A group of residents on the eastern Aegean island of Chios have blocked the road leading to a refugee hot spot to protest its further expansion as tensions in and around camps across the country have intensified in recent weeks.
As the negotiations with Greece’s creditors drag on, the opposition has unleashed criticism against the government with conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK repeating calls for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to resign.
Greece’s lenders spoke hopefully on Thursday of an imminent agreement with the government in Athens on the first bailout review, with Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici insisting that it is not necessary for Athens to set out in detail the extra 2 percent of GDP in contingent fiscal measures being demanded by the institutions.
The ramp of the Panaghia tis Tinou passenger ferry, which started taking on water earlier this week while moored at Piraeus port, has been sealed and a pumping operation will be launched next week, authorities said on Thursday.
A Polish soap bubble artist performs on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street in the historic center of Athens. Piotr Ostrowski, 31, gave up his job at a recording studio in Poland six months ago to travel the world, funding his journey along the way by putting on soap bubble spectacles in public spaces using two selfie sticks and what he calls his ‘magic’ soap mixture. Ostrowski has been in Athens for a month and plans to stay at least another two weeks before continuing his journey, performing on the popular promenade every day until sunset. (Stelios Misinas/ANA-MPA)