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2 ancient, unlooted tombs unearthed in southern Greece

Aug. 11, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry says two intact chamber tombs dating from 1400 to 1200 B.C. have been unearthed near the southern town of Nemea at a site already known for its cluster of tombs, most of which had been looted before their discovery. The ministry said Sunday that the newly...

New Greek law lifts obstacle to police entering universities

Aug. 8, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation easing police access to university grounds to investigate complaints, ending a decades-old effective ban imposed in the name of academic freedom. The draft law was backed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' center-right majority and...

After bailouts, Greece wants easier budget targets

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new conservative government said it wants to ease tough budget restrictions set by bailout lenders two years ahead of schedule, as lawmakers on Monday formally confirmed the new administration. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Athens will seek negotiations with...

New Greek PM emphasizes tax cuts, jobs, security

Jul. 20, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — New Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Saturday that cutting taxes, attracting jobs and tackling rising crime will be his top priorities. Mitsotakis announced he would immediately implement a reduction in property taxes while opening a three-day parliamentary debate on his...

Greek minister says Turkey's drilling tests EU's credibility

Jul. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's new defense minister says Turkey's illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union's credibility as a guardian of its members' energy interests in the Mediterranean. Nikos Panagiotopoulos said after talks with the defense minister of Cyprus on Friday that...

Greece gets nod from creditors to ease bailout-era taxes

Jul. 18, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior officials from Greece's creditor institutions are meeting in Athens with the country's new conservative government, which is planning to begin dismantling bailout-era taxes next month. Representatives of the European Commission, European Central Bank, the International Monetary...

New Greek PM calls bond auction "vote of confidence"

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece launched a 7-year bond auction Tuesday, the country's third effort this year to raise money from international markets while improved borrowing rates provide an advantage. The auction aimed at raising 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) followed 5-year and 10-year bond issues...

New Greek PM Mitsotakis says tax cuts to be legislated

Jul. 10, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, vowed Wednesday to make government more efficient and to legislate for tax cuts later this month despite concerns raised by the country's creditors over economic promises made during the election campaign. Although Greece no longer...

Greece's new finance minister to push ahead with tax cuts

Jul. 9, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new government will press ahead with tax cuts for households and businesses despite skepticism from creditors, the country's finance minister said Tuesday after he and his Cabinet colleagues were sworn in. Christos Staikouras' comments during a handover ceremony at the...

Greece creditors say no changes in bailout terms for new PM

Jul. 8, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's bailout creditors on Monday bluntly rejected calls from the country's new conservative government to ease draconian budget conditions agreed as part of its rescue program. Conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece's new prime minister Monday, a day...