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Athens to finally begin construction of first mosque after years of delay

Work is finally set to begin on Athens’ first mosque, 13 years after plans were first announced, the Greek government announced on Thursday. A Greek consortium has been chosen, the infrastructure ministry said, after five previous attempts to find a business group to lead the project failed. Athens is one…

Greeks commemorate musician murdered by neo-Nazis

Greeks on Friday commemorated anti-fascist musician Pavlos Fyssas in an Athens rally, a month after his murder by a neo-Nazi supporter prompted a huge backlash against the far-right Golden Dawn party. Around a thousand people gathered in the working-class neighbourhood of Keratsini in west Athens where the 34-year-old was fatally…

Unions call protest as Greece works on bailout laws

Greece braced for fresh protests on Wednesday as officials began setting up necessary legislation tied to a unprecedented eurozone bailout and debt swap needed to secure the deal. European stock markets fell and the euro weakened as questions over the agreed rescue still lingered with a senior EU official suggesting…

Eurozone opts to keep Greece under umbrella

Europe opted on Tuesday to keep Greece in the eurozone, agreeing a huge financial lifeline worth 237 billion euros but demandingAthens meet a long list of conditions first. The decision, reached after a marathon 13 hours of negotiations with private creditors and the International Monetary Fund, should avert a messy bankruptcy, but leaves…

New faces of poor among Athens homeless

ATHENS — It is hard to miss the colourful house with its walls covered with graffiti in Metaxourgeio, a working-class Athens district. Here, immigrants push supermarket carts full of metal scraps, while in garages only old cars are being repaired. In this little red house, alongside the railway line, the…

Greek riots escalate as parliament passes austerity plan

The Greek parliament in the early hours of Monday voted its approval of a harsh new austerity plan in exchange for new loans from foreign lenders. The vote was not even close, with 199 members of parliament voting in favor, 74 against, and 27 abstaining. The two major parties in…

Crisis-hit Greeks leave the cities for rural life

Uprooted by a national debt crisis and a deepening recession that has eaten up their jobs, incomes and pensions, many Greeks are now returning to their families’ rural past in search of a future. Just as young graduates are moving abroad rather than risk joining the 18 percent of Greeks who are…

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