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Eurozone in firing line over growth, Greece

2014-10-16 15:45

After a two year rest, the eurozone is back in the financial markets' firing line over stagnating growth, low inflation and budget problems in France and Greece.

Greek bailout exit to test eurozone resilience

2014-10-14 10:15

Greece is not yet giving European leaders sleepless nights again, but political uncertainty in Athens is set to test the currency area's resilience.

IMF to maintain routine post-bailout review

2014-10-13 10:45

Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews.

Greek police foil far-left militant bomb plot

2014-10-02 22:30

Greek police say they have foiled a planned weekend bomb attack by a far-left militant group against the headquarters of the country's ruling centre-right New Democracy party.

And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

2014-10-02 11:14

Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow - the Acropolis is crumbling.

Cyprus cruise liner rescues 300 refugees

2014-09-25 22:05

A cruise liner returning from Greece was pressed into action in rough seas off Cyprus to rescue some 300 people thought to be Syrian refugees whose trawler had run into trouble.

Greece could exit bailout early

2014-09-23 16:30

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expects his country to exit its international bailout ahead of schedule and to cover its own financing needs from next year.

Greek posts budget surplus

2014-09-12 18:19

Greece has posted a primary budget surplus in the first eight months of the year that was more than double the amount targeted under its international bailout plan.

Greece sees growth for 1st time in 8 years

2014-09-06 12:23

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says the country's economy is expected to expand in the third quarter for the first time in eight years.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Greece to evacuate Libya embassy, foreign nationals

2014-07-31 13:20

Greece is sending a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli as well as a few hundred Chinese and European nationals.

Family can sue over US Marine's missing heart

2014-07-16 08:20

A family can sue the US over a Marine's missing heart, lost after an autopsy in Greece, but the Greeks are immune.

Greek state workers strike against job cuts

2014-07-09 13:00

Greek doctors, prison staff and other state workers are protesting against public sector firings imposed as part of the country's €240bn international bailout.

Greek central banker warns of political risk

2014-07-08 10:45

Greece's newly appointed central bank chief says political uncertainty around a presidential election set for 2015 is the main risk to the debt-laden country.

Mystery crocodile confounds Crete cops

2014-07-06 22:02

Greek police have been left baffled by the mysterious appearance of a two-metre long crocodile spotted lounging near an artificial dam on the tourist island of Crete.

Power cuts hit parts of Greece

2014-07-04 11:38

Parts of Greece have been hit by power cuts after electricity workers began one of a series of 48-hour strikes.

Greek police seize ton of heroin, 14 held

2014-06-22 13:05

Around a ton of heroin has been discovered in a warehouse near Athens and 14 people, most of them members of tanker crew, have been arrested, Greek port police say.

Greek unemployment rate eases

2014-06-05 19:15

Greece's unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 26.8% in March from an upwardly revised 26.9% in the previous month, data shows.

At least 22 dead in Greece migrant sinkings

2014-05-05 18:32

At least 22 migrants have drowned in the Aegean Sea after a yacht and a dinghy carrying them towards Greek shores capsized, coastguard officials say.

Guerrilla group says it bombed Greek central bank

2014-04-25 17:08

An anarchist Greek guerrilla group has claimed responsibility for a car bombing at a central bank building in Athens.

Greece returns to bond markets

2014-04-10 17:42

Two years after nearly crashing out of the eurozone, Greece has returned to the bond market with investors hungry for high returns.

Strike brings Greece to a standstill

2014-04-09 14:31

Greece's two largest public and private sector unions have started a 24-hour walkout to protest against austerity measures that foresee thousands of layoffs.

Greece may make swift market comeback

2014-04-01 12:45

Greece could be on the verge of making one of the fastest market comebacks of a defaulted sovereign ever recorded.

Greek civil servants strike over layoffs

2014-03-12 10:07

Greece's civil servants have begun a 24-hour nationwide walkout to protest against austerity measures that foresee thousands of layoffs.

China's smog calls for global trade deal

2014-02-28 14:27

Smog in China is providing unexpected momentum for a global deal on trade in environmental goods due to an urgent access to cheaper, cleaner energy, Denmark's trade minister says

 

Greek bond yield surge threatens bailout exit

2014-10-15 19:27

Greek stocks have posted their biggest one-day loss since the height of the eurozone crisis, while soaring bond yields may threaten plans for an early bailout exit.

Greece confident of exiting bailout scheme

2014-10-13 15:30

Greece says it is in the process of securing an early exit from its EU-IMF bailout scheme, which would make it the third eurozone country to leave the programme.

Greek debt sustainability won't be a problem

2014-10-10 18:31

The sustainability of Greek debt should not become a problem because Athens has exceeded expectations of reforming its finances, says Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Greek doctors, nurses protest wage cuts

2014-10-02 14:15

Greek state doctors and nurses have gone on a nationwide strike against an austerity plan to cut staff and wages.

Autopsy carried out on woman allegedly buried alive

2014-09-27 07:00

Greek authorities were carrying out an autopsy to determine whether a 49-year-old woman was buried alive in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.

Rescue underway of 300 Syrians on boat near Cyprus

2014-09-25 20:33

A rescue operation is underway after 300 migrants from Syria were located in a fishing vessel south of Cyprus, the defence ministry said.

Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' wreck

2014-09-15 21:28

Archaeologists have begun using a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

Court hitch for Greek privatisation project

2014-09-11 15:45

Greece's top privatisation project, the long-awaited development of the former Athens airport, is facing new delays.

International lenders will return to Greece

2014-09-04 17:00

The European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund will return to Greece later to study reform progress.

Mystery over massive tomb unearthed in Greece

2014-08-13 12:47

Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece, but are stumped about who was buried in it.

World's largest solar boat on Greek adventure

2014-07-29 10:09

The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser says.

Greece to privatise biggest power producer

2014-07-10 08:46

Greece has approved a reform bill paving the way for the sale of nearly a third of its biggest power producer, the Public Power Corp.

Short-term bond sale tempting for Greece

2014-07-08 13:14

Greece may be tempted to capitalise on increasing demand for short-term eurozone debt with a three-year bond sale in coming days.

Wanted: Owner of Greek isle's mystery croc

2014-07-07 21:20

As reptile experts scale up plans to capture a two-metre crocodile that mysteriously appeared on the tourist island of Crete, appeals have gone out for its owner to come forward.

Greece threatens to arrest striking workers

2014-07-06 12:30

Greece has ordered electricity workers back to their jobs, threatening them with arrest if they continue with strikes that have caused power cuts across the country.

Old Athens airport to become resort

2014-06-24 15:29

A prominent Greek development fund has announced plans to create a "world-class resort" at the former Athens airport of Hellinikon.

Drop in Greek consumer prices

2014-06-10 17:30

A drop in Greek consumer prices has accelerated in May, as the European Central Bank battled to prevent deflation from gripping the eurozone.

Greeks rescue migrants from punctured boat

2014-05-06 19:02

Greece's coastguard has helped rescue 24 migrants in the Aegean a day after a yacht bringing scores of migrants from Turkey capsized, killing at least 22 people.

Two dead, dozens missing in Greece sinkings

2014-05-05 17:23

Two migrant women have drowned and dozens remain missing after two dinghies carrying them towards Greek shores capsized in the Aegean, coastguard officials said.

Greek deficit lower than expected

2014-04-23 13:39

The deficit of crisis-battered Greece has risen less than expected last year, new data shows.

Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece

2014-04-10 08:07

A bomb has exploded outside a Bank of Greece building in central Athens before dawn, causing some damage but no reports of injuries.

Top officials meet over Greece crisis

2014-04-02 16:08

The falling price of living in Athens has presented the unmistakable spectre of deflation to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.

Greece receives bid for Athens airport

2014-03-27 13:08

Greek authorities say they have received an improved offer for the former Athens airport, one of the top assets of Greece's privatisation drive.

Anger management classes for tax inspectors

2014-03-11 18:19

Greek tax inspectors are being offered anger management classes after the government said they would have to continue enforcing a deeply unpopular emergency tax.

Greece posts first current account surplus

2014-02-19 15:56

Greece has posted its first current account surplus since official records began in 1948, following a sharp contraction in imports and rise in tourism receipts.

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