2011

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Events

January

February

  • February 11: EU and IMF inspectors approve a fresh tranche of 15 billion euros of bailout funds, but warn its fiscal program could fail unless it accelerates reforms and scales up privatizations.
  • February 19: A disallowed goal by Panathinaikos in their derby match v. Olympiakos, sets off violent clashes on and off the pitch.
  • February 23: A general strike by the major unions of Greece paralyse the country as private and public sector workers protest the government's austerity measures.
  • February 24: The United States announces it has added the Greek extremist group Sect of Revolutionaries to its black list of terrorist organizations, which bans US citizens from any contact with the group.

March

April

May

  • May 6: Police announce that they have apprehended the culprits who shot dead two policemen on March 1. The suspects are Russian-born Greeks.
  • May 6: Panathinaikos defeat Siena 77-69 and qualify for yet another Euroleague final.
  • May 8: Panathinaikos defeat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 78-70 and win their sixth Euroleague Cup.
  • May 9: Standard and Poor's cuts Greece's credit rating further into junk territory to B, one notch above Pakistan's.
  • May 10: The 2011 Census commences throughout Greece.
  • May 10: Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou are given 31-month suspended jail terms for staging a motorbike crash in order to skip a doping test before the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Also convicted was their coach, two false witnesses and the doctors who treated them at the time.
  • May 11: A general strike by the major unions of Greece paralyse the country as private and public sector workers protest the government's continuing austerity measures. About 20,000 protesters march to parliament to mark a nationwide strike against wage cuts and tax hikes, a number smaller than previous protests.
  • May 11: EU and IMF inspectors arrive in Athens to press Greece to shore up its finances and determine if the debt-choked country will get a fifth aid tranche of 12 billion euros.
  • May 15: Olympiakos defeat Panathinaikos 74-68 to win the Greek Basketball Cup.
  • May 18: Omonia Lefkosia defeat Apollon Limassol on penalties (FT score 1-1) to lift the Cyprus Football Cup.
  • May 21: Greece must avoid debt restructuring and push on with budget cuts and privatizations to overcome its debt crisis, Papandreou and senior ECB officials say.
  • May 22: Parliamentary elections take place in Cyprus. The Democratic Rally wins 34.27% of the vote and 20 seats in the House of Representatives. The governing AKEL party comes in second with 32.67% of the vote and 19 seats.
  • May 23: Greece unveils a series of privatizations, part of a goal to raise 50 billion euros by 2015 to pay down its debt.
  • May 29: Thousands of protesters denounce Greece's ruling class and vent their anger at the IMF and its demands for yet more belt-tightening.

June

  • June 1: Moody's slashes Greece's credit rating by three notches to deep into junk territory.
  • June 2: On the fortieth anniversary of the 1971 European Cup final, Panathinaikos and the Hungarian Embassy in Athens jointly announce that a statue of Ferenc Puskas will be erected at Leoforos Alexandras Stadium.
  • June 3: Greece is likely to get a vital slice of aid in July to avoid default, international lenders say, as they end a month-long review of their 110 billion euro bailout program.
  • June 4: Olympiakos won its 10th Greek cup in men’s water polo in the last 11 years and its 14th overall after beating Panionios at the final in Kalymnos.
  • June 5: Panathinaikos win their 9th straight A1 League title after beating Olympiakos 101-94 in the 4th encounter of their championship playoff series.
  • June 8: Romanian Laszlo Boloni agrees to become the new manager of PAOK.
  • June 8: Greece agrees to 6.48 billion euros of extra austerity measures for 2011 and savings up to 2015 to cut deficits and keep getting aid, an official document shows.
  • June 9: The Greek government approves and submits to parliament the mid-term fiscal and privatization plan required by the EU and the IMF to restore the country's finances.
  • June 12: More than 20,000 Greeks protest against austerity measures in Athens and workers at state-owned utility PPC announce strikes to oppose government plans to sell the company.
  • June 13: Greece becomes the country with the lowest credit rating in the world after S&P downgrades it by three notches, to CCC, just four steps away from default, from B. The short-term rating is affirmed at C and all the ratings are removed from credit watch.
  • June 15: A general strike cripples Greece as people from all strata of society protest the new austerity measures being debated in the Hellenic Parliament. Police clash with protesters who seek to bar the MPs from entering the Parliament building.
  • June 16: The Athens Stock Exchange index drops 2.81% and closes at 1,208.09 - its lowest level of the year.
  • June 17: Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou reshuffles his Cabinet for the first time in his administration, naming former party rival Evangelos Venizelos as Minister for Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.
  • June 17: Greek stocks rebound strongly, rising 3.80%, as investors are cheered by news that Germany and France have agreed on the next step to tackle the Greek crisis. The general index ends at 1,254.02 points.
  • June 21: The Athens Stock Exchange index rises 3.74% to 1,275.47, with bank shares leading the way.
  • June 21: Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou and his government receive a vote of confidence from the Hellenic Parliament. The vote was on party lines with the 155 PASOK MPs voting "aye".
  • June 22: Greek authorities announce the names of 15 people suspected for 'fixing' matches in the Greek football championships, including club owners Makis Psomiadis and Achilleas Beos; coach Yiannis Papakostas and former footballer Dimitris Zavantias. The scandal was uncovered after the UEFA noticed irregular betting patterns involving first- and second-division club matches.
  • June 24: Olympiakos owner and Super League president, Vangelis Marinakis, Greece international defender Avraam Papadopoulos and ex-Olympiakos footballer Kostas Mendrinos are among 70 suspects named in connection to match-fixing allegations by an Athens prosecutor.
  • June 28: Police clash with protesters in Syntagma Square as the Hellenic Parliament debates additional the austerity measures of the "Midterm Economic Plan". Meanwhile all of Greece is crippled by a 48-hour general strike called by the major unions to protest the measures.
  • June 29: The Greek parliament approves (155 votes to 138) the first step in sweeping new austerity measures aimed at securing international financing for the debt-ridden nation.

July

  • July 1: Greek authorities prohibit the ship "Audacity of Hope" from sailing for Gaza. The ship was part of an international flotilla which planned to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip and deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
  • July 2: The 68-year old American captain of the "Audacity of Hope" is taken into custody by the Greek Coast Guard.
  • July 11: Blasts at a munitions dump at Zygi naval base in Cyprus cause the deaths of twelve persons.
  • July 19: Six members of the terrorist organisation Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire are sentenced to penalties ranging from 11 to 37 years imprisonment. Another one is given a suspended sentence while two are found not guilty by reason of doubts.
  • July 21: Eurozone leaders agree a new package, worth 109 billion euros, in aid to Greece.
  • July 26: Preliminary results of the 2011 Census show the population of Greece currently stands at 10,787,690 inhabitants - a decrease of 1.34% from the 10,934,097 figure of 2001.
  • July 26: The Athens Stock Exchange index drops by 2.82% closing at 1,233.22.
  • July 29: Greece edges hosts China 9-8 in the women's water polo final at the Shanghai world aquatics championships. It is Greece's first ever women's gold medal in any sport at the world aquatics championships.

August

September

  • September 1: Greek police recover a stolen 17th century painting, by Flemish master Pieter Paul Rubens, in Glyfada.
  • September 19: Despite Turkish objections, Cyprus begins drilling for oil and gas off its coast.
  • September 23: Moody's ratings agency downgrades eight Greek banks by two notches due to their exposure to Greek government bonds.
  • September 23: The Athens Stock Exchange General Index falls below 800 - closing at 797.95 - after an overall drop of 3.87%.

October

November

December

  • December 1: Private and public sector workers go on strike in Greece protesting the government's austerity measures.
  • December 5: The International Court of Justice rules that Greece breached its interim agreement with FYROM by blocking the latter country's attempt to join NATO.
  • December 7: The Hellenic parliament approves the 2012 austerity budget with a 258-41 vote.
  • December 13: Thousands of Cypriot civil servants hold a three-hour strike to protest austerity measures being debated in the Cyprus House of Representatives.
  • December 18: Municipal elections are held in Cyprus. The results show a marked shift towards opposition party, Democratic Rally (DISY) with 26 out of the 38 candidates supported by DISY being elected compared to just nine candidates supported by ruling party AKEL. Konstantinos Georkadjis is elected Mayor of Lefkosia, unseating incumbent Eleni Mavrou, with a landslide 57% of the vote.
  • December 26: In an interview given to Turkish daily "Birgun", former Turkish PM, Mesut Yilmaz, admits that in the 1990s, and under the premiership of his rival Tansu Ciller, Turkish secret services were responsible for setting several forest fires in Greece.

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October

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