Greece expects tourism growth this year despite bumpy 2019: minister (Reuters)

ATHENS (Reuters) – Tourism, which accounts for about a quarter of Greece’s gross domestic product, will grow in 2020 despite the blow dealt to the sector last year by the collapse of British travel giant Thomas Cook, Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said on Thursday.

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Greece’s reverse brain drain (Politico)

ATHENS — Please come back!

That’s the message from the Greek government to the talented young people who left the country during the financial crisis.

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IMF to shut down Athens office after a decade (Politico)

ATHENS — The International Monetary Fund will soon be shutting down its local bureau in Athens in a move signaling Greece’s readiness to leave behind a decade marked by financial crisis.

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Greek conservatives agitate for drastic response on refugees (Politico)

ATHENS — The Greek government’s tough stance on migration doesn’t go far enough for conservatives in the ruling New Democracy party like ex-Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is goading his successor to crack down on what he calls an “invasion by illegals” who are “colonizing” Greece.

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Greece to move asylum seekers to closed camps (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece will shut down overcrowded camps for asylum seekers on the Aegean islands and replace them with closed pre-removal detention centers, it announced on Wednesday as part of the new conservative government’s drive to toughen up the response to illegal immigration.

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North Macedonia’s post-Macron melancholy (Politico)

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — You can see the signs of this country’s efforts to get an invitation from the EU. Literally.

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Greece and China hail strategic partnership, as US and EU look on (Al Jazeera)

Athens, Greece – Greek leaders on Monday hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to Greece as a “new era” in what is an already close trade and investment relationship being closely watched by the United States and the European Union.

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Xi Jinping hails ‘economic opening’ in Greece visit (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece rolled out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, hoping for even wider investment from Beijing, which sees the southern European country as its door to the rest of the Continent.

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China’s Xi arrives in Athens to ‘deepen cooperation’ with Greece (Al Jazeera)

China’s president has arrived in Athens for a three-day visit to discuss bilateral relations, investment and trade.

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New law in Greece against asylum-seeking criticised (Al Jazeera)

The Greek government is introducing a new law that will make it more difficult for refugees and migrants to claim asylum in the country.

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