Greece and the economic crisis 2017
NEWS ARCHIVE - Sept 18 - Sept 22
September 24, 2017Weather to take turn for the worse in Greece from Sunday - tornosnews.gr
"The weather in Greece is expected to deteriorate from Sunday night, with rain and storms beginning in the west and northwestern parts of the country, possibly accompanied by hail and strong winds."
September 23, 2017Long-Lost temple of Artemis revealed after 100-year search - Newsweek
"The Swiss-led team discovered the site at the foot of the a hill near the fishing town of Amarynthos, which lies on the western shore of the island, just off the Greek mainland. The temple was finally uncovered six miles from the site where experts had originally believed the sanctuary to be located."
Greece: Court decisions pave way for first forcible returns of asylum-seekers under EU-Turkey deal - pressreleasepoint
"If the applicants, ‘Noori’, a 21-year-old nursing student, and ‘Afaaz’, are deported it will be the first formal return of an asylum-seeker from Greece to Turkey on the basis that Turkey is a safe country since the EU-Turkey deal came into force."
Touring Athens: Rick Steves Pocket Athens - Amazon
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September 20, 2017
"The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Alexander Vinnik, 37, in July, accusing him of masterminding a $4 billion money laundering scheme using the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Greek authorities arrested Vinnik in the tourist resort of Halkidiki on July 26... "
Is the Greece Crisis Finally Over? - Yahoo
"Popular Santorini received over 600 cruise boats in 2016. On some days, nearly 20,000 cruise ship passengers would disembark, overwhelming the small island. In response, Santorini joins other popular vacation destinations like Venice and Barcelona, in restricting the number of tourists who can enter each day. Tourism is 24% of Greece’s GDP. 8 in 10 new jobs were created through the tourist sector."
Greece oil spill: 2 crew of cleanup vessel arrested - ABC News
"... tanker ship, the Lassaia, was carrying oil pumped into it from the wreck of the Agia Zoni II tanker, which sank on Sept. 10."
How Greece’s gold mining trouble could derail CETA - Conversation
"The argument between the Canadian miner and Greece could endanger the ratification process of CETA, the EU-Canada Free Trade deal that is partially coming into effect on September 21. This is bad news for an agreement that has struggled to get off the ground and continues to face significant resistance on both sides of the Atlantic."
Greek Foreign Minister to visit Ankara on October 24 - Protothema
"The agenda of the meeting includes a wide range of issues, mainly the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations, as well as the preparation for the Greece – Turkey Supreme Cooperation Council to be held in Thessaloniki..."
Houliarakis: The government is looking for 12 billion euros for a clean exit from the memorandum - liberal.gr
"... creating a special € 12 billion stabilization fund to the Treasury with money that can not be used before the end of the program and will contribute to a clear exit from the Memorandum. As he explained, the plan is for this fund to act as a security pillow for future market turmoil."
September 19, 2017
"Vinnik was arrested in northern Greece in July and detained pending an extradition hearing later this month following a request from U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California."
The contribution of tourism to the Greek economy is 18.63% - liberal.gr
"...according to 2016 figures, hotels account for about 10% of GDP and 6.5% of employment in the country. "
Tanker being used in Greece oil spill cleanup to be replaced - abcnews.go.com
"Merchant Marine Deputy Minister Nektarios Santorinios said the swap would not delay the pumping operation for more than a few hours. The government has ordered expiring seaworthiness certificates not to be extended, after it emerged that the tanker which sank on Sept. 10 was operating on an extended certificate."
Greek PM urges his ministers to speed up work and complete most of the 95 prior actions - capital.gr
"PM Tsipras told his ministers during a cabinet meeting that Greece must complete the pending reforms by November to expedite the progress review and exit the bailout program."
Please do not swim in the next few days - efsyn.gr
"Appeal from the Mayor of Glyfada Giorgos Papanikolaou: "The next few days will be taking measurements in the waters, to see what the situation is and to inform the world. Please do not swim in the next few days to preserve their health. We will file a lawsuit against any person responsible ... "
September 18, 2017
"Greece’s cabinet on Monday appointed a new president to the country’s Supreme Court, filling the top judicial post after the summer recess, following the retirement in June of Vassiliki Thanou."
WWF files Greece lawsuit over pollution from tanker sinking - Fox News
"The environmental group's Greek branch filed the lawsuit Monday against "anyone found responsible," a common legal practice in Greece when the culprit of a crime hasn't been formally identified."
Greece Must Complete Most Pending Bailout Reforms by November-PM - NYT
"Greece's bailout progress is being reviewed by its lenders on a quarterly basis and the next review is expected to start in October."