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Azerbaijan 13-02-2020

Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor ‘almost ready’, says Azebaijan’s SOCAR

A 25-year supply contract has been signed with Italy, and the first Azeri gas is expected to start flowing before the end of 2020, said Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy vice president of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.

Greece to start setting up closed-type migrant camps

Greece will begin setting up closed-type camps for asylum seekers on its Aegean islands in March, the country's migration minister said Monday (10 February), in response to growing tensions over the migrants' current overcrowded facilities.
Global Europe 10-02-2020

Greek asylum to refugees ‘not indefinite’ and reversible: minister

Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday (9 February).

Greek plans floating sea barriers to block migrants

Greece's defence ministry published a call for tenders Wednesday (29 January) for the installation of a "floating protection system" in the Aegean Sea to stop migrants arriving from the Turkish coast.
Politics 28-01-2020

Greek PM expels MEP Zagorakis amid escalating football spat

Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has expelled MEP and former footballer Thodoris Zagorakis from the ruling New Democracy party amid growing tensions between the country's two football giants, Olympiakos and PAOK. But the spat over football could also spell some trouble for the government.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU to use revamped ‘Operation Sophia’ to enforce Libyan arms embargo

EU foreign minister decided on Monday (20 January) to revive a maritime surveillance mission in the Mediterranean to enforce a potential cease-fire in Libya and a UN arms embargo against the country’s warring parties. Meanwhile, the bloc is scrambling to...
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU sidelined as Berlin summit thrashes out shaky Libya ceasefire

World powers at a Berlin Conference on Sunday (19 January), attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, committed to end military support for the civil war parties and uphold an existing UN arms embargo.
Energy 03-01-2020

EU welcomes EastMed gas pipe deal as ‘one option’ to strengthen energy security

The European Commission has said the EastMed natural gas pipeline deal signed by Cyprus, Greece and Israel yesterday (2 January) is a “welcome development” but insisted on exploring further the cost-benefits of the different options.
Global Europe 31-12-2019

Turkey mulls sending allied Syrian fighters to Libya

Turkey is considering sending allied Syrian fighters to Libya as part of its planned military support for the embattled government in Tripoli, four senior Turkish sources said on Monday (30 December), with one adding that Ankara was leaning toward the idea.
Economy & Jobs 26-12-2019

Alarming low birth rates shut down schools in Greece

The growing decline of Greece’s population, due to low birth rates and emigration, has resulted in closures of schools and kindergartens across the country, Greek media reported.

Turkish parliament readying bill to allow sending troops to Libya

Turkey may need to draft a bill to allow for troop deployment to Libya and its parliament is working on the issue, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday (24 Decembrer), after Ankara signed a military cooperation agreement with Tripoli last month.
Energy 23-12-2019

Greece says EastMed pipeline deal to be signed on 2 January

The Greek government said Sunday (22 December) it will sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project with Cyprus and Israel next month that is designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

European rights watchdog: Greece is too lax against bribery

More work is needed by Greece to restore the ability of its criminal justice system to counter corruption, Europe's main rights watchdog said on Tuesday (17 December).
Global Europe 16-12-2019

Turkey raises prospect to send troops to Libya

Turkey moved closer to military support for Libya's internationally recognised government late on Saturday (14 December) when a bilateral deal that provides for a quick reaction force if requested by Tripoli was sent to parliament.
5G 04-12-2019

We welcome Chinese investment, Greece’s digital minister says

The Greek government is open to the idea of further Chinese investment into a range of public and private sectors, including in the field of telecommunications, the country's digital minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, told EURACTIV on Tuesday (3 December).
Economic governance 21-11-2019

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have "failed to put their finances in order" during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package.

Greece: Turkey needs to end ‘blackmail’ for migrant aid

Greece's migration minister said that Turkey needs to stop "blackmail" if it wants more EU aid, saying its loaded language had prompted a spike in movement toward Greek shores.

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy hotspots face ‘years of limbo’

Asylum-seekers crowded into "hotspots" in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday (13 November).
Future EU 22-10-2019

Skopje on fire as MEPs slam EU leaders’ failure to open accession talks

Postponing the start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a "serious mistake" and "grave error", European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs on Tuesday, as negative effects already started showing in the Western Balkans.

EU concerned at migrant wave triggered by Turkey’s planned Syria invasion

Germany warned on Tuesday (8 October) of a repeat of the chaotic influx of migrants that caught the European Union unprepared in 2015, while Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus sounded the alarm over a resurgence of arrivals from neighbouring Turkey.

Germany’s conservative interior minister now a ‘refugee saviour’

Today, Germany's conservative interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is travelling to Athens to prevent a situation like the 2015 refugee crisis to happen again. He is using the opportunity to work on his image as a 'problem-solver' and is even seeking Turkey's help. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Riots at Greek migrant camp after killer blaze

At least two migrants died on Sunday (29 September) in a fire at a Greek island refugee camp, with the blaze triggering rioting by angry residents.

Greek PM calls for new EU aid to Turkey to stop migrants

Greece's new conservative leader on Thursday (26 September) called for the European Union to commit more money to support Turkey to stem the rising flow of migrants.

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