January 28: Twenty-four migrants drowned off the Greek island of Samos near Turkey after their boat capsized.
February 2: Greek academics and members of the Hellenic Olympic Committee sent a letter to put forward two Greek islanders from Lesvos (85 year-old Emilia Kamvysi and 40-year old fisherman Stratis Valiamos) and one American actress and activist (Susan Sarandon) as candidates for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, lauding their work to help alleviate the hardships of refugees reaching Greece's shores on their way to Europe. Because the Nobel Peace Prize must go to an individual or organization, the experts chose three individuals as representatives of the wider volunteer effort.
February 4: Greece's largest private and public sector unions (GSEE and ADEDY) stage a general strike to protest against the government's planned pension reforms.
February 25: Greece recalls its ambassador to Austria amid sharp divisions among EU states over the migrant crisis.
March 3: Deputy Minister for Sports, Stavros Kontonis, calls off the 2016 Greek Football Cup season, citing numerous violent incidents that have plagued recent matches between football clubs. His statement came after the semi-final first leg between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos was abandoned because of crowd violence. PAOK fans threw flares and clashed with riot police after their team was denied a penalty with Olympiakos leading 2-1.
April 4: Greek government officials say on first day of deportations 202 people were sent to Turkey aboard three ferries; none of those deported had applied for asylum.
April 6: European Union officials pledge there would be “no automatic return” for the migrants before they are given a chance to apply for asylum. EU officials say they will only be able to process up to 50 cases a day. Greek officials say between 300 and 500 migrants continue to arrive from Turkey daily.
May 22: The Democratic Rally wins the parliamentary elections in Cyprus with 30.68% of the vote. The elections were marked by a very high abstention rate (32.6% of all voters) and will see, for the first time, eight parties represented in the Cyprus House of Representatives including the far-right ELAM.
May 27: Russian President, Vladimir Putin, arrives in Athens on an official state visit.
July 16: Eight (8) Turkish military officers fly a Black Hawk helicopter to the town of Alexandroupoli a few minutes before noon local time. Hours later, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asks Greece to extradite the men accusing them of being part of a failed military coup in Turkey.
July 18 : Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in a phone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, expresses Greece's support to democracy, constitutional legitimacy and the elected government in Turkey.
July 18: PM Alexis Tsipras meets with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici to discuss Greece's debt. According to ANA/MPA, Moscovici states that, 'now was a time to leave the crisis and crisis management behind and enter a period of normality, stability, implementation and investments.'
August 7: Anna Korakaki wins the first medal for Greece in the Rio Olympics, as she places third in the women's 10m air pistol event.
August 9: Anna Korakaki wins the gold medal for Greece in the 25m pistol at the Rio Olympics. She becomes the first Greek athlete in more than a century to win two medals in the same Olympics.
September 20: 40-year old Tasos Tsioucharas is sentenced to life imprisonment + one year for the murder of his wife.
September 28: Hrysopiyi Devetzi forfeits the medals that she won at the Osaka World Championships in 2007 and the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, after her samples tested positive for the controlled substance 'stanozolol' in a repeat doping test.