Boutaris

Boutaris Tells Greek PM Thessaloniki Attack was Pre-Planned

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Monday to wish him a speedy recovery after the 75-year-old politician was assaulted on Saturday. The prime minister, who spoke with Boutaris early on Monday morning, told a later...

Thessaloniki's Atatürk Museum Reopens

With the backing of Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, the Kemal Ataturk Museum has been inaugurated after its restoration in Thessaloniki and stands as a monument to the man under whose authority Turkey defeated Greece 89 years ago and drove it...

Boutaris Allows Muslim Call to Prayer

It was a little after 4 in the morning on August 9, when the psalm by the young imam from Xanthi, Greece, was heard from Yeni Mosque in Thessaloniki, inviting all Muslims living or visiting as tourists the city...

ARTE Pays Tribute to Greece

French-German channel ARTE is going to show Greek films and documentaries in a 24-hour special. On Aug. 15, from early in the morning until after midnight, ARTE will travel the German-speaking viewers (Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and other European countries) in...

Greece Sets 4,200 Worker Layoffs

The Greek government has identified 4,200 workers, mostly teachers, school janitors, crossing guards and municipal police officers who will be the first to be fired if other positions can’t be found for them. They will be put into a so-called...

Boutaris Defends Mosque Youth Prayers

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris isn't backing down from giving permission to a group of students from the Muslim School of Komotini, in northern Greece, to visit and pray in Thessaloniki’s New (Yeni) Mosque – for the first time in...

Thessaloniki Ex-Mayor Gets Life for Embezzlement

Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, a former sprinter who studied medicine, earning him the nickname "The Flying Doctor," before becoming Mayor of Thessaloniki from 1999-2010, was found guilty by a court there on Feb. 26 of stealing almost 18 million euros ($23.56...

Greeks Protest Canadian Gold Mine Venture

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Athens on Jan. 12 against a Canadian gold mining project in the northern region of Halkidiki that opponent said would cause irreversible damage to the local environment but which supporters said would help the...

A Dark Christmas Coming For Greece

With Greeks limping to the end of a fifth year of recession and readying for another, along with more pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions, many are foregoing Christmas celebrations or planning family gatherings with everyone chipping in...

Mt. Athos Bureau Eyed for St. Petersburg

In his greeting speech during the Central Conference of the 28th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia, Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris discussed with Russian authorities the idea of opening a bureau St. Petersburg for Mt. Athos to attract visitors there. He said...