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Greek Energy Minister Many companies will show interest in PPC's lignite units

Greece's Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Friday, predicted that many companies will express an interest in acquiring Public Power Corporation (PPC) lignite units.He underlined that developments will lead to the creation of two to three competitive alternatives to PPC, but the public corporation will remain a strong pillar of the country's energy system.The full interview is available in Greek on the ANA's website.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus President slams Turkey's lack of cooperation on migration issues

President of the Cyprus Republic Nicos Anastasiadis raised the issue of Turkey`s lack of cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus, with regard to the external aspect of the migration issue, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has said."The President of the Republic, during the discussion on migration at the EU summit, grasped the opportunity and talked about the Cyprus issue and Turkey, explaining that Turkey does not cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus on the issue of the external treatment of migration. Turkey`s behaviour  in the region and the failure to resolve the Cyprus issue do not allow for peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean," the President pointed out to his counterparts, according to the Spokesman.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Golbez License: CC-BY-SASource: CNALet's block ads! (Why?)

Merkel and Juncker promise more assistance for Frontex at Greek borders

German Chancellor Angela Markel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pledged to offer assistance for the asylum services and with Frontex at the Greek-Turkish and Greek-Bulgarian borders during a quadrilateral meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Bulgaria’s premier Boyko Borisov in Brussels, ANA reportsAccording to the same sources, Tsipras asked for support and closer cooperation for the better implementation of the EU-Turkey deal and migration. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

The eternal glow of the Land of Olympia in Western Greece

BE INSPIRED by the Land of Olympia. Relax and revitalize on its gorgeous beaches.Raise your own spirits in the sanctuaries of the past in the Land of Olympia.Enjoy the video by Markting Greece...Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek PM calls for meeting with Juncker and Merkel on EU-Turkish relations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a trilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss European Union-Turkish relations and the migration issue, during a phone call with Juncker on Wednesday.The meeting is expected to be held on the sidelines of the EU Summit and is expected to also include Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: capital.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

Report: What did Greeks google the most during 2017

As 2017 ends in a few days, Google’s Year in Search unveils what Greeks clicked for the most during the year, in the most popular online search engine.As in previous years, in Greeks were chiefly interested in reality shows, television series and celebrities. There was also a lot of activity on government web sites regarding the new security fund for professionals and freelancers (EFKA), and the social dividend to be distributed at the end of the year.The list below records the most popular Google searches for 2017 in Greece:Fastest rising searches 20171.Survivor (reality show)2.Social dividend3. Eurovision 20174.Nomads (reality show)5.Zoe Laskari (actor who passed)6.Eurobasket 20177.Stathis Psaltis (actor who passed)8.Despacito9.My style rocks (TV show)10.iPhone 8News1. Social dividend2. EFKA3. Irianna (woman suspected of terrorist link)4. Catalonia5. Center Left party elections6. Forest Maps7. Artemis Sorras (wanted swindler)8. Mandra, Attica (flooded town with 23 dead)9. Electronic ticket (new tickets for Athens public transport)10. WWII bomb detonation in CordelioCelebrities1. Zoe Laskaris2. Stathis Psaltis3. Nana Karagianni (TV presenter who died of anorexia)4. Irene Papadopoulou (singer)5. Natassa Kalogridi (actor, reality show player)6. Mary Tsoni (actor)7. Laura Naryes (reality show player)8. Danos (reality show player)9. Sofi Paschali (reality show player)10.Chester Bennington (Linkin Park singer who committed suicide)Movies1. La La Land2. Fast and Furious 83. It4. Wonder Woman5. The Last Note6. Justice League7. Moonlight8. Logan9. Fifty Shades Darker10.Blade RunnerTV series and shows1. Survivor2. Nomads3. My style rocks4. Virgin Life5. Come in my place6. Survival secret7. Tattoo8. Classmates9. Rising Star10.Shopping StarRead more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

German Tourism: Egypt and Greece are top winners of 2017 travel market

Tour operators and travel agents in Germany achieved solid growth this year, while Egypt and Greece were the two big winners among major destinations, according to the German Travel Association (DRV).German tour operators increased turnover by about 4% this summer and by at least 2% for the full 2016/17 business year, according to sales analysis by market researchers GfK, DRV president Norbert Fiebig noted  at the annual conference held in Ras Al Khaimah late last week. The overall market growth will be slightly higher as the GfK figures only partly include cruise sales, he added. Moreover, most major tour operators and cruise firms had reported at least high single-digit growth, he pointed out.Travel agents remained the principal sales distribution channel in Germany this year, with low growth and “a good result” in financial terms, Fiebig said. However, bookings through Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and tour operator websites increased much more strongly by 12%. The number of travel agencies in Germany is estimated to have remained stable at 9,900 this year.Reviewing the performance of major destinations, Fiebig pointed out: “Egypt and Greece are the clear winners this year”. Tour operator sales for holidays in Egypt increased by 55% this year, although on the basis of a weak previous year. Greece, after a strong 2016, grew by a further 30% this year and overtook Turkey as the second-largest destination for German holidaymakers behind Spain. Morocco and Tunisia also recovered this year with high growth rates, while bookings were strong for Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus.Spain remained the leading destination for German tour operator customers this year after last year’s strong growth. However, there were varying trends for the main regions, the DRV observed. The Canary Islands and the Spanish Mainland both had low single-digit growth in terms of tour operator revenues. But the Balearics declined, according to GfK figures, suggesting that customers responded to higher prices and “extreme over-crowding” either by switching to alternative destinations or by booking online instead of through a travel agency.In contrast, Turkey again suffered a double-digit drop in German bookings, according to GfK data, despite good last-minute summer sales. “Turkey has lost half of its German visitors in the last two years,” Fiebig admitted. He voiced his concern about this trend, saying: “With its excellent value for money, Turkey is nearly irreplaceable. The German travel industry needs this destination.”Long-haul destinations were generally in stromg demand this year but the USA suffered a 17% slump in sales revenues (both for summer 2017 and the year as a whole). “This change is not only to be explained by the exchange rate but is possibly also based on a Trump effect,” the German travel association commented. More positively, Canada enjoyed a double-digit rise, but could not compensate for the US downturn.Looking ahead, the 2017/18 winter season has made a posotive start with a 2% rise in cumulated sales as of end-October, according to GfK figures. “The consumption climate is good, available household income is high and we expect further growth for the industry in the new tourism year,” Fiebig said.Winter bookings for the Canary Islands are slightly above last year’s high levels, Egypt is continuing its recovery and there is strong demand for long-haul trips to Asia (Thailand and the Maldives in particular), the UAE (+23%) and southern Africa, the DRV said. But bookings for the Caribbean are suffering from the impact of the hurricanes in the autumn.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: fvw.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

UN Envoy Nimetz still considers FYROM name dispute solvable

BRUSSELS – American lawyer Matthew Nimetz, who’s been trying for two decades to get Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to agree on a mutual name for the Balkan break-off country, said he thinks an answer can be had in intensified talks.Nimetz, who stopped trying three years ago, met with representatives of both countries in the European Union capital city and said there was a “good atmosphere,” diplomatic code which means nothing significant happened in the re-opening of negotiations.He said there will be additional meetings at the UN headquarters in New York from January through March, 2018 in a push to get the two sides to make some progress after Greece 26 years ago gave away the word Macedonia in the FYROM acronym and has been trying to find a way out of that ever since, even though all other suggestions still would let Macedonia be in the title.Greece has objected to the use of the word it gave away because it’s the name of its northern province abutting FYROM, a territory the former Yugoslav Republic covets and has drawn maps showing it also owns Greece’s second-largest city, the port of Thessaloniki.Nimetz  met with Greece’s envoy, Adamantios Vassilakis, and FYROM’s Vasko Naumovski. He said that “a real push for some resolution in the next months” is being made and that the longstanding dispute “can and should be resolved,” said Kathimerini.Nimetz said both countries made the talks “a high priority,” especially the new moderate government in FYROM which replaced a hard-line administration that kept provoking and taunting Greece.He said the current FYROM government “seems determined to try break the deadlock in its relationship with Greece and move forward with its European Union and NATO (induction) program,” both of which Greece has blocked with veto power under a unanimous scheme.Despite all that optimism he threw in the caveat that it’s unlikely “a magical new name” will suddenly appear to appease both sides which could leave the talks and hopes deadlocked as they have been unless, he added, there is “hard work, political will and good diplomacy,” without explaining why there hasn’t been.FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said officials from Greece and FYROM were working “to reconfirm their will of resuming essential talks … to reach a solution.”Zaev, in power since spring, has vowed to improve relations with Greece, which blocked FYROM from joining NATO in 2008 under the name Macedonia.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: thenationalherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Government-appointed Experts Committee urges immediate start of Helleniko project

A committee of experts, as foreseen by Greek law and appointed by the government, this week recommended the immediate launching of a landmark property redevelopment project that ranks among the biggest privatizations mandated by a third bailout memorandum still in effect.The decision, by the relevant experts' committee, stressed that the Helleniko project should proceed unhindered based on a master development plan submitted by a Lamda Development-led international consortium, "without further delays and indecisiveness (on the part of the leftist-rightist coalition government) over the plan".A report that accompanies the clear-cut recommendation, as presented by "Naftemporiki" newspaper, notes that certain points in the master plan can be improved and clarified, i.e. traffic management in the areas surrounding the planned seven-billion-euros real estate development in coastal southeast Athens. Other observations deal with construction on the seafront of the project - facing the Saronic Gulf - and the necessity of a projected 200-hectare park to be open to the public and easily accessible.The Helleniko project is set to transform the whole area where the old Athens airport operated, along with adjoining tracts of state-owned properties and facilities, into one of the biggest real estate projects in Europe.However, ubiquitous Greek administrative "red tape" and slow-moving licensing procedures by relevant ministries - particularly the culture ministry - have delayed the project for months. At the same time, a deep-seated disdain of major private sector investments by most of Greece's leftwing formations, including several high-profile cadres in ruling SYRIZA, have also negatively affected the current government's leeway in facilitating the project.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Stafylis License: CC-BY-SASource: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

UK historian Mary Beard connects Greek myths and Twitter trolls

AP reports that Cambridge University classics professor Mary Beard had been pondering the influence of the ancient world on modern political and public life when she came across mugs and T-shirts bearing an image from Greek mythology: the hero Perseus holding the bloody head of the snake-haired monster Medusa. In this version, Perseus had Donald Trump’s face and the monster bore Clinton’s.She was shocked both by the brutality of the image and “the domesticity of it. … The idea that you’d be sitting at your breakfast table and you’d have a mug with Hillary Clinton being beheaded on it.”Beard asks how that ancient image ended up in a modern political campaign in “Women and Power ,” a short but punchy book published Tuesday in the United States by Liveright.The book focuses on the way images and ideas from ancient Greece and Rome have burrowed the way into the Western collective consciousness — and how many of them are about keeping women in their place.“When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice,” Beard notes.On the page, she is crisp and authoritative. In person, she is friendly and forthright. But she says she “became furious” while working on “Women and Power.”Read full story here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Tristan Ferne License: CC-BY-SASource: thenationalherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)