2013

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Events

January

February

March

  • March 4: Former Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos is sentenced to eight years in jail and a €520,000 fine for failure to disclose certain assets during his term as MP.
  • March 4: PM Antonis Samaras meets with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul and sign 25 bilateral pacts.
  • March 10: Olympiakos clinch their 40th football championship with a 3-0 home win against AEK.
  • March 16: Eurozone finance ministers agree a €10 billion bailout package for Cyprus. Bank depositors race to withdraw their money as the terms include a haircut on their accounts: Those with deposits of more than 100,000 euros are to be charged 9.9% and those with less 6.75% of their deposits.
  • March 19: The Cyprus House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejects the terms of the EU bailout package. 36 MPs vote "no" while 19 DISY members abstain.
  • March 21: Standard and Poor's downgrades the sovereign rating of Cyprus from CCC+ to CCC.
  • March 22: The Cyprus House of Representatives approves nine bills to raise €5.8 billion in order to receive bailout aid from the EU.
  • March 25: Eurozone finance ministers agree terms with Cyprus for a €10 billion bailout package. Under the terms - which focus on the Popular Bank - all accounts under €100,000 will be guaranteed while those above that amount will receive a "haircut".
  • March 28: Banks reopen in Cyprus after nearly two weeks of being shut. Restrictions are imposed on transactions and the flow of capital.
  • March 31: Panathinaikos sack coach Fabri Gonzalez after a disappointing 0-1 loss to Platanias.

April

May

June

July

August

  • August 2: Civil servants protest, throughout Greece, the planned mass layoff of teachers, hospital workers and other public servants.
  • August 7: An earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, destroys hundreds of homes in the Phthiotis prefecture of Greece.
  • August 8: PM Antonis Samaras meets with US president Obama in Washington, DC.
  • August 10: Migrants riot at Amygdaleza detention centre. Ten Greek officers are injured before calm is restored.
  • August 14: The Eurozone emerges from recession after a record 18 months of economic contraction. Across the bloc, GDP grew by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2013, slightly ahead of forecasts. In Greece, GDP shrank by 4.6%.
  • August 21: Hellenic Public Television (EDT) broadcasts live for the very first time.
  • August 27: The Athens Stock Exchange General Index closes at 881.35 after losses of 4.08%.
  • August 30: Terzopoulos Publications announce that, after 48 years, they will cease to publish the Mickey Mouse magazine in Greece due to economic concerns.

September

October

November

  • November 1: Two members of the Golden Dawn party are shot dead outside their party's headquarters in Neo Iraklio.
  • November 6: Public and private sector workers stage a general strike throughout Greece protesting continued government cuts.
  • November 7: Greek riot police storm the headquarters of former public broadcaster ERT and forcibly remove employees who had been occupying the site since its shutdown five months ago.
  • November 11: Greece's conservative-led coalition defeat, by 153 to 124, an opposition-sponsored (SYRIZA) motion to topple the government but lose one lawmaker (Theodora Tzakri) who is expelled after backing the opposition.
  • November 15: Twelve illegal immigrants, including four children, drown after their boat capsizes just off Lefkada in the Ionian Sea.
  • November 15: Greece defeat Romania 3-1, at Karaiskaki Stadium, in leg 1 of the World Cup playoffs.
  • November 19: PM Antonis Samaras attends the funeral of Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides.
  • November 19: Greece qualify for the finals of the 2014 World Cup after a 1-1 draw against Romania in Bucharest.
  • November 29: Moody's upgrades Greece's government bond rating two notches - from C to Caa3 - with a stable outlook.

December

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