Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state (Religion News Service)

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — The government of Greece and the Orthodox Church may be headed for breakup next month under a historic deal negotiated in secret between Archbishop Ieronymos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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Joint Ventures: Greece Cultivates Business Opportunities in Cannabis (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—Christa Pappa quit her job as a research biologist last year to concentrate on her real career ambition: selling marijuana.

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Official recognition for Ukrainian church roils Orthodox world (Religion News Service)

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) – In a few days, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, the foremost leader in the Eastern Christian church, is scheduled to recognize the newly founded Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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European Court Rules Against Greece Over Shariah Law (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—Europe’s top human-rights court ruled on Wednesday that Greece failed to protect a Muslim woman from discrimination, and deprived her of property rights, when it made her follow religious rather than civil law on inheritance.

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Muslim widow caught between Sharia law, Greek courts in legal drama (The Washington Times)

ATHENS — Hatice Molla Sali will discover Wednesday whether she faces a life of poverty in her twilight years. That is when the European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule on the 68-year-old Muslim widow’s case against an Islamic court in Greece that deprived her inheritance from her husband under Islam-based Shariah law.

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Angry protests on anniversary of Greek teen’s police shooting (Al Jazeera)

Athens, Greece – Athens police have battled hundreds of protesters late into the night after demonstrations marking the 10th anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police, which has become a rallying cry for anti-authority movements and left wingers in Greece and beyond.

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Anger Over Old Terrorists Upsets New Friendship Between Greece, U.S. (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—The potential release from prison of a notorious Greek terrorist is drawing protests from the U.S., testing the Greek government’s newly close relations with Washington.

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Greek official blows the whistle on refugee costs (Al Jazeera)

A senior Greek official has described the way the government buys migration-related services as “chaos,” after Greece’s top court ordered an inquiry into the handling of European Union funds paid to Athens to assist with the refugee and migration crisis.

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Pipeline Dreams (The Weekly Standard)

On January 30, the deepwater drillship Saipem 12000 sent its drill bit into a cavern beneath one-and-a-quarter miles of water and a mile of rock in the eastern Mediterranean. The Italian oil and gas company Eni, which had contracted the ship, announced a week later that the cavern, called Calypso, was “an extended gas column,” containing an estimated six to eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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Low Voter Turnout Puts Macedonian Name Change in Doubt (The Wall Street Journal)

Low turnout cast doubt over the results of a referendum in which Macedonian voters overwhelmingly backed a deal to change the country’s name to North Macedonia and clear a path for the country to join the West’s most powerful clubs.

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