NEWS Politics

Tsipras appeals for unity amid political upheaval

In a strongly worded speech to SYRIZA MPs, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday stressed his government’s determination to continue on the difficult path of economic reform, doused speculation about a unity government and accused the political opposition of passivity.

NEWS Corruption

Mantelis: Siemens cash was a ‘donation’

Tasos Mantelis, the only Greek politician to have been convicted in connection with the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal, told an Athens court Tuesday that a payment he accepted from the German electronics firm when he was transport minister was an election campaign contribution, not a bribe.



Weather throws up another obstacle

Strong showers and chilly gale-force winds threw up yet another obstacle for thousands of migrants and refugees trying to cross Greece's northern border into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The bottleneck started growing after Skopje barred entry to people it defines as “economic migrants” who are not eligible for asylum, in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Hundreds of Iranian, Kurdish, Pakistani and Bangladeshi migrants have been trapped at the Greek border town of Idomeni for days, with some sewing their mouths shut in protest at the restrictions.