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Europol: at least 10K unaccompanied child refugees disappeared in Europe

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates. In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the …

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Greece’s strike week, Feb 1-5/2016

Overhaul of Greece’s pensions system and overtaxation are pushing thousands of Greeks to the streets, to strikes and work stoppages. The week from February 1st to February 5th 2016 is expected to be “the hell” especially in terms of transportation. The month will begin with farmers to continue blocking highways, …

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Greek police arrests two ISIS suspects with Swedish passports & machetes in their luggage

Two people suspected to have links with the ISIS have been arrested in Alexandroupoli town in Northern Greece, near the Greek-Turkish borders. The two men were holders of Swedish passports and had one machete and military uniforms in their luggage. One is of Yemen origin and one from Bosnia. The …

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Greece, Israel & Cyprus sign “historical” Cooperation Agreement on Energy

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades came together to Nicosia and signed a joint cooperation declaration that has been hailed by the three leaders as “historical”.  The three leaders pledged closer cooperation in seven fields: energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, …

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Protesting farmers distribute 50 tonnes of veggies & fruits

Fifty tonnes of oranges and other fruits and vegetables ‘disappeared’ within thirty minutes, when protesting farmers distributed them free of charge among residents of a underdeveloped district of Athens. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Farmers, vegetable growers and street vendors working in open markets (laiki) joined the protests against the …

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Simple formula: Germany wants EU’s external borders in FYROM to avoid burdening its economy with €10 bn per year

Alarmed by the press leakages about Greece’s expulsion from Schengen or the establishment of a 400,000-people camp in Athens, EU officials rushed to dismiss ‘the news’. EU sources told Greek private Star TV that “there has never been a plan to expel Greece from Schengen.” Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon …

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ESM Regling prepares ground for new loan: “Sooner or later Greek govt will be out of liquidity”

Odd. It’s normally German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who ‘announces’ plans for new Greek programs and additional loans. Apparently, this time, the Germans made an arrangement among themselves: That ESM chief, German Klaus Regling will bring the bad news. It’s logical, as Schaeuble tries to topple Chancellor Merkel and cannot …

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Surprise! Standard&Poor’s upgrades Greece by one notch to B-

Standard and Poor’s ratings agency has upgraded Greece’s credit rating by one notch to B- saying the country seems to be broadly complying with the terms of its latest international bailout. Nevertheless, the financially troubled country’s rating remains well within the junk, or non-investment-grade, territory. S&P said Friday that Greece’s …

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EP sets up working group to scrutinize Greece’s adjustment program

And Greece’s auditors, the Quadriga becomes…Quinquatria. The leaders in the European Parliament have today approved a proposal by the Liberal and Democrat Group to monitor and scrutinize the implementation of macroeconomic adjustment programmes in countries such as Greece. According to a press release, the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee …

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