Last month was the hottest July since 1880, according to Greek official records, with NASA data indicating that, on a global level, July was one of the hottest months on record.
The head of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR), Giorgos Pitsilis, said that a law to protect Greek tax inspectors will be tightened in the wake of a spate of cases involving business owners threatening officials.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his cabinet can hope for a few more days of respite before a return to work next week, when the focus is expected to be on preparing for a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron scheduled for September 7 and 8 and for Tsipras’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) a few days later.
The government is gearing up for a return to work next week with preparations for two key events at the top of the agenda: a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron scheduled for September 7 and 8 and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) a few days after that. According to sources, Tsipras’s first meetings are due on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Attica Bank plans to increase its share capital by 150-200 million euros, according to reports on Thursday. However, a proposal by the bank’s management for the appointment of a strategic investor has caused friction within the government.
The large fires that burned for four days in Kalamos, Kapandriti and other parts of eastern Attica razed around 2,700 hectares of land, according to estimates by the National Observatory, significantly higher than statements by government officials had suggested.
As tensions continue to run high at overcrowded reception centers across the country, a group of migrants Thursday staged a sit-in at a state-run camp in Diavata, northern Greece, protesting plans to bring more migrants to the facility.
A day after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed there are no sea borders between Greece and Turkey, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos declared that those borders exist and that they also demarcate the frontier with the European Union.
The United Nations said Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will decide “in due course” on the way forward with regard to Cyprus, after the collapse of reunification talks last month at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.
Municipal authorities of the occupied town of Morphou in northern Cyprus have reiterated a call to the United Nations and the European Union to exert pressure on Turkey to change its stance and contribute to a just solution to the Cyprus problem that will restore the basic human rights of all Cypriots.
Even as a steady influx of undocumented migrants continues to arrive on Greek islands in the eastern Aegean from neighboring Turkey, in western Greece hundreds have been intercepted while attempting to continue their journeys further into Europe.
The mayor of Kos, Giorgos Kyritsis, on Wednesday, called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis to start the process of granting compensation to homeowners and businesses that suffered losses when a strong quake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, struck the Dodecanese island last month.
A man and a woman, both aged 35, died after trying to save two of their children in rough seas off Crete on Tuesday night. According to local reports, the couple had been camping with their four children at the beach in Geropotamo, Rethymno.