2019

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Events

January

February

March

  • March 1: Rating agency Moody’s upgrades Greece’s sovereign credit rating by two notches from “B3” to “B1” with a stable outlook.

April

  • April 14: The dead body of a woman is discovered by two tourists in a mine shaft at Mitsero, Cyprus.
  • April 15: The dead woman is identified as Mary Rose Tiburcio, of the Philippines, who had been missing for eleven months.
  • April 18: Police arrest two officers of the Cyprus National Guard, aged 30 and 35, in connection with the murder of Mary Rose Tiburcio.
  • April 20: A second decomposed body of a woman is found at the Mitsero mine shaft. The 30-year old suspect is released.
  • April 21: The 35-year old Cyprus National Guard officer, arrested in connection with the Mitsero murders, is identified as Nicos Metaxas.
  • April 21: PAOK ends their 34-year wait for a league title as a 5-0 rout of relegated Levadiakos saw the Thessaloniki club win the Super League with one match to spare amid frenzied celebrations at the Toumba Stadium.
  • April 25: Police discover a third body in Orounta, after being led there by Metaxas. The latter confesses to seven murders.

May

June

  • June 2: The second round of local elections is held throughout Greece. Ioannina elects the first Jewish mayor in the country - Moses Elisaf.
  • June 12: The body of a six-year old girl - victim of the Cypriot serial killer Nicos Metaxas - is found by divers in a lake near Mitsero.
  • June 14: Panathinaikos clinches the Greek League winning 3-0 in a best of five series against Promitheas Patras.
  • June 24: The trial of confessed serial killer Nicos Metaxas takes place in Cyprus. Metaxas pleads guilty to all the charges against him and is handed seven life sentences - the toughest punishment ever imposed by the Cypriot justice system.

July

  • July 7: Kyriakos Mitsotakis is elected Prime Minister of Greece as New Democracy triumph in the parliamentary elctions winning 39.85% of the vote against 31.53% for outgoing PM Alexis Tsipras' SYRIZA party.
  • July 10: Gail force winds and hail storms strike Chalkidiki leaving six tourists dead.
  • July 19: An earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, strikes the greater Athens area.
  • July 29: An Appeals Court in Lamia reduces the life sentence of former police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas to 13 years imprisonment. Korkoneas had been convicted of the shooting death of Alexis Grigoropoulos in 2008.

August

  • August 13: Fires break out on the island of Euboea threatening to burn a forest protected by the European Union's Natura 2000 network.
  • August 26: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announces the full lifting of capital restrictions.

September

Deaths

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