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Greece rejected asylum to 3 out of 8 Turkish officers who flew with helicopter after July coup

Greece has reportedly rejected asylum to three out of eight Turkish officers who landed in Alexandroupolis, Northern Greece, with a helicopter hours after the failed coup attempt on July 15th 2016. The refusal to grant asylum does not mean they the three officers will be extradited to Turkey. They have …

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Greeks lost confidence in their political system – No wonder….

Greece’s political system has undermined itself in the last years as the economic crisis brought on the surface all chronic diseases of a ststem that had an expiration date.  Ideologies have been abolished in a society that used to be highly politicized. Whether socialist (PASOK) or left-wings (SYRIZA) parties, they …

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Germany, France seek stronger EU defense after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation after Britain’s exit from the European Union, a document obtained by Reuters show. In potentially the biggest leap in European defence since the 1990s, Berlin and Paris are laying out ways for the bloc to rapidly deploy forces, with …

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Turkish helicopter violates Greek FIR and “patrols” 400-500ft over Kos

A helicopter of the Turkish Coastguard not only violated the Greek airspace, it also toured over the island of Kos in the Eastern Aegean Sea and flew as low as 400-500ft. According to Greek Defense Ministry, the helicopter entered the Greek FIR without permission at 7:10 am on Thursday. At …

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Turkish authorities arrest teacher and university professor fleeing to Greece

Turkish authorities arrested a teacher and a university professor, alleged supporters of Fetullah Gulen, as they tried to flee to Greece. The two are arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 10th 2016, as they were trying to reach Greece by crossing the Evros river on a inflatable …

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EU to release a €115-million aid package for NGOs dealing with refugees

Drop by drop, slice by slice, tranche by trance. Another package of the much-praised and anticipated aid for refugees and migrants in Greece is underway. EU Commissioner for humanitarian Aids and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced that a total of 115 million euro will be given to non-governmental organizations to …

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EU wants Greece, Bulgaria to jointly patrol borders, while member-states are 90% behind the relocation target

Greek and Bulgarian police are to start joint patrols along the Greek-Bulgarian and Bulgarian-Turkish borders in a bid to prevent undocumented migrants from continuing their journeys via the so-called Balkan Route. Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas discussed the matter with Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Rumiana Bachvarova during a recent visit to …

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Public poll: ND leads with 27.5%, SYRIZA follows with 17.5%

Main opposition party, conservative New Democracy has gained immense support when compared to the ruling left-wing SYRIZA. In a public opinion poll conducted by the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki for private Skai TV the results are: New Democracy 27.5% SYRIZA 17.5% Golden Dawn 7.5% PASOK 5.5% KKE 5.5% Centrists’ union …

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Lesvos: Violent clashes among young refugees & migrants in Moria hot spot

Violent clashes among young refugees and migrants broke out on Sunday night in the hot spot of Moria on the island of Lesvos. The clashes ended with the intervention of police and many injured youngsters. Five of them were hospitalized. According to local media, the clashes broke out Sunday midnight, …

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