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Greece lowers voting age to 17

2016-07-23 08:34

Greek lawmakers have voted to amend electoral law to lower the voting age by a year to 17, and eventually eliminate a 50-seat bonus for the winning party.

Ancient ship graveyard found off Greek island

2016-07-11 19:14

Forty-five shipwrecks, many dating back to ancient times, have been discovered off a Greek archipelago that is one of the Mediterranean's richest underwater archaeological sites.

Greek people-smuggler gets 103 years

2016-06-19 19:24

A Greek people-smuggler has been sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe.

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

2016-06-10 20:27

Athens is to store away dozens of outdoor sculptures after five brass busts went missing last month and a marble statue was vandalised, officials say.

Migrant deaths in Mediterranean top 10 000 since 2014

2016-06-08 06:05

More than 10 000 people have died attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, the UN says.

Gay Syrian asks EU court to block deportation

2016-06-04 13:19

A gay Syrian man who fled Turkey after ISIS "emissaries" visited him and demanded he return to his homeland, is challenging his deportation from Greece, a rights group says.

Over 100 migrant bodies washed up in Libya

2016-06-03 17:07

The bodies of more than 100 migrants have washed up on a Libyan beach as a new migrant boat tragedy unfolded in the Mediterranean.

Greece: 3 dead, 302 people rescued from boat

2016-06-03 14:03

Greek authorities say three bodies have been recovered and 302 people have been rescued from a sinking migrant boat south of Crete.

Putin: EU needs Russia to stay on global stage

2016-05-26 22:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed in an article that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help, as he prepares for his first visit to the bloc this year.

Greece: Evacuation of Idomeni complete

2016-05-26 18:03

Greek police have completed the evacuation of the sprawling border camp of Idomeni by removing nearly 800 migrants, a police source says.

 

Turkish officers who fled coup get suspended sentences in Greece

2016-07-21 15:27

A Greek court has sentenced eight Turkish military officers who fled last week's failed coup, to suspended two-month prison terms, reports say.

Games of Thrones villain blasts EU over refugees

2016-07-02 18:00

British actress Lena Headey visits refugee camps in Greece with Games of Thrones co-stars.

Russians no show at historic Orthodox meeting

2016-06-19 17:43

Orthodox church leaders from around the word are meeting in Greece for the first such gathering in a millennium, but Russia's delegates failed to arrive.

Migrants face Ramadan challenge in Greece

2016-06-10 10:12

Muslims celebrating Ramadan in a Greece refugee camp are facing tough times because they say the facilities are letting them down.

Greece says EU help just an airport sale away

2016-06-07 18:30

Greece says it will relaunch the sale of a former airport in a privatisation that Athens expects will quickly unblock a new tranche of EU funding.

French PM promises Greece more help with reforms

2016-06-03 22:45

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is promising Greece more help to overcoming its major financial crisis, with investment and assistance with administrative reforms.

Hundreds missing as migrant boat capsizes off Greece

2016-06-03 14:29

At least four people have died and a desperate effort was underway to find hundreds more believed missing after a migrant boat capsized off the Greek island of Crete, the coastguard say.

Nato: Aegean patrols helping stem migrant tide

2016-05-28 07:21

A multinational Nato maritime force deployed to the Aegean to help stop the smuggling of migrants from Turkey to Greece, has aided in reducing the flow into Europe, the flotilla's commander says.

After mud and misery, migrants face new hardship

2016-05-26 21:07

Hours after leaving the mud and misery of the Greek border camp of Idomeni, Juan from Syria is dismayed to find his new home - a warehouse turned into a shelter - is hardly an improvement.

Greek police evacuate 1 000 more migrants

2016-05-25 22:00

Greek police have moved another 1 000 migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months.

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