.Alexis Tsipras said sales-tax reductions for household electricity use and for catering would take effect later this month, while additional relief measures would be introduced at the ...

Update: Pope encourages North Macedonia’s EU integration

Europe 05/07/19, 02:57

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):9:55 a.m.Pope Francis is seeking to encourage North Macedonia's integration into Europe following the resolution of its conflict with Greece over its name, saying greater European participation will benefit the entire region while showing respect for Macedonians' diversity.Pope Francis ...

Pope to visit North Macedonia as EU, NATO hopes rise on vote

Europe 05/07/19, 00:15

North Macedonia's leaders are hoping Pope Francis will strongly encourage greater integration in European institutions following the resolution of a decades-long name dispute with Greece and the election of a pro-EU new president.Francis arrives in North Macedonia, a small Balkan nation of about 2.1 million people, on Tuesday in the ...

PAOK 1st undefeated team in Greek league season for 55 years

Sports 05/05/19, 14:52

PAOK has become only the second team to go through an entire Greek league season without losing.PAOK had already secured the title and ended its season with a 2-0 win at Giannena on Sunday. The Thessaloniki side won 26 of its 30 games, with four draws, to finish five points ...

North Macedonia holds runoff vote for ceremonial presidency

Europe 05/05/19, 08:31

North Macedonia held a competitive runoff election Sunday to choose a new president, a vote seen as a test of the center-left government's pro-West policies despite the largely ceremonial duties of the country's head of state.The two candidates, Stevo Pendarovski of the ruling Social Democratic Union, and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, ...

A look at the 2 candidates for North Macedonia’s presidency

Europe 05/04/19, 03:09

Newly renamed North Macedonia heads to the polls on Sunday for runoff presidential elections. Two candidates, both university professors, are competing for the post after the third candidate was knocked in last month's first round.Although the president has a largely ceremonial position, with some powers to veto legislation, the outcome ...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

Europe 05/04/19, 02:40

Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet with migrants, highlighting other papal ...

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