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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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Two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody are to be set free in the next hours

The two Greek soldiers, Mitretodis and Kouklatzis, in Turkish custody since March 1st are to be set free in the next hours. According to preliminary information, the unexpected move has surprised also the soldiers’ lawyers who were supposed to submit one more release request. Τhe news was first reported by …

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Turkish court rejects 6. release request for two Greek soldiers

A Turkish court has ruled to keep in custody the two Greek soldiers who were detained in Turkey on March 1st. It is the sixth release request the soldiers’ lawyers have submitted. So far no charges have been pressed, the Greek soldiers remain in high security prison in Edirne, North-Western …

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Bazaar conspiracies: Turkey’s FM claims “the West put pressure on Greece” against 8 servicemen extradition

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused “the West” for having put pressure on Greece to not extradite the 8 Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed coup of July 2016. In an interview with state news agency Anadolu, Cavusoglu said  the Greek Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister …

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Turkey rejects 4. request to release the two Greek soldiers

For one more time, Turkish authorities rejected the request to release the two Greek soldiers in custody for the 111st consecutive day and without charges. Lieutenant Aggelos Mitretodis and non-commissioned officer Dimitros Kouklatzis were taken to the court of Edirne from the high security prison in the same area. they …

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ESM postpones release of €1billion bailout tranche for Greece

The board of directors of European Stability Mechanism did not approve the release of one billion euros sub-tranche for Greece on Friday. The board of ESM reportedly requested more data about the arrears of the Greek state to the private sector, ERT TV reported. The board of directors is expected …

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Turkish court rejects 3. release request by the two Greek soldiers

A Turkish court rejected the third release requested submitted by  the lawyers of the two Greek soldiers in custody in high security prison for 55th consecutive days. For the time being the prosecutor has not raised charges against the soldiers who accidentally entered into Turkish soil on March 1st. The …

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EU Parliament calls on Turkey to immediately release the two Greek soldiers

The Plenary of the European Palriament has compiled a motion for a resolution “on the violation of human rights and the rule of law in the case of two Greek soldiers arrested and detained in Turkey.” It calls for the Turkish government to immediate release the two Greek soldiers and …

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UPD Two German journalists detained for entering military zone in Evros

Two German journalists were detained for entering a military restricted zone near the border village of Praggi close to the city of Didymoteicho. The journalists of state broadcaster ARD were detained by Greek military on Friday afternoon and were taken to police station of the city where they remain. The …

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Ex director of Dunant hospital, Martinis, released after 15 months in custody for health reasons

The former director of Henry Dunant hospital and ex head of Greek Red Cross, Andreas Martinis, was released from custody after 15 months. The corruption prosecutor has ordered his release for ‘health reasons’. Martinis is not allowed to leave the country and has to report to police station twice a …

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€31.5-Billion Bailout Tranche for Greece to be Released in November?

 This is a news coming through the indirect way: Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras allegedly briefed representatives from Municipalities that any discussion on economic demands could take place after the Troika report and the release of the bailout tranche in November. Costas Askounis, president of the Central Union of Municipalities …

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