Greece

Country Greece
Capital Athens
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages Greek

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Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

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Rights groups slam Greece's decision to ignore refugee ruling - Aljazeera.com

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Rights groups slam Greece's decision to ignore refugee ruling
Aljazeera.com
Human rights organisations and aid groups have slammed the Greek government's decision to defy a court ruling to "end its abusive policy" of containing refugees and migrants on islands. On Tuesday, 21 groups issued a joint statement condemning the ...
Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum SeekersReliefWeb
Rights Groups Criticize Greece for Migrant Travel Ban From IslandsU.S. News & World Report
Turkey-Greece tensions: What comes next ?TRT World

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Greece is rushing to sell some of its state assets before a crucial bailout deadline - CNBC

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Greece is rushing to sell some of its state assets before a crucial bailout deadline
CNBC
Greece is in a hurry to sell some of its state assets, in what is one of the most critical issues for the country as it races to end a bailout program in August. Greece is set to hit lower-than-expected proceeds under a privatization program this year ...
Greece Outperforms Primary Surplus Target for Third Year in a RowGreek Reporter

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Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch's finances - Tampabay.com

Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch's finances
Tampabay.com
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement in the local branch of UNICEF. UNICEF said last week it was "terminating its arrangements" with its national committee in Greece "due to ...

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Greece: Anti-austerity protesters eye post-bailout battle - New Zealand Herald

Greece: Anti-austerity protesters eye post-bailout battle
New Zealand Herald
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens and other cities Wednesday, vowing to challenge ongoing bailout-related austerity measures after the rescue program ends in a few months. Three successive demonstrations were ...

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Virtuoso: Greece is the hottest country for affluent travelers this summer - Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Virtuoso: Greece is the hottest country for affluent travelers this summer
Tornos News International Edition (press release)
Greece is the hottest country for affluent travelers this summer according to global luxury travel network Virtuoso®, renowned as a leading trend forecaster, which analyzed its data warehouse of $40.7 billion in transactions to reveal the top ...



Greece angrily rejects Erdogan's proposed soldier swap - The Guardian

The Guardian

Greece angrily rejects Erdogan's proposed soldier swap
The Guardian
“The position of Greece, and of the EU in its entirety, is clear and consistent: we seek the immediate release of the two soldiers without conditions.” Insisting the Turkish servicemen had deliberately fled to the EU member state after participating in ...
Greece beats budget target as it looks to post-bailout eraTheSpec.com
Greece looking for 'clean exit' as PM promises no return to 'the spendthrift days'Independent.ie
Greece Beats Bailout Targets Again as Debt-Relief Talks LoomBloomberg
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Woman reunited with long-lost cousins after AncestryDNA discovery takes her to Greece - The Independent

The Independent

Woman reunited with long-lost cousins after AncestryDNA discovery takes her to Greece
The Independent
“Growing up Greek I always thought I was half Greek but the DNA test said otherwise so I wondered why and it made me want to go and explore my Greek roots,” she told The Independent. “My grandfather died in 1947 so I wasn't able to ask him about our ...



Greece's Business Prospects Brighten After Lost Decade - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Greece's Business Prospects Brighten After Lost Decade
Wall Street Journal
After one of the longest and deepest economic depressions of modern times, Greece is finally starting to recover. If sustained, a Greek recovery would end the last chapter of the eurozone's crisis even more aptly than the scheduled end of the Athens ...



Far-right attacks increase tension in Greece's Lesbos | Greece News ... - Aljazeera.com

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On the Road in Greece - Western Queens Gazette

Western Queens Gazette

On the Road in Greece
Western Queens Gazette
At the entrance is a statue dedicated to the National Poet of Greece, Dionisios Solomos with quotes such as “The Eyes of the soul must always be awake.” There are 69 of Greeks and Phil-Hellenes of historical and artistic importance. The Tomb of the ...