Greece and Turkey trade barbs as Erdogan visits Athens

ATHENS – Greece and Turkey squared up over old disputes on Thursday during a state visit to Athens by President Tayyip Erdogan that quickly descended into verbal sparring over a list of historical grievances. Designed to boost relations between the two nations, the first visit of a Turkish president in 65 years quickly turned into a blunt grudge-fest between the NATO allies. The two countries agreed to revive a consultation process for confidence-building measures, Prime…

"Greece and Turkey trade barbs as Erdogan visits Athens"

‘This is not a life’: migrants stranded on Greek island

LESBOS, Greece – Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets. Nearby, three Syrian men share a flimsy tent designed for two. Like the expectant couple, they arrived by rubber dinghy from Turkey only to find the island’s migrant camp in a disused military base…

"‘This is not a life’: migrants stranded on Greek island"

Niceties aside, Greece and Turkey take the gloves off for Erdogan visit

ATHENS – Greece and Turkey squared up to each other over old disputes on Thursday during a state visit by Tayyip Erdogan to Athens, the first such by a Turkish head of state in 65 years and one which quickly exposed long-held historical grievances. Uneasy allies in NATO and at odds over a host of issues from ethnically split Cyprus to air space, diplomatic niceties were set aside after early remarks by Erdogan to Greek…

"Niceties aside, Greece and Turkey take the gloves off for Erdogan visit"

Greek pensioners protest against government that ‘took everything’

ATHENS – Several hundred elderly Greeks marched through Athens on Thursday, protesting against a government they say “took everything” with a new round of cuts to pensions and crumbling health care benefits. Greece’s three bailouts since 2010 have repeatedly taken aim at the pension system. Cuts have pushed nearly half its elderly below the poverty line with incomes of less 600 euros ($710.70) a month. With nearly a quarter of the workforce unemployed, a quarter…

"Greek pensioners protest against government that ‘took everything’"

At least 15 dead in flash floods on Greek coast

MANDRA, Greece – Flash floods killed at least 15 people, made scores homeless and destroyed infrastructure in Greece on Wednesday after a raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens following a night of heavy rain. In devastation locals said was unprecedented in scale, an overnight deluge triggered flash floods in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra in the foothills of a mountain just west of Athens. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared…

"At least 15 dead in flash floods on Greek coast"

Greece’s Tsipras says debt relief discussion to follow review

ATHENS – Discussions on the long-term sustainability of Greece’s debt are expected to start after the conclusion of a review of reforms by its lenders, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday. Tsipras told lawmakers of his leftist Syriza party that discussions with lenders were progressing well. The government has previously said that talks with lenders on the bailout review would be concluded by January. “Immediately after the conclusion of the third review a discussion…

"Greece’s Tsipras says debt relief discussion to follow review"

Don’t blame others for your problems, Germany’s Schaeuble tells Greece

ATHENS – Outgoing German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged debt-wracked Greece to stop blaming others for its financial woes and stick to a reform agenda instead of relying on debt relief. Schaeuble, a leading advocate of Greece’s tough austerity programs and one of Germany’s most powerful politicians, was elected speaker of its lower house of parliament on Tuesday. The 75-year-old lawyer, whose no-nonsense approach on austerity made him a popular hate figure among Greeks, told…

"Don’t blame others for your problems, Germany’s Schaeuble tells Greece"

Greece, lenders to start talks again, as countdown starts

ATHENS – Greece’s creditors will return to Athens next week to assess its bailout compliance, in a review which should be concluded swiftly if the country is to meet its goal of emerging from lenders’ supervision next year. Athens hopes to wrap up the review by January to start discussions with its lenders right after on the terms of exiting its current, 86-billion euro bailout in August 2018, and on further debt relief – a…

"Greece, lenders to start talks again, as countdown starts"

Greek archaeologists clear way for Hellenikon resort

ATHENS – Greece welcomed a decision by senior archaeologists to conditionally permit a major tourism project in Athens on Wednesday, saying it cleared the way for the country to turn the site into one of Europe’s biggest coastal resorts. The 8 billion euro ($9.4 billion) project to develop the disused Hellenikon airport site is a key term of Greece’s international bailout and is closely watched by its official creditors and potential investors in the crisis-hit…

"Greek archaeologists clear way for Hellenikon resort"