2015

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Events

January

February

March

April

May

  • May 3: Two inmates are killed and 18 others are injured during a clash at Korydallos prison.
  • May 4: A 27-year old Bulgarian national is arrested for the hideous murder of his 4-year old daughter, Anny Borisova, in Athens.
  • May 9: Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades is the lone leader of an EU country who attends the 70th anniversary celebrations of the victory against Nazi Germany, in Red Square, Moscow.
  • May 11: Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades meets Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, for the first time since the latter's election as president of the so-called TRNC.
  • May 15: Inter-communal talks resume in Cyprus after an eight-month break.
  • May 16: Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, abolishes the requirement that Greek Cypriots fill in a ‘visa’ form to cross to the breakaway north.
  • May 17: Olympiakos fall to Real Madrid 78-59 in the final of the Euroleague.
  • May 20: APOEL defeat AE Limassol 4-2 to lift the Cyprus Football Cup. The match was halted for 40 minutes when AEL fans threw debris on the pitch. Afterwards, the Larnaca fire department had to respond to ten calls as the same fans lit fires throughout the city.
  • May 23: Olympiakos defeat Skoda Xanthi 3-1 to lift the Greek Football Cup.
  • May 24: APOEL clinch their third consecutive Cypriot league title.

June

  • June 3: Iraklis Thessaloniki mathematically clinches the second spot in the second-division play-offs, behind AEK, to secure its promotion back to the Super League after four years in lower divisions.
  • June 5: Greece misses its €300 million payment to the International Monetary Fund and announces that it will instead bundle all four of its June payments together at the end of the month. The Athens Stock Exchange responds with a 5% plunge in values.
  • June 9: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale strikes near Chalkida.
  • June 10: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets in Brussels with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for negotiations on new bailout funds.
  • June 11: Greece's state broadcaster ERT goes back on air, two years after being closed down under austerity measures.
  • June 11: The Athens Stock Exchange posts gains of 8.16% as an agreement between Greece and her lenders seems imminent.
  • June 12: Stocks in the National Bank of Greece fall almost 10%, while Piraeus Bank falls more than 11.5% on the Athens Stock Exchange, following a fresh blow to Greece's debt negotiations. The Athens Stock Exchange closes nearly 6% lower.
  • June 14: Fofi Gennimata is elected as the new leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement.
  • June 14: Olympiakos sweep the championship series against Panathinaikos with a 93-74 victory, to clinch their 11th basketball title.
  • June 14: Negotiations between Greece and the International Monetary Fund fall apart in less than an hour, with both sides blaming the other.
  • June 15: Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades visits Israel and meets with President Reuven Rivlin and PM Benjamin Netanyahu. He is the first head of state to visit Israel since Mr Rivlin's election to the Israeli presidency.
  • June 22: The Athens Stock Exchange posts gains of 9.00% in response to fresh proposals submitted by the Greek government to its lenders.
  • June 27: PM Alexis Tsipras calls for a referendum on the bailout deal proposed by the EU lenders.
  • June 28: As thousands of Greeks queue up to withdraw their money from ATMs, the European Central Bank announces it will not increase emergency funding to Greek banks. PM Alexis Tsipras responds by calling a bank holiday of unspecified duration.
  • June 30: Greece misses the deadline for a €1.5bn payment to the International Monetary Fund.

July

  • July 4: Kostas Filippidis breaks the Greek men's record for the pole vault with 5.91m. Nicole Kyriakopoulou breaks the women's record with 4.83m.
  • July 5: Greeks overwhelmingly reject the final bailout deal offered by the EU lenders in a referendum. 61.3% cast "no" ballots, confounding the pollsters who had predicted a close vote. New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras, who had led an all-out campaign for a "yes" vote, resigns after pressure from his own party.
  • July 11: PM Alexis Tsipras' bailout plan, which includes several new austerity measures, passes the Hellenic Parliament with 251 votes.
  • July 13: Greece reaches an agreement with the EU over a third bailout deal, after a 17-hour session.
  • July 16: The terms of the third bailout deal are approved in the Hellenic Parliament by 229 to 64. 38 SYRIZA MPs bolt the party line.
  • July 17: Forest fires break out in Attica, Euboea, Laconia and other places in Greece.
  • July 18: PM Alexis Tsipras reshuffles his Cabinet.
  • July 20: Banks in Greece open for the first time in three weeks. Bank customers are allowed to make a single withdrawal of €420 a week, instead of just €60 in daily withdrawals. However, restrictions on cash transfers abroad remain in place.
  • July 20: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirms that Greece has cleared overdue debt repayments of €2.05bn and is no longer in arrears.
  • July 23: A second package of measures, required by the EU for the third bailout, is approved in the Hellenic Parliament by 230 to 63. 31 SYRIZA MPs vote against the measures.

August

September

October

  • October 3: The newly-elected members of the Hellenic Parliament are sworn in.
  • October 8: The National Football Team lose 1-3 in Belfast against N. Ireland and set a negative record of 12 straight matches without a victory.
  • October 11: The Greece snap their record 12 game win-less streak with a 4-3 victory over Hungary.
  • October 26: The Greek Ministry for Culture announces the discovery of an undisturbed tomb of an ancient warrior, buried with a hoard of treasure.

November

December

  • December 3: The EU border agency Frontex said that it will deploy additional guards at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) where migrants have been stranded for more than a week.
  • December 4: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • December 6: The proposed 2016 budget passes in the Hellenic Parliament with 153 votes.
  • December 6: Riots take place in Athens on the anniversary of the killing of 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos.
  • December 22: The Hellenic Parliament unanimously recognises a "Palestinian state" as Palestinian Authority chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, visits Athens.
  • December 22: The Hellenic Parliament passes by 194 to 55 (with 51 abstentions) legislation that grants gay couples full marriage rights.
  • December 25: Cyprus president Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci make a joint television appearance to wish Cypriots happy holidays. Both leaders speak in both Greek and Turkish.

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