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August 26, 2016

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Pierre Moskovisi will meet with Euclid Tsakalotos George Stathakis and George Chouliaraki Monday in Brussels at 12.00 GMT ( 13.00 German time) .

The Ministry of Finance has informed the meeting that is preparatory measure in view of the Eurogroup on 9 September .

It should be noted is that Monday in Brussels the Euro Working Group. There will pave the Eurogroup.



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June 8, 2016

EU divided over Russia sanctions

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Greece, Italy, Germany, Finland and Brussels are reported to be in favour of relaxing the trade sanctions imposed against Russia, following its invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

Ahead of a NATO summit in July[1], which will discuss furthering the sanctions, Russia has sought to strengthen its diplomatic ties with EU nations involved in the summit, which it hopes will lead to a relaxation of the sanctions.

The sanctions restrict EU investment in Russian banks and energy firms, and the import and export of Russian military equipment.[2]

While EU relations with Russia appear to be warming, the U.S. has dispatched envoys to the EU, urging its member states to extend the sanctions. Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, told a Senate Relations Committee that “the largest piece of leverage that we have on Russia is the sustainment over two years of deep and comprehensive sanctions across the U.S. and EU countries… So again this is why we are advocating – because Minsk is not being implemented – that the sanctions have to be rolled over again.”[3]

Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza also recommended that the committee extend the sanctions to other Russian politicians and journalists, who he claims are buying property and educating their children in the West.

“The most effective way and frankly the most principled way… to deal with those human rights abusers is to place them on that sanctions list,” he said.[4]

The EU has suspended travel and frozen the assets of 149 Russian nationals[5], while the U.S. has imposed similar sanctions on 39 individuals.[6]

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has voiced strong opposition to the sanctions, telling reporters at a press-conference in May that, “We have repeatedly said that the vicious circle of militarisation, of Cold War rhetoric and of sanctions is not productive. The solution is dialogue.”[7]

Recent comments by German senior ministers reflect a softening of the German Chancellery’s previously hard-line stance on Russian sanctions, with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmier saying that, “My approach has aways been that sanctions are not an end in themselves. When progress is made on the implementation of the Minsk Protocol, we can also talk then about easing sanctions.”[8]

The Russian sanctions will be a key item on the NATO summit’s agenda, to be held in Warsaw on July 8-9.[9]



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April 23, 2016

The Rio 2016 olympic flame is lit in Olympia

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

At little over 100 days the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday the morning from was ignited the Olympic flame in a ceremony held in the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The solar noon, actress Katerina Lehu, in the role of priestess and accompanied by 14 virgins, was commissioned to light the flame through a parabolic mirror who deflected solar rays towards the first torch.

After turning on the “sacred fire” passed Lehu fire to the first torchbearer, the gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. Also, one of the first relievers was a Syrian refugee in the name of all mistreated by wars will carry the baton in a refugee camp Eleonas” reported El País.

“Today we write history, these Olympic Games will be a message of hope in these difficult times and the flame will contribute that message to every corner of Brazil and the whole world,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Along six days, the Olympic torch will pass through more than 2000 kilometers of Greek territory, going on Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride will end at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where he will stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it will be moved to Brasilia. The tradition of the Olympic flame comes from the ancient Olympic Games and commemorates Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and handed over to humanity. The trip relay from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in Berlin 1936.



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Rio 2016 Olympic flame lit in Olympia

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A little over 100 days before the scheduled start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, on Thursday the Olympic flame was ignited in a ceremony at the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. Actress Katerina Lehu played the role of priestess accompanied by fourteen virgins, lighting the flame at solar noon using sunlight focused by a parabolic mirror.

After lighting the “sacred fire” Lehu passed it to its first bearer, gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. According to El País, another torchbearer is to be a Syrian refugee, bearing it in the Eleonas refugee camp.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the lighting ceremony was writing history, and the Olympic Games would bring a message of hope in difficult times to Brazil and to the whole world. Over six days, the Olympic torch is to pass through more than 2000 kilometers of Greek territory, going through Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride ends at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where it is to stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it is to be moved to Brasilia. The relay trip of the Olympic flame from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in the Berlin 1936 Games.



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November 25, 2015

Athens bomb targets business group, damages Cypriot embassy

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A bombing outside the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises in central Athens, Greece early yesterday morning caused heavy damage to the Cypriot embassy across the street.

Nearby Syntagma Square, from file.
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The explosion hit Xenofontos Street around 3.30 a.m. local time (0130 UTC). Police had cordoned off the area after two local newspapers received calls warning of the impending blast 30–40 minutes before the blast. Unconfirmed reports state the bomb as being 3kg of explosives left in a backpack outside the office and detonated by a timer.

Police evacuated a hotel near the scene and warned kiosk vendors in the vicinity. Nobody was injured. The site is close to the city’s famed Syntagma Square. Witnesses report two individuals leaving the bag and police told Reuters a CCTV camera recorded two dark-clad men speeding off on a motorcycle.

Kyriakos Kenevezos, the Cypriot Ambassador, said to state media conglomerate CNA “Our embassy absorbed the full impact of the blast[…] there is incalculable damage to the interior from the ground floor to the sixth floor.”

Domestic anarchist and extreme left militants have been carrying out bombings and starting fires since 2010 saw the introduction of widespread austerity. Attacks have however decreased since left-wingers Syriza took power in January under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The government condemned the attacks, as did conservative opposition party New Democracy.



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August 11, 2015

Greece on verge of new bailout deal

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Greece is now on the verge of securing a new bailout deal worth nearly €86 billion; although there has been no confirmation of its size. Greece has “moved very far forward” and only “two or three small issues” are to be discussed further in the coming days says Greek Financial Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.

Reports have emerged from Greek officials that suggest the bailout will be pushed through parliament by Thursday at the latest. The austerity bill will then be audited on Friday by Eurozone finance minister.

Interest payments from 2016 are excluded in order for the Greek budget to reach surplus a Greek government official reports.


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January 27, 2015

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Greek singer Demis Roussos died on Sunday in Athens. The 68-year-old Roussos, born in Egypt, died in a private hospital. No official cause of death has been announced but the hospital said he had been there for some time. Roussos reached international fame in the 1960s and 70s. His hits included Forever and Ever, Quand je t’aime, and Goodbye.

Roussos, whose musical career started with work in cabaret, had success both as a solo artist and as part of a group. He belonged to progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child. After a successful career with Aphrodite’s Child, Roussos went solo. His single Forever and Ever reached number one in several Single charts in 1973 and topped the UK Singles chart in 1976.

He and his family left Egypt in 1961, when he was a teenager, in the aftermath of the Suez crisis. Before the move he had studied and performed music in a Greek church. He was 17 when he joined group The Idols; while with The Idols he met Vangelis, who he would go on to form Aphrodite’s Child with.

Vangelis released a statement about the death of his former bandmate Roussos. He said “Demis my friend. I have just arrived in London and I’ve been told that you decide to take the long voyage, I’m shocked because I can’t believe that this happened so soon. Nature gave you this magic voice of yours which made millions of people around the world very happy. […] As for me, I keep those special memories that we share together those early days and I wish you to be happy wherever you are. […] Goodbye my friend goodbye. Love Vangelis.”

Another tribute came from fellow Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. Speaking to French radio station RTL, she said “He had a superb voice, he travelled in the world […] he loved what he was doing. He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world.”

In 1985 he was a captive in the TWA Flight 847 hijacking. He was held for five days, one of which was his 39th birthday.

During his later life Roussos lived in several countries including France, United States and England. In 2013 he was awarded the French Legion of Honour during a ceremony in Athens.



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June 27, 2014

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With day three of the European Deaf Swimming Championships wrapped up on Wednesday in Saransk, Russia, the host nation continues to lead in total number of gold medals awarded.

Russian men swept the podium in the men’s 50m butterfly with Ilya Trishkin taking home gold and besting the previous European Championship Record with a time of 25.62. Fellow Russian Vitaliy Obotin finished first in the men’s 200m medley, setting a new European record in the process and beating out the next closest swimmer in today’s competition, Trishkin, by almost 5 seconds. Eleonora Brykanova won a gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. Martin Fomin finished first in the men’s 200m breaststroke, with a European Championship Record time of 2:24.27. Russian swimmers claimed half the total gold medals awarded on the day, and half the total of all medals awarded.

The remaining gold medals were distributed amongst four other countries. Ukraine’s Anna Tovsta won gold in the women’s 800m freestyle. Poland’s Artur Pioro finished first in the men’s 400m freestyle. Great Britain’s Danielle Joyce captured gold in the women’s 200m backstroke with a world record time of 2:25.38. Belarus’s Aksana Petrushenka finished first in the women’s 100m breaststroke. During the preliminary race, she set a new European Championship Record with a time of 1:15.33 before going on to better that time in the final with a time of 1:13.23.

Overall, Ukraine climbed one place over Germany in the overall medal rankings, having won four total medals on Wednesday. Poland and Great Britain also went up one spot each. Germany fell to sixth place, having won only one silver medal on the day. Swimmers from Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Spain and Turkey failed to win any medals.

Yesterday was an off day for swimming, and competition had continued today.

Total medals after day three of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 15 13 10 38
2 Belarus 6 1 2 9
3 Ukraine 1 5 7 13
4 Poland 1 3 3 7
5 Great Britain 1 2 3 6
6 Germany 1 1 0 2
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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June 25, 2014

Russians top podium on second day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With the second day of swimming yesterday at the European Deaf Swimming Championships in Saransk, Russia, Russia won five of the seven gold medals awarded on the day.

Vladislav Vasin won the men’s 50 meter freestyle. Igor Zhuravlev came in first in the men’s 100 meter backstroke. Vitaly Obotin finished first in the men’s 400 meter medley. Ekaterina Savchenko won gold in the women’s 200 meter butterfly. Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaly Obotin came in first in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle.

Rounding out the day’s first place finishes, Belarussian Aksana Petrushenka won the women’s 50 meter freestyle, and Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk in the women’s 4 x 100 meter medley.

Several records were broken on the day. During a preliminary, Russian Obotin set a new European Deaf Swimming Championships record in the the 400 meter medley event, breaking German Bjorn Koch’s record set at the 2010 Dortmund, Germany hosted championship. Obotin’s time was 9 seconds slower than his European record holding time of 4:34.49, which he set in Sofia, Bulgaria last year. In the final, Obotin broke his European record with a time of 4:33.66. Vasin matched the European Championship Record in the men’s 50 meter freestyle final, with a time of 24.35, equaling Greek George Dontas’s record set at the 2002 championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Russian Ekaterina Savchenko set a European Championship Record in the women’s 200 meter butterfly, with a time of 2:27.90, bettering her own European Championship Record set in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006. The Russian team of Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaliy Obotin set a European Championship record in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle, beating the record set at the 2010 Dortmund hosted championship. The Belorussian team of Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk set a world record in the women’s 4 x 200m medley, beating the record set by Belarus in 2009 in Taipei.

After two full days of swimming, Russia led the competition’s overall medal count with 26 medals, 11 of which were gold. Belarus was second, with 6 total medals, 5 of which were gold. Germany was third, with just one medal, which was gold.

Total medals after day two of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 11 9 6 26
2 Belarus 5 0 1 6
3 Germany 1 0 0 1
4 Ukraine 0 4 5 9
5 Poland 0 3 2 5
6 Great Britain 0 1 3 4
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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April 12, 2014

Spain\’s men remain on top of FIFA global rankings for April 2014

Spain’s men remain on top of FIFA global rankings for April 2014

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The latest FIFA global rankings were published on Thursday. While there were changes for eight of the top ten ranked teams, the Spanish team‘s top ranking remained unchanged. Germany‘s rank of number two also remained unchanged. All the teams are all-male, with women ranked separately.

Portugal, Colombia and Uruguay each moved up one to be ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively. Argentina dropped three places to be ranked sixth, tied in the rank with Brazil who moved up three. Switzerland and Italy each moved down one, ranked eighth and ninth respectively. Greece moved up three to be ranked tenth.

Azerbaijan is ranked the highest in the team’s history at 85th, up six from the previous rankings published in March. Afghanistan is the second team in this ranking to have a team best ranking with a 122nd ranking, up 5 from the previous ranking period. Scotland was the biggest mover in this ranking period, climbing 15 spots for a ranking of 22. Liberia had the biggest drop, moving down 22 spots to 119. This was down only one more team than New Zealand who dropped 21 spots to be ranked 111.

Later this year, Spain is scheduled to play the Netherlands, Chile and Australia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during pool play. The Netherlands dropped four places to be ranked fifteenth. Australia rose four places to be ranked 59th. Chile rose one place to be ranked fourteenth.

Several members of the Spanish national team are currently scheduled to play in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, including Diego Costa, Koke and David Villa who play for Atletico Madrid and Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Álvaro Arbeloa, Nacho, Xabi Alonso, Isco.



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