Greece. According to
Countryaah, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis furnished his
government on October 24. By exchanging a number of veterans
with a large group of young reformers, he created a
government of 48 ministers - the largest so far under
Socialist Pasok. The government would especially devote
itself to the preparations for the Athens Olympics in 2004.
G. had earlier received international criticism earlier this
year for not having progressed far enough in the
construction of arenas and when it came to security
MP Vasilios Mikhaloliakos was injured in a bomb attack on
January 21. Mikhaloliakos, who belongs to the conservative
party ND, had just returned from a speech demanding tougher
terrorism. The police made their suspicions against the
terrorist group on November 17.
The presence of 450 peacekeeping Greek NATO soldiers in
Macedonia in August led to intensive diplomatic contacts
between G. and Macedonia, which has a lengthy dispute over
who has the right to use the name Macedonia.
Following the terrorist attacks against the United States
on September 11, G. vowed to support the US fight against
terrorism. But when the US began its war in Afghanistan, the
Greeks were by far the most US-critical residents of any
Swedish 17-year-old Calle Jonsson was arrested in July on
the island of Kos accused of knife-cutting a man. According
to his lawyer, the charges were based on testimony that
emerged after pressure from the police.
Twelve British and two Dutch citizens were arrested on
November 8 at a Greek military airport, where they devoted
themselves to watching aircraft, so-called plane mocking.
They were charged with espionage and risking 20 years in
prison, but were released on bail in mid-December.