Europe pushes Greece in bogged down debt talks

European ministers heaped pressure on Greece Friday to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks.

Migrant dies trying to smuggle onto car ferry to Italy

A young Afghan migrant who tried to smuggle onto a car ferry headed for Italy by clinging to the undercarriage of a tourist bus died after being run over by the coach, Greek news agency ANA reported on Wednesday.

Athens-Moscow to sign gas deal: Greek official

Athens and Moscow are set to sign a deal extending a planned gas pipeline to Greece in exchange for billions in advance payment to the cash-strapped eurozone country, a Greek official told AFP Saturday, a claim denied by the Kremlin.

European asylum rules must change: EU official

The EU`s top immigration official on Tuesday said the bloc was "concerned" by its existing asylum regulations and was looking at ways to amend them with large numbers of migrants fleeing conflict crossing the Mediterranean.

Anarchist protests put Greece`s radical leaders in a bind

Greek anarchists are needling the country`s new far-left government with a series of high-profile occupations in support of jailed radicals.

Greece marks Pillow Fight Day for first time
Greece marks Pillow Fight Day for first time

Greece marked the International Pillow Fight Day for the first time on Sunday as thousands of people took part in the capital and the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Greek PM to visit Merkel as Spain turns screw on Athens

The leaders of debt-wracked Greece and economic powerhouse Germany will meet in Berlin today after weeks of bad feeling over Athens' debt woes, bitter wartime memories and an offensive hand gesture.

Varoufakis extends hand of friendship to Germany

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis pleaded Friday for an end to the "toxic blame game" over the country`s mountain of debt that has seen Athens and Berlin at each other`s throats.

Greece to submit new reform list within days: Statement

Greece has agreed to give creditors a new list of reforms within days in order to secure bailout funds, a statement said Friday after talks between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European leaders.

Chechen woman kidnaps her Dutch children to join Islamic State

A Chechen woman living in the Netherlands has taken her two young children against their father's will to join the Islamic State group in Syria, in what is believed to be the first such case, prosecutors said on Monday.

New Greek President pledges to combat crisis `for Europe`

New Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday pledged to combat poverty and unemployment in the crisis-hit country in a battle "for Europe itself."

Greece threatens Germany with asset seizure

Greece`s justice minister on Wednesday warned that German property could be seized in compensation for wartime atrocities, in an escalating war of words with Berlin over Athens` current EU loan deal.

Anarchists storm Greek ruling party HQ

Anarchists occupied Greece`s ruling party headquarters for nine hours on Sunday in support of hunger strikers protesting against conditions in the country`s maximum-security jails.

 

Greece to `hire undercover army of tourist and student tax spies`

The Greek government plans to hire an army of amateur tax sleuths -- including tourists -- in a bid to fill the gaping hole in the country`s finances, according to an embarrassing leak published Friday.

Government lifts Greek championship suspension
Government lifts Greek championship suspension

The Greek government on Wednesday decided to allow the country`s Super League matches to go ahead this weekend after last week`s postponement due to crowd violence.

German MPs set to unblock Greek aid in Parliament vote

German lawmakers are expected Friday to approve Greece`s hard-won bailout extension in a Parliament vote despite scepticism, removing the last hurdle for keeping crucial international aid flowing to Athens.

Merkel welcomes Greece `starting point`, says `much work ahead`

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed as a "starting point for discussions" reform pledges made by Greece in return for a four-month extension to its lifeline bailout programme.

Greece to send reform list to creditors on Tuesday

Greece will send its economic reform plans to euro zone finance ministers on Tuesday morning, a government official said, missing a Monday deadline for submitting the list which is a condition for extending the country`s bailout programme.

Greece to present reforms to finalise loan extension

Greece is due to submit a list of proposed reforms to its debt inspectors by Monday night to get final approval for an extension to its rescue loans.