Greece's government said Saturday it was ordering striking electricity workers back to their posts to ensure a vital public service, after an Athens court ruled their industrial action "illegal".
Various parts of Greece are experiencing power cuts, as workers from the Public Power Corporation strike in protest at a government privatisation programme.
A protest against violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine took place on Thursday in the center of Athens near the building of the EU Delegation Office in Greece. Fifty people came to the rally: immigrants from Ukraine and Russia, the Greeks from the former Soviet Union and the ones who were born in Greece. The action took place during working hours, and, according to the participants, many who wanted to come simply could not make it there.
Seven hundred and fifty one MEPs from 186 national parties will gather in Strasbourg on Tuesday, including the eight Slovenian MEPs who were elected on the 25 May elections. Italy takes the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece on 1 July.
Italy has always regarded the South Stream project plans to supply Russian gas across the floor of the Black Sea to Bulgaria and then ashore for onward transit to Greece, Italy and Austria as a strategic project for Europe, Italy's state secretary for European affairs, Sandro Gozi, said in an interview with ITAR-TASS on Monday.
Three Turkish citizens have been arrested in Athens on suspicion of belonging to a "terrorist" group, Greek authorities said on Saturday.
Greece is presented as a poster child for the IMF's ability to turn around a failing economy. The reality is far from the rosy propaganda presented by the mainstream media and the Greek government. Experience proves that countries "helped" by the IMF usually end up worse off and Greece is the latest proof of the Fund's inability to properly manage a bankrupt economy.
Greek coastguards said on Sunday they had discovered a record two-ton haul of heroin and arrested 11 crew from a Togo-flagged tanker that they suspected had brought it into the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has relieved Vladimir Chkhikvishvili of his duties as Russian ambassador to Greece.
Greek far-left opposition leader Alexis Tsipras declared victory over austerity policies on Monday as final results confirmed his anti-bailout party had won the country's election for the European Parliament. Syriza's victory marked the first time a radical leftist party has won at the national level in modern Greece, although it fell short of the five percentage-point victory margin that could rattle the fragile ruling coalition government.
An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Greece on Saturday, sending panicked residents into the streets in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, officials said. In Turkey about 270 people were hospitalized, most with minor injuries, as a tremor shook buildings, the government disaster and emergency department said.
More than 250 people were wounded on Saturday when a 6.9 magnitude undersea earthquake sparked panic in northwestern Turkey. Television footage showed hundreds of terrified residents fleeing buildings in several Turkish towns after the quake hit at 09:25 GMT. Turkey's emergency services department said 266 people were injured, mostly in the panic that followed the quake. A hospital was also damaged.
A magnitude 6.4 quake struck off the coast of Greece on Saturday, some 77 km south-southwest of Alexandroupolis, at a depth of 91 km, the US Geological Survey said.
Greece's radical leftist party Syriza, which opposes the government's austerity policies, was leading in the Athens area, exit polls of the first round of local elections showed on Sunday, according to AFP.
During TV debates between candidates for the presidency of the European Parliament, leader of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras, stated that Europe must not recognize the neo-Nazi government of Ukraine. Tsipras is a candidate for the post of Chairman of the European Parliament from the European left. The party believes that the new government in Ukraine came to power as a result of a coup, and call it a junta.
Two migrants drowned and about 30 were missing after their boats capsized off the eastern Greek island of Samos early on Monday in seas where hundreds have died attempting the crossing this year alone, the Greek coast guard said.
Russian tourists like to spend their holidays in Greece. Nearly 1.5 million Russian tourists visited Greece last year, which added 1.3 billion euros to the Greek budget.
The ruling conservative party of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia has claimed victory in both parliamentary and presidential elections on Sunday. With more than 60 percent of the votes counted, the Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity was leading with 43 percent, as compared to 24 percent for the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. The Voice of Russia talked to Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at London School of Economics and Political Science.
A rare autograph of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva sold at a Moscow, George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin engaged, a rare icon exhibit is taking place in Moscow at the Christ the Savior Church, Personal video camera of American director and actor Orson Welles was sold in New York: these are the cultural stories in today’s VR-Culture digest brought to you in The Voice of Russia.