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Closed centers on Greece’s islands to “operate in parallel” with hotspots

The Greek government plans to operate the pre-departure centers on the five Aegean islands in parallel with the existing reception centers (hotspots.) This is said in a letter by Minister for Citizen Protection to the European Commissioner for Human Rights. In November, the Greek government has said that the hotspots …

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Greek Helsinki Monitor sues ex PM Samaras over “racist” statements

The Greek Helsinki Monitor has filed two lawsuits against former prime minister, Antonis Samaras, and current Shipping Minister, Yannis Plakiotis, for “spreading false news on racist motives and public incitement to discrimination and hatred against refugees.” The lawsuits refer to a speech by Samaras at the New Democracy congress on …

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EC Vice: Europe either shows solidarity on Migration or stops being Europe

Europe will either show solidarity on the migration issue or ceases to be Europe, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said on Sunday, at the New Democracy (ND) party’s 13th congress in Athens. Speaking of the migration issue, the Greek Commissioner said that the country was holding its own in …

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UNHCR chief Grandi says Europe must do more for Greece and refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sent a message to Europe to do more for Greece after his visit to Kara Tepe refugees’ camp on the island of Lesvos on Wednesday. Grandi said that Europe should do more for Greece which is part of the European Union adding …

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Greece among the 9 EZ countries compliant with Stability & Growth Pact

European Commissioner Vice President Valdis Dobrovskis slightly opened the window for a possible decrease of primary surplus targets for Greece. “If we see clearly positive trends in debt sustainability analysis, this can be reflected in the primary surpluses, as these two are closely linked,” he said in Brussels on Wednesday. …

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Six Greek products to benefit from EU-China trade deal

For the first time, Greek products have been granted protection as a geographical indication (GI) in China, following the signing of the country’s trade deal with the European Union. The EU-China trade deal was finalized on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and was signed today by EU Commissioner for Agriculture and …

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Moscovici: The crisis had Greeks suffer, not the austerity

EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has described as “socially brutal” the austerity policy implemented in Greece during the bailout agreements. However, he blamed the economic crisis for the austerity and not the other way around. “It was not the austerity and politics of the troika that made the people suffered, …

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“Greece’s fiscal gap for 2020 to be reduced,” says Moscovici

Οutgoing European Commissioner for Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, expressed his confidence that the fiscal gap for 2020 would be reduced and this will open the way for the disbursement of SMP-ANFAs form the European banks profits. The Greek government proposal to allocate these funds for investment is being considered, he …

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Greece desperately seeking to halt refugees and migrants flows

Greece is desperately seeking to halt the refugees and migrants flows and intensifies its contacts with Turkey and the European Union. Migration Policy Minister, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, is meeting with the Turkish Interior Minister and high ranking officials of the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on Thursday. A delegation of the EU …

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Germany to help Greece tackle increase of migrants on the islands

The German government says it is closely watching as the number of migrants reaching the Greek islands has seen a jump. Government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said the increase in migrants coming to the islands by sea “needs to be taken seriously.” But she also stressed Friday that the latest arrival …

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Turkey rejects EU claim on increasing number of migrants in Greece

Turkey’s interior minister on Tuesday refuted recent claims about the increasing number of migrants from Turkey to Greece and said “if the EU was concerned about Turkey as much as Greece, the problems may be solved.” Suleyman Soylu’s remarks came at a joint news conference ahead of a bilateral meeting …

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Novartis scandal: Prosecutor drops probe into BoG governor Stournaras

A prosecutor dropped the probe into governor of the Bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras, after finding no evidence linking him to claims by the former government in connection with the Novartis bribes scandal. The shelving Thursday of a legal suit against him involving Swiss drugmaker Novartis, officially ended a “brazen …

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EU Commission hails one year Greece without bailout agreement

The European Commission has hailed the one year anniversary of Greece successfully concluding stability support programme. In a statement issue don Wednesday, the Commission said: Today marks one year since Greece successfully concluded its European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme. The 3-year stability support programme took a coordinated approach …

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EU countries send fire fighting aircraft for Evia forest fire

Spain and Italy sent fire fighting aircraft to the forest fire on Evia after Greece submitted a request at the European Civil Protection on Tuesday European Commissioner Christos Stylianides who is visitng Athens on Wednesday estimated that according to his experience as Commissioner and the wildfires he saw in many …

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Eurogroup and the EU tell PM Mitsotakis to “stick to the commitments”

The new Greek government has not yet sworn in and the country’s lenders, the Eurogroup, sent a clear message to new Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis: He has to stick to the commitments of the previous government. Eurogroup chief Mario Centeno warned that “commitments are commitments and if we break those, …

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