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Greece raises minimum wage

The minimum wage in Greece will be raised by 2%, Prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced at the cabinet, on Monday 26. The move is characterized “symbolic” as “it does cover the needs of the employees” the PM admitted. In Greece, the minimum wage is regulated by law and not through collective bargaining. As of February 2019, the statutory minimum wage and the statutory minimum daily wage for full-time work for all employees and skilled workers throughout Greece, without age discrimination, [...]

July 26th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Strong language over Cyprus but what next?

Strong language over Cyprus but what next? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Both Greece and (more importantly) the Republic of Cyprus were quite pleased by the wording and the leaked background of the U.N. Security Council condemnation of last week’s Turkish/Turkish-Cypriot announcement that part of the fenced-in Varosha suburb of Famagusta would be open for potential resettlement to all inhabitants who would accept to live under Turkish-Cypriot rule. The statement issued by the (French) chair of the 15-member Security Council went [...]

July 26th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Green hydrogen goes to Trikala

In recent years, the carbon footprint in the atmosphere is rapidly increasing, with the current carbon concentration to exceed 420 ppm. Global efforts are currently focusing on the exemption from carbon emissions to achieve the EU 2050 target for zero emissions. The exploitation of hydrogen can be a viable option for carbon discharge in various areas, such as transport, energy, processing, homes and commercial sector. The Municipality of Trikala, which is pioneering on Green Energy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding [...]

July 23rd, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The “big announcement” and “good news” of President Erdogan in Cyprus: cause for increased concern

The “big announcement” and “good news” of President Erdogan in Cyprus: cause for increased concern by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Will the presence of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cyprus on 19/20 July to mark the anniversary of the 1974 military intervention/invasion of the island (with an Turkish occupation that still persists), add insult to injury in the troubled area of Eastern Mediterranean? Erdogan talked of “good news” he would share with a Turkish-Cypriot community; he even added that “messages [...]

July 19th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Mykonos: Mini lockdown

New restrictions have been imposed in the island of Mykonos. They were deemed to be indispensable after the 250% surge of new coronavirus cases in the island in the past week. From Saturday evening, a curfew is in place from 1.00 pm to 06.00 am. There is also a 24-hour ban of music at all cafes, bars and restaurants. The mini lockdown will last until Monday, 26. Furthermore, in Mykonos, as in all areas of Greece, only vaccinated people are [...]

July 17th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece: Anti- vaccination movement

The anti-vaccination rally, organized on Wendesday 14, in Syntagma square, Athens, was surprisingly big. Thousands of citizens protested against the government’s decision to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for part of the workforce (healthcare workers and nursing home staff).   They also oppose government plans to expand compulsory vaccination further in the coming months. “Vaccination should be a free choice” many said. “ We say “no” to the fake vaccine” was written on a banner. Many of the protesters were [...]

July 15th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

A game of musical chairs around the growth rate for Greece

A game of musical chairs around the growth rate for Greece by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was the latest to join in the game of musical chairs orchestrated around the growth rate the Greek economy will be able to reach in 2021 and - even more importantly - in 2022. (In this game, whoever proves close to the growth rate that will be reached will get a chair; those who will have missed it, will be [...]

July 12th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece: The party is over (for now)

The renewed Covid-19 outbreak forced the Greek government to bring back some of the restrictions lifted in early summer. The restrictions mainly concern bars and restaurants, that are considered “superspreading” sites. From Thursday 8, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues will only be allowed to serve seated customers. Restaurants and cafés will have to operate only within the capacity limits dictated by the Civil Protection Service. Penalties will be severe in case of violation of the rules. Any venue that is found [...]

July 7th, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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