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Orthodox Priests to Remain on Greek State Payroll

The Greek government announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached between the state and the Orthodox church which keeps priests on the civil service payroll. Clerics were in an uproar following a provisional plan agreed to in principle...

Greek Government Insists State Decides on Clergy Payroll

The Prime Minister's office responded to the decisions of the Church of Greece Holy Synod on Friday stating that only the State can decide on the clergy payroll issue, and that dialogue will continue. "The Holy Synod of the Hierarchy...

Church of Greece Holy Synod Decides Priests Should Remain on State Payroll

The Church of Greece Hierarchy on Friday decided to continue dialogue with the State on the proposed changes to the church/state relationship, but it took a stand against its priests being removed from the state payroll. The long meeting of the...

Greek Payroll Falls With 40,000 Retirements

Since the beginning of Greece's economic crisis in 2010, when then-prime minister George Papandreou asked for international bailouts after promising he wouldn't, more than 40,000 civil servants have retired, with the government payroll falling by 4.8 billion euros ($6.21...

Troika Likely to Seek Cyprus Cut in State Payroll

International lenders negotiating a bailout for cash-strapped Cyprus are likely to seek cutbacks in its public payroll and some increases in taxation, the Cypriot finance minister said on Tuesday. Officials from the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central...

Troika Warns Greece On Public Payroll And Public Mergers

The exception of tax officers from the new public payroll and the delays in public reforms caused the first warnings by the low-ranking troika officials to the Greek government during the preliminary assessment of the country’s fiscal plan. According to...

When Greek Heroine Manto Mavrogenous Repelled the Turks from Mykonos

It was October 11, 1822, in the second year of Greece's War of Independence, when the Ottomans, attempting to invade the island of Mykonos, were repelled by brave islanders fighting under the command of Manto Mavrogenous. Now a place known...

NATO Chief Refuses to Condemn Turkish Violations of Greek Airspace

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has once again sided with Turkey when CNN journalist Hala Gorani asked him three times about Turkey violating Greek airspace and he refused all three times to answer the question claiming that Ankara is under...

Greek PM Mitsotakis Scraps Plan to Loosen State – Church Ties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis assured Archbishop Ieronymos on Tuesday that his government will not implement the agreement forced through by the previous leftist administration which sought to loosen relations between the state and the Orthodox Church. Mitsotakis said that...

Greece the Most Difficult Country to Set Up a Business

Greece is the most difficult country in the world to set up a business due to bureaucracy, frequent changes in legislation, differences in VAT depending on the region and unpredictable treatment of businesses by state and local authorities. Greece comes...

OECD Forecasts 2.1 Percent GDP Growth for Greece in 2019

Greece's economic recovery is expected to maintain its momentum, with the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rising by 2.0 percent or slightly more in 2019 and 2020 after an 1.9 percent growth rate in 2018. These latest figures come...

Greek Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Deal to Cut Church and State Ties

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Tuesday rejected the deal which had been worked out between Archbishop Ieronymos and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in November of 2018. The agreement between the two men had included the...

Tsipras Vows To Bring Draft Bill on State-Church Relations, Ieronymos Agrees

Following a decision by the Church of Greece's Hierarchy on Friday,  the Prime Minister's office vowed to proceed immediately with the drafting of a bill to allow for all employees at the Church of Greece including priests to be paid...

Greek PM – Archbishop Verbal Deal has Little Substance

The deal reached between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Ieronymos on Tuesday has little substance and raises suspicions that it is more of a ploy than a substantial change in the...

Orthodox Clergy Oppose Agreement Between Church and State

Senior members of the Greek Orthodox Church expressed their opposition to the historic agreement between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos to remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary staff from the state payroll. The agreement, reached...