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12.00 News in brief

A Eurogroup meeting is underway in Helsinki. Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will discuss a request for an early repayment of part of the country’s outstanding loans to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and will discuss Greece’s draft budget.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Staikouras will hold οne-on-one talks with Eurogroup head Mario Centeno and European Stability Mechanism chief, Klaus Reggling.

A fire broke out earlier in Chania, on the island of Crete, another one on the island of Chios and a separate in Marathonas, eastern Attica. No residencies are in danger.

The scheme of repaying debts towards Municipalities, in 120 instalments, has been extended until December 31st.

Alexis Tsipras travels to Thessaloniki today for the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair. Tomorrow he will address the public at the Velideio conference center. Dimitris Koutsoubas, the general secretary of the Communist Party, is also in Thessaloniki today, to address the 45th KNE youth festival.

The DUP leader in Scotland has refuted reports in the Times that the party is prepared to abide by some European rules after Brexit.

The newspaper said the DUP had agreed «to shift its red lines» as part of a new deal to replace the backstop.

Cloudy in Attica today with the temperature expected to reach a high of 30 degrees Celsius.

More news in brief at 1 o’clock.

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