With Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria leading to the escape of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists from prisons guarded by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Greek security officials have been placed on high alert due to concerns they may seek their repatriation in Europe, using Greece as a bridge.
“How will you guarantee our security?” This is the first question that just about every Greek politician (and others) asks any senior foreign official of a major ally who visits the country. The question is naturally met with bewilderment. In today’s world there are no protectorates or guardians as was the case in the 19th century. What there is is alliances and political unions.
Olympiakos had to work hard to beat OFI at home and stay alone on top of the Super League on Saturday, three days before its Champions League clash with Bayern Munich in Piraeus.
The government has made a strong start.
The Finance Ministry is seeking to remedy some serious inequalities in property taxation over the coming months in cooperation with real estate associations, part of another effort to adjust the property rates used for tax purposes and known as “objective values.”
The road to the privatization of the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) appears to be full of obstacles, with particular problems emerging for the process that will start with the submission to Parliament of a bill to that effect.
Public spending is set to come under closer scrutiny as the Finance Ministry is making plans for all state expenditure to be carried out and screened online.
The government has committed itself to paying off all its expired dues to third parties by the end of 2020, with the exception of some special cases, whose repayment will be completed by end-2021, according to a detailed scheduled the Finance Ministry has sent to the country’s creditors.
The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) holds the first European Policy Dialogue Forum on Refugees and Migrants – titled “Understanding Current Challenges of Refugees and Migrants in Europe: What Can We Do?” – at the Athens Hilton Hotel.
A total of 700 migrants will leave the island of Samos by ship Monday to be taken to the part of Piraeus and, from there, to camps in the mainland.