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EU foreign ministers agree on new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign ministers announced on Monday a new operation in the Mediterranean Sea to enforce uphold a United nations  arms embargo on Libya that is routinely flouted. The foreign ministers said on Monday that they have agreed to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean Sea to enforce a United …

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Construction work resumes on St Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

Work has started again on the moribund St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center although it likely won’t be visible for another month. The Minnesota company fabricating the exterior screen for the long-stalled project was paid $5.7 million and has resumed working on it, Michael …

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ECHR ruling gives green light to push-backs at EU’s borders

In an unprecedented ruling the European Court of Human Rights gave green light to push-backs at European borders. In its ruling on February 13, the ECHR ruled that Spain committed no violation when it expelled migrants trying to force their way onto EU territory by scaling fences in a North …

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“Asylum procedures reduced to 24 days,” says Greece’s Migration Minister

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said that examination of asylum applications has been reduced to 24 days as of January 1 and for the new arrivals in 2020. He stressed that the government’s goal is to have procedures conclude in three months. The Greek government has given priority to asylum-seekers …

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MEP Lagos penalized for tearing up Turkish flag during EP debate

The European Parliament penalized Greek MEP and former member of the far-right Golden Dawn party, Giannis Lagos for tearing up a paper copy of the Turkish flag during a debate in the EP last month. For using insulting language and tearing apart a national symbol, Lagos will lose seven days …

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Dead baby found at Patras beach – Mother identified UPDs

The body of a baby was found at the Plaza beach in Agya by the city of Patras, western Greece, on Wendesday. The infant was found by a walker who immediately called the authorities. It looked as if the body was washed ashore. The baby’s age was initially estimated to …

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Islands against requisition: Legal measures, “guard teams”, protests

Municipalities on the the islands of Lesvos and Chios decided to take counter-measures as they categorically reject the government plans to requisite public and private properties and land in order to construct the new migration centers. The Regional government went even further and cut the dialogue with Athens. In emergency …

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“Of Humans and Mice”: Dramatic situation in the hotspot of Chios

A health bomb is about to explode on the island of Chios where 6,700 refugees and migrants live in despicable living conditions in a reception and accommodation center with capacity for just one thousand people. Humans and mice live close next to each other with garbage piling up next to …

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Police arrests Greek extremists acting like “raid battalion” in Moria village (UPD)

Police on the island of Lesvos has arrested seven Greek extremists who were conducting street and house to Greeks and foreign nationals in the village of Moria. All members of the so-called “control squad” or “raid battalion” were wearing helmets and holding bats when they arrested on Thursday night. All …

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Moria residents occupy public building, asylum seekers stage new protest

Locals are angry, asylum seekers are exhausted. Both groups have reached the limits of their patience. Residents of the village Moria symbolically occupied the building of the General Secretariat of the Aegean & Islands Policy on Tuesday morning as a response to the unprecedented incidents and protest by asylum seekers …

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Moria asylum seekers stage protest, set fires, police fires teargas

Clashes between Moria asylum seekers and police erupted outside the town of Mytilini on the island of Lesvos on Monday morning, when approximately 2,000 people set to march to the port. Police fired teargas and sound flares against the men, women and children protesters. On their part, the asylum seekers …

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Macron: “France supports Greece & Cyprus, condemns Turkey’s challenges”

“France supports Greece and Cyprus in terms of respect for their sovereign rights, condemning Turkey’s challenge of these,” President Emmannuel Macron said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday. “We repeated our concerns and condemned unequivocally the Turkey-Libya agreement,” …

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Migration influx has subsided, both on land and sea, says Greece

Migration influx has subsided both on land and sea, Greece’s government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Saturday. He attributed the decrease with better border guarding and accelaration of asylum procedures. During his visit to the city of Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece, Petsas emphasized the strengthening of the police force and …

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General strike on Aegean islands as locals protest migration policy

All activities stand still  on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Leros as the public and private sector are holding a general strike to protest the government policy on migration and the continuous flows of refugees and migrants. Local residents and authorities and business owners have joint the strike. …

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Turkish Coast Guard rams boat with Syrian refugees (video)

A video shows a vessel of the Turkish Coast Guard trying to ram boat full with refugees. One sees how the Coast Guard is pushing against the bow of the of the migrants’ boat. Women and children are being heard screaming, several passengers raise their arms signaling that they surrender. …

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Greece’s “priority is to reduce migration flows,”says Migration Minister

The government’s priority is to reduce migration flows to the Eastern Aegean islands, new Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Sunday while visiting islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. The new Migration Minister visited Samos and Lesvos in order to ease locals’ reactions to the planned closed accommodation …

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