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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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Truck concert, crowding outside PM’s residence angers Greeks amid lockdown

A concert on a truck initiated by the Mayor of Athens and the crowding outside the Prime Minister’s residence amid lockdown have angered Greeks who have been complying with the anti-coronavirus measures for over a month. Singer Alkistis Protopsalti and some musicians on the back of a truck toured the …

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Ankara furious at Turkish-Cypriot leader Akinci criticizing Syria Operation

Turkey’s vice president condemned Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for having criticized the operation in Syria. In a post on his Facebook account Akinci wrote “we call it Operation Peace Spring, yet it is not spilled water, but blood.” Akinci’s posted triggered an outrage in Turkey. “I condemn [Mustafa] Akinci who …

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EU-Turkey Deal leading to short-sighted and dangerous migration policies

The European Union’s deal with Turkey to return “irregular” migrants has led to policies and practices in Greece that are short-sighted, ineffective and dangerous, 25 organizations including Oxfam said on Thursday, ahead of the deal’s third anniversary on Monday. In an open letter to European leaders, they said that as …

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Transparency Int slams Eurogroup practices, “small states not protected”

There is “no real progress” in attempts to make the Eurogroup more transparent, a member of the Dutch parliament told EUobserver. “We are not making any headway with this file,” said Renske Leijten, MP for the socialist party. Almost a year ago, Leijten travelled to Brussels with two fellow Dutch …

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Fire Service leadership under fire for Athens wildfires as blames fly around

Twelve days after the deadly wildfires in Athens and the list of errors apparently committed by Greek authorities is seemingly getting longer. Fire Service, Police and Regional Government are throwing responsibilities about the tragedy with 87 dead in East Attica on 23. July 2018 on each other. Based on fire …

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“If you love Greece, help us get rid of Alexis Tsipras and his zombie party” says ex SYRIZA MP

“If you love Greece, help us get rid of Alexis Tsipras and his zombie party,” write former SYRIZA MP and Parliament Speaker in first left-wing government, Zoi Konstantopoulou. In an op-ed posted in UK’s The Guardian, the ex comrade accuses Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and her former party that they …

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Public administration is inadequate, trapped in a mass of laws, says Greek Ombudsman report

Public administration is inadequate, trapped in a mass of laws, and occasionally vengeful to the average citizen,the Greek Ombudsman said in its annual report submitted to Parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis on Monday. the report focuses on chronic issues of the Greek public administration. In reviewing 2017, the report focused on …

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EU Ombudsman probes work of EASO in Greece’s hotspots

The European Ombudsman European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights will examine practices by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) at “hotspots” (reception centers) in Greece. The move comes in response to a complaint about the inadmissibility decisions taken under the EU-Turkey agreement. The complaint was filed by ECCHR with …

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Merkel says she is wary of Greece’s over dependence on China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wary of business over-dependence on China. She is especially concerned about the Chinese investments in Greece where Cosco has been winning the cream of the cream in public privatization tenders. In an interview with German weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Merkel said Europe needed to be wary about …

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