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Three-year VAT exemption for new building permits, unsold properties built after January 1, 2006

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a three-year suspension of value-added tax (VAT) payments on any new building permits, including unsold properties built after January 1, 2006, on Wednesday. Addressing the …

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Social media maelstrom following Joker screenings in Athens; teens escorted to police precincts

Greek social norms are liberal when it comes to freedom for minors with ‘horoesperides’ (high school social dances) taking place at clubs, drinking allowed from the age of 17 years …

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Greek government finds 200 votes in initial agreement for voting by Greeks abroad

Greek political parties reached consensus on Tuesday on a draft bill that will allow Greek expatriates to vote in Greek elections by postal vote from their country of residence. The …

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Greek Orthodox priests refuse to perform funeral services for those who choose cremation

Greek Orthodox priests of Thebes and Livadia, central Greece, said that they would refuse to perform funeral services for people who were cremated. They reasoned that the practice goes against …

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New scientific evidence proves Naxos was inhabited 200,000 years ago

According to new scientific evidence acquired as part of the Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project, Naxos island was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans up to at least 200,000 years ago. …

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Greece ranked last in number of babies born outside of marriage in the EU

Recent data released by Eurostat has revealed that Greece has the lowest number of babies born outside of the marriage among all other countries in the EU. The data revealed …

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‘Police Day’ celebrated in Greece

St Artemios, the feast day of the protector saint of the police, was celebrated by Greek law enforcement agents on 20 October at Zappeion Megaron. Special units of the Greek …

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Samos primary school teacher taken to court by Greek parents for her views on refugees

A primary school teacher from Vathi, a town on the Aegean island of Samos, will front court on Monday (local time) reports Greece’s daily Kathimerini.  The local parents association have …

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Eastern Mediterranean migration route initiative by Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria

Refugee and migrant arrivals on the Eastern Mediterranean countries have considerably increased since the beginning of 2019 and a further expansion is expected as a result of the recent turmoil …

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New US tax hike on European speciality products excludes Greek olives

Producers of speciality agricultural products in Europe are due to face a tax increase by the United States on Friday, 18 October. Approved by the World Trade Organisation, the decision …