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Greece Looks to UN, International Courts to Win Back Parthenon Sculptures

As the 200th anniversary of the Parthenon marbles "captivity" in the British Museum approaches, Greece is looking to international justice for their repatriation. Greece's Ministry of Culture is resorting to the United Nations and international courts in order to bring...

Greek Culture Minister Appoints New Athens Festival Director After Fabre Resignation

Director Vangelis Theodoropoulos has been appointed artistic director of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival following the sudden resignation of Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre. Fabre resigned on Saturday after the uproar caused by his controversial works and his choice of...

Planned Nude Performance at Athens Festival Causes Outcry [video]

A planned nude performance directed by Belgian artist Jan Fabre at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival this summer has caused an outcry. The initial reaction over the festival was by Greek artists who protested the decision of Culture Minister Aristides...

Greek Minister Calls Refugee Tent City 'Modern-Day Dachau'

Greece's Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis described the Idomeni refugee tent city as a "modern-day Dachau" and blamed Europe's closed borders policy for that. The minister criticized the living conditions of the makeshift refugee camp at Idomeni, on the Greece-Former Yugoslav...

Greek Ministry of Culture Evicts Melina Mercouri Foundation

The Greek ministry of culture has decided to evict the Melina Mercouri Foundation from its building in Plaka, Athens, in order to house one of its services in the premises. In a report at Proto Thema website, citing an official document...

UN Resolution Calls for Return of Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

The United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution in favor of the return of the Parthenon marbles from the British Museum to Athens, a little after Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas stated that Greece will withdraw from the legal claim...

Former Greek Royal Family Vehicles Declared "Mobile Monuments"

For decades ten vehicles of the former Greek royal family located at Tatoi - Greece have remained without any maintenance. The vehicles have been described as "mobile monuments", and a few days ago the Greek Government's newspaper published the decision...

Greece Will Not Further Pursue the Return of Parthenon Marbles

Culture Minister Aristides Baltas decided that Athens will no longer claim the return of the Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum in fear that Greece might lose the legal battle. Speaking to the parliamentary committee on educational issues, Baltas said,...

Greece's Government Shows Blatant Disrespect to Pontian Greeks

The "I am more leftist than thou" game between Greek cabinet members continues as new Education Minister Nikos Filis tries to outdo his predecessor in refusing the importance of the Pontic Genocide. There is no other reason to explain Filis'...

Athens Archbishop Asks for Simultaneous Restoration of Fethiye Mosque and Panagia Church

The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos sent a letter to the Minister of Culture; Aristides Baltas, asking for the simultaneous restoration of Fethiye Mosque and the Church of Panagia in the Monastiraki area. The Fethiye Mosque was built on top...