Author: Pericles Dimitriallis

Former Russian Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova, who officially was dismissed mid-June, fled to France ‘with hundreds of millions of dollars saved in cryptocurrency.’. Tsargrad and other Telegram channels report this with reference to several sources, although confirmation or refutation of this data has not yet been received. If she fled to France, it must be a deal with the French security service, as she is sanctioned in Europe. There is a version that Shevtsova allegedly cooperated with the investigation against the detained generals, trying to avoid her own charges. According to another version, the generals, to reduce their sentences,…

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Paris, Brussels, Kiev (11 June – 75) This meeting followed Macron’s announcement that France would be supplying Mirage combat aircraft to Ukraine, bolstering the country’s defense against Russia’s aggression. Zelenskyy’s visit to France coincided with his quest for additional Western support, particularly as Ukrainian forces battled fiercely to repel a Russian offensive near the eastern city of Kharkiv. The conflict, escalating rapidly, has become the largest in Europe since World War II, underscoring the urgent need for international solidarity and assistance. Amidst these grave circumstances, the diplomatic exchange between France and Ukraine exemplifies the crucial alliance and shared commitment to…

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Making the decision to live and work abroad is a huge undertaking, especially if you’re uprooting your family. And perhaps the biggest question of all is: “Where do we go?”Well, you could do worse than Vienna, Zurich or Auckland, which just bagged the top spots in global consulting firm Mercer’s 2023 Quality of Living survey for expatriates. The Austrian capital retained its place at the top of the list, which was last published in the pre-pandemic days of 2019. The survey’s compilers highlighted the city’s vibrant cultural scene, architecture and history. The Swiss city of Zurich, in second spot, was…

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The serious injury of a police officer by a naval flare at a volleyball match in Athens on Thursday night is yet another incident in the bloody cycle of fan violence in Greece. Since 1983, at least 13 people have died as a result of hooliganism in and around sport. Below are some of the major incidents from the litany of shame for Greek sports. 1983: Kicked to death In September 1983, Aristidis Dimitriadis (18) became the first fatality from fan-related violence in Greece. While on a walk with friends, he joked about Aris Thessaloniki’s defeat in a match with Panathinaikos…

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Palestinians in Greece, who blame Israel for the outbreak of war in Gaza, worry they are witnessing forced displacement at an unprecedented rate. Diaspora Palestinians who were uprooted during previous crises fear they may be witnessing the biggest forced displacement in their lifetimes. “They tell us to go to the south [of Gaza],” said Salma Shawa, referring to Israel’s order to 1.5 million Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to move south last month. “So slowly, slowly we will go to the border and then to Sinai? Is this the solution? So Gaza will be gone also? And then…

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Apartment prices (in nominal terms) are estimated to have increased on average by 11.9% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2023, according to provisional data released by the Bank of Greece on Thursday, ANA reports. In the third quarter of 2023, the year-on-year rate of increase in prices was 11.6% for new apartments (up to 5 years old) and 12.2% for old apartments (over 5 years old). According to revised data, in 2022 prices of new apartments increased on average by 12.4%, against an increase of 8.2% in 2021, whereas prices of old apartments increased by 11.5% in 2022, against…

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Greece on Tuesday moved toward building its first offshore wind farms, identifying areas for private development in a draft plan that the conservative government hopes will lessen the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. The Mediterranean country, which is surrounded by sea and has strong, steady winds suitable for producing energy, generated more than 50% of its power from onshore wind, solar and hydro last year. The rest of its electricity was produced from greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas, coal and oil. Greece is aiming to build installed capacity of at least 2 gigawatts from offshore wind by 2030, representing one-tenth of…

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Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia participated at the eighth tripartite meeting on maritime affairs in Greece with Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Christos Stylianides and Deputy Minister for Shipping of Cyprus Marina Hadjimanolis, with the aim of consolidating a common position on maritime affairs both at international and regional level. Maritime issues are of paramount importance to the three countries, being the three largest maritime jurisdictions in the European Union. The Ministers discussed a number of contemporary maritime issues such as environment sustainability and GHG emissions from shipping, cooperation…

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Diplomats from Türkiye will meet their Greek counterparts for a two-day meeting in Athens that will start on Monday. Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan announced that a Joint Action Plan Meeting and Political Consultations would be held in the Greek capital, within the scope of the “Positive Agenda” dialogue between Türkiye and Greece. Türkiye and Greece have often locked horns over several issues, including competing claims to jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean, overlapping claims over their continental shelves, maritime boundaries, airspace, energy, the ethnically split island of Cyprus, the status of the islands in the Aegean Sea and migrants. Tensions flared…

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Last year was a bumper year for shipping with alarming consequences for the climate, new emissions data shows European shipping emissions reached an all time high last year, new Transport & Environment (T&E) analysis shows. With the UN’s global shipping body failing to agree on binding emissions measures at its landmark summit back in July, Europe must move ahead with its own ambitious decarbonisation path, says T&E. Every year, Europe’s shipping operators must by law hand over their emissions data to the EU. For the past years, T&E has used this to assess how Europe’s shipping emissions have evolved. In July, T&E…

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