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Thessaloniki Mayor Boutaris: 'Greece Is the Last Soviet-type Society and Economy' (video)

"Greece is the last Soviet-type society and economy," Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said, explaining that in Greece many citizens expect everything from the state, avoiding individual responsibility. Boutaris said that Thessaloniki has opened its door to the Turks, because it...

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt, Tzitzikostas and Boutaris Discuss Boosting Investments, New Holocaust Museum

Boosting investments in Macedonia and the creation of a Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki was discussed in a series of meetings between U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, the regional governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas and city mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Friday. During...

Aristotle University Says 'No' to 'No Border Camp'

Greece’s largest university, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), will be occupied and turned into a camp over the next few days, despite the administration’s objections. People from Greece and abroad have organized the “No Border Camp Thessaloniki 2016,”...

Thessaloniki Mayor Gets Damaskinos Award for Promoting Tolerance

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris was the second recipient of the "Damaskinos Award" on June 1, 2016, in New York City. The award goes to individuals who have promoted and defended tolerance and cooperation among all religions in Greece. Boutaris...

Greek Infrastructure Minister: 'Antiquities Can Co-Exist with Thessaloniki Metro'

It is technically feasible to maintain archaeological finds unearthed during the prolonged excavations for a new metro in the northern city of Thessaloniki and at the same time to complete the necessary underground tunnels, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos...

Thousands of Greeks Demonstrate Saying 'Yes' to Europe

Thousands of Greeks protested in front of the Greek Parliament asking to stay in the European Union and the euro. The mayors of Athens and Thessaloniki delivered speeches and demonstrated for Europe. Despite the early drizzle that developed to a hard rain,...

Greek Monks Refuse to Let Thessaloniki Mayor Enter Mount Athos

The “Gathering of Priests and Monks” attacked Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris in a letter to the Holy Community of Mount Athos. The reason behind their harsh words is the upcoming 4th Thessaloniki Pride on June 19 and 20, which is organized with...

Shortage of Grave Plots Revives Cremation Controversy in Greece

The shortage of space in graveyards along with burial costs bring back the controversial issue of cremation in Greece. At the moment, graveyards in Greece's capital and second largest city, Thessaloniki, are overcrowded to the point where a burial is...

Epitaph and Resurrection Litany to Take Place In Izmir

The Epitaph and Resurrection litanies will be performed at the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Voukolos in Izmir for the first time since the 1922 catastrophe. The church, which was restored by the Izmir Municipality and inaugurated on February 6 by...

Thessaloniki's Boutaris Among World's Top 10 Mayors

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris is one of the 10 top mayors in 2014, according to the World Mayor Project. The aims of the international World Mayor Project, launched by the urban affairs research institute City Mayors Foundation in January 2004,...