Greece to sell 30% Athens airport stake Sep 12, 2019 0 238 12345 AFPAthensGreece will seek a buyer for a 30-percent stake in Athens International Airport, the finance minister said on Wednesday, amid a privatisation push by the country’s new conservative government.“We will proceed with the sale of a 30-percent stake held by the Greek state in Athens International Airport,” Christos Staikouras said in a tweet after a government meeting on the issue.Greece’s main airport registered 24 million passengers in 2018, including 16.4 million international travellers.The Greek state currently has a 55-percent stake in the airport, with the remainder in the hands of private shareholders including German airport managers AviAlliance.Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is a key shareholder in AIA, through AviAlliance.Greece has been selling state assets since the start of its economic crisis a decade ago. The new conservative government, elected in July, has made privatisations a priority to create jobs.The Greek state privatisation agency TAIPED on Monday said it has divested some eight billion euros ($8.8 billion) in public assets since 2011.In February, TAIPED had extended the airport’s operational lease by 20 years to 2046 for just over 1.4 billion euros. RELATED ARTICLES Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits Sep 12, 2019 0 382 Embattled Trudeau launches federal election campaigning in Canada Sep 12, 2019 0 1522 Brexit in chaos after court rules PM’s suspension of parliament was unlawful Sep 12, 2019 0 275 Poland suspends parliament’s session until just after election on October 13 WARSAW: Poland’s parliament will be suspended at the close of business on Wednesday until after an election on October 13, its speaker said, prompting opposition lawmakers to accuse the right-wing government of .. Britain intercepts 21 migrants in English Channel London: British authorities on Wednesday intercepted two small boats in the English Channel carrying 21 migrants, one of whom required hospital treatment, the latest in a spate of attempted crossings. The operation .. UK to let foreign students stay two years after graduation post-Brexit London: Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom .. US backs proposed $6.5 bn sale of 32 F-35 Lockheed jets to Poland REUTERS WASHINGTON The US State Department said on Wednesday it had approved a proposed sale of 32 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets worth $6.5 billion to Poland. In April, the Pentagon told Congress it was .. German Chancellor Merkel still sees ‘every chance’ of orderly Brexit BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Britain could still leave the European Union with a deal but if that proved not to be the case then Berlin was prepared for a disorderly Brexit. “We still have .. Climate activists hope to bring US capital to standstill on Sept 23 WASHINGTON: Environmental groups, including Extinction Rebellion, said on Wednesday they plan to shut down traffic in Washington, DC, on September 23 and bring daily life to a standstill to demand action by US .. Portugal condemns ‘dictatorship museum’ proposal LISBON: Portugal’s parliament voted on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the hometown of the late dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar to open a museum dedicated to his New State regime after complaints from former political .. Trump looking at five ‘highly qualified’ people to replace security adviser Bolton REUTERS WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering five “very highly qualified” people to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser. Speaking to reporters at the White House, ..