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Global Europe 16-06-2020

EU to coordinate request for NATO’s participation in Libya mission

EU foreign minister met on Monday (15 June) with their US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, amid a widening transatlantic rift over Israel and requests from some member states to step up cooperation on Libya.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Independent report unveils flaws in Greek bailout

Eurozone creditors who designed and supervised Greece's bailout paid “insufficient attention” to the Greek social needs, had inadequate strategies and pursued damaging fiscal adjustment in the bailout programmes agreed with Athens, an independent evaluation concluded

Greece prolongs confinement of migrant camps ahead of tourism re-start

Greece has extended confinement on overcrowded migrant camps by two weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile, the country is also preparing to resume tourism, which is essential to its economy. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2020

Greece ‘more than sea and sun’, says PM in tourism launch

Greece is "more than just sea and sun," the country's PM said Thursday (4 June) as a campaign was launched to resurrect its tourism-dependent economy from the coronavirus lockdown.
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Turkey vows more support to secure gains in Libya conflict

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Thursday (4 June) to ramp up Turkey's support for its ally in Libya to lock in recent military gains, and promised joint exploration for oil at sea following talks in Ankara ahead of a potential ceasefire push.
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.
Energy 04-06-2020

The Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition

The EU's Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition and prioritise Europe’s coal communities where the cliff-edge is fast approaching, writes Niklas Nienaß.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
Global Europe 25-05-2020

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied Evros river border strip

Greece on Sunday (24 May) dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.
Politics 02-05-2020

Greek workers defy ban to mark Labour Day

Greek workers and students wearing masks and gloves lined up outside parliament to commemorate May Day, defying a government ban on movement imposed to fight the coronavirus.

EU asylum policy: In search of solidarity in times of coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, health and financial policies, in particular, have increasingly become the focus of the EU's solidarity debate. But what about EU asylum and refugee policy? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 22-04-2020

Coronavirus hits migrant hostel as Greece plans to ease lockdown

Dozens of migrants, including many single-parent families, accomodated at a hostel in southern Greece tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday (21 April) as the government prepared for a gradual easing of a broad lockdown from 27 April.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

‘Coronabonds’ vs ‘Recovery bonds’: Where does Germany stand?

While German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed the idea of 'coronabonds', German MEPs from her own political faction have spoken out in favour of 'recovery bonds', a position that could weigh heavily on the EU summit next Thursday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 17-04-2020

Member states must comply with asylum laws despite COVID-19, says EU

Regardless of the COVID-19 crisis, the registration and processing of asylum applications must continue and member states must comply with asylum law, the European Commission warned in a recommendation published on Thursday (16 April).

Greece to move migrants out of congested island camps

Greece will this month begin moving hundreds of elderly and ailing asylum seekers out of congested island camps to protect them from the coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Thursday (16 April).
Coronavirus 07-04-2020

COVID could turn Moria camp into ‘ticking time bomb’, aid organisations warn

The Greek authorities have largely sealed off Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos to prevent a coronavirus outbreak as massive restrictions apply to its approximately 18,000 inhabitants. Aid organisations are raising the alarm about the conditions in the camp. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Greece quarantines second migrant camp after COVID-19 case confirmed

Greece has quarantined a second migrant facility on its mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for the new coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Sunday (5 April).

Poland, Hungary and Czechia broke law over refugees relocation system, EU court rules

Poland, Hungary and Czechia failed to fulfil their legal obligations under EU law when they refused to participate in the relocation system for refugees in 2015, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (2 April). 

‘Are we in Greece?’: Migrants seize their chance in Europe quest

The thousands of migrants at the Kastanies border town between Turkey and Greece are desperate to reach Europe and furious with Greeks who "won't open the gates".

Greece to restrict migrant camp movements in virus measure

Greece has said it is placing migrant camps across the country on a two-week shutdown to visitors to ward off the new coronavirus. “Visits (to camps) by individuals and organisations are suspended for at least 14 days,” the migration ministry...
Languages & Culture 15-03-2020

Papal Easter events to be held without faithful attending, Vatican says

All of Pope Francis’ Easter services next month will be held without the faithful attending due to the coronavirus outbreak, Vatican said on Sunday, in a step believed to be unprecedented in modern times. The services, four days of major...
Coronavirus 12-03-2020

Greek PM preaches science to Orthodox Church on coronavirus

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Prime Minister, urged the Orthodox Church yesterday (12 March) to observe scientific recommendations when it comes to public gatherings as authorities step up measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Greece denies report of secret ‘black site’ for migrants near Turkish border

The Greek government dismissed on Wednesday (11 March) a report in The New York Times that it was holding illegal migrants who cross the border from Turkey at a secret "black site" where they are denied access to lawyers and cannot file asylum claims.

Erdogan vows to keep border open, compares Greece’s response to the Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday (11 March) he would keep Turkey's border open for refugees until the EU had met all his demands, while comparing Greece's response to the crisis to the Nazis.
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