Latest Greece government News

After police officer's death, Greek soccer fans will need a state-issued QR code to attend games

Apr. 09, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities launched a ban on paper tickets for all league soccer matches on Tuesday as part of an effort to crack down on the violence that has plagued the sport for decades. Under new rules, fans will only be allowed into stadiums using their...

Greece will set up a national shelter network in response to woman's slaying outside police station

Apr. 08, 2024 08:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s minister in charge of police announced plans Monday to set up a nationwide network of domestic violence shelters, days after the fatal stabbing of a woman outside a police station. The April 2 killing of 28-year Kyriaki Griva occurred as she was...

A woman was killed just after asking police for protection from an ex-partner. Greece is asking why

Apr. 02, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday ordered an urgent investigation into a woman's fatal stabbing outside an Athens police precinct where she had just requested protection from an ex-boyfriend. The 28-year-old's death triggered new calls by left-wing opposition...

29 migrants rescued off small boat in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete

Apr. 02, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 29 migrants was rescued Tuesday off a crippled boat in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete, Greek authorities said, on an increasingly busy migration route from North Africa to Europe. A coast guard statement said the boat was located about 23.5...

Greece's coast guard says 74 migrants have been found in a wooden boat on the Mediterranean Sea

Apr. 01, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of migrants found in a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea between northern Africa and southern Europe have been transported to the Greek island of Crete, Greece's coast guard said Monday. Crete has recently seen a rise in migrant arrivals from Libya,...

Greek islands launch special visa program for Turkish visitors in diplomatic effort to calm region

Apr. 01, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials on the Greek island of Rhodes opened a new vacation visa terminal for Turkish visitors Monday as part of a diplomatic effort to ease long-standing tensions between the two countries. The limited-access visa will allow Turks to visit 10 Greek islands...

The British Museum names Nicholas Cullinan its new director as it tries to get over a rocky patch

Mar. 28, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British Museum on Thursday appointed National Portrait Gallery chief Nicholas Cullinan as its new director, as the 265-year-old institution grapples with the apparent theft of hundreds of artifacts and growing international scrutiny of its collection. Previous...

Greek police clash with demonstrators protesting a concert by US military cadets

Mar. 27, 2024 19:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece clashed late Wednesday with Communist-backed demonstrators who tried to prevent a concert by U.S. military cadets. The violent protest occurred in the central Greek city of Larissa ahead of a concert by members of the West Point Glee Club, a...

Greek opposition party seeks to bring down the government over its handling of a 2023 rail disaster

Mar. 26, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek opposition party Tuesday submitted a motion of no-confidence against the government, saying that it tried to cover up its responsibility over a deadly rail disaster last year that shocked Greece. The Socialist Pasok party challenged the government...

Greek authorities overhaul wildfire response plans ahead of summer fire season

Mar. 21, 2024 11:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities presented new plans Thursday for tackling wildfires which often ravage the country during its hot, dry summers, including changes in the deployment of firefighting aircraft and increased staffing in specialized forest firefighting units. The...