Foreign minister shakes up diplomatic service


A number of changes in key positions at Greece’s Foreign Ministry appear to be on the way.

It was made public earlier this week that Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has decided to replace the head of Greece’s Permanent Representation to the Council of the European Union, Alexandra Papadopoulou.

The move has caused some raised eyebrows as Papadopoulou was deemed to have a good relationship with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. It is not yet known who will replace her.

Also, sources said that another two senior diplomats, Foreign Ministry general secretary Dimitris Paraskevopoulos and alternate general secretary Michel Spinellis, have tendered their resignations. Both worked closely with Kotzias over the last few months.

The reasons for their departures were not clear.