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Greece Opens Ancient Shipwrecks, Submerged Sites to Scuba Divers

Once-stringent scuba diving regulations for Greek waters were recently lifted, eliminating diving depth limits and allowing diving at archaeological sites and sunken ships in the seas around Greece. This latest loosening of restrictions follows the passing of a 2019 bill...

US Sends $2.9 Million To Assist Greek Islands, Unaccompanied Minors

Incoming aid form the United States will aim to improve the living conditions of unaccompanied minors who are migrants to Greece, and to assist the Greek islands as they seek to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. government...

Crete Opens Up to the Rest of Greece on May 18

Reflecting the resounding success Greece has had in containing the spread of the coronavirus, travel to and from the island of Crete will resume on May 18, which is earlier than expected, according to Nikos Hardalias, Civil Protection Deputy...

Ankara Accuses Greece of Violating Lausanne Treaty in Aegean Islands

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar accused Greece on Thursday of violating the Treaty of Lausanne by keeping troops on the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea. Speaking with the opposition Sozcu newspaper, Akar said that ''We do not threaten Greece but...

Greek State to Subsidize Ferry Routes to Islands To Keep Connection Alive

Greece's Ministries of Shipping, Finance, and Growth announced recently that the state will subsidize all ferry connections between the country's mainland and its islands, in order to keep the minimum amount of cohesion across the country, despite the coronavirus...

The Eight Greek Islands We'll be Visiting After the Coronavirus Lockdown Ends

The entire Western world along with most of the rest of the globe, are currently under strict social-distancing rules and isolation. However, God willing, this pandemic will at some point indeed be over. Here are Greek Reporter's ideas for a...

Barrage of Turkish F-16 Overflights Recorded in Eastern Aegean

The Hellenic (Greek) National Defense General Staff, or GEETHA, announced on Friday afternoon that a series of overflights conducted by Turkish F-16 fighter jets above Greek islands were recorded on Friday. More specifically, in a total period of just twenty-one minutes,...

Greece Bans Ferry Travel to Islands to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Greece has toughened its response to people who have ignored warnings to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, announcing that only islanders will be allowed to board ferries starting at 06:00 a.m. on Saturday. The decision, taken by Greece's...

EU to Offer €2000 to Migrants on Greek Islands to Return to Their Countries

The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson announced from Athens on Thursday that Brussels will offer €2,000 ($2,250) to every migrant currently living on the Eastern Aegean Greek islands to return to his or her country of origin. Those...

Turkey Repeats Call for the Demilitarization of Sixteen Greek Islands

The Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar called again on Sunday for the demilitarization of sixteen Aegean islands, claiming that Greece is violating international agreements. In an interview with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Akar said Greece has stationed armed forces in 16...