Lefteris Papadimas

After waiting for decades, Muslims in Athens finally get a mosque

07 Jun 2019

ATHENS Without minaret or dome, the beige, rectangular structure in a former industrial area has none of the ornate grace typical of Islamic places of worship. But for the Muslims of Athens, it is the result of a long-fought battle - and the city's first formal mosque in more than 180 years.

Greek PM comes unstuck over Macedonia, austerity in European vote

27 May 2019

ATHENS, May 27 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was left struggling for his political survival on Monday after his Syriza party, stung by austerity and a bitter rift over an accord with North Macedonia, got hammered in European Parliament elections.

UPDATE 1-Greek NBG to securitise 3 bln euros of soured loans by 2022

17 May 2019

ATHENS, May 17 Greece's National Bank (NBG) plans to securitise three billion euros of non-performing mortgage loans by 2022, its chief executive said on Friday, as the country's lenders battle to deal with a legacy of bad debt.

UPDATE 2-Greece's NBG aims to nearly wipe out non-performing loans by 2022

16 May 2019

* NBG expects NPLs to fall to 5% of loans by 2022 vs 41% end 2018

Post bailout, Greece offers tax breaks, pension bonus

15 May 2019

ATHENS Greek lawmakers on Wednesday approved tax breaks and bonuses for pensioners in the crisis-hit nation, days before elections, rowing back on some austerity mandated by international bailouts.

UPDATE 1-Greece's NBG gets first quarter profit lift from trading gains

14 May 2019

ATHENS, May 14 National Bank (NBG), Greece’s second-largest lender by assets, on Tuesday said profit from continuing operations had risen in the first quarter of 2019 on the back of higher trading gains.

As elections loom, Greece announces 'relief measures'

07 May 2019

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday announced tax cuts and pledged to reinstate a benefit for low income pensioners among other "relief measures", weeks before municipal and European Parliament elections.

Pariah no more? Greece needs big bond investors to seal its comeback

30 Apr 2019

By Dhara Ranasinghe, Abhinav Ramnarayan and Lefteris Papadimas

Clashes erupt as Greek police stop migrants from reaching border

06 Apr 2019

DIAVATA, Greece Greek police fired teargas on Saturday as angry migrants hoping to travel to northern Europe hurled stones and bottles after being barred from reaching a nearby border crossing, witnesses said. | Video

Greek police clash with migrants, block access to border route

06 Apr 2019

DIAVATA, Greece, April 6 Greek police clashed on Saturday with groups of migrants and refugees camped in a field close to the country's northern border hoping to cross to neighbouring countries and travel onward to northern Europe, witnesses said.

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"Sea of black" Hong Kong protesters demand leader step down

Hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong on Sunday dressed in black to demand the city's leader step down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill in a dramatic retreat following the most violent protests in decades.