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Greece: Turkey the 'common denominator' of region's troubles

Nov. 19, 2021 11:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister Friday called neighbor Turkey “the common denominator” of threats to stability in the region, including the use of migrants as a lever to apply geopolitical pressure. Nikos Dendias accused Belarus of copying...

Greek leader, in London, seeks return of ancient sculptures

Nov. 16, 2021 14:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks Tuesday in London with Greece's leader amid a renewed push by Athens for the British Museum to return marble statues that once stood in the Parthenon. Johnson said he “understood the strength of feeling of...

Augmented reality project brings Olympics birthplace to life

Nov. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, launching an...

North Macedonia's PM says will stay on in post temporarily

Nov. 10, 2021 10:17 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's prime minister, who announced his resignation on Oct. 31 following his leftist coalition's heavy defeat in local elections, has said he will stay on in the post temporarily to ensure the country's political situation stabilizes. ...

Greece sees new infection spike, rules out drastic measures

Nov. 09, 2021 14:52 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Tuesday hit a record high in new COVID-19 cases for a second day running, with the government ruling out a lockdown or school closures but warning that it might need to mobilize private doctors in badly hit areas. A total 8,613 new...

Health care workers in Greece protest mandatory vaccines

Nov. 03, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek health care workers protested in central Athens against mandatory coronavirus vaccines for their profession Wednesday, a day after the government imposed more restrictions on unvaccinated Greeks amid a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths....

North Macedonia PM announces resignation after election loss

Oct. 31, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced his resignation late Sunday following the heavy defeat of his governing Social Democratic Union in North Macedonia’s local elections. “The responsibility for this outcome is mine and I’m resigning...

Greek PM expresses concern over West's stance toward Turkey

Oct. 29, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Friday he is concerned that the West’s calm response toward Turkish actions is encouraging it to behave in an unacceptable manner. Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the statements after a meeting with outgoing German...

Greek president to Germany's Merkel: Greece often felt alone

Oct. 29, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s often-strained relations in past years with European economic powerhouse Germany took center stage Friday during a visit to Athens by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel as both the country's president and prime minister aired past grievances. ...

Germany's Merkel visits post-crisis Greece

Oct. 28, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Greece Thursday for a visit to the country whose financial crisis marked much of her tenure and Germany’s relationship with Europe. Merkel landed in Athens on the evening of a Greek...