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Greece attempts to build “axes of malice” with EU, claims Turkey

“Greece attempts to build axes of malice against Turkey,” the Forieghn Ministry in Ankara claimed on Thursday, obviously angry about the visit of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell at the Evros border on Wednesday. Turkey fumed about the visit and the statements made by …

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UNHCR calls on Greece to investigate pushbacks allegations at sea, land borders (videos)

Greece vehemently rejects media reports often accompanied by footage, on collective pushbacks of migrants and refugees in the Aegean Sea. As as such reports have been increased, United Nations organization like the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN’s International Organization for Migration(IOM) call on Greece to investigate …

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EU calls on member states to open borders for non-EU nationals on July 1

The European Unions is calling on member states to open borders to travellers from outside the bloc as of july 1, 2020. European countries have gradually begun to lift internal border restrictions, put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now the European Commission is urging members of the …

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UNHCR criticizes Greece over evictions of 9,000 recognized refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed deeply concerned over the eviction of some  9,000 recognized refugees from camps, hotels and apartments. Stressing that for many the exit from organized accommodation is premature, the UNHCR calls on the Greek government to implement accommodation and labor schemes and increase …

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EU proposes travel ban on non-EU nationals to be extended till June 15

The European Commission has proposed to Schengen countries and Associate countries on Friday to extend a restriction on nonessential travel, i.e. travel ban on non-EU nationals for another 30 days, until June 15, 2020. Although several countries are slowly starting to ease restrictions, the situation remains “fragile” across the globe …

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Mandatory vouchers for cancelled flights due to pandemic is against the EU law

Thousands of air travelers are sitting on their unused tickets and have to take pleasure on vouchers without right to claim for refund, even if they will never make the flight they had once booked for whatever reasons. The majority of airlines withhold reimbursement and offering credit vouchers or a …

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12 unaccompanied migrant children left Athens for Luxembourg

A group of 12 unaccompanied children from overcrowded camps on Greek islands left for Luxembourg on Wednesday morning. Eight children are form Syria and four four from Afghanistan. Nine of them were in identification and reception center on the island of Lesvos, two on Chios and one on Samos. The …

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Olympic Flame Lightning event in presence of few dozens due to coronavirus

The Olympic flame started its trip to Tokyo after its lighting at the stadium in the archaeological site at Ancient Olympia. Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, speactactors were excluded form the event and around 100 people were able to attent it. The event took place in the …

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Germany sends 1 helicopter, 20 policemen to boost Frontex in Greece

Germany is dispatching to Athens one helicopter and twenty police officers to boost the guarding of the Greek-Turkish border, the German Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.  The police officers will join the EU’s Frontex border control force in Greece, where another sixty German police officers are already posted. Two German …

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“Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum applications,” says UNHCR

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country …

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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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EU opens window for reduction of Greece’s primary surplus targets

The European Commission is believed to be supportive to the reduction of Greece’s primary surpluses, EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said during a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is Athens on Thursday. “I believe that the European Commission is certainly supportive of the start of this discussion. The decision …

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Greece updates action plan against coronavirus

Greece has updated its action plan against the coronavirus outbreak although no such an infection has been recorded in the country. “Prevention is the best measure,” Health Minister, Vassilis Kikkilias, has said. HE did not rule out that the virus would not reach the country. a Based on the latest …

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75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, says Greek Migration Minister

75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, Greece’s Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Tuesday adding that if the Afghan migrants are transferred to the mainland  they will have no right to be returned to Turkey. In a meeting with EU Migration Commissioner Yiva Johansson, Mitarakis pointed out …

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