By Guy Taylor- The Washington Times
The top Greek diplomat in Washington says his nation’s first budget surplus in more than a decade should go a long way toward persuading international creditors to ease up on some of the austerity measures that have been forced on Athens.
BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Greece was looking forward to building stronger ties with China as Athens made strides to rejuvenate its economy after years of recession, a Greek official said here on Tuesday.
ATHENS — When Antonis Kantas, a deputy in the Defense Ministry here, spoke up against the purchase of expensive German-made tanks in 2001, a representative of the tank’s manufacturer stopped by his office to leave a satchel on his sofa. It contained 600,000 euros, about $814,000. Other arms manufacturers eager to make deals came by, too, some guiding him through the ins and outs of international banking and then paying him off with deposits to his overseas accounts.
A scathing report urges the Catholic Church to ‘immediately remove’ clergy suspected of child abuse