Tsipras says Government Has No Plan for Greek Small Businesses

ATHENS – Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras accused the government on Friday of lacking a plan to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), during a video conference with representatives of industry about the problems they face in the midst of a pandemic and the necessary support measures.

The leader of SYRIZA noted that the crucial thing was financial support, support of labour, providing aid that did not have to be paid back, tax relief and a generous programme of guarantees and micro-loans for SMEs.

He accused the government for "institutionalising half work", noting that this will set off a "chain reaction, which if it continues, will lead to a sharp rise in unemployment and the closure of thousands of businesses."

He stressed that if no answers are given soon, "thousands of entrepreneurs will be left without support and thousands of workers unemployed."



BOSTON – The removal of Archbishop Elpidophoros from the Archdiocese of America appears to be in its final stages, as indicated by a brief face-to-face meeting and discussion between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip  — Israeli forces shelled tent camps for displaced Palestinians outside Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 50, according to the territory's health officials and emergency workers.

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NEW YORK – Greek-American long-distance runner Alexi Pappas was featured in Vogue magazine for her latest role as an ambassador for the outdoor brand Merrell and a film project with Merrell and Vogue.

ATHENS - A total of 64 fires broke out in mixed farm and forest land in the last 24 hours, with 46 of them controlled from the very start, the Fire Brigade said in a briefing earlier on Friday.

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