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European Commission supports start of talks on lower primary surplus targets for Greece on conditions: EU official

ATHENS, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission supports the launch of a discussion regarding the reduction of Greece's primary surplus targets, provided that the country will keep the momentum of reforms, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday during a visit to Athens.

Gentiloni is on a two-day visit to the Greek capital as part of his tour across European capitals in the context of the EU's regular schedule of coordination among member states on economic policy.

Greece to provide Saudi Arabia with Patriot missiles

06 Feb 2020; MEMO: The Greek government announced on Tuesday that it will send Patriot defence missiles to Saudi Arabia to help it protect its oil installations.

Greek government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, said that Athens will deploy the missiles at Saudi Arabia’s expense to protect the kingdom’s energy sector, installations and infrastructure.

Greek police fire teargas at protesting migrants, refugees on Lesbos

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas to disperse migrants and refugees protesting on Monday about conditions in migrant camps on the island of Lesbos and the slow pace of processing asylum requests.

Violence broke out near the Kara Tepe camp, a police official said, after hundreds of people marched from the island’s congested migrant camps to the city of Mytilene.

Aid groups have described living conditions in some of Greece’s island camps as appalling.

Greek island mayors press government to lighten migrants overload

ATHENS, Jan 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mayors of three Greek islands bearing the brunt of intensely overcrowded refugee and migrant camps demanded the transfer of thousands to the country’s mainland during a meeting with the new migration minister.

During a second day of protests over the plight of the camps and the conservative government’s plans to replace them with holding centres, the mayors of Lesbos, Samos and Chios pressed for a swift resolution to the problem.

Thousands on Greek islands protest against migrant camps

LESBOS ISLAND (Greece), Jan 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Thousands of residents on Greek islands hosting large migrant camps on Wednesday kicked off a day of protests, demanding the immediate removal of asylum-seekers.

The islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios staged a general strike, shutting down shops and public services and rallying in central squares, many protesters waving Greek flags.

“We want our islands back, we want our lives back,” was the main slogan.

Parliament to elect Greece's first woman president

22 January 2020; AFP: A trailblazing judge with particular expertise in environmental law and the constitution will become Greece's first female president on Wednesday.

The candidacy of Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has already won cross-party support and been welcomed by some commentators as a consensus candidate during a difficult time for Greek foreign policy.

Greek politician likens Haftar to Serbian war criminal

18 Jan 2019; MEMO: A Greek opposition party leader has likened Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a convicted war criminal.

This came after Haftar visited Athens on Friday and met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

Greece ready to help Libya’s post-conflict transition: FM

ATHENS, Jan 18 (NNN-Xinhua) — Greece is ready to help Libya going forward once a solution is found to the conflict there, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told the press following his meeting with Khalifa Haftar, commander of the east-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

The Libyan commander arrived in Athens on Thursday evening for talks with the Greek government before departing for Berlin to participate in a conference this weekend aimed at bringing to an end the long-standing conflict in the northern African country.

Greece ready to help Libya's post-conflict transition: FM

ATHENS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Greece is ready to help Libya going forward once a solution is found to the conflict there, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told the press here on Friday following his meeting with Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The Libyan commander arrived in Athens on Thursday evening for talks with the Greek government before departing for Berlin to participate in a conference this weekend aimed at bringing to an end the long-standing conflict in the northern African country.

Rallies held in Greece against U.S. "imperialist military operations"

ATHENS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of protesters marched in the centre of Athens and Thessaloniki in northern Greece on Saturday, chanting slogans against the U.S. airstrike in Iraq which killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

"Get your hands off Tehran", screamed banners held by demonstrators outside the U.S. embassy in Athens.

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