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Simitis slams SYRIZA ahead of Euro elections

Ahead of May’s European Parliament elections, former socialist prime minister Costas Simitis has lambasted the ruling SYRIZA party as opportunistic and for siding with the right and far-right of the political spectrum to gain power.

Summer time starts on Sunday morning

Clocks move forward an hour on Sunday at 3 a.m., marking the start of summer time. The European Parliament recently approved the scrapping of the time change from 2021.

Too early to say if Itea tremor was mainshock

Central Greece was struck by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake at noon on Saturday. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the moderate tremor occurred at 12.46 p.m. about 132 kilometers northwest of Athens, near the seaside town of Itea, at a depth…

Akar issues new warning on Aegean, EastMed

In a warning seen to be directed against Greece and Cyprus, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated on Saturday that Ankara will not be excluded from any decision regarding the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.

EU tackles marine pollution, bans 10 single-use plastic items

In view of dangerously increasing pollution of waters and beaches across its territories, the EU approved this week a law that bans a wide range of single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton buds, cutlery, and plates, by 2021.