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Greek contender for OECD chair Diamantopoulou withdraws candidacy

Former EU Commissioner and PASOK minister Anna Diamantopoulou announced on Monday she was withdrawing her candidacy in the race to become the next head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Diamantopoulou was one of three candidates left in the race. She posted on her Twitter account: I …

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European Parliament launches inquiry into Frontex & “violations of fundamental rights”

The European Parliament has launched an inquiry into “respect of fundamental rights” by the European Borders Agency Frontex. The new EP Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) formally began its work on Tuesday 23 February with the appointment of its Chair and a rapporteur, the EP said in a statement issued …

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European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency like Covid-19

The European Parliament voted a resolution last month, urging that the European values of democracy must prevail even in a state of public emergency like Covid-19. The EP warned against “abuse of power” and called on the EUropean Commission to step up its efforts by taking legal action where necessary. …

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Roma children excluded from distance learning during Greece’s lockdown

A complaint has been filed against Greece’s Education Ministry for ignoring the rights of Roma children during the lockdown and for their exclusion from distance education. The Greek chapter of Helsinki Watch has filed a complaint against Education Minister Niki Kerameos and deputy minister Sofia Zaharaki. Greek Helsinki Monitor filed …

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FRONTEX Chief urged to resign over pushbacks following EP hearing

European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri over an investigation in …

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Frontex launches internal inquiry into illegal pushbacks in the Aegean

European border agency Frontex has launched an internal investigation into press reports of alleged illegal pushbacks of migrants and refugees in the Aegean Sea. A relevant TV report broadcasted on Tuesday at German public broadcaster ARD not only displayed footage but also featured among others eye-witness accounts by Greek islanders …

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Greece calls on Germany, Spain, Italy for arms embargo on Turkey

Greece has called on Germany, Italy and Spain to impose an arms embargo on Turkey, citing Ankara’s recent provocative actions. Citing diplomatic sources, state-run news agency amna reports that Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has sent letters to his counterparts in Germany, Heiko Maas, in Spain, Arancha Gonzalez-Laya, and in Italy, …

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Greece asks EU Commission to suspend customs union with Turkey

Greece has asked the European Commission to consider suspending the customs union agreement with Turkey due to Ankara’s “continued provocations.” Citing diplomatic sources, state-run news agency amna reported on Tuesday morning that for this purpose Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has sent a letter to European Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi …

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“No more Moria”? Rainfall floods dozens of tents in Kara Tepe camp

Dozens of tents were flooded and large parts of Kara Tepe refugee camp on the island of Lesvos came under water after a strong rainfall on Thursday, an expected development as many people warned about from the very first moment the camp was set up. the European Commission slogan “No …

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Athens among EU cities demanding tougher rules for Airbnb rentals

Greek capital Athens are among an alliance of 22 cities from across Europe that urged the EU on Thursday to enact tougher rules on Airbnb and other short-term holiday rental platforms, accusing them of driving up property prices and squeezing out locals. Representatives from Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Berlin and other …

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Germany, Switzerland send humanitarian aid, Greece didn’t activate EU mechanism

Germany and Switzerland are sending humanitarian aid to homeless refugees on the island of Lesvos after the fire burned down the Moria camp that hosted over 12,000 people. Humanitarian aid weighing 1.2 tons is expected to arrive in Greece from Switzerland on Friday afternoon in order to be distributed to …

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