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EU to stop Greek budget watch in formal end to major crisis

Aug. 10, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s budget watchdog announced Wednesday that it is winding up years of surveillance of Greek government spending. The move marks a formal end to a major crisis that threatened to see Greece ejected from the euro single currency group, imposed severe hardship on...

Greek PM 'unaware' of prominent politician's wiretap

Aug. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Monday he was unaware that the country’s intelligence service had been bugging an opposition politician's mobile phone for three months, insisting that he wouldn't have allowed it had he known. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who faces...

Greece's intelligence chief resigns amid spyware scandal

Aug. 05, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece’s intelligence service and the general secretary of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office have resigned amid a scandal involving the targeting of the head of an opposition party and a journalist with spyware. National Intelligence...

Turkey: Germany must be impartial in disputes with Greece

Jul. 29, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister urged Germany on Friday to be “an honest broker” and not always side with Athens in disputes between Turkey and Greece. Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments during a tense news conference with his visiting German counterpart,...

German envoy says EU rights must be defended at Greek border

Jul. 28, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany's top diplomat visited refugees at a camp in Greece on Thursday after stressing that European Union countries should do more to safeguard people seeking refuge from war and hardship. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited a Holocaust...

Cyprus, Greece, look to EU if Turkey renews gas search

Jul. 28, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Greece plan to consult with other European Union members on how to respond if Turkey tries again to drill for oil and gas inside waters that Cyprus claims as its exclusive economic zone, the Cypriot foreign minister said Thursday. Turkish Energy...

Saudi crown prince: First EU visit since Khashoggi killing

Jul. 26, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Greece Tuesday on his first trip to a European Union country since the killing in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that triggered widespread international condemnation. Bin Salman, who is traveling with...

Experts comb cargo plane crash site in north Greece; 8 dead

Jul. 17, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

PALAIOCHORI, Greece (AP) — Experts investigated a cargo plane crash in northern Greece on Sunday, finding no evidence of dangerous substances but saying there's a lot of ordnance that the plane was carrying spread around the crash site. Serbia's defense minister confirmed that all eight crew...

New pipeline from Greece to Bulgaria offsets Russian gas cut

Jul. 12, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Bulgaria on Friday marked the completion of a new pipeline that will supply natural gas from Azerbaijan to Bulgaria, whose vital supply of Russian gas was cut off in April amid the fallout over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Greek...

Greek PM slams map showing major Greek islands as Turkish

Jul. 11, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister called Monday on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to clarify whether a map displayed by a nationalist ally of Erdogan’s that showed several major, inhabited Greek islands as Turkish is official Turkish policy. Greece and...