Greece’s parliament is set to approve a proposal by the country’s center-right government to abolish an election system based on proportional representation but is likely to fall short of the cross-party support needed for the changes to take effect before the next general election.
The Greek government said Friday that the official state websites of the prime minister, the national police and fire service and several important ministries were briefly disabled by a cyberattack but have been restored.
More American investments are expected in Greece in 2020 as Greece pushes through with privatizations, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said at an event of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Athens on Thursday night.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said Thursday that the government was committed to easing pressure on the Aegean islands that are hosting thousands of irregular migrants and to boosting trust between central government and island authorities.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the “environment of chaos” in Libya threatens to affect the whole Mediterranean basin and urged international pressure to force the head of Libya’s eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce.
Renovation works on Omonia Square in central Athens are entering the final straight, with plans to reinstall a fountain removed from the square in the early 1990s. New hotels are slated to open on Pireos and Stadiou streets, while the historic Bageion and Alexandros hotels are to reopen. The four-story Bageion Hotel, on the corner of Athinas Street, was constructed between 1890 and 1894 based on plans by the architect Ernst Ziller. The Bageion and the Alexandros hotels are listed buildings and landmarks of the capital’s 19th century urban architecture. [Nikos Kokkalias]