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Living with the 3rd wave of Covid-19 in Greece: “the path is traced by walking and meeting”

Living with the 3rd wave of Covid-19 in Greece: “the path is traced by walking and meeting” by Antonis D. Papagiannidis So, after all the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has come crashing down on Greece, too. In fact this time around the surge is centered around the wider region of Athens, home to some two-fifths of the country’s population and 42% of economic activity. The hospital infrastructure in the capital city of Greece and its outskirts/in the Attica [...]

March 16th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Turkey protests Greece, Cyprus and Israel’s plans for the EuroAsia Interconnector

Turkey has protested a recent agreement reached between Israel, Greece and Cyprus advancing plans to build a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable (the so-called EuroAsia Interconnector) connecting the three, the Anadolu Agency reported Monday. Turkey formally protested against the agreement, arguing that the route of the planned cable, expected to be funded by the EU, transgressed Turkish territorial waters. Map of the subsea electricity cable, source: EuroAsia Interconnector In diplomatic protest notes presented to Greek, Israeli and EU diplomats [...]

March 16th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Athens- London (latest) row over the Parthenon marbles- The Greek Ministry of Culture responds to Boris Johnson

It was the fist interview of the British Prime Minister with a European newspaper since he took office about two year ago. Boris Johnson talked exclusively to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea. He was asked about his counterpart’s, Kyriakos Mitsotakis’, offer to return the Parthenon marbles in Athens in exchange for lending other Greek artefacts to London. The British Prime Minister sought to put an end to this discussion. B. Johnson with a plaster cast bust of his “personal [...]

March 14th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The retail market in Greece in the aftermath of COVID-19: Winners and losers

by Dika Agapitidou, Director, JLL – Athens Economics ltd* It is common to see savings surge and consumption decline in times of acute uncertainty; therefore, it comes as no surprise that the pandemic outbreak, swiftly followed by restrictions on circulation and market activity, undermined the performance of both retail and food & beverage. In turn, these developments impacted the buildings accommodating such uses, both qualitatively and quantitatively, as discussed further down. Indicatively: The retail volume index slipped by 2.8% during [...]

March 10th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

“All I want is Greece”: Greece reopens for tourism in mid May

The Greek Minister of Tourism, Harry Theoharis, has presented the plan to safely reopen tourism in mid May. In a press conference given in the framework of the international Tourism Exhibition ITB Berlin, H. Theoharis said that May 14 is set as the date for the official start of the 2021 tourist season in Greece. In April the country will start a first, pilot phase of receiving visitors, mainly from European Union countries and countries where the vaccination has progressed, such [...]

March 9th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Of “smart” responses to the pandemic and of self-encouragement routines

Of “smart” responses to the pandemic and of self-encouragement routines by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The story comes from back when there were dark woods and dense forests that haunted the imagination. Its narrative goes that, when kids venture into the thick of the forest and lost their way, they kept going on – but started singing so that they heard the echo of their voices and got courage out the sounds they heard – and interpreted them as coming from [...]

March 8th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The Green transition of the Blue economy: Goals and opportunities in Greece

The green potential of the blue economy is not yet reached. This is the strong belief of the European Union that plans to allocate substantial funds to address the problem in the coming years. Talking to the “Blue Economy Forum: The Way to Green Recovery”, Virginijus Sinkevičius European Commissioner of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries outlined the investment opportunities lying ahead. The Commissioner stressed that ample resources from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility will be directed especially to SMEs to [...]

March 4th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece: 27 billion euros spend so far to cope with the impact of COVID-19

A little more than a year ago the first coronavirus case was reported in Greece. The country entered a first strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, opened up for tourism in the summer and entered a second tough lockdown at the end of year. The Greek government has spent about 27 billion euros so far to ease the impact of the pandemic crisis on businesses and households. The main measures taken are: Refundable “Advance Payment”. In practice it is [...]

March 3rd, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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