2015 in Greece

The following lists events that happened during 2015 in Greece.




  • January 3 – Former Prime Minister George Papandreou announces the formation of a new party, Movement of Democratic Socialists, threatening to push the long-dominant PASOK under the election threshold.[1]
  • January 5 – A Libyan warplane bombs a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored offshore the city of Derna, killing two sailors, one Greek and one Romanian. The Greek government condemned what it called an "unprovoked and cowardly" attack and demanded an investigation and punishment for those responsible.[2]
  • January 17 – Greek anti-terror police arrest four people in Athens in alleged relation to the January 15 failed terrorist plot to kill police officers in Belgium.[3]
  • January 25 – A legislative election takes place to elect all 300 members to the Hellenic Parliament in accordance with the constitution. The formerly ruling Greek conservatives concede the election. Preliminary results indicate that SYRIZA will fall just short of an absolute majority. Eventually SYRIZA takes 36.34% of the votes.
  • January 27 – The First Cabinet of Alexis Tsipras is sworn in (two-party coalition of SYRIZA and ANEL).



  • June 11 – NERIT shuts down and is replaced by its predecessor, ERT


  • August 20 – The prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigns.[6]
  • August 27 – Vassiliki Thanou is sworn as caretaker prime minister to lead the country until the end of the snap elections scheduled for 20 September.



  • November 17 – The 6.5 Mw Lefkada earthquake shook the area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong), killing two and injuring four.


  1. ^ "Former Greek PM unveils new party". 4 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Libyan warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead". 5 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Belgium deploys troops, arrests in Greece". 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Cargo ship with 22 crewmen hits rocks on Greek island". Associated Press. 11 February 2015.
  5. ^ "First Greek Presidential Ballot Results Elect Prokopis Pavlopoulos".
  6. ^ "Tsipras resigns, paving way for snap Greek election". reuters.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015.