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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 December 2018
GREECE 22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2018 New Democracy ahead of SYRIZA by 10.5 per cent Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and president of New Democracy (ND) party is ahead of Alexis Tsipras and ruling SYRIZA, by 10.5 per cent, the latest opinion poll by Pulse shows. More specifically, 33.5 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the conservatives if elections were held now, against 23 per cent who would still support SYRIZA, Kathimerini reports. In the survey which took place between 16 and 18 December, when asked who would be most likely to win, participants responded that it would have to be ND with 57 against 25 per cent for SYRIZA, while ND chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis got a 11-point lead over Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, at DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Ankara disputes Greek sovereignty in the Aegean and Kastellorizo “If Turks land on an islet we will flatten it,” Greece responds New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaks during a parliament session in Athens on Tuesday, 18 December, 2018. Greek lawmakers are debating the heavily-indebted country’s draft budget for 2019, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program. PHOTO: AP /PETROS GIANNAKOURIS 36 and 25 per cent respectively. The poll results, published on Thursday also point that the center-left Movement for Change and far-right Golden Dawn both garnered 7 per cent of support, with the Communist Party (KKE) sitting at 6 per cent. Meanwhile, centrist party To Potami and nationalist coalition Independent Greeks failed to get the 3 per cent required to make it into Parliament. FYROM agreement won’t affect relationship with Greece, Russia says Andrey Maslov, Russian Ambassador to Greece, told journalists that Russia's relations with Greece will not be affected by the result of the ongoing procedure to ratify an agreement signed between Athens and Skopje. Mr Maslov responded to questions during a briefing on a recent trip of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The ratification or not of the Prespes agreement will not affect relations with Greece," he said, highlighting the importance to resolve the long-standing dispute on the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Following a diplomatic incident in the summer that saw two Russian diplomats expelled from Greece for allegedly meddling with the Andrey Maslov PHOTO: GREEK DIPLOMATIC LIFE name deal and another two people barred from entering the country, Mr Maslov reassured the press that "relations between the two countries have normalised". "For us, it makes no difference. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was clear about this almost a year ago," the Ambassador said when asked whether Russia plans to veto the deal at the UN Security Council. "Whatever name Athens and Skopje agree to for FYROM, if this is decided officially and enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, then we will certainly recognise it," he added even though he made it clear that Russia disagrees with FYROM's accession in NATO, noting it will force his country to implement countermeasures. Moreover, Mr Maslov also sought to reassure Greece regarding Turkey's acquisition of S-400 Russian missiles, saying that "the country has nothing to fear as both countries are NATO members". "It is Greece's right to promote plans which meet national interests and become an energy hub in the region, despite the malicious reactions of third parties," he concluded welcoming the Greek PM's interest in TurkStream, the natural gas pipeline running from the Russian Federation to Turkey. Following yet another provocation from Turkey, questioning Greece's rights in the Aegean and especially the island of Kastellorizo, the chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, chose to respond in a similar manner. "If they land on an islet, we will flatten it. And this is a red line that is adopted by the government as well," he said during a briefing in Athens on Wednesday. "Our effort focuses on not having to reach that point. With the US and the European Union we want to ensure that the Turks will not go that far." "Greece works as a bridge and plays a positive role. The Greece-Israel-Egypt axis offsets the pressure exerted by Turkey," he added. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos was on the island of Kastellorizo on Wednesday, where he declared View of Kastellorizo Port. PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA COMMONS that Greece will demarcate its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the coming months, Kathimerini reports. "Kastellorizo's EEZ is of particular importance to our country's economy," he said, explaining that "within the next months, the declaration of the EEZ will unleash the potential for natural gas extraction for our country, [revealing] large gas fields that will meet the needs of future generations." "Those that do not respect our national sovereignty and territorial integrity will be crushed,' he stressed, ahead of the trilateral summit between Greece, Cyprus and Israel that took place in Beersheba on Thursday. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were backed by the US, which considers all three countries as stabilising forces in tormented the Easter Mediterranean region. Greek ‘taxman’ targets hidden income from AirBnB-type rentals The country’s Independent Public Revenues Authority is reportedly ready to adopt the “Portuguese” model for locating tax-evading property owners In an attempt to address tax evasion from short term rentals in the sharing economy sector, Greece's Independent Public Revenues Authority, AADE, is reportedly ready to start using a "search robot" method scanning online platforms like AirBnB. Adopting the so called Portuguese model - following a recently enacted rental law in Portugal - the tax bureau aims to locate unlawful property owners leasing their dwellings via online platforms without having them registered in AADE's dedicated registry for short-term leases. The final date for registration of existing property owners engaged in the online short-term Kapodistrias’ tobacco case sold under the hammer for €73,000 A gold tobacco case of Greece's first head of state, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was sold for a whopping €73,392 at an auction at Athen's Zappeio Hall last Saturday by private auction house Vergos. Its value had been assessed at €30,000-40,000. The ornate case, shows a phoenix - the legendary bird rising from the ashes widely used as a symbol during Greece's war of Independence - with a cross and the date 1821, and Kapodistria's initials, I.A.K. on its base. It is said to have been made on order in 1826 by Genevan artisan J.F. Bautte. A year later Kapodistrias, a former minister of foreign affairs under Russian Tsar Alexander I, became the first governor of independent Greece but was assassinated by political rivals in 1831. Among other valuable items sold at the same auction was a silver pocket watch and a silver tray of Greece's national poet Dionysios Solomos garnering €26,910 and €8,562 respectively. Both have engraved Solomos' initials "Δ.Σ." and the family's coat of arms. In addition to historical objects, another part of the auction was dedicated to 19th and 20th century artwork, including paintings from famed Greek artists Nikos Engonopoulos and Yiannis Moralis. Founded in Athens in 1989, the Vergos auction house initially focused on rare books and manuscripts before expanding its activities in 2000 by entering the art scene centered around Greek and Philellenic works. PHOTO: VISITGREECE.GR basis rental business was on 30 November, while failing to register can attract a fine of up to €5,000. Recently, the head of AADE, Giorgos Pitsillis, spoke publicly about the need for online platforms to collaborate in order to tackle the issue of regulation. "Sooner or later, a common- ground solution will be found. Taxation cannot be a factor affecting competition", Mr. Pitsillis said. It is estimated that just in one online platform for short-term rentals, there are more than 5,000 properties listed within the greater Athens area alone, with owners charging on average €52 per day of lease. FYROM parliament amends citizen definition in constitution The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Parliament committee responsible for constitutional issues approved further changes to the country's constitution on Thursday. As stipulated in the name deal reached with Greece in June the citizenship of the country's people will be defined as "Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia," adding however that the designation will neither determine nor predetermine the people's ethnicity, AP reports.
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