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Greece: Striking hospital staff hold protest in Athens

Oct. 21, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers marched Thursday through central Athens as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and compulsory coronavirus vaccinations. About 500 protesters demonstrated in the center of the capital, heading...

Former Greek PM Papandreou seeks political comeback

Oct. 21, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will seek the leadership of the once-powerful Socialist party founded by his father, the late politician Andreas Papandreou, in an effort to revive its popularity that plummeted during a recent financial crisis. “I...

Female former Afghan lawmakers, judges meet Greek PM

Oct. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female former lawmakers and judges from Afghanistan were received Friday by Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover. The three former lawmakers and three former judges...

Greek lawmakers ratify major defense pact with France

Oct. 07, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s lawmakers Thursday ratified a landmark defense deal with France that includes a mutual assistance clause in case of an armed attack against either — a pact that has irked fellow NATO member Turkey. The five-year agreement was announced...

Greece sees higher than expected growth, deficits

Oct. 04, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s conservative government on Monday revised its growth estimate upward for the second time in less than a month, following signs of a faster than expected recovery. Growth is due to reach 6.1% in 2021 and 4.5% next year, bringing output to...

Greece: Truck on parliament sidewalk checked for explosives

Oct. 04, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 58-year-old Greek man was arrested Monday after he drove a pickup truck onto a sidewalk in front of the the country's parliament building and reportedly threatened police. Bomb disposal officers checked the vehicle and one gas canister and a...

Greek PM views new camp, says migrant smugglers 'crushed'

Oct. 01, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

VATHY, Samos (AP) — Greece’s prime minister flew to the eastern Aegean island of Samos Friday to view a new camp for asylum seekers that has replaced the island's old, squalid facility, and said his government’s migration policy has “crushed” migrant smuggling networks. ...

Greek PM 'unapologetic' in defending Greek borders

Sep. 30, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says he is “unapologetic about defending" Greece’s borders in the face of uncontrolled migration attempts, but insists his country is doing so in a manner that respects human rights. Greece has come under strong...

Top dog: Greek leader's pet interrupts news conference

Sep. 30, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Peanut has met several visiting European leaders since becoming Greece’s top dog back in April. On Thursday, the golden-haired former stray decided to give himself a louder introduction -- briefly interrupting a news conference being held by the...

Greek prime minister: No intention of arms race with Turkey

Sep. 30, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Thursday that he has no intention of competing against Turkey in an arms race and hopes to resolve differences with the neighboring country through dialogue, but that Greece must defend its territory and sovereignty. ...