The government, and the country in general, will need a strong reboot when the pandemic is finally over. Covid-19 is a bit like the bailout agreements: It accelerates political time and eats up precious political capital.


After the previous decade when its once strong influence in the region waned due to the financial meltdown, Greece is now eyeing a return to the Balkans given the new geopolitical realities that have unfolded in recent years.


All the activity on the international front that we observed last Tuesday obviously concerns us since it included the Greek prime minister’s official visit to Libya.


Last Sunday’s election result has thrown Bulgaria into a period of political uncertainty. Not far from there, alarming developments seem to be unfolding in Ukraine.

A street vendor wearing a protective face mask sells corn to customers in Alimos, a seaside suburb of Athens, on Friday, April 9, 2021. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

With a series of meetings on Thursday and Friday with Greek seniors, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is coordinating efforts to convince as many people as possible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus amid reservations stemming from the contradictory reports concerning the AstraZeneca jab.


Whichever protocol team was to blame – the European Commission’s, the European Council’s or the Turkish Presidency’s – the image of Ursula von der Leyen standing awkwardly before the enthroned Charles Michel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will remain chiseled into our collective memory as proof of the European Union’s dysfunction and its inability to project the power that it undoubtedly has.


The government is preparing an online registry for Greeks living abroad in a bid to strengthen diaspora ties with the homeland as well as enhance public diplomacy and nation branding, Kathimerini has learned.


Two disputes over the past few days – one over an article by former PM Costas Simitis ahead of the publication of a book on the 1999 EU Helsinki Summit and the other over divisive statements by SYRIZA MP and ex-minister Pavlos Polakis – brought to the fore an annoying public malady.

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Former Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis issued a statement on Thursday responding to an op-ed by his predecessor Kostas Simitis, an ex-socialist former prime minister, in Ta Nea daily, accusing the conservative premier of abandoning the ‘Helsinki Strategy’ of diplomacy with Turkey.


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was taken aback to find her fellow top EU official taking the only chair available next to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, and her spokesman made that clear on Wednesday. Footage from their meeting on Tuesday showed the first female head of the EU […]

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh receive a guard of honor in Tripoli Tuesday during the Greek leader’s first visit to the North African country.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Tripoli Tuesday as part of the effort by Athens to see the Turkish-Libya maritime border memorandum scrapped and a diplomatic rapprochement with a country of significant geographic and strategic interest for Greece.