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Thessaloniki, Gavras Open 53rd Film Festival

Despite Greece's crushing economic crisis, the 53rd International Film Festival of Thessaloniki opened on Nov. 2 with a welcome from the director, Dimitris Eipidis and Mayor Yiannis Boutaris. With renewed vision and a strong dedication to independent cinema, the festival...

Without a Mosque, Greece's Muslims Go Underground

Muslims in Greece are being left to pray in basement apartments, coffee shops, garages and old warehouses, many of which are targets of arsonists, as the Greek government has stalled for over a decade in building an official mosque. “All...

Thessaloniki Mayor To Visit Germany

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris will be visiting Germany from January 19 to 21 within the context of promoting bilateral Greek-German cooperation between local authorities in the two countries, based on a memorandum of understanding signed in November as part...

Louvre Museum to Return Ancient Statues to Greece

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris traveled to Paris on Friday to meet with Greek-Cypriot hedge fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou to finalize the details of a deal for the return of eight statues exhibited in the Louvre to Greece, as daily...

Thessaloniki Mayor Launches Initiative to Build a Mosque

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said that his city launched initiatives to build a mosque. Nearly 5,000 Muslims are living  in Thessaloniki. Boutaris visited Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu of Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir, and the two mayors decided to conclude the...

Mayor of Thessaloniki Feels Closer to Turkey than Germany

“I feel much closer to Turkish people than to German”, said Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki during his interview.  “I don’t have much in common with a German but with a Turk I actually have a lot. First thing...