News | ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini en null null Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:56:31 GMT 2020-08-26T01:56:31Z en null null ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini Disposable plastic items on the way out in 2021 http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/disposable-plastic-items-on-the-way-out-in-2021

The distribution of disposable plastic products on the market will be made illegal as of July 3, 2021, according to a law drafted by the Environment Ministry.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:56:17 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/disposable-plastic-items-on-the-way-out-in-2021 2020-08-25T18:56:17Z
Police conduct thousands of Covid inspections nationwide http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/police-conduct-thousands-of-covid-inspections-nationwide

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Tuesday said they conducted more than 50,000 inspections nationwide on Monday, aimed at checking compliance with restrictions imposed by the authorities in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:53:43 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/police-conduct-thousands-of-covid-inspections-nationwide 2020-08-25T18:53:43Z
German minister sees readiness for dialogue between Greece, Turkey http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-minister-sees-readiness-for-dialogue-between-greece-turkey

Greece and Turkey told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday that they did not want to settle their dispute over the eastern Mediterranean with military means, the minister said, saying there was a readiness for dialogue.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:23:46 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-minister-sees-readiness-for-dialogue-between-greece-turkey 2020-08-25T18:23:46Z
Turkey wants no pre-conditions, ‘honest’ EU mediation for talks with Greece http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-wants-no-pre-conditions-honest-eu-mediation-for-talks-with-greece

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday Greece must abandon its “maximalist approach” and pre-conditions for dialogue to begin over disputed offshore Mediterranean resources, adding Ankara expects the EU to act as an “honest and objective” mediator.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:21:02 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-wants-no-pre-conditions-honest-eu-mediation-for-talks-with-greece 2020-08-25T18:21:02Z
Man United defender Maguire found guilty of assault http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/man-united-defender-maguire-found-guilty-of-assault

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been found guilty of assault at a trial and handed a 21-month suspended sentence following his arrest after a brawl last week on the island of Mykonos, court officials in Greece said.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:18:48 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/man-united-defender-maguire-found-guilty-of-assault 2020-08-25T18:18:48Z
Cavusoglu: ‘We will do whatever is necessary without hesitation’ http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/cavusoglu-we-will-do-whatever-is-necessary-without-hesitation

Turkey warned Greece on Tuesday not to escalate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean or it will not hesitate to do “what is necessary,” though it said it wanted to solve the issue through dialogue and diplomacy.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:10:03 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/cavusoglu-we-will-do-whatever-is-necessary-without-hesitation 2020-08-25T17:10:03Z
More subsidies on the way http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/more-subsidies-on-the-way

Now that it has got some relief from the European Union, in the form of long-term, low-interest loans from the SURE program, the government is considering extending aid to employees, the self-employed and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:56:19 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/more-subsidies-on-the-way 2020-08-25T15:56:19Z
Erdogan pays tribute to ‘heroes’ of Battle of Manzikert http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/erdogan-pays-tribute-to-heroes-of-battle-of-manzikert

In a tweet posted on the eve of the anniversary of the Battle of Manzikert, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday paid tribute to the “heroes” of the battle that saw Seljuk Turks, led by sultan Alp-Arslan, defeat the Byzantine army on 26 August 1071.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:30:48 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/erdogan-pays-tribute-to-heroes-of-battle-of-manzikert 2020-08-25T15:30:48Z
168 more coronavirus cases; one death http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/168-more-coronavirus-cases-one-death

Greek authorities announced 168 new cases of coronavirus and one fatality in the past 24 hours Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:10:01 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/168-more-coronavirus-cases-one-death 2020-08-25T15:10:01Z
Mitsotakis meets Pfizer Inc. CEO http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/mitsotakis-meets-pfizer-inc-ceo

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday met with Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Albert Bourla.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:45:53 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/mitsotakis-meets-pfizer-inc-ceo 2020-08-25T14:45:53Z
Greece, France and Cyprus to conduct joint 3-day exercise http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-france-and-cyprus-to-conduct-joint-3-day-exercise

Greece, France and Cyprus will conduct a joint aeronautical exercise west of the Mediterranean island from August 26-28, state-run Athens-Macedonia news agency (ANA-MPA) reported Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:04:19 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-france-and-cyprus-to-conduct-joint-3-day-exercise 2020-08-25T13:04:19Z
Chrysochoidis meets Austrian interior minister http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/chrysochoidis-meets-austrian-interior-minister

Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis on Tuesday thanked Austria for helping Greece secure its border with Turkey which tens of thousands of migrants and refugees tried for days to breach in March.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:53:45 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/chrysochoidis-meets-austrian-interior-minister 2020-08-25T12:53:45Z
Greece wants dialogue with Turkey but will defend sovereign rights, says FM http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-wants-dialogue-with-turkey-but-will-defend-sovereign-rights-says-fm

Greece is ready for a dialogue to help dissolve tensions with Turkey over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean but the country will also defend its sovereign rights, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:59:32 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-wants-dialogue-with-turkey-but-will-defend-sovereign-rights-says-fm 2020-08-25T11:59:32Z
Archbishop wears mask to Holy Synod meeting http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/archbishop-wears-mask-to-holy-synod-meeting

The head of the Church of Greece on Tuesday wore a paper mask to attend a meeting of the Holy Synod and had his temperature taken by a health worker before entering the assembly.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:47:02 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/archbishop-wears-mask-to-holy-synod-meeting 2020-08-25T11:47:02Z
‘Spark’ in East Med could spell ‘disaster,’ German FM says http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/spark-in-east-med-could-spell-disaster-german-fm-says

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed that growing tension between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean is like “playing with fire” and not in anyone’s interest.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:19:48 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/spark-in-east-med-could-spell-disaster-german-fm-says 2020-08-25T11:19:48Z
Athens seeking tougher EU sanctions against Turkey, says deputy FM http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-seeking-tougher-eu-sanctions-against-turkey-says-deputy-fm

Greece is calling on the European Commission to present “different options” on how Turkey can be sanctioned for violating Greek and Cypriot sovereign rights in the Eastern Mediterranean beyond punishing oil company officials, Deputy Foreign Minister Militiadis Varvitsiotis has told Politico.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:32:21 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-seeking-tougher-eu-sanctions-against-turkey-says-deputy-fm 2020-08-25T10:32:21Z
Turkish officials ramp up rhetoric against Greece ahead of German FM’s visit http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkish-officials-ramp-up-rhetoric-against-greece-ahead-of-german-fms-visit

A close associate and adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Greece of “undermining” efforts to ease tension between the two neighbors over East Mediterranean energy rights, just as German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas heads to Athens and Ankara in a bid to restart high-level diplomatic talks between the two neighbors.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:44:48 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkish-officials-ramp-up-rhetoric-against-greece-ahead-of-german-fms-visit 2020-08-25T09:44:48Z
German FM calls for ‘direct discussions’ between Greece and Turkey http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-fm-calls-for-direct-discussions-between-greece-and-turkey

“The windows for dialogue between Greece and Turkey must now be opened further and not closed,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an emailed statement before meeting Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his counterpart, Nikos Dendias, in Athens on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:04:55 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-fm-calls-for-direct-discussions-between-greece-and-turkey 2020-08-25T09:04:55Z
Evros land border fence to be ready in eight months http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/evros-land-border-fence-to-be-ready-in-eight-months

The construction of a new fence on northeastern Greece’s Evros land border with Turkey will be completed in eight months, according to Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, speaking in Parliament on Monday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:53:34 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/evros-land-border-fence-to-be-ready-in-eight-months 2020-08-25T08:53:34Z
Greece, US hold military exercise south of Crete http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-us-hold-military-exercise-south-of-crete

The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) on Tuesday published photographic and video footage from a Greek-American naval and air force exercise that took place south of Crete on Monday.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:22:40 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-us-hold-military-exercise-south-of-crete 2020-08-25T08:22:40Z