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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.
www.wsj.com | 11/7/18
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.
www.wsj.com | 11/7/18
A serious rift in the church could have big consequences in Ukraine, Russia and Greece.
www.nytimes.com | 10/19/18

The load on the backs of the Santorini donkeys is about to get lighter.

On Wednesday, lawmakers in Greece announced that their popular coastal donkey rides would be limited to tourists “weighing less than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) or one-fifth of the donkey’s body weight,” the law states according to CNN.

As part of the new regulations established by the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food, the animals “should not be loaded with excessive weight for their size, age or physical condition.”

Owners must also take responsibility for the donkeys’ condition, ensuring that their health, stables, workstations, and food/water supply are all well-maintained, clean, and free from infection.

“Under no circumstances should donkeys be used if they are unfit for work i.e., ill animal, injured, animals in an advanced pregnancy as well as animals with poor maintenance of hooves,” a section of the new law reads.

Tourists visiting the island have often relied on donkeys to transport them from the shoreline to Santorini’s main town, by way of the steep hills and through areas that vehicles cannot get through.

However, in recent years, the rise of obesity has reportedly taken a toll on the animals, to the point that locals have even started to crossbreed animals to create mules as a way to keep up with the influx of larger-sized tourists and demand for stronger animals, reports Greek City Times,

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The decision to protect the animals came after a video surfaced online in July, showing the donkeys carrying overweight sightseers. Many activists complained afterward that the animals were being treated inhumanely, and as a result, suffering from spinal injuries and open wounds.

An online petition was also created, which claimed the donkeys were “forced to stand around in the sun in their own feces” and were whipped by the farmers to speed up while carrying “lazy” tourists who can allegedly walk the 30-minute trip or take a cable car.

Since its creation, it has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

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In August, The Donkey Sanctuary — who also created their own pledge site — met with the Greek government to discuss the animals’ health and safety.

After speaking with Mayor Anastasios-Nikolaos Zorzos of Santorini — the petition was closed down, noting that Zorzos “pledged to improve the conditions for working equines on the Greek Island.”

But even with the legislation in effect to protect the donkeys from excessive work, animal rights activists are still unhappy with the new law, telling CNN it was a “throwaway” gesture and it “won’t prevent the daily suffering” endured by the animals.

“Donkeys can still be forced to carry a person weighing 15 stone 10 pounds (100 kilograms) up more than 500 steep steps four to five times a day,” PETA UK director of international programs, Mimi Bekhechi, told the outlet.

people.com | 10/11/18
Neither Greece’s politicians nor its lenders have shown that they can fix the issues bedeviling Greece’s economy, including government inefficiency.
www.wsj.com | 8/22/18
Neither Greece’s politicians nor its lenders have shown that they can fix the issues bedeviling Greece’s economy, including government inefficiency.
www.wsj.com | 8/22/18
Police and fire bosses are replaced as criticism grows over government handling of the fires.
www.bbc.co.uk | 8/5/18
The death toll in the first this week rose to at least 84, with many more people still missing, in the worst disaster in the country’s recent history.
www.nytimes.com | 7/27/18
Greece’s cash-strapped government has unveiled a slate of financial measures to aid people affected by the country’s devastating wildfires, responding to rising anger over what many see as a bungled evacuation and weak prevention efforts.
www.wsj.com | 7/27/18
Greece’s cash-strapped government has unveiled a slate of financial measures to aid people affected by the country’s devastating wildfires, responding to rising anger over what many see as a bungled evacuation and weak prevention efforts.
www.wsj.com | 7/27/18
Greek investigators have seen "serious indications" that a forest fire that killed at least 82 people outside Athens was set deliberately, a government official said Thursday.
www.foxnews.com | 7/26/18
Greece’s leftist Syriza party ditches its antagonism toward Israel and cooperates with Netanyahu’s government as Ankara asserts power in region.
www.wsj.com | 7/21/18
Relations between Greece and Russia came under strain Wednesday after Greece's government spokesman suggested that Russian diplomats stationed in the country could be expelled for acting unlawfully and "disrespecting" the Greek state.
www.foxnews.com | 7/11/18
The Latest on a no-confidence vote in the Greek parliament (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece's northern neighbor.
www.foxnews.com | 6/16/18
Greek lawmakers are debating a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal between Greece and Macedonia settling a long-standing dispute over the latter country's name.
www.foxnews.com | 6/15/18
The head of Greece's main opposition party says he will submit a motion for a no-confidence vote in the government later Thursday, objecting to a deal reached between the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name.
www.foxnews.com | 6/14/18
After chairing the government's integration summit, Merkel has called for a pan-European solution for illegal migrant arrivals currently concentrated in Italy, Greece and Spain. Her interior minister was absent.
www.dw.com | 6/13/18
A Greek government official says prospects are receding for an agreement within days on the name dispute that has soured relations between Greece and Macedonia for 27 years.
www.foxnews.com | 6/1/18
[Shabait] Asmara -The leaders of Cote d'Ivoire, the Netherlands, Greece and Sri Lanka sent messages of congratulations to the people and Government of Eritrea in connection with the 27th Independence Day anniversary.
allafrica.com | 5/29/18

Prince William is heading to Israel.

Kensington Place announced on Thursday that William, 35, will tour Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories next month. His trip begins on June 24 in Amman, and includes stops in Tel Aviv and Ramallah before concluding in Jerusalem on June 28.

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William’s visit marks the first time a member of the royal family has traveled to Israel on official business. Prince Phillip went in 1994 for a Yad Vashem ceremony honoring his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who saved Jews during the Holocaust by opening the doors of her palace in Greece. In 2016, Prince Charles attended the funeral of former President Shimon Peres.

The high-profile visit was “at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, previously tweeted: “Nechama & I were happy to hear @KensingtonRoyal announcement, and look forward to welcoming #PrinceWilliam, the Duke of Cambridge, on an official visit to the State of #Israel later this year. A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence.”

Nechama & I were happy to hear @KensingtonRoyal announcement, and look forward to welcoming #PrinceWilliam, the Duke of Cambridge, on an official visit to the State of #Israel later this year. A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence.

— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) March 1, 2018

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Wiliam’s most recent royal tour took him and wife Kate Middleton to Sweden and Norway in January, when the visited with Stockholm schoolchildren, played hockey and had lunch with Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and her parents King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

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The news of William’s trip to Israel comes just two days after the royal dad made his first appearance after serving as the best man at his bother Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding. William paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing with a service at the Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday in honor of the one-year anniversary of the attack that left 22 people dead.

Harry and Meghan also attended their first engagement as married couple that afternoon when they appeared at a garden party at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday.

people.com | 5/25/18
The prime minister of Macedonia says his administration and the Greek government have agreed on a new name for his country to solve the decades-long name dispute between Skopje and Athens.
www.foxnews.com | 5/19/18
Greek officials say the government will respect a landmark court decision against a European Union policy that allowed authorities to force refugees and migrants to stay on the Greek islands where they first arrived even after they had applied for asylum.
www.foxnews.com | 4/18/18
Several thousand protesters in Macedonia have demanded that the government call off ongoing talks with neighboring Greece over a decades-long name dispute.
www.foxnews.com | 3/4/18
Several thousand protesters have gathered in front of Macedonia's parliament in the capital of Skopje to demand the government call off talks with neighboring Greece on a decades-long name dispute.
www.foxnews.com | 2/27/18
The Greek government has fired a deputy labor minister for allegedly claiming rent assistance despite declaring an annual household income of more than half a million dollars and owning multiple properties.
www.foxnews.com | 2/26/18
Greece's government is opening a last round of reforms talks with bailout creditors, just five months before the country's massive rescue loan program ends.
www.foxnews.com | 2/26/18
Greece's powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process.
www.foxnews.com | 2/21/18
The United Nations refugee agency is urging Greece's government to provide separate housing and washing facilities for women and children at island refugee camps, citing the risk of sexual violence.
www.foxnews.com | 2/9/18
Greek government finance officials say they have decided to delay this week's planned auction of a seven-year bond due to international turmoil in financial markets.
www.foxnews.com | 2/6/18
Tens of thousands gather in Athens to urge the government not to back down.
www.bbc.co.uk | 2/4/18

Alain Durand, Principal Technologist at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and NumbersAlain Durand, Principal Technologist at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, visited Georgia Institute of Technology last week for a talk on the global adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The Internet Governance Project organized the talk in cooperation with Atlanta's Technology Development Center (ATDC) and the Institute for Information Security and Privacy.

IPv6 is the IETF-defined replacement for IPv4, the address space protocol that largely underlies Internet communication today. Durand, who was involved in the IPv6 standardization efforts at IETF back in the early to mid-1990s, offered a clear eyed assessment of the protocol's critical flaw, the lack of backward compatibility with IPv4. Instead of extending the IPv4 address space, IPv6 took a different approach requiring the eventual migration of all Internet connected devices and users to an entirely distinct and much larger address space. According to Durand, people didn't bother to adopt it because they had to run both protocols to stay connected to everyone on the Internet. In effect, running IPv6 and IPv4 added costs but added no value to the IPv4 Internet — no value, that is, until everyone adopts and we can turn off IPv4 and benefit from the larger address space. As Durand put it, the transition to the new standard created a "last-mover advantage."

101 countries have done nothing toward IPv6. When this happens, "we don't have one internet, we have two." Alain Durand, ICANN (Image source: IISP at Georgia Tech)

We are now more than twenty years into that prolonged transition. Looking at various sources of IPv6 adoption data, Durand's presentation made it clear that some countries, e.g., the US and India, are pushing forward at a good rate. In those countries and some others, the data optimistically reveals adoption rates between 20% and 40%, some with upward trends. But of concern are other countries that have 1) either not even started adopting, or 2) are plateauing at low levels not typically seen in new technology adoption. Among other curiosities, the data shows low adoption in places where one might expect substantial growth (e.g., Asia, northern Europe) and vice-versa (e.g., Greece is among the highest adoption in Europe).

Durand suggested that, despite bridging technologies like network dual-stacking and multi-protocol devices and sites, the network effects associated with IPv6 don't seem strong enough to overcome the installed base of IPv4. Something else, or a combination of factors, must explain what we are observing. Understanding what these factors are is important. In Durand's view, IPv6 is not being adopted globally nor at rates that are needed to promote Internet stability and prevent fragmentation. The observed imbalances could result in a situation where parts of the world with adequate IPv6 adoption decide to turn off IPv4 and lose connectivity to the rest of the world.

The audience, a combination of GT undergraduates, faculty, and Internet entrepreneurs peppered Durand with a wide range of questions. How are we actually measuring IPv6 adoption (both capability and usage)? What are the market characteristics where IPv6 adoption is/is not occurring? What is the relationship with consumer and other devices? What government or other policies are being pursued, what impacts are they having? One intriguing line of questioning wondered if the transition should be framed at a high level as a collective action problem. This does make sense. Transition to IPv6 confers substantial benefits to certain actors (e.g., wireless operators need to support rapid mobile growth), therefore they are willing to invest in and migrate to the new protocol. Other actors, e.g., end users in areas where the Internet is developing, might receive very little benefit from migrating, therefore, leading to free riding. This suggests that, among other possibilities, strategically finding ways to increase the network effects associated with IPv6, along with targeted subsidies to certain actors might be a policy prescription that could encourage migration. But there is much more to learn.

Originally published in the Internet Governance Project.

Written by Brenden Kuerbis, Internet Governance Researcher & Policy Analyst at Georgia Tech

www.circleid.com | 1/25/18
Greece’s parliament voted on dozens of fiscal, labor and energy reforms, as the government seeks to wrap up the current review of its bailout program, leaving just one inspection before the end of the country’s bailout regime after eight years.
www.wsj.com | 1/16/18

ATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers, eying the end of eight years of bailout programs, approved more austerity measures late Monday, as strikes and mass protests brought much of Athens to a standstill.

Protesters in Athens sprayed police with red paint outside parliament as some 20,000 people marched in anti-government rallies in the capital and Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki.

During the vote on the more than 1,500-page bill, police engaged in brief but intense clashes with rock-throwing demonstrators and used pepper spray to disperse them.

Greece’s parliament voted on dozens of fiscal, labor and energy reforms, as the government seeks to wrap up the current review of its bailout program, leaving just one inspection before the end of the country’s bailout regime after eight years.
www.wsj.com | 1/15/18
Greece's government has presented to Parliament for ratification a new batch of creditor-demanded reforms, including measures that will make it harder for labor unions to call strikes.
www.foxnews.com | 1/9/18
An Athens administrative court has accepted the Greek government's appeal to temporarily suspend the granting of asylum to one of eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece on a military helicopter after the July 2016 failed coup in Turkey.
www.foxnews.com | 1/8/18
The European Commission welcomed the action taken by the government in Skopje to end a 25-year stalemate on a name dispute with Greece and now hopes to see “concrete results”, a spokesperson told EURACTIV.com on Thursday (4 January).
www.euractiv.com | 1/5/18
Greece’s government finds itself in a difficult diplomatic spot after political asylum was granted for one of the eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt in July 2016. 
www.wsj.com | 1/1/18
Greece’s government finds itself in a difficult diplomatic spot after political asylum was granted for one of the eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt in July 2016. 
www.wsj.com | 1/1/18

ATHENS, Greece — Angering the country's government, Greece's central bank governor on Thursday said he would welcome a precautionary credit line from bailout lenders after the international rescue program officially ends in August.

Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras said in a report that a contingency credit scheme could have a "supportive effect" on the Greek economy.

The Politics of Greece takes place in a large parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Greece is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Hellenic Parliament. Since the restoration of democracy the party system is dominated by the liberal-conservative New Democracy (Νέα Δημοκρατία – Nea Dimokratia) and the social-democratic Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Πανελλήνιο Σοσιαλιστικό Κίνημα – Panellinio Sosialistiko Kinima). The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The 1975 constitution, which describes Greece as a "presidential parliamentary republic", includes extensive specific guarantees of civil liberties and vests the powers of the head of state in a president elected by parliament. The Greek governmental structure is similar to that found in many Western democracies, and has been described as a compromise between the French and German models. The prime minister and cabinet play the central role in the political process, while the president performs some executive and legislative functions in addition to ceremonial duties. Voting in Greece is compulsory but is not enforced.


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