Latest Greece government News

AP Interview: Weber warns populists to back a united Europe

Apr. 23, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEMEA, Greece (AP) — The leading conservative candidate in next month's European Parliament elections says he would like to see Britain stay in the European Union and warned populist parties in Europe that they would have no place in the EU's largest political bloc unless they shared its vision of an...

Greece: Acropolis reopens after severe weather warning

Apr. 18, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece have reopened the ancient Acropolis to visitors after a temporary weather-related closure the day after a lightning strike injured four people. The Culture Ministry said the severe weather that had been forecast for Athens earlier Thursday failed to materialize...

Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

Apr. 17, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday his government "promptly" will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation. Alexis Tsipras said that now Greece has exited its bailout programs, in which Germany was a key...

Lightning hits Acropolis in Greece injuring 4, site intact

Apr. 17, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lightning bolt struck the Acropolis in Athens during a rainstorm Wednesday, lightly injuring two visitors and two guards but causing no damage to the country's most famous ancient site, Greek officials said. A culture ministry statement said the citadel's lightning conductor, which...

Greek court upholds award from fatal shooting by army camp

Apr. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has upheld a damage award of 800,000 euros ($900,000) for the family of a student who was fatally shot while riding a motorcycle past an army camp. The court's decision, made public on Tuesday, upheld a lower court ruling which the Greek government had appealed....

Greece looks to repay IMF early as bond yields tumble

Apr. 15, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Monday said it is in talks with European bailout lenders to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund early as market borrowing rates have tumbled to their lowest level since 2005. And Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was determined to spare...

Greece's bailout lenders approve big debt relief payout

Apr. 5, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's bailout creditors on Friday backed a payout worth more than $1 billion as part of a debt-relief package that is contingent on the government enacting a series of reforms. Mario Centeno, who heads the grouping of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers, told reporters after a...

Selfie diplomacy: North Macedonia, Greek leaders break ice

Apr. 2, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia broke the ice and engaged in selfie diplomacy Tuesday during the first ever official visit by a Greek leader to the neighboring country following decades of strained relations over a name dispute. North Macedonia Prime...

Stage makeup brings Paris' Sorbonne into blackface debate

Mar. 28, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A theater production promoted with a photo showing actors wearing dark brown makeup has given France's esteemed Sorbonne University its own version of the blackface scandals that chastened politicians in the United States and luxury fashion companies in Italy. Activists from four anti-racism...

North Macedonia president in standoff with parliament

Mar. 27, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's lawmakers have passed for a second time a package of bills which the country's president has refused to sign into law in protest at a landmark agreement this year with neighbor Greece. On Wednesday, Parliament passed pieces of draft legislation —...