New minister sets out plan for addressing migration challengesPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government is hoping that the creation of new, closed reception centres for migrants on the islands, along with faster repatriations and return to Turkey as well as greater deterrents will alleviate the pressure that New Democracy has been under over the last few months as it tries to get to grips with the influx of asylum seekers.
Athens moves on after Berlin Conference absence, seeks more active role in Libya developmentsPoliticsForeign Policy
In Greece’s absence, the Berlin Conference ended on Sunday with an agreement among all the participants to respect a much-violated arms embargo, to hold off on military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full ceasefire.
Greece aims to bolster Balkan role to dull impact of EU veto for Skopje, TiranaPoliticsForeign Policy
Athens is planning specific moves to bolster its role in the Balkans and to avert any developments that could be against Greek interests following France’s decision to veto accession talks for North Macedonia and Albania.
Economic sentiment eases to 106.7 in Oct, industry and construction confidence improveEconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) dropped by 0.5 points in October to reach 106.7 points, European Commission (EC) figures showed on Wednesday.
Greek concerns about name deal grow after North Macedonia's EU bid is blockedPoliticsForeign Policy
Athens is watching closely the political developments in North Macedonia, which is heading for snap elections on April 12 that were triggered by France vetoing the opening of EU accession talks with Skopje during the recent European Council.
Athens waits for EU action on Turkey and Greece's Balkan neighboursPoliticsForeign Policy
Turkey’s actions in Syria and the East Med, as well as the EU prospects of Albania and North Macedonia are top of the diplomatic agenda for Greece this week, amid high-level meetings between European officials.
Second day of review yields progress, work needed on fiscal frontEconomyProgramme
The Greek authorities and the heads of the institutions completed the second day of talks in Athens that left fiscal issues for 2020 still open, although it was not anticipated that the matter would have been settled on this trip, ahead of the draft budget that is due to be tabled to Parliament on October 7.
Fiscal issues dominate talks as fourth post-programme review ensuesEconomyProgramme
The first round of discussions between the Greek authorities and the institutions was held on Monday and appears to have yielded the first areas of common ground, and revealed areas that have some way to go still.
Survey indicates Greeks concerned about EU's role as geopolitical actorSociety
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) has released a brief outlining what Europeans want from the bloc in terms of foreign policy.
Mitsotakis lauds Commission VP nomination amid murmurs within partyPoliticsGreek Politics
The achievement of Greece’s nominee for the European Commission being offered a vice president spot has been overshadowed at home by a potential rift within New Democracy that could present Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his first significant domestic political challenge since winning the July 7 general election.