I'M beginning to feel like an extra in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Guide Costa shows me the ruins of one of the world's first ever medical centres.Remember Toula's Windextouting dad Gus, who boasted he could take any word in the English language and show how it came from the Greeks? Costa can do the same."Gynaecologist comes from Greek gyne and logia, meaning woman and study", he proudly explains. "You know the word pathology, the study of disease? Pathos means suffering in Greek. The word thorax? It's Greek!" And we all know about the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take. It's named after Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, who practised in the very place where we are standing on the island of Kos almost 2,500 years ago.It was called an Asklepion after the ancient Greek god of medicine Asclepius and had grand consultation rooms and columned temples that put modern hospitals to shame.Sadly it was all destroyed by an earthquake 1,500 years ago and the rubble was carted off … [Read more...] about Cruise the idyllic islands of the Aegean sea and visit Athens, Kos, Ios, Santorini, Mykonos and Milos
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WHY not spend New Year’s Day planning your dream holiday?Here, TRISHA HARBORD asks ten top travel company bosses for insider information about where to travel in 2017 and finds out their best deals. GM, easyJet Holidays Where are the 2017 hotspots?Mallorca and the Algarve are always favourites, especially with families. They offer value for money, a wide range of flying and accommodation options, plenty to see and do and picture-postcard beaches.Croatia is becoming ever more popular, too. We recently announced a number of new flights from the UK.The city of Zadar, tucked away on the northern end of Croatia’s Dalmation coast, will be offered for the first time.Malta has also developed the quality of its hotels and is now seeing a resurgence, especially for couples. Sicily and Sardinia also have plenty of high-quality accommodation. What is your best value package deal for 2017?Seven nights’ B&B at the 5★ Real Marina Hotel and Spa Hotel in the Algarve … [Read more...] about Top travel bosses reveal the insider tips on the top holiday hotspots around the globe you’ll want to see and be seen in 2017
Amid preparations for a new committee on the future of the EU which may try to determine where Europe's frontiers should lie and how much further the bloc should expand, the EU Commission's annual progress report is set to chide Ankara for its lack of progress on reforms. Almost one year after the EU partially froze Turkey's membership talks, the report -- due to be released next week -- urges Turkey "to renew the momentum of political reforms" and states that "significant further efforts are needed in particular on freedom of expression, on civilian control of the military, and on the rights of non-Muslim communities." Turkey chastized on freedom of speech The EU suspended eight chapters of Turkey's 35-chapter EU negotiations package last year, citing Ankara's continuing blockade on traffic from EU member state Cyprus - which is illegal under an EU-Turkey customs agreement – as its main reason. Turkey has made "no progress on normalizing bilateral relations" with … [Read more...] about Turkey, Balkan States Lagging on Reforms, EU Report Says
Migrants cannot get anywhere if they do not register with the local authorities. On the island of Kos, they have to go through a great deal of trouble in order to obtain registration papers. In July alone, about 7,000 migrants arrived on the island , which can be seen with the naked eye from the Turkish coast, after making the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece in small inflatable dinghies. But they really want to go to the continent, to Northern Europe. Normally, about 33,000 people live on the island. At the moment, every fifth person is a migrant . Authorities have set up a registration center in the island's stadium to help cope with the crowds. In hopes of getting their papers, hundreds of people endure temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (85F) with no protection from the sun, no water, no food and far too few toilets. According to the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders, at one point there was no way of getting out of the stadium and many people climbed … [Read more...] about Greece: Migrants still struggle in Kos detention center
"I'd go there again any time.“ Bärbel Künzel just spent her vacation in Turkey this February. Neither the security situation nor political tensions stopped the 56-year-old Magdeburg native. She's a fan of Turkey. For the past six years she's regularly relaxed in Turkish resorts. What she likes about Turkey as a travel destination are: "the food, the weather, the beach and great value for money." Few tourists, but contented ones Tour operators tirelessly advertize affordable prices: "You get a lot of vacation for relatively little money, and our visitors continue to be very satisfied," says Kathrin Rüter-Pantzke, Öger Tours spokeswoman. By its own account, the company is the leading supplier of Turkish vacatons on the German travel market. Last year revenues from tourism in Turkey declined by almost 30 percent. Holidaymakers stayed away first and foremost because of fear of terrorist attacks. The slump continues in 2017, but it seems to be … [Read more...] about Will Turkey remain a tourist attraction?
Germany Captain Michael Ballack scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after Lukas Podolski was brought down by Azerbaijan captain Samir Abbasov. The underdogs bounced back and nearly grabbed an equalizer in the 37th minute, but Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler saved the close range shot by Mahir Shukurov. Super-sub Miroslav Klose came on for striker Mario Gomez and went on to bag two goals in the second half. Lukas Podolski got Germany's fourth in the 71st minute to seal the victory. The win means Germany go top of their group with 22 points from their eight games. They have the chance of qualifying automatically for the World Cup finals if they can beat Russia in Moscow on Oct. 10. Ballack said his side began strongly but then failed to make their mark. It wasn't until the second half that Germany’s game began to flow more. This was made easier when Azerbaijan's captain, Abbasov, was sent off. One last hurdle Gomez couldn't find the net … [Read more...] about Germany move step closer to South Africa 2010 after qualifier win
Reinforcement units of riot police were deployed to Kos as hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants spent Wednesday penned in at a sports stadium, queuing to register with authorities. Greek Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris said Wednesday that the government would charter a commercial ship with a capacity of about 2,500 people to host the arrivals process and provide refugees temporary shelter. The cruise liner-turned reception center would dock in the main port of the island. The mayor of Kos, Giorgos Kiritsis, had on Tuesday warned of "bloodshed" if the situation there worsened, after scuffles broke out when police officers moved thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants into a sports stadium. The officers used truncheons and fire extinguishing spray to prevent a stampede at the stadium entrance. They had been moving the refugees to the stadium from makeshift camp sites along the tourism hub's roads and beaches. About 1,000 people were reported to … [Read more...] about Greece pledges cruise liner, extra police to Kos amid refugee woes
In late 2010, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos excused himself just before he was scheduled to receive a submarine worth several hundred million euros on behalf of Greece. Venizelos may not have been in the mood to celebrate, given that Greece could scarcely afford such expenditures. Long endurance With the U214 submarine, holding company Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Essen, Germany has created a hot model for international buyers. Along with Greece, countries including Portugal, Turkey, Israel and South Korea have placed orders from TKMS. A deal with Pakistan, however, fell through. Berlin backing The submarines are vital to Germany's shipbuilding industry. With the manufacture of traditional freighters having shifted to China and South Korea, the subs along with cruise ships are one of the last pillars of Germany's shipbuilding industry. Since the construction of vessels in Germany is only profitable within niche sectors, TKMS has sold its civilian division to … [Read more...] about High-tech subs a last pillar of German shipbuilding
Greek businessman Andreas Andreadis has earned a reputation for bluntness. In recent years, he has given interviews praising German Chancellor Angela Merkel for putting pressure on Athens to reform. And he's been willing to rake Greece's veteran politicians over the coals. This summer, though, the hotelier and head of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has reason to sit back and relax. Preliminary numbers indicate tourism in Greece is flourishing more than ever, primarily thanks to foreign guests. "Our ambitious goal was to have 17 million visitors this year, and everything suggests that we have reached and maybe even surpassed this goal," said Andreadis, adding that such figures would represent an increase of more than 10 percent compared with 2012. Tourists on cruise ships have not yet been factored in. Furthermore, the Greek government is reporting that tourist revenue has already increased by 18 percent, Andreadis said. For the first time since the start of the … [Read more...] about Can the travel industry save Greece?
For the last 40 years, the Institute for Economic Research (IW) in Cologne has conducted surveys of trade associations' thoughts on the general state of German business, production, investment and employment for the coming business year. Over 40 industry organizations participate in IW's survey. "These industries do indeed represent the breadth of the German economy, and thus make annual comparisons possible," says IW Director Michael Hüther. If one compares the latest figures with those of the two preceding years, one could say that the image that emerges is like that of an enormous tanker that is maintaining its course. "It is not gaining any new momentum, but it isn't losing any either," Hüther tells DW. Hence, a cautiously optimistic picture for the coming year. Twelve associations certify that things will improve in their particular industry, 13 say that things will get worse. A similar balance can be seen with employment: 12 associations are counting on hiring more … [Read more...] about Smooth sailing for the German tanker