Russia Slams Bulgaria’s ‘Malicious Stupidity’ Over Diplomatic Overflight Ban

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Bulgaria of “malicious stupidity” on Thursday for refusing to let Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s plane fly through its airspace. The plane was forced to take a longer route over Greece to deliver Lavrov and Zakharova to a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation for … Read more

Parthenon Sculptures Dispute Will Not Hurt Greece-UK Relations

[ad_1] ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday that the cancellation of a meeting with his British counterpart over the Parthenon Sculptures was “unfortunate” but would not hurt relations between Greece and Britain in the long term. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called off a meeting with Mitsotakis in London on … Read more

FACTBOX-The Parthenon Sculptures at Centre of Row Between Britain, Greece

[ad_1] ATHENS (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has cancelled a planned meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis due to a diplomatic row over the status of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon sculptures housed at the British Museum. Greece has repeatedly asked for their permanent return to Athens, while Britain and the museum have refused … Read more

In Row Over Parthenon Sculptures, Greece Says Britain Showing ‘Lack of Respect’

[ad_1] By Renee Maltezou and Andrew MacAskill ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) -Greece’s government on Tuesday accused Britain of showing “a lack of respect” by abruptly cancelling a meeting between their leaders at short notice in a dispute over ancient Greek sculptures brought to Britain in the early 19th century. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled a planned … Read more

Greece PM Laments Lack of Progress With UK on Parthenon Sculptures

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Talks over a possible return of the British Museum’s Parthenon Sculptures to Athens are not advancing quickly enough, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday as he prepared to meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this week. Athens has long campaigned for the return of the Elgin Marbles, as they … Read more

Greek Lawmakers Quit Leftist Syriza Party in Protest Against New Leader

[ad_1] ATHENS (Reuters) – Nine Greek lawmakers quit the leftist Syriza party on Thursday after breaking ranks with its new leader, formalising a split in the country’s main opposition party which they said could now disintegrate. They resigned in protest over the leadership of 35-year old Stefanos Kasselakis, a former banker who was picked as … Read more

Greek Floods and Fires Expose Europe’s Frail Climate Defences

[ad_1] By Angeliki Koutantou and Renee Maltezou MOUZAKI, Greece (Reuters) – Dimitris Kouretas, elected governor of Greece’s central province of Thessaly last month in the wake of calamitous floods, struggles to sleep at night. The flooding in September – Greece’s worst on record – devastated the fertile region, swept away agricultural land, roads and railways, … Read more

Hit by Floods and Fires, a Greek Villager Has Lost Hope

[ad_1] SESKLO, Greece (Reuters) – The fires came first. Then the floods. In the small village of Sesklo in central Greece, 46-year old Vasilis Tsiamitas has felt the extremes of both freak weather phenomena this summer, that have made Greece a climate change hotspot. Storm Elias flooded his house, damaged his beach bar and swept … Read more

Catastrophic Flood Drives Greek Village of Metamorfosi to Seek Relocation

[ad_1] METAMORFOSI, Greece (Reuters) – When floodwaters gushed through the Greek farming village of Metamorfosi in September, residents fled. Now they want to relocate their entire community, terrified it cannot survive another bout of extreme weather driven by climate change. Metamorfosi nearly disappeared beneath the water as Storm Daniel, which wrought havoc across the Mediterranean, … Read more