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2016        Jan 12, Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold said it is suspending work at a site in Greece and laying off 600 workers following protests by local residents and a spat with the country's leftwing government.
    (AP, 1/12/16)

2016        Jan 16, In Greece some 3,000 workers marched through the streets of Athens to protest against the leftist-led government's planned pension reform which the country's international creditors have demanded as part of its third bailout.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)

2016        Jan 20, Greek farmers used tractors to block a northern highway and hundreds more prepared to close other roads to protest unpopular draft pension reforms that will further cut incomes in the austerity-weary country.
    (AP, 1/20/16)

2016        Jan 21, In Greece at least six thousand lawyers, doctors, engineers and other professional groups marched peacefully through central Athens to protest drastic new income cuts under planned pension reforms.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
2016        Jan 21, After a night on the Greek-Macedonian frontier in sub-zero temperatures, some 2,000 mainly Syrian refugees resumed their tortuous trek to northern Europe that was temporarily blocked by a border closure by Skopje.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)

2016        Jan 22, At least 46 people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off two Greek islands near the Turkish coast.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 27, In Greece ferries were docked at ports as sailors kicked off their second 48-hour strike this week, adding to a groundswell of public discontent over plans to reform the country's struggling pension system.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, Greek authorities recovered a total of 7 bodies, including those of 2 children, from the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Kos after a boat carrying migrants or refugees sank early today.
    (AP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 28, The bodies of 24 migrants, including 10 children, were discovered off the Greek island of Samos. Eleven people from a dinghy carrying 45 people were still listed as missing.
    (AFP, 1/28/16)

2016        Feb 3, Greek journalists walked off the job ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country's third international bailout.
    (AP, 2/3/16)

2016        Feb 4, Greek police fired teargas at protesters hurling stones at them during brief clashes on the sidelines of a mass rally against pension reforms in central Athens.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)

2016        Feb 11, Three Greek navy personnel were killed after their helicopter crashed into a small islet in the Aegean Sea during an exercise.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)

2016        Feb 12, Greek riot police fired tear gas at farmers protesting against pension reform plans who hurled stones at the agriculture ministry in central Athens ahead of a major demonstration outside parliament scheduled for later in the day.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
2016        Feb 12, EU member states gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in controlling the influx of migrants or face border controls with the rest of the Schengen passport-free zone.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)

2016        Feb 16, Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said four of five new migrant registration centers are "ready to function and welcome refugees".
    (AFP, 2/16/16)

2016        Feb 19, Bulgarian truckers sealed off all six checkpoints along the country's land border with Greece to protest at weeks of intermittent blockades by Greek farmers that have disrupted road traffic.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)

2016        Feb 22, Greece filed a formal protest with Austria over its decision to call a meeting of Balkan states on the migrant crisis without including Greece.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)

2016        Feb 23, Greek police started removing migrants from the Greek-Macedonian border after additional passage restrictions imposed by Macedonian authorities left hundreds stranded while more were ferried from islands to Greece's main Piraeus port. Greece began sending back to Athens by bus hundreds of Afghans trapped on the border with Macedonia
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)(AFP, 2/23/16)

2016        Feb 24, Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said decision by Balkan states to limit the flow of migrants through the region is creating a 'mini humanitarian crisis' in Greece.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)

2016        Feb 25, In Greece a clampdown at the Macedonia border led to massive crowds waiting on the border. About 2,800 people were there and only 100 were allowed to cross in the morning.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, NATO envoys set out how ships already sent to the Aegean will pass reconnaissance to Turkish and Greek coastguards and the EU border agency Frontex, as well as returning to Turkey any migrants in distress that NATO crews rescue.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)

2016        Feb 27, In Greece Iraqi and Syrian migrants and asylum-seekers protested peacefully on the Greek-Macedonian border since, demanding admission into Macedonia.
    (AP, 2/27/16)

2016        Feb 29, Macedonian police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants who stormed the border from Greece as a deeply divided Europe traded barbs over the biggest humanitarian crisis in decades.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)

2016        Mar 1, Greece said it has asked the EU for nearly half a billion euros in emergency funds to help shelter 100,000 refugees. There were currently some 25,000 refugees and migrants on Greek soil and around 1,000 continued to arrive on a typical day.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)

2016        Mar 2, The EU launched a new aid program worth an initial 700 million euros that mirrors the kind of disaster relief it offers developing nations. Greece, the main gateway to Europe, would initially be the main beneficiary of the emergency scheme. The number of migrants awaiting passage to central and northern Europe swelled on Greece's border with Macedonia as the frontier remained shut.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
2016        Mar 2, Macedonia allowed some 200 refugees to cross its border with Greece, as 10,000 more were left waiting in miserable conditions.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)

2016        Mar 5, In Greece some 13,000 refugees were crammed in unhygienic conditions on the border with Macedonia, with all eyes on a key EU-Turkey summit on March 7 that is seen as the only viable solution to the crisis.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)

2016        Mar 13, Greece increased efforts to move thousands of migrants near the border with Macedonia to sheltered camps, as the spread of infection became a concern with one person in a sprawling tent city diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)

2016        Mar 14, Around 2,000 migrants from a camp in northern Greece got around a border fence and crossed into Macedonian territory.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)

2016        Mar 15, Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the EU apart.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 23, More aid agencies helping refugees and migrants arriving in Greece said they were joining a boycott of detention centers, angered at an EU deal they say runs roughshod over human rights.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)

2016        Mar 26, Greece said it has begun emptying the main migrant camp on its Macedonia border, as the huge tide of refugees flooding into the country slows to a trickle following the EU-Turkey deal.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)

2016        Mar 27, In Greece hundreds of migrants, egged on by activists, protested near the fence separating Macedonia from Greece, demanding that the border be opened to allow them to continue their journey into central Europe.
    (AP, 3/27/16)

2016        Apr 4, Greece shipped 202 migrants back to Turkey, the first wave of deportations under a hugely controversial deal aimed at easing Europe's worst postwar migration crisis.
    (AFP, 4/4/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.52)

2016        Apr 8, Greece deported a second batch of more than two hundred migrants to Turkey under a controversial EU deal to stem mass migration as Germany announced a sharp drop in asylum claims.
    (AFP, 4/8/16)
2016        Apr 8, Greece signed an agreement to sell a 67 percent stake in operating its biggest port to China's Cosco group, a significant step in the debt-crippled country's ambitious privatization drive. Dockworkers protesting in central Athens against the sale clashed with riot police who responded with tear gas..
    (AP, 4/8/16)

2016        Apr 9, Four migrant women and a child drowned off the Greek island of Samos in the first deaths in the Aegean Sea since a controversial EU-Turkey deal took effect three weeks ago.
    (AFP, 4/9/16)

2016        Apr 10, Greece said police on the Macedonian side of their joint frontier used teargas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to push back the migrants. Macedonian authorities would only confirm they used teargas.
    (Reuters, 4/10/16)

2016        Apr 11, Fresh protests broke at a flashpoint border crossing, as Greece and Macedonia blamed each other for an incident in which tear gas and rubber bullets were fired on migrants trying to breach the closed border to get to western Europe.
    (AFP, 4/11/16)

2016        Apr 13, Macedonia police fired tear gas and stun grenades at migrants staging a protest at the country's border fence with Greece.
    (AFP, 4/13/16)

2016        Apr 16, Pope Francis brought a message of hope to thousands of people facing expulsion from Greece as he slammed the world community for failing to end the wars fueling the crisis. Francis returned hom with three families of Syrian refugees.
    (AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 16, Just 41 people were saved by a passing merchant ship and brought to Greece. Up to 500 people are believed to have died, when an overcrowded boat sank in the southern Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 4/22/16)

2016        Apr 21, In Greece two men who were among 41 people picked up over the weekend from a boat found adrift in the Mediterranean Sea described surviving what they say was a shipwreck last week that might have killed up to 500 people.
    (AP, 4/21/16)

2016        Apr 22, Foreign ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia said they will work to improve coordination along southern Europe's migrant trial.
    (AP, 4/22/16)

2016        Apr 24, Greek press unions expanded a strike to protest bailout creditor-demanded reforms of their taxpayer-funded pension fund, leaving the country without newspapers and news broadcasts for several days.
    (AP, 4/25/16)

2016        May 5, Greek labor unions declared a 48-hour national walkout as lawmakers debated unpopular tax and pension reforms Greece hopes will help persuade creditors to approve release of badly-needed bailout cash.
    (Reuters, 5/5/16)

2016        May 6, Services in Greece, from garbage collection to public transport, shut down as workers kicked off three days of strikes to protest new bailout austerity measures that they say will further reduce incomes.
    (AP, 5/6/16)

2016        May 8, In Greece thousands of protesters took to the streets of Athens as parliament prepared to vote on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul which has sparked mass opposition.
    (AFP, 5/8/16)

2016        May 9, Greek lawmakers passed unpopular pension and tax reforms that a European official said marked a major advance in negotiations towards unlocking more rescue funds from the country's creditors.
    (Reuters, 5/9/16)

2016        May 17, In Greece a ceremony marked the beginning of construction on a new pipeline project bringing Azeri gas through northern Greece and Albania to Italy, reducing Europe's energy dependency on Russia. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline will run for 878 km (550 miles), from Greece's border with Turkey to southern Italy, and includes a 105-kilometer (65-mile) stretch under the Adriatic Sea.
    (AP, 5/17/16)

2016        May 24, Greek police started moving some of the 8,000 migrants and refugees stranded in a makeshift camp on the sealed northern border with Macedonia to state-run facilities further south.
    (Reuters, 5/24/16)

2016        May 25, Greek police moved hundreds more migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the second day of an operation likely to last a week.
    (AfP, 5/25/16)

2016        May 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this year with a visit to Greece for a two-day visit expected to focus on energy cooperation and Russian investments during talks with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras.
    (AP, 5/27/16)

2016        Jun 3, Four bodies were recovered and 340 people rescued after a boat carrying migrants across the Mediterranean Sea sank south of the Greek island of Crete. Survivors later said 648 or 650 men, women and children were on the ship. Some 320 migrants and refugees were feared to have drowned.
    (AP, 6/3/16)(Reuters, 6/7/16)

2016        Jun 16, In Greece the Holy and Great Council of Orthodox Christianity convened in Crete and continued to June 26. The Churches of Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and Georgia did not participate.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jcuptso)(Econ, 6/18/16, p.57)

2016        Jul 6, In Greece most workers on the the Athens public transport system walked off the job in a 24-hour strike to protest privatizations that are part of the country's international bailout conditions.
    (AP, 7/6/16)
2016        Jul 13, Greek authorities recovered 4 bodies and rescued six people after a boat full of migrants overturned off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.
    (AP, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 16, Turkish military helicopter landed in Greece carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid. Greece arrested all eight men.
    (AFP, 7/16/16)(Reuters, 7/16/16)

2016        Jul 21, A Greek court sentenced eight Turkish military officers, who fled last week's failed coup, to suspended two-month prison terms. The officers have requested asylum and will remain in police custody until their cases on that issue are heard in August.
    (AFP, 7/21/16)

2016        Jul 25, Greek authorities declared a state of emergency on the Aegean island of Chios, which has been engulfed by a wildfire raging out of control.
    (Reuters, 7/25/16)

2016        Aug 1, In Greece a large blaze in its third day threatened the small seaside town of Limni. A hotel was destroyed, along with a holiday home, a restaurant, and a couple of outhouses on the island of Evia.
    (AP, 8/1/16)

2016        Aug 30, Greece's left-wing government launched an auction for four private national television licenses, reducing the number from seven after a heated public debate on corruption in the financially troubled country.
    (AP, 8/30/16)
2016        Aug 30, More than 460 migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey, the highest in several weeks, despite a European Union deal with Ankara agreed in March to close off that route.
    (Reuters, 8/30/16)

2016        Sep 2, The Greek government said only two of the country's seven private TV stations survived a landmark license auction that raised 246 million euros ($275 million) for the cash strapped left-wing government. The new licenses will take effect in 90 days, but the government faced multiple legal challenges.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

2016        Nov 3, Greek retirees staged an anti-government rally in Athens to protest a new round of cuts under the country's international bailout program.
    (AP, 11/3/16)

2016        Nov 15, Greek riot police used tear gas and stun grenades in Athens to disperse about 3,000 left-wing marchers protesting President Barack Obama's visit. Greek left-wingers still resent US support for Greece's 1967-74 military dictatorship. Obama offered solidarity with Greece over its debt and migrant crises on Tuesday during his final trip to Europe as US president before handing over power to Donald Trump.
    (AP, 11/15/16)(Reuters, 11/15/16)

2016        Nov 16, Greek authorities said four people believed to be migrants have been found dead on a crippled boat in the northern Aegean Sea and another 15 survivors have been rescued.
    (AP, 11/16/16)

2016        Nov 17, Thousands of Greeks vented frustration at their economic lot as they marched in Athens to mark the anniversary of the bloody 1973 student uprising that helped topple the then-military junta.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)

2016        Nov 24, Greek public-sector workers went on strike to protest labor and pension reforms and state asset sales which the leftist-led government agreed with the country's official creditors in exchange for bailout loans.
    (Reuters, 11/24/16)

2016        Dec 5, Officials said a Greek court has refused to extradite the first three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed July 15 military coup.
    (AP, 12/5/16)

2016        Dec 6, A Greek court agreed to extradite three Turkish servicemen who were part of an eight-person helicopter crew that fled to Greece after a failed military coup, a decision that came a day after it refused to send three others back to Turkey.
    (AP, 12/6/16)

2016        Dec 8, In Greece a nationwide strike against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services, and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.
    (AP, 12/8/16)
2016        Dec 8, A Greek court rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup.
    (AP, 12/8/16)

2016        Dec 10, The Greek Parliament passed a budget of continued austerity. Pres. Tsipras predicted 2.7% economic growth for 2017.
    (SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A4)
2016        Dec 10, Greek ferry workers ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers.
    (AP, 12/10/16)

2016        Dec 12, British and Greek authorities said they have dismantled an international ring suspected of smuggling hundreds of migrants to Britain and other European countries using falsified travel documents. 24 suspects were arrested last week in the Athens area, and another nine in Glasgow, Northampton and Manchester in Britain.
    (AP, 12/12/16)

2016        Dec 14, Euro zone lenders put on hold the implementation of a short-term debt relief deal for Greece after the Greek government proposed to make a one-off payout to pensioners in December.
    (Reuters, 12/14/16)

2016        Dec 21, A Greek state food safety agency said several soft drinks and food products mostly made by multinational companies have been withdrawn from sale in greater Athens after an anarchist group said it had injected packages and plastic bottles with chlorine and hydrochloric acid. A group calling itself "Green Nemesis" posted the threat on the internet on Dec 19, saying it intended to cause financial damage to the companies.
    (AP, 12/21/16)

2016        Dec 26, In Brazil Kyriakos Amoiridis (59), the Greek ambassador to Brazil, was last seen. His wife Francoise reported him missing on Dec 28. On Dec 29 his burned-out rental car was found with a body inside. On Dec 30 police said Françoise and police officer Sergio Moreira had arranged and possibly carried out the killing of Amiridis in a home where the diplomat and his wife were staying in a poor section in the northern suburb of Rio as Officer Sergio Moreira (29) confessed that he killed the ambassador.
     (AFP, 12/30/16)(Reuters, 12/30/16)(Reuters, 12/31/16)

2017        Jan 11, Aid agencies said dozens of migrants are at risk of freezing to death in Europe after heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures hit Greece and the Balkans. The UN Missing Migrants Project has recorded 11 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. The recent cold snap was blamed for at least 73 deaths.
    (AP, 1/11/17)(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 26, Greece's Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, a decision which angered Ankara and further strained relations between the two neighbors. Turkey issued an arrest warrant for the eight former army officers.
    (Reuters, 1/26/17)(AFP, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 27, Turkey's top diplomat threatened punitive measures against Greece, including scrapping an agreement on the return of migrants, after the Greek Supreme Court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish officers who escaped from their country by helicopter after the failed coup attempt.
    (AP, 1/27/17)

2017        Jan 30, In Greece a migrant was found dead in his tent on Lesbos island, the third death there in a week, raising alarm about the grim living conditions in Greek camps.
    (Reuters, 1/30/17)

2017        Feb 8, In Greece hundreds of firefighters in uniform took to the streets of Athens, saying roughly one third of their jobs are at risk due to hiring restrictions placed on the public sector by Greece's international bailout conditions.
    (AP, 2/8/17)

2017        Feb 12, Greek soldiers successfully defused a World War II bomb in Thessaloniki, after evacuating tens of thousands of people from the area.
    (AFP, 2/12/17)

2017        Feb 16, Greek authorities seized 1.3 tons of marijuana in a truck crossing into the country from Albania, a major illegal drugs producer.
    (AP, 2/17/17)

2017        Feb 20, Greece agreed to compromise on new bailout reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with its EU-IMF creditors that has sparked fears of a new Grexit crisis. Greece agreed to legislate new reforms to come into effect in 2019. In return, Greece's creditors agreed to send their bailout inspectors back to Athens next week for further talks to complete a long overdue review of Greece's progress in its bailout program.
    (AFP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/24/17)

2017        Mar 6, Greek authorities said they have seized more than half a million illegally made amphetamine pills, their largest haul to date and thought to be destined for the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 3/6/17)

2017        Mar 16, The militant Greek group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The parcel had been intercepted by the German finance ministry's mail department. On March 20 Greek counterterrorism officers uncovered eight more similar parcel bombs.
    (Reuters, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 27, Fraport Greece said the European Union is clearing a 280 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank to the company, which won the tender to upgrade and operate 14 regional Greek airports.
    (AP, 3/28/17)

2017        Mar 30, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accused Greece of failing to protect migrant workers who had been subject to "forced labor" and shot at by security guards when they protested over unpaid wages. It ordered Athens to pay 16,000 euros each to the workers whose case had triggered outrage across the country.
    (Reuters, 3/30/17)

2017        Mar, In Europe some 62,000 asylum seekers were stranded in Greece. Another 7,000 were stranded in Serbia.
    (Econ, 3/18/17, p.57)

2017        Apr 4, Thousands of elderly Greeks protested peacefully against more pension cuts, as cash-strapped Greece remained locked in talks with lenders on further austerity and unpopular labor reforms.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)

2017        Apr 8, In Greece Documenta 14, one of the world's premier art events opened in Athens, bringing a much-needed spotlight, artistic inspiration and visitor boost to crisis-hit Greece's run-down capital. The contemporary art exhibition is held every five years in Kassel, Germany. The opening in Germany was set for June.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.76)

2017        Apr 25, A Greek court ruled against the extradition of three of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece last July following a failed coup attempt against the Ankara government.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)

2017        May 1, Greek trade unions marked May Day with a 24-hour nationwide strike and protests against looming new cuts demanded by the country's creditors in return for bailout cash.
    (AFP, 5/1/17)

2017        May 2, Greece struck a deal with rescue creditors toward getting the bailout cash it needs to avoid another brush with bankruptcy this summer, though it leaves long-suffering Greeks facing years more austerity.
    (AP, 5/2/17)

2017        May 7, In Greece hundreds of people gathered in central Athens to protest against plans to increase Sunday trading hours in a rally organized by unions and communist groups. Shops in Greece are currently compelled to open on the first Sunday of every month in a step imposed three years ago by the country's creditors.
    (AFP, 5/7/17)

2017        May 13, In northern Greece four people were killed and 10 more were injured when a train derailed and ripped through a house late today.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A4)
2017        May 13, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered visiting Greek PM Alexis Tsipras strong support, saying the two countries should expand cooperation in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)

2017        May 18, In Greece protesters took to the streets of central Athens for the second day running, hours before lawmakers voted in parliament on measures that will impose additional income losses for many Greeks for another three years. Parliament approved a new package of reforms demanded by the EU and the IMF. Unemployment in the country was around 23%.
    (AP, 5/18/17)(Econ 5/27/17, p.47)

2017        May 29, In Greece Constantine Mitsotakis (98), a former conservative prime minister (1990-93) died. His political career spanned more than half a century.
    (AP, 5/31/17)

2017        Jun 7, Greek authorities said Colombian organized crime rings were behind a string of heists involving costly medical diagnostic equipment stolen from hospitals in Greece and another 11 European countries. Police said three suspects are being sought in Colombia in connection with four thefts in Greece last month.
    (AP, 6/7/17)

2017        Jun 10, In northwestern Greece a lignite mine began collapsing in the village of Anargyroi forcing all 182 inhabitants to leave their homes. The mine was shut down on June 3 for safety reasons. The government had warned six years earlier that the mine poised a threat.
    (SFC, 6/12/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 12, An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring at least 10 people and damaging buildings.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 15, the 19-country eurozone agreed late today to release a further 8.5 billion euros ($9.5 billion) from its current, third bailout after the Greek government delivered on an array of reforms.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and Greece.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 19, Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras told visiting Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies.
    (AP, 6/19/17)   

2017        Jun 22, In Greece mounds of rubbish festered in soaring temperatures in Athens as thousands demonstrated in support of refuse collectors demanding the renewal of their contracts.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 29, Hundreds of striking Greek sanitation workers ended a 10-day strike in Athens over jobs as steaming mountains of garbage piled up across the country and temperatures soared.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)

2017        Jul 7, In Greece Bakari Henderson of Austin, Texas, was killed early today on the island of Zakynthos following a fight at a bar in the rowdy tourist district of Lagana.
    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 11, Greek police arrested a 33-year old Serb over the murder of a young American tourist on the Greek island of Zakynthos last week, bringing the number of people detained in the case to nine. Six Serbs, one Greek and a British national were arrested last week and have been charged with murder.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 12, The EU Commission proposed to end the so-called "excessive deficit procedure" on Greece following a sharp improvement in the country's finances after years of spending cuts and tax increases and a recession that wiped out a quarter of the economy and caused unemployment and poverty to swell.
    (AP, 7/12/17)

2017        Jul 21, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake killed two people on the Greek holiday island of Kos, also causing disruption in the Turkish tourist hub of Bodrum, where 80 people were injured. A Turkish and a Swedish tourist, aged 39 and 22 years, died when the roof of a popular bar collapsed.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)(AFP, 7/21/17)

2017        Jul 25, Greece returned to the debt markets for the first time in three years, with reports saying it was on track to raise funds at a lower cost, marking a symbolic victory for the beleaguered eurozone nation.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 26, In Greece a Russian man (38) wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions was ordered held in custody until a US extradition request can be examined. The combined value of bitcoins in circulation reached $40 billion with per day transactions approaching 300,000 on average.
    (AP, 7/26/17)(Econ 7/29/17, p.61)

2017        Jul 27, The European Commission announced a new emergency support package for Greece to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country.
    (AP, 7/27/17)

2017        Jul 28, In Greece Tassos Mantelis (72) was found guilty of money laundering over contracts between the Greek unit of Siemens and then state-controlled telecoms group OTE. Mantelis, who was alleged to have committed the offense while he was transport minister from 1996-2000, was found guilty of money laundering and handed an eight-year suspended sentence.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)

2017        Aug 1, A high court in Greece convicted Andreas Georgiou (57), the country's former statistics chief, to two years in prison for breach of duty, after finding him guilty of breaching regulations of the National Statistical Authority by failing to inform its governing board about the release of budget deficit data in 2010.
    (AP, 8/1/17)

2017        Aug 11, Greek authorities seized roughly two tons of Albania-grown marijuana on an Italian-flagged yacht destined for the Aegean Sea islands.
    (AP, 8/11/17)

2017        Aug 14, In Greece firefighters battled to contain a wildfire near Athens after it spread overnight to three towns some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of the capital and damaged dozens of homes.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 15, Greek firefighters struggled to control blazes for a third successive day, as flames fanned by high winds forced people to flee homes near the capital.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 31, Macedonia called on Greece to recognize the "new reality" in the country and support its bid to join the EU and NATO, a move that would require overcoming the row over the country's name. Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias told reporters that their governments were committed to working on good relations and regional cooperation.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)

2017        Sep 6, Greek asylum service employees on short-term contracts launched a two-day strike to protest months-long delays in their salary payments.
    (AP, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 7, French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his first official visit to Greece with a call for concerted efforts to tackle climate change.
    (AP, 9/7/17)

2017        Sep 10, In Greece the 45-year-old vessel Agia Zoni II sank near the island of Salamis while under anchor. Oil soon spilled from the sunken tanker and drifted to other parts of the Saronic Gulf in Athens.
    (AP, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 14, The Greek government entered a process of arbitration with a Canadian gold mining company, days after Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold threatened to suspend its investments in the country over what it said were delays in the issuing of permits.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 15, Greek authorities banned swimming along a long line of popular Athens beaches following extensive sea pollution from the sinking of a small oil tanker five days ago, which prompted a large containment and cleanup operation.
    (AP, 9/15/17)

2017        Sep 22, Greece's top administrative court approved the first forced deportation of two Syrian refugees, setting a precedent for hundreds of similar cases.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Greece Celia Lois Hollingworth (63) was reported missing by the British embassy. The next day a woman's gnawed body was discovered in a remote hilly area.
    (AP, 9/26/17)

2017        Oct 4, A Greek court ruled to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the US, where he is wanted in connection with a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case.
    (AP, 10/4/17)

2017        Oct 10, The Greek parliament passed a law to make it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender, a move that angered the Church but was welcomed as long-overdue by human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 18, Two Macedonian nationals wanted by Interpol were arrested in Greece over their alleged involvement in a wiretap scandal that brought down Macedonia's government.
    (AP, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 28, Greek police arrested a 29-year-old suspect in a bomb attack last May on Lucas Papademos, one of the country's former prime ministers (2011-2012).
    (AP, 10/28/17)

2017        Oct 30, Montenegro’s defense minister said the Greek and Italian air forces will protect the airspace over the newest NATO-member state. Montenegro joined NATO in June as the military alliance's 29th member.
    (AP, 10/30/17)

2017        Nov 3, The Greek coast guard rescued 15 people after a boat carrying migrants from Turkey sank off the island of Kalymnos. At least three people died and several more were believed to be missing.
    (AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 9, A political row erupted in Greece after Dimitris Koufontinas (59), a key far-left assassin implicated in deadly attacks on US, British, Turkish and Greek targets, was given a two-day leave from prison.
    (AP, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 13, In Greece hundreds of four-wheel motorbike owners, most from Greek holiday resorts, blocked traffic outside the country's Transport Ministry in Athens to protest a proposed ATV vehicle ban.
    (AP, 11/13/17)

2017        Nov 14, Greece declared a state of emergency on the island of Symi after a sudden downpour swept cars into the sea, damaged homes and cut off electricity and water supplies.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 15, In Greece flash floods killed at least 20 people. Most of the fatalities occurred in Mandra, a working-class district on the western outskirts of Athens. Days later two people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A2)(AFP, 11/18/17)(AP, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 17, In Greece more than 10,000 protesters marched to the US Embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against the military dictatorship then ruling the country. Police clashed with hooded youths in Athens after thousands marched to mark a bloody 1973 student uprising.
    (AP, 11/17/17)(Reuters, 11/18/17)

2017        Nov 21, The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece met in Cyprus and pledged closer cooperation on migration. They also sought to get the European Union more actively engaged in efforts to get a grip on migration, much of which stems from war-torn Syria and Libya.
    (AP, 11/21/17)

2017        Nov 27, Greek authorities raised to 23 the death toll from the Nov. 15 heavy flooding near Athens, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Amnesty Int’l. urged Greece's government to halt the sale of thousands of artillery shells to Saudi Arabia, saying the weapons could be used against civilians in the ongoing war in Yemen. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras strongly defended deal.
    (AP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 28, Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)

2017        Nov 29, Greek police used tear gas to hold back dozens of protesters trying to disrupt foreclosed property auctions that resumed after a hiatus of several months.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

2017        Dec 2, Greek police arrested a Serbo-Croatian man (33) suspected of being involved in an international smuggling ring importing drugs from Latin America to Europe, after seizing 136 kg (300 pounds) of cocaine from his Athens apartment. Authorities were also seeking a 35-year-old Serb man believed to be an accomplice.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 4, A Greek court ordered the detention of nine Turkish citizens pending trial for terrorism-related offences, including links to a banned militant group behind a series of suicide bombings in Turkey.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 5, Greek demonstrators in Athens broke into the Labor Ministry and clashed with riot police outside the prime minister's office, in protest against a new agreement between the country and bailout creditors that includes limiting the right to strike.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Mayors and residents of Greece's Aegean islands, which are sheltering more than 15,000 refugees and migrants, called for the government to relocate people from overcrowded camps into centers on the mainland.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 6, Greek police fired teargas at youths marching in Athens to mark the ninth anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police, an incident that sparked Greece's worst riots for decades. Alexandros Grigoropoulos (15) was shot dead in 2008.
    (Reuters, 12/6/17)

2017        Dec 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with members of Greece's Muslim minority, ending a landmark visit to Greece that sharply divided opinion in the country and saw tensions in relations resurface.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 14, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 18, A court in northern Greece sentenced 23 people to prison terms ranging from eight to 1,489 years for smuggling Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country from the Turkish border in 2015 and 2016.
    (AP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, Greece’s Hellenic Food Authority issued an announcement calling on consumers in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki not to buy 1.5 liter bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light, 1 liter cartons of Delta brand milk and packages of Yfantis processed sausage from Dec. 20-25. This followed a threat by members of a group calling itself "Blackgreen Arsonists" to contaminate certain packaged food products with hydrochloric acid during the Christmas period.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 22, Macedonia's left-wing prime minister said he is ready to renounce his country's claim to the legacy of Alexander the Great to help solve a 26-year-old dispute with neighboring Greece over the country's name.
    (AP, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 31, Greece dismissed Turkish anger over its decision to grant asylum to a soldier who Ankara accuses of involvement in the abortive coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. The soldier was one of eight who fled after the July 15 coup attempt.
    (Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Greece a homeowner found a young tourist couple dead in the house they were renting on the western island of Kefalonia. Initial indications pointed to a double suicide.
    (AP, 1/2/18)

2018        Jan 5, A Greek court ruled that two Macedonian men arrested on an international warrant issued by their country on charges related to a wiretapping scandal should be extradited.
    (AP, 1/5/18)

2018        Jan 8, Greece won a temporary injunction suspending the asylum status granted to a Turkish soldier who fled with seven others to the country after a botched coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 11, Macedonia and Greece agreed to form working groups led by foreign ministers to hold talks on a solution to the 25-year dispute over the name of the ex-Yugoslav Republic.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 12, In Greece police fired tear gas in brief clashes with protesters and strikes halted ferries and disrupted public transport, as unions stepped up protests against a new austerity bill that will limit the right to strike and speed up property foreclosures.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 15, Greek labor unions went on strike to protest further creditor-demanded austerity measures due to be voted on in Parliament. Strikes shut down all public transport in Athens.
    (AP, 1/15/18)

2018        Jan 16, The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership with tighter cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 21, Over 100,000 Greeks have gathered in the northern city of Thessaloniki to demand that neighboring country Macedonia change its name because it is also the name of the Greek province of which Thessaloniki is the capital.
    (AP, 1/21/18)

2018        Jan 30, In Greece Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin and Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras attended a foundation ceremony for a Holocaust memorial museum in Thessaloniki, which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II death camps.
    (AP, 1/30/18)

2018        Feb 2, A Greek court ruled against the extradition of a Turkish man wanted by Ankara over links to a banned militant group blamed for suicide bombings in Turkey. The court said Mehmet Dogan (60), although still being held in Greece, had been granted political asylum in France.
    (AP, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 4, In Greece well over 100,000 protesters from across the country converged on Athens' main square to protest a potential Greek compromise in a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's official name.
    (AP, 2/4/18)

2018        Feb 8, Greece launched a seven-year bond auction with a starting rate of 3.75 percent, in the first major step this year toward a return to financing itself on international markets.
    (AP, 2/8/18)

2018        Feb 11, Greek firefighters found a Macedonian man and woman frozen to death at the summit of Mount Kaimaktsalan. The man (35) and the woman (28) went missing a day earlier. They had reportedly set off again for the summit a 2nd time, believing, apparently erroneously, that one of their group was missing.
    (AP, 2/11/18)   

2018        Feb 19, In Greece seventeen Turkish nationals landed on a beach on an island close to Turkey. Greek media said they had asked for political asylum.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)

2018        Feb 20, A Greek court in the northern city of Thessaloniki convicted Jamal Owda (20), a Palestinian man, of running a major migrant-smuggling ring and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/20/18)

2018        Feb 21, Macedonian authorities began replacing road signs on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.
    (AP, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, The Greek parliament voted to investigate politicians, including former prime ministers, over allegations of bribery by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)

2018        Feb 27, Police in northern Greece confiscated 105 kg of marijuana from neighboring Albania and arrested an Albanian national (26) suspected of smuggling the drugs in his car near the Krystallopigi border.
    (AP, 2/27/18)

2018        Feb 28, The Greek government eased capital controls put in place during the summer of 2015 when the country's future in the euro currency was in the balance.
    (AP, 2/28/18)

2018        Mar 1, Macedonia, in a goodwill gesture to neighboring Greece, removed a prominent statue of the ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great from its main airport terminal.
    (AP, 3/1/18)

2018        Mar 2, In Greece more than a dozen youths carrying hammers and iron bars attacked shops in central Athens, damaging several storefronts. This was part of a continuing campaign in support of a jailed bombing suspect accused of last year’s wounding of former PM Lucas Papademos.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Museums and archaeological sites in the wider Athens area and on the Greek island of Crete were shut for the day because of a strike by guards over a benefits dispute with the Culture Ministry.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Turkey arrested two Greek soldiers for allegedly entering a Turkish military zone and on suspicion of attempted espionage. Greece said the two soldiers on a patrol of the Greek-Turkish border accidentally strayed into Turkey because of bad weather.
    (AP, 3/2/18)

2018        Mar 4, Greece's coast guard said it has seized about 1.3 tons of processed cannabis, hidden aboard a foreign flagged fishing vessel intercepted off the southern island of Crete.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 6, Greece rejected a Turkish extradition request for Naci Ozpolat (48), the second of nine Turkish citizens who were arrested on terror charges in Athens, days before a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Greece's anti-terrorism squad arrested five men suspected of participating in a far-right criminal group and of involvement in arson attacks and explosions.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Greek train routes were suspended for the day as railway workers staged a 24-hour strike to protest the privatization of the rolling stock maintenance company and a lack of staff.
    (AP, 3/6/18)

2018        Mar 10, In Greece anarchists clashed with riot police after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism in the region. Far-right activists had burned down an anarchist collective's premises in Thessaloniki in January.
    (AP, 3/10/18)

2018        Mar 14, A Greek court rejected a Turkish extradition request for Halaz Secer (21). She was among nine suspected Turkish militants arrested in Athens ahead of an official visit by Turkey's president late last year.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Greece raised 812.5 million euros ($1 billion) in a 12-month treasury bill auction, the country's latest step toward regaining market access.
    (AP, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 15, Greek police said they have arrested 11 people on suspicion of running a smuggling ring transporting hundreds of refugees and migrants from the Greek-Turkish land border to the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki over the past year.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, A Greek court sentenced a university lecturer (46) to two life terms in prison for fatally poisoning his wife and her grandmother with arsenic. The court ruled that the geology lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki gradually poisoned his 34-year-old wife and her 85-year-old grandmother in August 2013.
    (AP, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 16, A Greek court dismissed a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish soldiers accused by Ankara of having played a direct role in the abortive coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 17, Greek coast guard officials said at least 16 people, including five children, drowned when the small boat they were on capsized off Agathonisi island.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 19, A court in northern Greece convicted a Syrian refugee (33) of having been a fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and sentenced him to eight years' imprisonment. The man entered Greece as a refugee from Turkey with his wife and two children in 2016.
    (AP, 3/19/18)

2018        Mar 21, Greece's highest court rejected government-proposed reforms as unconstitutional. The Greek Orthodox church, whose constitutionally recognized role as Greece's prevailing religion, opposed plans it fears could dilute its influence.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Greek authorities arrested a British citizen (38) and seized 11 kg of heroin hidden in his luggage at Athens International Airport.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)

2018        Mar 24, Greek authorities found the bodies of two men believed to be migrants in an abandoned building outside the town of Alexandroupolis. They appeared to have been killed in a fight.
    (AP, 3/26/18)

2018        Mar 27, Europe's bailout fund approved a 6.7 billion euro ($8.32 billion) loan installment to Greece as part of its third international rescue program, with payment of the first 5.7 billion euros expected this week.
    (AP, 3/27/18)

2018        Mar 28, The Athens-based Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) said attacks by organized groups against migrants, refugees and activists have been creeping up in Greece, and called for zero tolerance towards racist violence.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 30, A Greek lawyer representing Maria Efimova, a Russian woman who blew the whistle on alleged wrongdoing at Malta-based Pilatus Bank, said his client fears for her life if she is extradited to Malta. Efimova was identified by slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as one of her sources. Galizia, killed in a car-bomb attack in Oct. 2017, had reported that the Maltese prime minister's wife was the ultimate beneficiary of funds in a secret company in Panama, including funds from Azerbaijan transferred through Pilatus Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In Greece a man (58), his daughter (23) and an unnamed accomplice were arrested late today over the abduction of a man (47) and his sister (48), the older suspect's cousins, beginning July 27 in the city of Serres. The brother and sister, described as "cognitively impaired," were held prisoner for over eight months near Thessaloniki and forced, under threats of violence, to transfer large amounts to their captors' bank accounts.
    (AP, 3/31/18)

2018        Apr 4, Greece's defense minister described Turkey as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and announced that he has ordered additional military personnel to move to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 12, A Greek Mirage 2000-5 air force fighter jet crashed into the Aegean Sea after returning from a patrol, killing the pilot.
    (AP, 4/12/18)

2018        Apr 14, Thousands of Greeks turned up at a rally and march in central Athens organized by the Communist Party to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria.
    (AP, 4/15/18)

2018        Apr 17, A European high court on ruled that migrants reaching the Greek islands who apply for asylum will be allowed to travel to the mainland while their applications are being processed.
    (AP, 4/18/18)

2018        Apr 18, Greek police said they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece. Another 17 suspected members of the crime ring were arrested in France for burglaries in Brittany and Normandy.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Greek ferries remained docked at the country's ports as seamen, marine engineers and ship cooks walked off the job for 24 hours to protest against planned government reforms which they say will further hurt their labor rights. The Panhellenic Seamen's Federation, announced in the afternoon it would extend the strike for a further 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)(AP, 4/18/18)

2018        Apr 19, Greece's highest court approved the release from custody of one of eight Turkish servicemen who have applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup in the neighboring country.
    (AP, 4/19/18)

2018        Apr 23, Greek police cleared the square at the main port of Mytilene early today following a nightlong standoff during which far-right protesters hurled flares and firecrackers at the migrants and set fire to trash bins.
    (AP, 4/23/18)(AFP, 4/23/18)

2018        Apr 25, In Greece thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens and other cities, vowing to challenge ongoing bailout-related austerity measures after the rescue program ends in a few months.
    (AP, 4/25/18)

2018        May 1, Thousands of Greeks are marching through central Athens in at least three separate May Day demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/1/18)

2018        May 2, Greek government officials vowed to reduce severe overcrowding at migrant camps on local islands, amid mounting protests that the migrant crisis has hurt the vital local tourism industry for a fourth successive summer.
    (AP, 5/2/18)

2018        May 8, The leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said they're determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
    (AP, 5/8/18)

2018        May 19, In Greece a mob attack on Yiannis Boutaris (75), the mayor of Thessaloniki, was carried out in an apparent venting of nationalist sentiment. Authorities on May 21 charged four men of grievous bodily harm and breach of the peace.
    (AP, 5/21/18)

2018        May 20, Macedonia's main opposition party, the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE, said it was against changing the country's name to Republic of Ilinden Macedonia, undermining prospects for a solution of a decades-long dispute with Greece.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)

2018        May 31, Iran's soccer federation suspended all relations with its Greek counterpart after a friendly between the two nations scheduled in Istanbul was abruptly cancelled amid ongoing Greece-Turkey tensions.
    (AP, 6/1/18)

2018        Jun 4, A Greek lawyer representing eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece seeking asylum after the 2016 failed coup in Turkey says all his clients have been freed pending a ruling on their applications.
    (AP, 6/4/18)

2018        Jun 6, In Greece Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, arrived on the island of Spetses to host a two-day environmental conference to seek backing from other religious leaders in a global campaign to take action against climate change.
    (AP, 6/6/18)

2018        Jun 7, Turkey said it has suspended its migrant readmission deal with Greece, days after Greece released from prison four Turkish soldiers who fled there after a 2016 attempted coup.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)

2018        Jun 8, In Greece six people were killed and two critically injured when a minivan carrying Iraqi and Syrian migrants crashed into a wall and overturned on a northern motorway. There were 16 people traveling in the minivan.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 12, Greece and Macedonia agreed that Macedonia will change its name to Republic of North Macedonia. A binding agreement is expected to be signed this weekend.
    (AP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 14, Greek lawmakers approved the last batch of economic reforms required by creditors, as the country approaches the end of its international bailout.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Greece's Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of Maria Efimova. a Russian whistleblower at the center of a Maltese corruption scandal. Efimova was employed for three months in 2016 by Pilatus Bank and is accused by the bank of embezzlement. She denies the charges.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)

2018        Jun 17, The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the former Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia," despite a storm of protest over a deal seen as a national sellout by some on both sides. This potentially paved the way for Macedonia's admission to the European Union and NATO. Greek protesters clashed with riot police, who beat them back with tear gas after a historic Greek-Macedonian deal to end a 27-year name row.
    (Reuters, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)

2018        Jun 19, In Greece unknown vandals smashed replicas of Roman-era Egyptian gods on the site of an ancient sanctuary north of Athens. The original statues are kept in the archaeological museum of Marathon.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 20, The Macedonian parliament formally ratified a landmark name agreement with Greece, paving the way for Skopje's admission to NATO and the opening of accession talks with the European Union.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 21, In Greece activist Artemis Sorras appeared in court pending trial on criminal fraud charges. He was arrested over the weekend in Athens after more than a year in hiding. Sorras had urged Greeks not to pay their taxes, claiming he had access to enough money to pay off the country's enormous debt.
    (AP, 6/21/18)

2018        Jun 22, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Greece's dominant Aegean Airlines said it has signed a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) deal with Airbus to buy up to 42 new A320 neo passenger aircraft. Aegean was founded 19 years ago and serves 150 destinations in 44 countries.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said their countries must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2018        Jun 28, An Athens court cleared two Greeks convicted a year ago of belonging to a nihilist terrorist group. Irianna and Pericles had been found guilty on the basis of partial DNA evidence from weapons, and their friendship with convicted group members.
    (AP, 6/28/18)

2018        Jul 4, Greek authorities agreed to extradite to France Lasha Shushanashvili (57), the Georgian suspected head of an international crime ring specializing in robberies and burglaries.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 5, A Greek committee granted asylum to a Turkish soldier who fled to Greece with seven other officers after a failed coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Macedonia's parliament ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement.
    (AP, 7/5/18)

2018        Jul 6, In Greece Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, a former mayor of Thessaloniki (1999-2010), was convicted of money laundering related to the embezzlement of city funds and sentenced to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Macedonia's president insisted that he will not sign off on a deal with Greece to change his country's name, even after parliament ratified the agreement for a second time.
    (AP, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 11, Greece said it will expel two Russian diplomats suspected of meddling in the politically sensitive issue of Macedonia. Russia said it would respond in kind to the Greek move.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)

2018        Jul 13, A Greek court agreed to extradite to France a Russian cybercrime suspect who also is wanted on criminal charges in the United States and Russia. Alexander Vinnik (38), a former bitcoin operator, was arrested in Greece last year on a US-issued international warrant.
    (AP, 7/13/18)

2018        Jul 19, Greek police boats began searching along the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border for a Turkish woman and her three young children missing since the boat they were using to cross the border capsized.
    (AP, 7/20/18)

2018        Jul 23, In Greece a swift-moving forest fire burned through a mountainous area west of Athens, prompting residents to flee as smoke from the blaze turned the sky over the Greek capital a hazy orange. Hundreds of people were trapped in the eastern resort of Mati as flames whipped around them. The death toll reached 91 as another victim died on August 6.  In December death toll from the fire rose to 100 as another victim died of severe burns.
    (AP, 7/23/18)(Reuters, 7/24/18)(AP, 7/25/18)(Reuters, 7/28/18)(AP, 8/6/18)(AP, 12/15/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Greece a Pakistani man (29) was stabbed to death. He was with three compatriots heading illegally toward Greece's northern border with Macedonia. On August 3 police announced the arrest of eight migrants on suspicion of the murder. The eight, six Afghans and two Pakistanis, allegedly robbed the four near the border.
    (AP, 8/3/18)

2018        Jul 24, Greek authorities said wildfires raging through seaside resorts near Athens torched homes, cars and forests, killing at least 80 people.
    (AP, 7/24/18)(AP, 7/25/18)

2018        Jul 27, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he took full political responsibility for a devastating wildfire which has killed at least 87 people and led to opposition accusations over the government's failure to protect lives.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)

2018        Jul 28, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras faced mounting criticism after wildfires that killed at least 88 people plunged Greece into grief just as it was healing from years of painful bailouts.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)

2018        Jul 29, Greek fire services said three more people were confirmed killed by the wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 91.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)

2018        Jul 31, In Greece port police said the bodies of two people thought to have fled into the sea to escape the wildfires that ravaged coastal towns near Athens last week have been recovered. Confirmation that the pair were victims of the fire would bring the disaster's death toll to at least 93.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)

2018        Aug 1, German lawmakers approved the payment of a final bailout loan instalment to Greece worth 15 billion euros ($17.6 billion). Greece's third successive international bailout ends in late August.
    (AP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 2, The Greek chapter of Medecins Sans Frontieres said more than 10,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece from Turkey through the northern Evros river crossing in the first half of 2018.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)

2018        Aug 3, Police in Greece raided an office in the greater Atherns area and arrested four Bulgarian women after a criminal ring allegedly arranged to sell officers a 4-day old infant. Nine people were arrested on suspicion of running the criminal ring that sold newborn babies to childless couples.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A2)

2018        Aug 6, A eurozone rescue fund said it has paid its final 15 billion-euro ($17.3 billion) bailout loan to Greece, after objections by Germany delayed the payment a few weeks.
    (AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 7, Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras said the demolition of 3,200 buildings will start immediately in the Attica region, which includes the capital Athens, in response to the death of dozens of people who were unable to escape a maze of poorly planned streets in the country's worst wildfire disaster.
    (AP, 8/7/18)

2018        Aug 9, In Greece the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati rose to 93, after a 78-year-old woman in intensive care died of her injuries.
    (AP, 8/9/18)

2018        Aug 11, Greek health officials said the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati has risen to 94 after a woman (57) in intensive care died of her injuries.
    (AP, 8/11/18)

2018        Aug 15, Greece hailed a "day of joy" as two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges were released in a surprise move by Ankara.
    (AP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 17, The German government said Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria.
    (AP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 20, The EU welcomed the end to Greece's 8-year bailout program and said it hopes it is the beginning of a new era for the debt-laden eurozone member state. One in five Greeks remained unemployed, with few receiving state benefits.
    (AP, 8/20/18)

2018        Aug 21, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said the country had good reason to expect better days ahead after formally exiting its last financial bailout, putting an epilogue to a dramatic nine-year debt crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 22, Athens-based Lotus Shipping said a tanker vessel has gone missing off the coast of Gabon in West Africa, an area notorious for piracy, and no word has been heard from its crew for a week. The Georgian government said 17 of its citizens were on board the Pantelena serving as crew.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)

2018        Aug 28, Greek police said authorities have arrested two aid workers and are investigating a total of 30 from the same organization on the island of Lesbos on suspicion they smuggled migrants into Greece, spied and laundered money.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)

2018        Sep 3, Greek ships remained docked at the country's ports as seamen started a strike to demand the restoration of wages and labor rights, following the expiry of Greece's third bailout program last month. The strike has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded on the country's popular island destinations.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)(AP, 9/3/18)

2018        Sep 4, Greek ferry crews have ended a strike that left tens of thousands of travelers and islanders stranded for more than a day after ferry operators offered them a 2-percent pay increase after an eight-year freeze because of Greece's debt crisis.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

2018        Sep 7, In Greece workers at a camp for migrants on the island of Lesbos said they will go on strike to protest overcrowding, as the government conceded conditions were "near impossible." More than 8,300 people occupy the Moria camp, which has room for only 3,100.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)

2018        Sep 8, In Greece US Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross opened a trade fair in Thessaloniki. An estimated 6,000 people attended a rally near the international trade fair in opposition to an agreement with neighboring Macedonia to end a long dispute over the latter's name. Eight people were arrested.
    (AP, 9/9/18)(SSFC, 9/9/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 14, Greece's supreme court approved a Russian extradition request for Alexander Vinnik (38), a bitcoin fraud suspect. The Greek supreme court also has accepted an extradition request from the United States, where Vinnik is accused of allegedly laundering billions of dollars with bitcoin.
    (AP, 9/14/18)

2018        Sep 16, Greek police reported that the number of migrants detained for entering Greece illegally has risen sharply so far this year.
    (AP, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 30, Greek authorities reported three missing people on Evia island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region.
    (AP, 9/30/18)

2018        Oct 9, Greek Coast Guard Lieutenant Kyriakos Papadopoulos (44) died late today of a heart attack. He is credited with having rescued more than 5,000 refugees fleeing in small rubber boats across the sea at the height of Europe's migrant crisis in 2015.
    (AP, 10/10/18)

2018        Oct 13, In northern Greece a speeding car carrying migrants collided with a truck, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 17, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras took over as foreign minister following the resignation of Nikos Kotzias, who quit amid reports of a growing rift with a coalition partner over a June 2018 deal with Macedonia to end the name dispute.
    (Reuters, 10/17/18)

2018        Oct 29, Greek youths clashed with police in central Athens as a protest against education reform turned violent when it reached parliament's Syntagma square.
    (Reuters, 10/29/18)

2018        Oct 31, In Greece John Macris (46), a Greek-Australian married to a model who appeared on a Greek reality TV show, was shot and killed as he left his home in Voula in his car this evening in a seaside suburb of Athens. Australian media have described Macris as having been involved in Sydney's organized crime scene.
    (AP, 11/1/18)
2018        Oct 31, Albanian police said they have arrested five people suspected of trafficking migrants from Greece to Montenegro following a months-long investigation.
    (AP, 10/31/18)

2018        Nov 1, Greek authorities arrested eight suspected members of a criminal organization that smuggled migrants from Greece to Italy by yacht.
    (AP, 11/2/18)

2018        Nov 13, Greece's culture ministry said archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of the lost ancient city of Tenea that, according to tradition, was first settled by Trojan war captives after the Greek sack of Troy. The remains dated from the 4th century BC to late Roman times.
    (AP, 11/13/18)

2018        Nov 15, Greek authorities said about 74,000 asylum-seekers are now living in the country, and efforts are underway to expand housing for them and improve conditions at island camps for migrants who arrive by sea.
    (AP, 11/15/18)

2018        Nov 22, A Greek court convicted and sentenced six of the nine suspects in the fatal beating of American tourist Bakari Henderson at an island resort in July 2017, finding them guilty of reduced charges in a move that angered the victim's parents.
    (AP, 11/22/18)

2018        Nov 26, In northern Greece four migrants were killed late today by a train near the land border with Turkey. Blankets were found by the lines at the point of impact, suggesting that the migrants had wrapped up for sleep.
    (AP, 11/28/18)

2018        Nov 28, In Greece train and island ferry services were suspended and most Athens public transport was idle as the country's biggest labor union held a strike against persisting austerity measures.
    (AP, 11/28/18)
2018        Nov 28, In Greece a Syrian man was killed overnight and six more people injured when a car used by a smuggling gang that was crammed with nine people crashed on a northern highway near the town of Kavala.
    (AP, 11/28/18)

2018        Nov 29, Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in rival protests in Greece over the country's name deal with Macedonia aimed at ending a three-decade dispute but which has sparked controversy.
    (AFP, 11/29/18)

2018        Nov 30, A Greek court acquitted 21 people accused of raiding prospective gold mining facilities that some see as a welcome foreign investment but many local residents strongly oppose on environmental grounds. About 40 masked people attacked the facilities at Skouries in the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece in February 2013.
    (AP, 11/30/18)

2018        Dec 5, Greece intercepted a Syrian ship sailing for Libya. The Noka was escorted to Heraklion port on the Greek island on Dec. 8, where the authorities unloaded its entire cargo and found about six tons of processed cannabis and 3 million super-strength "Captagon" amphetamine pills worth more than 100 million euros ($113 million).
    (Reuters, 12/14/18)

2018        Dec 6, Demonstrators in Greece threw firebombs and pelted police with rocks as marches on the 10th anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager degenerated into violence.
    (AP, 12/6/18)

2018        Dec 7, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin held Kremlin talks with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that have strained their traditionally friendly ties.
    (AP, 12/7/18)

2018        Dec 13, In northern Greece three men died and three were injured after a car carrying migrants crashed and caught fire in Kavala.
    (AP, 12/13/18)

2018        Dec 17, In Greece a bomb blast early today damaged a building in Athens housing the headquarters of the private radio and television network Skai, but there were no casualties.
    (AFP, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 19, The Greek Supreme Court ordered the extradition to France of Russian Alexander Vinnik, who headed the Bitcoin exchange BTC-e, on suspicion of money laundering.
    (AFP, 12/19/18)
2018        Dec 19, In Cyprus Jordan's foreign affairs minister said his country is seeking closer ties with Greece and Cyprus as part of a strategy to bolster regional peace and security and promote economic cooperation.
    (AP, 12/19/18)

2018        Dec 22, Balkan leaders from Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia gathered in the Serbian capital of Belgrade as part of a regular regional initiative to foster cooperation on an array of issues such as migration and trade.
    (AP, 12/22/18)

2019        Jan 3, In Greece two men, 67 and 64 years old, along with the older man's wife, went missing after setting out from Keratea in a pouring rain. Their bodies were later found separately in a creek that had turned into a raging river southeast of Athens.
    (AP, 1/6/19)

2019        Jan 9, Greek authorities said they have broken a drugs ring importing narcotics into the country as dehydrated 'superfood' berries implanted with cocaine.
    (Reuters, 1/9/19)

2019        Jan 11, Greek police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of teachers protesting against government plans to change hiring procedures in the public sector.
    (Reuters, 1/11/19)
2019        Jan 11, Macedonia's parliament approved a deal with Greece that would rename the country North Macedonia. Greece's parliament is expected to vote on it before March.
    (AP, 1/12/19)

2019        Jan 13, Greece's defense minister Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and said his right-wing Independent Greeks party is quitting the government after meeting with PM Alexis Tsipras. The government now needs the backing of six lawmakers from opposition parties or independents to avoid a snap election.
    (AP, 1/13/19)(AP, 1/14/19)
2019        Jan 11, Greece told German Chancellor Angela Merkel it had grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.
    (Reuters, 1/14/19)

2019        Jan 14, Greek riot police used tear gas to disperse state schoolteachers protesting violently in Athens, days after the country's public order minister accused officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar circumstances.
    (AP, 1/14/19)

2019        Jan 16, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras very narrowly won a confidence vote after his right-wing partner left the governing coalition to protest an agreement to normalize relations with Macedonia. A nationwide poll this week found 70 percent of respondents oppose the agreement.
    (AP, 1/17/19)

2019        Jan 17, In Greece striking school teachers and other civil servants shut down central Athens for hours during a protest of new hiring criteria for teachers that were under consideration in parliament.
    (AP, 1/17/19)
2019        Jan 17, Greek police arrested a man trying to sell antiquities excavated by grave robbers that dated back to the third century BC.
    (SFC, 1/23/19, p.A2)

2019        Jan 20, In Greece police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament as tens of thousands rallied in Athens to protest against a name deal with Macedonia.
    (Reuters, 1/20/19)

2019        Jan 25, Greece ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of neighboring Macedonia, ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbor and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.
    (Reuters, 1/25/19)

2019        Jan 28, Greece announced plans to return to bond markets and increase the minimum wage, amid protests against bailout-era measures by farmers who used tractors to block the country's main highway. PM Alexis Tsipras announced an 11-percent rise in the minimum wage, the first after a decade of austerity and months ahead of legislative elections.
    (AP, 1/28/19)(AFP, 1/28/19)

2019        Feb 5, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras visited Turkey where he will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks to ease tensions over bilateral disputes and the long-running Cyprus problem.
    (AFP, 2/5/19)
2019        Feb 5, Turkey put up bounties for the capture of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece following a failed coup in 2016.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

2019        Feb 13, Greek police said seven men have been arrested in northern Greece after police seized bundles of fake US $100 bills stashed in a warehouse with a total face value of $200,000.
    (AP, 2/13/19)

2019        Feb 28, In Greece Lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou said Alexander Vinnik (39), a Russian suspected of bitcoin fraud, has been on a hunger strike for three months, during which time he has lost about 30 percent of his body weight. She aired a video of a gaunt-looking Vinnik she said was shot last week.
    (AP, 2/28/19)

2019        Mar 5, Greece successfully launched its first 10-year bond auction since 2010, as it seeks to gradually regain the confidence of international investors and wean itself off bailout funds.
    (AP, 3/5/19)

2019        Mar 13, Greece opened its biggest land registry office in Athens, home to nearly half of the Greek population. Greece, the only European country without a proper register of land ownership, was confident it will finally have one in place by 2021 after spending hundreds of millions of euros on a project that began more than 20 years ago.
    (Reuters, 3/15/19)

2019        Mar 14, Greece reported that its unemployment rate, the highest in the 28-country European Union, climbed slightly to 18.7 percent in the final quarter of 2018.
    (AP, 3/14/19)

2019        Mar 15, Greece backed calls by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela, in what marks a different approach to that pursued by key European allies.
    (AP, 3/15/19)

2019        Mar 29, Greece's parliament approved a bill to protect borrowers from foreclosures on their primary homes after tense negotiations with the country's international creditors.
    (Reuters, 3/29/19)

2019        Mar 31, Fashion magazine Vogue hit the newsstands in Greece, relaunched after a seven-year absence as publishers bet that the country's economic recovery after a debt crisis will revive an appetite for glossy fashion and lifestyle prints.
    (AP, 3/31/19)

2019        Apr 2, The leaders of Greece and North Macedonia hugged, took selfies and signed a new agreement for air patrols in a display of newly-friendly relations since a nearly three-decade name dispute was settled earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 4/2/19)

2019        Apr 5, Greek authorities said they have arrested and charged a Bulgarian man over the suspected contract killing of John Macris (46), a Greek-Australian, who was fatally shot outside his home in an Athens seaside suburb last year. The suspect's brother was also wanted on suspicion of having helped plan the murder.
    (AP, 4/5/19)
2019        Apr 5, Greek police fired tear gas to disperse migrants who had gathered in a field near the country's border with Northern Macedonia in the hope of making their way illegally up through the Balkans toward northern Europe. Migrants in Athens also blocked the city's main train station in demonstrations that authorities said had been triggered by false reports on social media that restrictions on travel to northern Europe had been lifted.
    (Reuters, 4/5/19)(AP, 4/5/19)

2019        Apr 6, In northern Greece hundreds of protesting migrants clashed with police for a third straight day, with migrants throwing rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
    (AP, 4/6/19)

2019        Apr 8, A Greek marine conservation group said the Aegean Sea has seen a "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, adding that the rise could be linked to massive Turkish naval exercises in the area.
    (AP, 4/8/19)

2019        Apr 11, A team of Greek and Spanish doctors announced the birth of a baby using DNA from three people after a controversial fertility treatment that has provoked intense ethical debate. A similar DNA-switching technique was used in Mexico in 2016 to avoid transmission of a mother's hereditary illness to her child.
    (AFP, 4/11/19)

2019        Apr 19, Greek police stopped a truck with stolen license plates and found 59 undocumented migrants inside. The migrants told police they had paid 1,500 euros ($1,690) each to a trafficker in Turkey who helped them cross into Greece by boat, before boarding the truck.
    (AP, 4/20/19)

2019        May 10, Greek far-left extremist Dimitris Koufodinas (61), serving 11 life terms for a string of murders, vowed to continue "until the end" a hunger strike if his bid to get a new leave from prison isn't granted. Koufodinas is the chief hit man for the November 17 group that killed 23 people from 1975-2000.
    (AP, 5/10/19)

2019        May 15, Greek lawmakers approved tax breaks and bonuses for pensioners in the crisis-hit nation days before elections, rowing back some austerity mandated by international bailouts.
    (Reuters, 5/15/19)
2019        May 15, Α Greek court acquitted nine Turkish citizens of terrorism-related offences, citing a lack of evidence. Greek police had arrested the eight men and one woman in dawn raids in central Athens, days before a state visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Greece in December 2017.
    (Reuters, 5/15/19)

2019        May 22, Bulgaria and Greece launched the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies. Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov and Alexis Tsipras, oversaw the formal start to construction of the 182-km (114 miles) link.
    (AP, 5/22/19)

2019        May 27, Greek markets reacted positively to PM Alexis Tsipras' call for snap general elections following a resounding defeat of his left-wing Syriza party in European and local elections.
    (AP, 5/27/19)

2019        Jun 11, In Greece two children, four women and a man drowned when a boat carrying them overturned off the island of Lesbos.
    (Reuters, 6/11/19)

2019        Jun 18, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied calls for it to cease drilling in the region.
    (AFP, 6/18/19)

2019        Jul 2, In Greece Suzanne Eaton (59), an American scientist, disappeared while at a conference in Chania, Crete. Her body was found on July 8 in a tunnel formerly used as a storage site during World War II. On July 16 a Greek man from Crete (27) was charged with murder and rape in the killing.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.C1)(Reuters, 7/16/19)(AP, 10/13/20)

2019        Jul 7, In Greece the New Democracy party of conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis (51) won 39.8% of the vote in parliamentary elections compared to 31.5% for the left-wing Syriza party of PM Alexis Tsipras (44).
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A3)

2019        Jul 16, Greece's newly-elected conservative government scrapped plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by its leftist predecessor that aimed to carve a clearer distinction between church and state.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)

2019        Jul 18, It was reported that Greece has arrested a doctor, two medical staff members, and a translator at a state-run camp for migrants and refugees on Samos. They were accused of issuing medical notes for non-existent conditions to exempt migrants from deportation. Five other doctors were arrested as alleged accomplices along with one migrant man.
    (AP, 7/18/19)

2019        Aug 7, Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the United States have agreed to enhance cooperation in energy, cyber and infrastructure security following a meeting of the ministers from the four countries in Athens.
    (AP, 8/7/19)

2019        Aug 9, Greek sculptor Takis (93), whose kinetic artworks were admired at major art museums around the world in a career spanning over 70 years, died. Panagiotis Vassilakis used technology, magnetism and light to create his pioneering art which also drew on influences from classical sculpture and modernist abstraction.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 14, Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire burning through a protected nature reserve on the island of Evia for a second day. Hundreds of people had been evacuated from four villages and a monastery in the area.
    (AP, 8/14/19)

2019        Aug 18, In Greece Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta (81), a fiery conservative Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned.
    (AP, 8/18/19)

2019        Aug 21, Greece said it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the US but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a Greek port.
    (AP, 8/21/19)

2019        Aug 26, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece is fully lifting its remaining capital controls, in a move signaling the economy's continuing return to stability after the tumult of three international bailouts since 2010.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)

2019        Sep 20, Greek authorities said a perpetually overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos can't accommodate any more newly arrived asylum-seekers after the number of people already housed exceeded the camp's intended capacity by 400%.
    (AP, 9/20/19)

2019        Sep 27, Greek authorities said boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, killing seven people.
    (AP, 9/27/19)

2019        Sep 29, In Greece a fire broke out at a container inside a crowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos close to Turkey and then the refugees clashed with police.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)

2019        Sep 30, The Greek announced plans to deport 10,000 migrants by the end of next year, following a deadly fire and clashes at its biggest migrant camp which is massively overcrowded. The UN called for migrants crammed into a squalid camp on the Greek island of Lesbos to be immediately transferred to the mainland, following a fire in which a woman and a child were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)(The Telegraph, 9/30/19)

2019        Oct 5, The United States and Greece signed a revised defense cooperation pact, which Americans officials described as critical to responding to new security challenges in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 10/5/19)

2019        Oct 7, Greek authorities began expanding a program to transfer migrants and refugees from overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland amid concern that the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey could continue to rise.
    (AP, 10/7/19)

2019        Oct 8, Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
    (AP, 10/8/19)

2019        Oct 21, In Greece municipal workers in Athens launched a series of strikes that caused garbage to pile up on the streets of the capital.
    (AP, 10/21/19)

2019        Nov 1, Brazilian police raided the offices of a Greek company as they investigate an oil tanker carrying heavy Venezuelan crude that was allegedly spilled at sea, tarring thousands of kilometers of Brazil's coastline over the past two months. Police said oceanographic and geolocation data showed that the Greek ship was the only one navigating near the origin of the spill between July 28 and 29, after docking in Venezuela on July 15. The next day Delta Tankers, which manages the Greek-flagged Bouboulina ship, reiterated the vessel sailed from Venezuela in laden condition on July 19, heading directly, with no stops at other ports, for Melaka, Malaysia, where the tanker discharged its entire cargo without any shortage.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)(Reuters, 11/2/19)

2019        Nov 9, Greek authorities announced they had arrested three people and detained a further 15 in a "wide sweep" by the police's counterterrorism squad on suspected left-wing extremists that also yielded an arms cache.
    (AP, 11/9/19)

2019        Nov 11, Greek police fired teargas at students protesting against the shutdown of a prominent Athens university that authorities raided at the weekend to confiscate materials they said were typically used in violent demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, China and Greece agreed to push ahead with a 600 million euros investment by COSCO Shipping into Greece's largest port, Piraeus, as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)

2019        Nov 17, Thousands of Greeks, including former PM Alexis Tsipras, marched through central Athens this evening to mark the anniversary of a violently quashed student uprising in 1973 that helped topple a military junta.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)

2019        Nov 20, Greece announced plans to overhaul its migration management system, replacing overcrowded refugee camps on the islands with smaller detention facilities and moving some 20,000 asylum seekers to the mainland over the next few weeks.
    (AP, 11/20/19)

2019        Nov 25, Officials said at least seven people have died as heavy rain slammed the Riviera coasts of France and Italy, trapping travelers in their cars, as well as parts of western Greece.
    (AP, 11/25/19)

2019        Dec 6, Greece said it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)

2019        Dec 10, The Greek government said it has lodged objections to the United Nations over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)

2019        Dec 12, Turkey sent its accord with Libya on a maritime boundary between the two countries to the United Nations for approval, despite objections from Greece that the agreement violates international law.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)

2019        Dec 13, The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned.
    (AP, 12/13/19)

2020        Jan 7, President Trump met with Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the White House. A major focus of the visit was to get the word out that Greece is open for business for American investors and convey that the country has reduced regulatory red tape.
    (CBS News, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan 11, Greece's coast guard said 12 migrants have been found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others have been rescued after their boat took in water and sank. Searchers looked for more survivors.
    (AP, 1/11/20)

2020        Jan 16, Greek authorities found more than a ton of processed cannabis camouflaged among a shipment of date paste headed by sea from Lebanon to Libya.
    (AP, 1/23/20)
2020        Jan 16, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine established a bloc called the East Mediterranean Gas Forum.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EastMed_Gas_Forum)    (Econ., 8/22/20, p.50)

2020        Jan 17, Greece warned it may try to block any Libyan peace deal that doesn’t resolve a dispute over regional maritime borders, as PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with military commander Khalifa Haftar ahead of a Berlin conference on the country’s future. Haftar held talks in Athens two days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin, which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government Fayez al-Sarraj are expected to attend.
    (AP, 1/17/20)(AFP, 1/17/20)

2020        Jan 22, Greece's merchant marine ministry said eight crew members of a Greek-flagged tanker ship have been freed more than 20 days after being kidnapped by gunmen off the coast of Cameroon. Pirates hade kidnapped the crew on Dec. 31 from the Happy Lady tanker, which had been lying at anchor two nautical miles (2.3 miles, 3.7 km) outside the port of Limboh.
    (AP, 1/22/20)

2020        Jan 23, Greece's migration and asylum minister said the “anxiety and indignation” of Greek island residents living at the forefront of a migration crisis are justified. Residents and business owners on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos have held two days of protests and went on strike to demand that the government tackle severe overcrowding at migrant camps that are all grossly over capacity.
    (AP, 1/23/20)
2020        Jan 23, A Greek high court rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik's final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug-of-war between three countries seeking to put him on trial.
    (AP, 1/23/20)

2020        Feb 6, Greek officials said they have detected their first case of African swine fever at a breeding farm in the north of the country this week. African swine fever is harmless to humans but it is highly contagious and deadly in pigs. It has spread from Africa to Europe and Asia and has already killed hundreds of millions of pigs, affecting global meat markets.
    (Reuters, 2/6/20)
2020        Feb 6, Greek police arrested seven people and searched for two others on suspicion of planning or carrying out attacks on migrants on the island of Lesbos.
    (SFC, 2/8/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 17, Greece acted to placate locals incensed over government plans to build new migrant detention centers on outlying islands, saying it was open to a compromise on their location.
    (Reuters, 2/17/20)

2020        Feb 24, In Greece protests group on three eastern islands began setting up roadblocks aimed at stopping the government from building new migrant detention centers.
    (SFC, 2/25/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 26, Algeria and Greece reported their first cases of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 2/26/20)

2020        Feb 27, Greek islanders on Lesbos and Chios gathered for a fourth consecutive day to protest government plans to build new migrant detention centers.
    (SFC, 2/28/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 28, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's borders with Europe were open, making good on a longstanding threat to let refugees into the continent as thousands of migrants gathered at the frontier with Greece.
    (AP, 2/29/20)
2020        Feb 28, Refugees in Turkey headed towards European frontiers after an official declared that borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria. Greece began to forcibly turn back migrants.
    (Reuters, 2/28/20)(Econ., 3/7/20, p.47)

2020        Mar 1, Greek army and police patrols using tear gas and stun grenades to thwart attempts overnight by thousands to push into the country. Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe.
    (AP, 3/1/20)

2020        Mar 2, A child died when a boat full of migrants heading to a Greek island capsized, part of a wave of thousands trying to push through Greece's land and sea borders after Turkey declared the way was open for migrants and refugees to enter Europe. Over the last two days some 1,200 migrants arrived on Lesbos, already overcrowded with migrants.
    (AP, 3/2/20)(Econ., 3/7/20, p.48)
2020        Mar 2, The United Nation's refugee agency said that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey.
    (Reuters, 3/2/20)

2020        Mar 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greek authorities of inhumanely treating migrants trying to cross the border, claiming that two people were killed by Greek security forces a day earlier while another was seriously wounded. Greece denied the accusation.
    (Bloomberg, 3/3/20)

2020        Mar 4, A man (43) was shot dead as he tried to cross from Turkey into Greece. Five others were treated for gunshot wounds. Greece dismissed reports of the shooting as "fake news".
    (Reuters, 4/3/20)

2020        Mar 5, Turkey said it would deploy special forces along its land border with Greece to prevent Greek authorities pushing back people trying to cross into Europe, after Turkey declared its previously guarded gateways to Europe open.
    (AP, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 6, Clashes between Greek riot police and migrants attempting to cross the border from Turkey erupted anew as European Union foreign ministers took aim at what they called “Turkey's use of migratory pressure for political purposes".
    (AP, 3/6/20)

2020        Mar 10, Turkish officials said at least three migrants had been shot and killed while trying to enter Greece in the past two weeks. Several migrants said in interviews that they had been captured, stripped of their belongings and expelled from Greece without being giver a chance to claim asylum.
    (SFC, 3/11/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 13, In Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou (63) was formally sworn in as the country's first female president.
    (SFC, 3/14/20, p.A4)
2020        Mar 13, Greece said it will close all its museums and archaeological sites, including the entire Acropolis that looms over Athens, until the end of the month due to the impact of the coronavirus. Greece had 117 confirmed cases and one fatality.
    (AP, 3/13/20)
2020        Mar 13, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal agreed to take in at least 1,600 migrant children in Greece traveling without their parents.
    (SSFC, 3/15/20, p.A3)

2020        Mar 14, Greece said it would suspend all flights that were still operating to and from Italy, after reporting two more fatalities from a coronavirus infection, raising the total number of deaths in the country to three. Greece had 190 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/14/20)

2020        Mar 16, In Greece a migrant juvenile died in a fire inside the Mora camp on the island of Lesbos.
    (SFC, 3/17/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 18, Clashes broke out on the Greek border with Turkey before dawn, after about 500 migrants attempted to break down a border fence and enter Greece.
    (AP, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 19, The Greek government ordered hotels across the country toclose from March 23 until April 30th  to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Econ, 4/11/20, p.42) 
2020        Mar 19, Greek police arrested 11 people and seized grenade launchers and other weapons in raids against suspected members of the Revolutionary people's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left Turkish armed group.
    (SFC, 3/21/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 21, In Greece 598 migrants, arrested while crossing to three Greek islands from the Turkish coast, arrived at a facility in northern Greece where they were required to remain pending deportation.
    (AP, 3/21/20)

2020        Mar 23, Greece's largest carrier Aegean Airlines said it will suspend all of its international flights from March 26 to April 30 as a result of the spread of the coronavirus and flight restrictions.
    (Reuters, 3/23/20)

2020        Mar 26, European Union diplomats said the EU will launch a new Mediterranean naval and air mission in April to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, with Greece agreeing to take in any migrants rescued at sea. The new mission, named Irini, will replace the EU's current military mission, known as Operation Sophia.
    (Reuters, 3/26/20)

2020        Mar 28, Greece confirmed 95 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,061 since the country's first recorded infection on Feb. 26.
    (Reuters, 3/28/20)

2020        Apr 2, Greece quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive, its first such facility hit since the coronavirus outbreak. Greece reported at least 53 people dead and at least 1,544 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Police said they had imposed fines for 15,741 violations for breaking lockdown rules since March 23.
    (Reuters, 4/2/20)(AP, 4/3/20)

2020        Apr 4, The European Commission over the last 24 hours approved a series of multi-billion-euro state support packages for Greece, Poland and Portugal to help soften the economic impact of the coronavirus through grants and loan guarantees.
    (Reuters, 4/4/20)

2020        Apr 15, Greece said it is extending a temporary ban on all flights to and from Italy, Spain, Turkey, the U.K. and the Netherlands by a month to May 15 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Exceptions included cargo and humanitarian flights.
    (Bloomberg, 4/15/20)

2020        Apr 21, In Greece dozens of migrants in a hostel tested positive for the novel coronavirus, hours after the government said it would open some public services on April 27 as part of a gradual easing of the nation's coronavirus lockdown. Greece has registered 2,245 infections since its first case surfaced in late February. The death toll is 116.
    (Reuters, 4/21/20)

2020        Apr 29, A Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean off the coast of Greece The military helicopter was taking part in a NATO operation and crashed into the sea between Greece and Italy. Debris from the crash and one body were located, leaving the five others aboard the aircraft missing. On May 2 NATO search and rescue efforts turned to search and recovery as the five missing were presumed dead.
    (AP, 4/30/20)(Reuters, 4/30/20)(SSFC, 5/3/20, p.A3)

2020        May 6, Greek police said about 150 protesters prevented buses carrying 57 asylum-seekers from Lesbos to the mainland from reaching a rented hotel in the northern region of Pella. Protesters set fire to a room on the ground floor of the hotel.
    (SFC, 5/7/20, p.A2)

2020        May 11, Turkey was denounced by ministers of five countries for drilling in an offshore area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, France and the UAE also protested a maritime border delineation and military cooperation agreement that Turkey signed last year with Libya's UN-backed government.
    (SFC, 5/13/19, p.A3)

2020        May 16, Greeks flocked to the seaside when more than 500 beaches reopened, as the country sought to walk the fine line between protecting people from COVID-19 while reviving the tourism sector that many depend on for their livelihoods.
    (Reuters, 5/16/20)

2020        May 17, Thousands of Greeks returned to church after weeks of staying away as a ban on mass gatherings was eased.
    (Reuters, 5/17/20)

2020        May 25, Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands. Cafes and restaurants reopened for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.
    (SFC, 5/26/19, p.A7)

2020        Jun 15, Greece welcomed visitors with passengers on flights from other European countries not having to undergo compulsory coronavirus tests.
    (AP, 6/15/20)

2020        Jun 28, Greece reported 10 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths for a total of 3,376 confirmed cases and 191 deaths.
    (SFC, 6/30/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 29, Greece eased coronavirus lockdown measures and allowed movie theaters, casinos and children's summer camps to reopen.
    (SFC, 6/30/20, p.A6)

2020        Aug 6, Egypt and Greece signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. The deal is a response to a similar agreement between Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based government last year that has spiked tensions in the East Mediterranean region.
    (AP, 8/6/20)

2020        Aug 10, The Greek government imposed a midnight closing time on bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants from August 11 to August 23 to help stem increasing coronavirus cases.
    (SFC, 8/17/20, p.A6) 

2020        Aug 11, Greece asked the EU to hold an emergency meeting of the group's foreign ministers to press for sanctions against Turkey amid a new and dangerous tussle with its regional foe over energy and sea rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
    (The Telegraph, 8/12/20)
2020        Aug 11, Turkey vowed to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights.
    (AP, 8/11/20)

2020        Aug 12, Greek and Turkish frigates collided in the eastern Mediterranean raising tensions between the two countries over disputed waters.
    (Econ., 8/22/20, p.49)
2020        Aug 12, Greece announced 262 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily number since the outbreak began. Total confirmed cases reached 6,177 with 216 deaths.
    (SFC, 8/13/20, p.A6)

2020        Aug 13, Greek authorities quarantined the country's third largest migrant camp on the Aegean Sea island of Chios until August 25 after an asylum-seeker and a staff member were diagnosed with COVID-19.
    (SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)

2020        Aug 15, It was reported that the Greek government has secretly expelled more than 1,000 refugees from Europe’s borders in recent months, sailing many of them to the edge of Greek territorial waters and then abandoning them in inflatable and sometimes overburdened life rafts.
    (NY Times, 8/15/20)

2020        Aug 26, Greece and Turkey vowed to defend their competing claims in the eastern Mediterranean as the NATO allies remained locked in a tense dispute over offshore energy exploration rights.
    (AP, 8/26/20)

2020        Sep 7, Greece said it will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry. A tense stand-off with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two NATO allies.
    (AP, 9/7/20)

2020        Sep 8, A major fire erupted late today and swept through the notoriously overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, leaving thousands of people in need of emergency shelter. 36 people have tested positive at the camp for COVID-19. A 2nd fire on Sept. 10 destroyed nearly everything that had been spared in the first fire. Authorities said both fire were deliberately started.
    (AP, 9/9/20)(NY Times, 9/10/20)(SFC, 9/11/20, p.A2)

2020        Sep 11, Thousands of refugees and migrants left without shelter on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp held a brief protest on a road to the island's main town, demanding to be allowed to leave.
    (AP, 9/11/20)

2020        Sep 12, Greece's PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced plans to buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, most of the "slightly used," plus four helicopters and advanced weapons to go with them.
    (Econ., 9/19/20, p.51)

2020        Sep 15, The Greek government called on the EU to jointly run new refugee camps on Greece's eastern islands as part of a planned overhaul of the EU's migration policies.
    (AP, 9/15/20)
2020        Sep 15, Germany agreed to take in 1,553 people from 408 families now living in Greece. Germany had already agreed to take in around 1,200 other asylumn seekers housed in Greece.
    (SFC, 9/16/20, p.A2)

2020        Sep 17, Greek police began moving hundreds of migrants to an army-built camp on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed an overcrowded facility, leaving them homeless for days.
    (AP, 9/17/20)

2020        Sep 19, A storm pounded parts of central Greece, creating flooding that killed two people, left 1 missing and forced emergency workers to rescue more than 600 people.
    (AP, 9/19/20)

2020        Sep 21, Greece reported 453 new cases of COVID-19 infections, a new daily record since the start of the outbreak in the country. On the island of Lesbos 243 asylum seekers tested positive at the new camp at Kara Tepe.
    (Reuters, 9/21/20)(SFC, 9/22/20, p.A6)

2020        Sep 22, In Greece judicial authorities received instructions to pursue the prosecution of anti-mask activist with fast-tracked trials and penalties for convictions of up to a year in prison.
    (SFC, 9/23/20, p.A6)

2020        Sep 25, Greek police seized 500,000 ecstasy pills, with street value of 10 million euros, and arrested three people in Thessaloniki.
    (AP, 9/26/20)

2020        Sep 28, Greek authorities said 12 crew members on the Mein Schiff 6, a Maltese-flagged cruise ship carrying more than 1,500 people on a Greek islands tour, have tested positive for coronavirus and have been isolated on board. Health inspectors the next day said that an emergency docking order for a cruise ship near Athens can now be lifted after crew members suspected of having been infected with COVID-19 tested negative.
    (AP, 9/28/20)(AP, 9/29/20)

2020        Oct 6, A neo-fascist party in Greece, Golden Dawn, was found guilty of running a criminal organization. A criminal court tied the party to multiple attacks, including the fatal stabbing of a left-wing rapper in 2013.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)

2020        Oct 10, It was reported that Egypt’s Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, in a move that has angered Turkey.
    (AP, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 11, Police in Greece found 102 kilograms (225 pounds) of heroin in a vacation-rental apartment in central Athens.
    (AP, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 14, A Greek court sentenced Nikos Michaloliakos and five other former lawmakers of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. A seventh leading party member received 10 years.
    (AP, 10/14/20)

2020        Oct 16, Greece recorded 508 new confirmed coronavirus infections, topping the 500 daily mark for the first time, as health authorities urged compliance with mask wearing and social distancing.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)

2020        Oct 19, Greece’s government said it has finalized plans to extend a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country.
    (AP, 10/19/20)

2020        Oct 20, Greece recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases, topping the 600 mark for the first time, with younger people accounting for a majority of the new infections. There were 667 new confirmed infections and eight new deaths. Greece's total tally of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 26,469, with 528 deaths.
    (AP, 10/20/20)

2020        Oct 21, During a trilateral regional summit in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive" actions related to Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 22, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations” that they maintain are threatening regional peace.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 27, Greece recorded a new daily peak of 1,259 confirmed coronavirus infections. Greece's total tally of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic was now 32,752, with 593 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)

2020        Oct 30, A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir In western Turkey. At least 93 people were killed more than 900 others injured. The quake also killed at least two people in Greece.
    (AP, 10/31/20)(SFC, 10/31/20, p.A3)(AP, 11/1/20)(AP, 11/1/20)

2020        Nov 6, In Greece Friday prayers were held for the first time in capital’s first state-sponsored mosque, which opened this week after years-long delays. Athens’ Muslim population numbered around half a million people. The new mosque’s capacity was 300 men and 50 women.
    (AP, 11/6/20)

2020        Nov 7, Greece began a three-week nationwide lockdown, its second this year. Greece has now reported 52,254 cases and 715 deaths.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)

2020        Nov 11, A Turkish fishing boat capsized after colliding with a Greek-flagged tanker off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Four people on board the boat were killed while one other person was reported missing.
    (AP, 11/11/20)

2020        Nov 12, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared, help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.
    (AP, 11/12/20)

2020        Nov 13, A Greek agriculture ministry official said the new coronavirus has been found in mink at two farms in northern Greece. A cull of the 2,500 mink at one farm was due to begin shortly.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)

2020        Nov 17, In Greece police detained several people and fired tear gas during scuffles in Athens as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than three people to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against a military junta.
    (AP, 11/17/20)

2020        Nov 19, Greece said it will shut one border crossing with Albania and conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on all visitors at its land borders, as cases in northern Greece continue to rise unabated.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)

2020        Nov 23, A speedboat that appeared to have been smuggling migrants to the Greek island of Rhodes from nearby Turkey partially sank before reaching land, leaving one person dead.
    (AP, 11/23/20)

2020        Nov 26, Greece said it will extend its nationwide lockdown by a week until Dec. 7 as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)

2020        Nov 28, Greece announced limits on how much private medical facilities can charge for coronavirus tests. The caps would be 40 euros ($48) for PCR tests and 10 euros ($12) for rapid tests.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A10)

2020        Dec 2, A search and rescue operation was underway in the eastern Aegean Sea after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos. The body of one woman was recovered from the sea. Another woman was listed as missing.
    (AP, 12/2/20)

2020        Dec 18, One woman died and another two were rescued from the sea off the eastern Greek island of Lesbos in an incident involving an inflatable dinghy carrying Somali migrants.
    (AP, 12/18/20)

2020        Dec 31, Two sisters were murdered in Albania on New Year’s Eve. The incident prompted a judicial investigation into an alleged illegal adoption ring in northern Greece. The victims’ sister later claimed that over the years, the two women gave birth to more than ten babies that were then sold to foster parents from inside the hospital.
(The Telegraph, 1/17/21)

2021        Jan 4, The center-right government in Greece named Nicholas Yatromanolakis (44), the country's first openly gay minister, as the new deputy minister of culture in a Cabinet reshuffle.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Greece started vaccinating elderly care home residents against COVID-19 in the next phase of its inoculation campaign begun nine days ago.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 11, Turkey invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Greece said that it plans to extend territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a move that could impact its dispute with Turkey.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 14, Police in Greece used tear gas to disperse crowds at a rally in Athens organized to protest plans to set up a state security division at university campuses.
    (AP, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 15, Amazon Inc's cloud computing division opened its first office in Greece to support what it said was a growing number of companies and public sector agencies using its cloud services.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)

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