Aegean Airlines on June 30 officially became the 28th star of the international airline alliance Star Alliance, which brings together 4,000 aircraft carrying around 600 million passengers worldwide.

Addressing the ceremony, Jaan Albresht, Star Alliance's chief executive, praised Aegean's business spirit and competitiveness along with the excellence of its services. "Aegean is the flagship airline in Greece," he said.
The Greek non-governmental organisation Green Project (GP) specialises in what it calls "energy tourism."
Created by volunteer scientists and artists, with the purpose of "forging environmental consciousness through artistic creation," the initiative is supported in large part by the Goulandris Natural History Museum, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the City of Athens as well as UNESCO.

This project is officially titled "Cape Town to Athens, from the Waterways to the Energy Routes." With Cape Town already in focus as one of the 2010
Greek-Australian Stan Skafidas is the man behind the latest biomedical invention - the world’s first bionic eye.
Currently the head of research at Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Melbourne, Skafidas’ research interests include high-speed mixed signal and radio frequency micro-electronics, wireless power transfer, and neural interface circuits.

Skafidas says this invention will cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness in first-world countries. "This collaboration between

The Cyclades island complex in the Aegean is a popular destination for foreign and Greek tourists alike.

Small islands, traditional villages and towns, sandy beaches and lots of … cultural events every summer!
  • Andros Island - Exhibition @ Goulandri Museum
"I mind myself a wanderer in a world rapidly growing smaller" has said the American-Japanese sculptor, Isamu Noguchi whose work is being showcased at the Goulandri Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros island until September 26.

The museum will host 76 artworks, 42 sculptures and 34 sketches, as well as a series of photographs depicting
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Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas was on a two-day visit (June 28-9) to Paris where he met with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and gave a speech at theInstitut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), titled "Practicing Foreign Policy in times of economic crisis: the case of Greece and the EU."

Kouchner and Droutsasdiscussed all issues concerning bilateral cooperation, as well as regional and international affairs, focusing especially on developments in the Western Balkans, and the Cyprus issue, Turkey’s EU accession course, the humanitarian situation in Gaza
Greece bowed out of the FIFA World Cup 2010 after a 2-0 defeat to Argentina on June 22, which marked the end of the first round of the tournament.

Despite their defeat, Greece managed to contain Argentina and Lionel Messi for the best part of 80 minutes and even threaten their opponents a couple of times.

On June 23, coach Otto Rehhagel announced his departure after nine years that, among others, saw Greece making it twice to the finals of the European championship and even winning of the Euro 2004 (photo).
He is to be succeeded by Portuguese coach Fernando Santos.
  • Analysis of Competition Policy
The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) is holding its Fifth Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) which is taking place in Chania, Crete, from June 25 to July 9. The 2010 CRESSE conference will focus on "Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation.”

The CRESSE Summer School brings together many leading economists and legal experts in competition and regulation policy, from over 25 distinguished EU Universities, as well as from law practices, authorities and economic consultancies.
  • Fava…Ice-cream
The island of Santorini has recently officially received a "Protected Designation of Origin" for its famed fava bean from the EU, which is now designated as "fava Santorinis."

The fava bean has been growing on the volcanic island for more than 3,500 years, according to historical sources, and the local housewives have developed a plethora of ways for cooking it. The most recent addition to Santorini's fava recipes is fava ice-cream. This is an ice-cream like no other, as it is not sweet but salty, and as such is not served as a desert but as an appetizer. And, naturally, it
A Streetcar Named Desire
Isabelle Huppert will be playing Blanche DuBois, in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski that will be presented at Pireos 260, Stage H, from July 2 to 5, as part of the Greek Festival.

Peter Stein’s Demons
Tieffe Teatro and Wallenstein under the direction of Peter Stein present Demons, adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, at Pireos 260, Stage D, on July 3& 4, in a mighty eight-hour production about passions and corruption at a time of crisis.
Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch’s group, Tanztheater