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Mar

Tusk – Tsipras – Merkel: “War of Words” about the Closure of Balkan Route

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The tweets posted by European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday evening triggered a war of words with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel also criticized “the closure of the Balkan Route” as unilateral actions.” Donald Tusk claimed that the closure of the Balkan Route was […]





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9
Mar

EUCO pres. Tusk: Closure of Balkan Route was a common EU28 decision

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The closure of the Balkan Route was a decision jointly taken by the 28 member states of  the European Union. This is what European Council President Donald tusk wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, adding that the closure of borders was not a “unilateral action” by the West Balkan countries FYROM, […]





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9
Mar

Golden Dawn MEP expelled from EP Plenary over racist remarks against Turks (video)

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Member of far-right Golden Dawn was expelled from the European Parliament on Wednesday, for racist remarks. European Parliament President Martin Schulz excluded GD MEP Eleftherios Synadinos from a plenary session, when the MEP in an unprecedented move used racist remarks against Turkish people. “Turks are like wild dogs,”  “dirty and […]





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9
Mar

Leftists occupy EU diplomatic representation over Refugee Crisis

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Members of Left Unity occupied the diplomatic representation of the European Union in downtown Athens. Their goal was to protest the EU policy that turns Greece into a huge refugee camp but also the policies of austerity. Former SYRIZA ministers Panagiotis Lafazanis and Dimitris Stratoulis were heading the group of […]





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9
Mar

The tragedy of Idomeni refugee camp (pictures)

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A refugee camp soaked in rain, sank in mud. It has been raining for the last two days and nights. More than 13,000 people, among them many children struggle for a piece of bread, a cup of hot tea, a pair of shoes, a dry t-shirt. Coughing and fever. Volunteers […]





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8
Mar

NATO mission in the Aegean launched, FRG-BONN in Turkish territorial waters (video Surveillance)

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NATO’s Standing Naval Mediterranean Force SNMG2 officially launched its patrols in the Aegean Sea on Tuesday morning.  News agencies report that the flagship of the naval force German FRG-BONN received the diplomatic permission by Ankara on Monday evening to enter Turkish territorial waters. FRG BONN is patrolling North-Est of the […]





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8
Mar

EU leaders play Dodgeball, while UN says “sending refugees back to Turkey is illegal”

Posted by in Very Mix

I have the feeling that everybody (Tusk, EU leaders, Institutions) is suffering from total confusion and is neither willing nor able to deal with the Refugee crisis and find sustainable solutions. They shake hands and pose for family photos and then go back to their countries proud of having stroke […]





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8
Mar

Eugrogroup: Dijsselbloem puts Greece’s debt relief on the table, Moscovici pretends to have no idea (video)

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This was certainly a surprise. Eurgogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem made an unexpected statement: that the issue of the Greek debt relief would start once the 3. bailout review is successfully concluded. This could happen sometime in April. Dijsselbloem’s statement was a surprise because Greece’s European creditors, that is German Finance […]





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8
Mar

Bargaining at EUCO bazaar: Turkey wins, refugees lose

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European Unions leaders needed 12 hours to buy the famous Turkish Carpet. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Brussels with a meter-long Wish List that he put on the table. Then… well.. we all know how a bargain in the bazar looks like: client asks for price, seller tells a […]





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7
Mar

Eurogroup: Did Schaeuble trade “at least 50K refugees in Greece” for “debt relief discussion”?

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Remember when we used to have these old record players and sometimes there was a problem with the needle and it would get stuck? The Eurogroup seems to have the same problem. Its needle sticks and it repeats the same thing again and again. After the meeting today, in his […]





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7
Mar

EUCO – Summit: Turkey’s fresh demands: €9bn, immediate opening of accession chapters, money to…

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It’s certainly the biggest day in the political life of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Aware that his country holds the key to the Refugee Crisis – and keep sending a thousand per day to Greece-, top bargainer of 2016, Ahmet Davutoglu plays with the European leaders the way he […]





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7
Mar
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EUCO Summit: Merkel against Balkan Route Closure for Refugees

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European Union Leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu share a working lunch on a long table. Main dish: The Refugee Crisis. But the full cannot understand the hungry. A block consisting of 8 EU countries insists that the EU Summit Conclusions clearly states that the Balkan Route will be […]





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7
Mar

10,000 Greeks donated a mountain of goods for refugees, while rich EU countries seal their borders

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Pasta, rice, biscuits, razor blades, tooth brushes, hygiene articles, drugs, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, raincoats, … estimated ten thousands Athenians passed by Syntagma Square on Sunday and brought bags full of goods for the refugees. “It was unprecedented, such a huge solidarity” the organizers of the action,  the Social Solidarity […]





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6
Mar

Turkey demanded “NATO replaces Greek islets names with …numbers!”

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We had seen it coming. That the NATO involvement in the Aegean would trigger anew Ankara’s appetite to bring back the focus on the so-called “Grey Zones in the Aegean”. And indeed. During the heated NATO talks last month about the deployment of the SNMG2 force aiming to stem the […]





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6
Mar

EU-Summit Draft confirms Greece’s Migration Minister: Balkan Route will be closed

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The European Commission has allegedly prepared a Draft proposal that the EU leaders will be called to sign tomorrow Monday in Brussels. “The European Union leaders plan to officially announce the Closure of the Balkan Route for refugees and the internal borders of Schengen for economic migrants.” According to an […]





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5
Mar

Merkel plays false & urges Greece to provide shelter for 50,000 refugees

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Greece needs to deliver quickly on its promise to provide accommodation for 50,000 refugees and the European Union should help Athens with this task, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a media interview published on Saturday. “Originally, Greece should have created 50,000 accommodation places for refugees by the end of […]





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4
Mar

European Commission gives Greece May 12 deadline to register all refugees & migrants

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Europe will set Greece a deadline of May 12 to register all migrants in an orderly fashion or face more border controls, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a German newspaper on Friday. The border controls could be extended if Greece would miss the deadline. In an interview with German […]





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3
Mar

Greece resists to IMF’s demands for further pension cuts

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Greece cannot accept demands from the International Monetary Fund to cut its pensions yet again in order to achieve a primary surplus target in two years, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Thursday. Athens has proposed an overhaul of its pension system to make the system viable by increasing […]





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3
Mar

Exhibition of German WWII atrocities in Athens Metro

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Rare photographic documents have been displayed in the Zappeion Hall and in nine metro stations in Athens. The exhibition with 360 historical photographs  runs under the auspices of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. The title of exhibition: “I don’t forget. A picture speaks a thousand words.” What do […]





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3
Mar

FinMin imposes “price cap” to 9 items to avoid refugees been ripped off

Posted by in Very Mix

A half liter of bottled water for 2 instead of 0.50 euro just because the client is a refugee? The left-wing government could not allow this. After several complaints that some sneaky businessmen have been charging double and triple prices to refugees and migrants, the Finance Ministry decided to put […]





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