ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday his government "promptly" will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi...
Greek PM: Turkish fighter jets harassed my helicopter
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Monday that Turkish fighter jets harassed the helicopter he was traveling on during a visit to a remote Greek island to celebrate Greece's...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece have approved a proposal to allow candidates in upcoming European elections to retain their seats in the national parliament — an amendment needed to...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday backed calls by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela, in what...
Bolivia’s Morales, in Greece, backs Venezuela’s Maduro
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bolivia's left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention...
Greek bond sale marks milestone in nation’s recovery
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece successfully launched its first 10-year bond auction since 2010 on Tuesday, as it seeks to gradually regain the confidence of international investors and wean itself...
EU urges Greece to step up reforms to get debt relief
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's top finance official says the Greek government can step up its reforms to qualify for a large debt relief payout in 10 days.
Greece backs Macedonia’s NATO accession, settles dispute
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament on Friday approved a measure for Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute watched closely by Western allies wary of Russian influence in the region.
Lawmakers voted 153-140 to back the NATO protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.
Candidate for EU’s top job slams Greece over Venezuela
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The conservative candidate for the European Union's top job has sharply criticized Greece's stance on Venezuela's political crisis, saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is "blocking initiatives on a European level" that would support those "fighting for a democratic Venezuela."
Manfred Weber, who heads the European Parliament's largest center-right group, said Thursday it was "a tragedy to see how the Greek government is now behaving on (a) European level."
Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul’s Orthodox seminary
ISTANBUL (AP) — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, would help bring the two countries closer together, Greece's prime minister said Wednesday.
During a visit to the site, Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that the seminary at Heybeli Island —known as Halki in Greek — can resume teaching after nearly half a century.
Turkey, Greece stress need for dialogue
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey and the prime minister of Greece agreed Tuesday on the need to keep "channels of dialogue" open between their countries, which have come to the brink of war three times since the early 1970s and remain divided over an array of issues.
Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership this week
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is set to ratify Macedonia's accession agreement with NATO this week after the two countries reached a historic agreement to normalize relations.
The alliance's 29 members plan Wednesday to sign Macedonia's accession protocol, which must then be ratified by each country individually before taking effect.
In Athens, Greek parliamentary Speaker Nikos Voutsis said a ratification bill would be submitted Thursday and voted on Friday.
Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its name.
Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the end of the nearly 30-year dispute bolsters regional peace and security and paves the way for closer economic cooperation with Macedonia.
Amid highway protest, Greece hikes wages, eyes market return
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece announced plans to return to bond markets and increase the minimum wage Monday, amid protests against bailout-era measures by farmers who used tractors to block the country's main highway.
Authorities unveiled plans to issue a 5-year bond, a first market test since the end of Greece's international bailout in August.
Greek lawmakers ratify Macedonia name-change deal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement Friday to end a nearly three decade-long dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name, in a landmark vote that will see the small country renamed North Macedonia and clear its path to NATO membership.
After violence, Greek parliament debates deal with Macedonia
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament on Monday started debating a historic agreement aimed at normalizing relations with Macedonia, a day after violent demonstrations against the deal erupted in Athens.
The agreement would see Macedonia change its name to North Macedonia, while in exchange Greece would lift its objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO and, potentially, the European Union.
Greece prepares massive print run on deal with Macedonia
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is to print tens of thousands of copies of an agreement to normalize relations with Macedonia, to inform the public ahead of a parliamentary debate on ratifying the deal.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said Thursday the document will be distributed with Sunday newspapers so that "every last Greek" can read up on the agreement.
Greek PM survives confidence vote after coalition collapse
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing prime minister narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament late Wednesday days after the governing coalition he leads collapsed over an agreement to end a long-running dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name.
The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local):
Greece's left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed.
Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat legislature for his government to survive. His term ends in October.
Greek PM defends Macedonia deal ahead of confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister on Tuesday defended his deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia ahead of a confidence vote in parliament after his governing coalition collapsed over the agreement.
Alexis Tsipras said he chose to end the 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name, seizing "a great opportunity" despite the potential political cost to his government.
Greek govt faces confidence vote after coalition collapses
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament has scheduled a confidence vote for late Wednesday following the collapse of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' governing coalition over a proposed deal to end a decades-old dispute with Macedonia.
The nationalist Independent Greeks party ended its four-year partnership with Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party on Sunday. The government now needs the backing of six lawmakers from opposition parties or independents to avoid a snap election.
Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defense minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal.
Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and said his right-wing Independent Greeks party is quitting the government after meeting with Tsipras on Sunday morning.
Greek minister criticizes police over clashes with teachers
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's public order minister strongly criticized riot police for their handling of a violent protest Friday by school teachers in Athens who were demonstrating against government plans for hiring new teachers.
Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office.
Debate over renaming nation enters final days in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian lawmakers entered the final stretch Wednesday of renaming their country North Macedonia, part of a deal with neighboring Greece that would smooth the small Balkan country's path to NATO membership in return.
The agreement, reached in June after almost three decades of acrimony, has caused political turmoil in Macedonia and Greece. Opponents in both countries say it includes too many concessions to the other side.
Greek judges accuse government of interference ahead of poll
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Top Greek judges are accusing the government of attempting to interfere in a major investigation ahead of elections this year in which corruption scandals are likely to emerge as a campaign issue.
Several senior politicians, including conservative former prime minister Antonis Samaras and current Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras, are under investigation in an alleged bribery scandal involving Swiss drugmaker Novartis.
Dutch convoy sets off for Greece, hoping to help migrants
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A bus and a fleet of cars have set off from the Netherlands in a continent-crossing convoy to raise awareness of the plight of migrants languishing in overcrowded Greek island camps and maybe even bring some of them back to the Netherlands.
The Dutch group "Let's Bring Them Here" wants to pick up 150 migrants and drive them to the Netherlands.
Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.
Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station, no one hurt
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded early Monday outside the southern Athens headquarters of Greece's private Skai broadcaster, which has been strongly critical of government policies, damaging the glass-fronted building but causing no injuries.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which resembled attacks by domestic extreme left-wing and anarchist groups, whose past targets have included media groups.
Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor Macedonia that would end a decades-long name dispute.
The protesters challenged a heavily patrolled police cordon late Friday in the northern city of Thessaloniki where left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to supporters in a televised address.
Russia and Greece say spat over diplomats expulsions is over
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Greece have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that strained their traditionally friendly ties, the countries' leaders said Friday.
Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats amid allegations they helped fund protests against a deal between Greece and its northern neighbor Macedonia intended to pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO.
Russia angrily rejected the claim and responded in kind, expelling two Greek diplomats in August.
Greek prosecutor investigates TV slur against basketballer
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor is investigating televised remarks made by a sport commentator who allegedly called black basketball player Thanasis Antetokounmpo an "ape."
Takis Tsoukalas made the comments on Nov. 9 after Antetokounmpo's Panathinaikos beat Olympiakos 93-80 in the Euroleague.
"They have an ape. That Antetokounmpo guy is an ape — that's what I'm telling you," he said. "What is that clown doing? Isn't he ashamed of himself? He's making his brother look bad."
Greece’s Church says priests should keep state jobs
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's powerful Orthodox Church says it wants priests to remain civil servants, rejecting part of a recent government offer to switch a payroll system for clergymen.
The church's governing Holy Synod said Friday that it had voted unanimously "to retain the existing payroll status of the clergy and laymen of the Church of Greece."
Greece: Bailout lenders agree to scrap 2019 budget cuts
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say lenders have agreed to scrap a major round of government funding cuts planned for next year after the country outperformed budget targets set to help protect public finances.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the government received "very positive news from Brussels" on Thursday, when bailout creditor representatives met to discuss Greece's draft 2019 budget.
Greek government, Church, strike property development deal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-led government and the country's powerful Orthodox Church have struck a tentative deal to end decades of discord over of large tracts of real estate both claim as their own.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the deal will also end the civil servant status of Church of Greece clerics — some 9,000 men currently paid out of the state budget.
Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed.
Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on the island of Crete. The talks were the sixth meeting between the three leaders aimed at forming an energy-based alliance in the east Mediterranean.
Greece seeking to drop commitment on pension cuts
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government is urging bailout inspectors to drop their insistence that it cuts pension further next year, arguing the country is on target to beat budget targets without doing so.
In its draft 2019 budget, tabled to parliament Monday, the government said Greece's economy will grow 2.5 percent next year, with debt and unemployment steadily falling too.
Prime minister says Greece back on road to economic recovery
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras painted an optimistic vision Saturday night of a Greece that has emerged from eight years of financial austerity imposed by creditors and is on the road to economic recovery.
Laying out his economic program for the coming year in a speech at Greece's largest trade fair, Tsipras said he will seek to keep lowering the unemployment rate that peaked at nearly 28 percent in 2013, raise wages and cut some taxes.
NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Macedonia before a referendum planned in the country on whether to change its name and resolve a long-standing dispute with alliance member Greece.
Stoltenberg landed in the capital on Wednesday and is due to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and other political leaders on Thursday, and back the campaign to change the former Yugoslav republic's name to North Macedonia.
Key ministers keep positions in Greek cabinet reshuffle
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Key members of the Greek government, including those involved in the country's creditor-mandated bailout program such as Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, have retained their positions in a cabinet reshuffle.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' new cabinet, announced Tuesday, contains only minor changes, including new ministers for the interior, public order, justice and culture.
Expert: Fires will get deadlier as cities grow, planet warms
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A senior German scientist who will lead an independent inquiry into last month's deadly Greek wildfire says fires are expected to pose a greater threat worldwide in the coming decades.
Johann Goldammer, who heads the Global Fire Monitoring Center at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Thursday after agreeing to head the inquiry into Greece's deadly July 23 wildfire.
After bailout Odyssey, Greece ready to be ‘normal’ again
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's eight-year bailout ordeal will forever be bookended by two of the country's iconic islands.
In choosing the western island of Ithaca to declare the end of the bailout era Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras harked back to one of the country's legendary heroes from antiquity.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime minister of Greece pledged Thursday to overhaul the national disaster response agency as authorities publicly named the people killed by the country's deadliest forest fire in decades — victims whose ages ranged from 6 months to 95 years.
Greece’s PM promises full investigation of deadly fire
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister vowed Tuesday to have experts investigate all aspects of the country's deadliest forest fire in decades and said the seaside resort areas devastated by the blaze will be rebuilt to higher standards.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras led a meeting about the fire with ministers and regional officials in Lavrion, a seaside town about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the areas burned. At least 91 people died in the July 23 blaze.
Eurozone rescue fund pays final bailout loan to Greece
BRUSSELS (AP) — A rescue fund set up to help euro-using countries paid its final 15 billion-euro ($17.3 billion) bailout loan to Greece on Monday after objections by Germany delayed the payment by several weeks.
The European Stability Mechanism said 9.5 billion euros (nearly $11 billion) of the loan would go toward a cash buffer Greece could use to meet its financial needs for almost two years.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's public order minister resigned Friday over the deadly forest fire that killed at least 88 people in a seaside area near Athens last week, after spending days defending the way authorities had handled the disaster.
A government statement said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Nikos Toskas and accepted his resignation.