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 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 government plans crowdfunding for new warships
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary.
Panos Kammenos says he will open a bank account on Jan. 1 where members of the public can make donations "for new frigates and a flagship."
He addressed his appeal to Greece's wealthy shipowning industry, as well as ordinary Greeks.
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.
The Latest: Greek minister denies claims over migrant funds
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Greece's defense minister is denying newspaper allegations that his ministry mismanaged European Union funds for improving living conditions of migrants trapped in the country.
Panos Kammenos says that the ministry used around 90 million euros ($106 million) of the EU funds, with full transparency.
3 Greek journalists set free after minister’s complaint
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three journalists were released from custody Sunday following a complaint against them by Greece's defense minister.
The publisher, editor-in-chief and political editor of daily paper "Fileleftheros" (Liberal) had voluntarily turned themselves in Saturday after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said an article in the paper's Friday edition had defamed him.
2 Greek journalists detained after minister files complaint
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The publisher and editor in chief of a Greek newspaper have been detained over an article that alleges mishandling of European Union funds meant to improve conditions in migrant hotspots across the country.
The journalists were detained following a complaint by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, whose ministry is handling the EU funding. The article published Friday alleged some of the recipients of EU funding were businessmen connected to Kammenos.
2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two Greek soldiers freed after months in a Turkish prison returned to their home country by government jet early Wednesday after their unexpected release eased tensions between the neighbors and historical rivals.
Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he phoned his Turkish counterpart to express his satisfaction with the soldiers' release and invite him to visit Greece.
The Latest: 2 soldiers now in Greece after Turkey freed them
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the release from a Turkish prison of two Greek soldiers (all times local):
3:30 a.m. Wednesday
A government jet carrying two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison has landed in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of the Greek government's junior coalition partner said Tuesday he will not allow a deal the country recently made with neighboring Macedonia over the latter's name to be ratified until it has voter approval, either through general elections or a referendum.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from the junior party in Greece's left-led governing coalition was coming under pressure Wednesday to give up his parliamentary position after quitting the party and reducing the government's majority to just two seats.
Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus, Israel and Greece must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region, the countries' defense ministers said Friday.
Cypriot Minister Savvas Angelides and his Israeli and Greek counterparts Avigdor Lieberman and Panos Kammenos said they also seek to expand cooperation on cybersecurity, joint military drills and search and rescue operations in the eastern Mediterranean.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on a no-confidence vote in the Greek parliament (all times local):
Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece's northern neighbor.
Greek fighter jet crashes into Aegean Sea, pilot killed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek air force fighter jet crashed into the Aegean Sea on Thursday after returning from a patrol, killing the pilot, Defense Ministry officials said.
The officials said the single-seater Mirage 2000-5 crashed north of the island of Skyros in the central Aegean. They gave no information about the possible cause of the crash.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister described Turkey on Wednesday as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and said he had ordered the deployment of more military personnel to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said 7,000 service members were being moved to the islands and a border area in northeast Greece amid a spike in tension between the two NATO allies.
Greek defense min: No use of ‘Macedonia’ in name dispute
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of the Greek government's junior coalition partner says his party will not accept any solution in a name dispute with neighboring Macedonia that includes any derivative of the term "Macedonia."
Panos Kammenos, who is Greece's defense minister, said in a television interview Tuesday his right-wing Independent Greeks party will "prevent in any way the use of the term 'Macedonia'" in the neighboring country's name.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is seeking assistance from the European Union, NATO and the United Nations' secretary-general in securing the release of two Greek soldiers who were arrested in Turkey after they strayed across the border, government officials said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke by telephone with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the soldiers' arrests last week, the Greek government said.
Cyprus, Egypt, Greece agree to bolster maritime security
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Thursday to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.
Cyprus to help Lebanon build Mediterranean Sea rescue center
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Defense Ministry says the island nation will help Lebanon build a search-and-rescue center for responding to emergencies off its Mediterranean Sea coastline.
A Defense Ministry statement says Cypriot officials will provide Lebanese authorities with training, technical know-how and financial assistance for the center.
The statement says the center will help boost cooperation between the countries on maritime security in the east Mediterranean.
Greece: Joint air force drills with Cyprus, Egypt, Israel
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's defense minister says plans are being drawn up for joint air force drills with Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and other European countries as part of efforts to bolster stability in the eastern Mediterranean.
Panos Kammenos' remarks Sunday came after a military parade in the Cypriot capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the ethnically divided island's independence.
Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.
The decision is the third in the case, which now sees extradition requests denied for five of the helicopter crewmen, and approved for the other three.
The conflicting rulings have added to tension between the two NATO allies, which have longstanding disputes over boundaries in the Aegean Sea.
Erdogan comments on historic treaty irk opposition, Greece
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioning a historic treaty that defined Turkey's current-day borders have sparked anger inside Turkey and in Greece.
Erdogan suggested in an address on Thursday that the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which Turkish nationalists negotiated with the Allies, cannot be considered a "victory" because Turkey had lost to Greece several islands near its coast that were part of the Ottoman Empire.