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Germany warns of “possible arrests” during traveling to Turkey

The German government has tightened its travel advice for Turkey, warning of possible arrests, after officials in Ankara denied accreditation to foreign journalists – some from Germany – without offering a reason. It was only last week, when the Turkish Interior Minister, Suleiman Soylu, warned that foreign tourists, journalists, academics …

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German FinMin Scholz to block €970mn for Greece at Eurogroup

German finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) plans to block the release of 970 million euros for Greece at the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Monday. According to an internal memo of the German Finance Ministry obtained by daily Handelsblatt, the Eurogroup should postpone its decision [for the money release] at …

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“Greece & Poland should join forces for WWII Reparations” says German historian

Greece and Poland should join forces also with other countries and demand together WWII reparations from Germany from damages they suffered during the Nazi occupation. “Germany has an obligation to pay,” says German historian Karl Heinz Roth who has also published a book on the German WWII debt to Greece. …

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End of an Era: Angela Merkel says she will step down as Chancellor in 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would not seek re-election as party chairwoman and that her fourth term as chancellor would be her last, heralding the end of a 13-year era in which she has dominated European politics. Merkel, 64, has been chairwoman of her conservative Christian Democrats …

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Official dinner for Steinmeier with War Reparations on the Greek menu

Greece’s war reparation demands from Germany are “legally active and judicially enforceable,” President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos said in his address at the official dinner held in honor of visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender. Pavlopoulos said that Greece’s demands were not unilateral or …

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Steinmeier in Athens to hear about War Reparations even if Berlin rejects claims

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Athens on Wednesday with his luggage full of  nicely ironed and folded “Neins.” Steinmeier is considered to be a friend of Greece but when it comes to WWII reparations by the Nazis Berlin has a clear and steady position. Hours before the German president …

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Germany tells Greece “Nein” to freezing of further pension cuts

Germany says Nein to freezing of further pension cuts and calls on Greece to stick to the reforms path as agreed in summer with the completion of the third bailout program. It was the press office of Chancellor Angela Merkel that sent the dry message following a question by Greek …

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German police smash traffickers’ ring using fake Greek visas for residence permit

German authorities allege that a number of Indian nationals sought residency in Germany using falsified Greek visas and fake marriage certificates claiming they had Romanian brides. The key suspect faces serious charges. Authorities allege that a number of Indian nationals sought residency in Germany using falsified Greek visas and fake …

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Belgium to pay €222mn to Greece in SMP profit return from Greek bonds

Belgium will pay a total of 221.8 million euros to Greece in the context of profit central banks made from Greek bonds, Belgian business newspaper L ‘Echo reports. The money is from the ECB and EZ central banks Security Markets Program. “In the midst of a crisis, the European Central …

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Germany ordered a robot comment on Greece’s Bailout Program Exit

All Greece’s creditors added their spice and herb to the August 20 celebration sauce. Except Germany. Berlin chose to keep low profile and refrained from joining  the European fanfare. Instead, the master of the eurozone and the merciless judge and ruthless accountant came forward with a statement even the technocrat …

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UPD 2000 migrants to return to Greece as Athens Berlin reach agreement

Berlin and Athens have reached an agreement that will allow Germany to return asylum seekers to Greece, a German Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Friday. The agreement will extend to asylum seekers registered in the Eurodac system the spokesperson said. “We have reached an agreement with Greece, the interior ministries …

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F-16 escort Condor DE69 to emergency landing in Chania due to bomb threat

A Boeing 753 of Condor Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Chania airport on the island of Crete on Thursday night. There was information that a bomb was on the plane. 281 people on board and the crew have been evacuated. Condor flight DE69 was flying from the tourist …

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German-Greek deal on refugee returns advancing but not easy

Talks between Germany and Greece on a deal for refugees returns are fairly advanced, said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, highlighting that an agreement with Italy still has some time yet. “We are in the process of negotiations,” she said during a joint press conference she gave in Berlin with …

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German Parliament approves €15bn disbursement for Greece

The budget committee of the German Parliament approved on Wednesday the disbursement of the last loan installment for Greece. Berlin has blocked the disbursement of 15 billion euros in July after the Greek government had announced the postponement of  Value Added Tax hikes for five islands hit by the migration …

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ESM approves “in principle” €15bn bailout tranche to Greece

The European Stability Mechanism said that it has approved “in principle” the disbursement of the €15 billion to Greece. Ignoring the approval by 18 eurozone member state, Germany blocked the last bailout tranche at the Eurogroup on Thursday, expressing reservations about a fiscal hole of 28 million euros that will …

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