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Tensions with Turkey increase migration across Greece’s land borders

Refugee flows through Greece’s land borders have started rising again, causing frustration among EU and Greek authorities. According to UNHCR data, in April alone 2,900 people entered Greece via land passages at the borders of Evros River, mainly families from Syria and Iraq.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

The Brief: Solidarity on trial in Lesvos

Greece has suffered more than any other EU country during the turbulent last decade. While the Greek government’s mishandling was partly to blame for the eurozone’s turmoil, the country was rather the victim of the member states’ inaction during the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

Greece sends home Turkish citizen who ‘accidentally’ crossed the border

Greece deported to Turkey on Monday (7 May) a Turkish citizen who accidentally crossed into its territory last week, in a move the local press described as a goodwill message to Ankara, which still holds two detained Greek soldiers.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

The EU’s refugee crisis: Effective handling or botched up policy?

Dealing with the refugee crisis has proved to be an insurmountable task for Europe, due to the apparent lack of a coherent immigration policy and political indecisiveness. Europe's cohesion comes out shaken as a result, EURACTIV.gr reports.
Enlargement 25-04-2018

Athens calls on Hahn to stop ‘undermining’ Macedonian name dispute talks

European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (24 April) that Greece’s name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) could be resolved in the next 15 days.
EU-China 24-04-2018

OLAF suspects VAT fraud at China’s new gateway to Europe

European Union and Italian authorities are investigating suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Greece’s largest port of Piraeus, a trade gateway between China and Europe, officials said.

Far-right group attacks migrants on Greek island

A far-right group launched a violent attack overnight on migrants staging a sit-in protest on the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring around a dozen people, police said Monday (23 April).
Enlargement 12-04-2018

Macedonian government survives no-confidence vote

The Macedonian government on Wednesday (11 April) survived a parliamentary vote of no-confidence brought by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party over its handling of relations with Greece and Bulgaria.
Enlargement 06-04-2018

Kosovo conundrum looms large over Western Balkans summit

As Bulgaria prepares for a Western Balkan summit in May, seen by many as the centrepiece of its EU Council Presidency, Sofia has realised that not all its guests want to sit at the same table.
Development Policy 05-04-2018

Commission announces €180 million to support refugees in Greece

The European Commission has announced new funding of 180€ million for aid projects in Greece, including the expansion of an aid programme for refugees. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 03-04-2018

Greek soldiers are ‘political prisoners’ of Turkey, says Weber

Two Greek soldiers who have been held in a Turkish prison for about a month are “political prisoners”, according to the head of the European Parliament's largest group, Manfred Weber.
Health 30-03-2018

Greek court says e-cigarettes do not differ from traditional smoking

A top Greek court has decided that electronic cigarettes should have the same legal restrictions as traditional smoking does when it comes to bans in public places and advertising.
Global Europe 27-03-2018

Varna to become permanent venue for EU-Turkey talks

The Varna summit held on Monday (26 March) between EU institution leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to yield any notable outcomes. But Bulgaria's PM said the port city could become a permanent venue for future talks.
Politics 23-03-2018

The Brief – What to do about Article 42 as Greek-Turkish tensions escalate

“If a member of the European Union is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, other states have an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.”
Global Europe 23-03-2018

Greek minister: EU adopts ‘strongest wording ever’ vis-à-vis Turkey

EU's summit conclusions on Turkey adopted during the night of 22 to 23 March are the strongest ever as they explicitly urge Ankara to stop violating international law, Greece's Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 09-03-2018

Turkey jails 25 journalists as terrorists

An Istanbul court yesterday (8 March) sentenced 25 journalists to prison terms of up to seven and a half years over links to the group blamed by Turkey for the 2016 failed coup, in a mass trial of media staff detained after the putsch bid.
Enlargement 02-03-2018

The Brief, powered by PLATFORMA – The Merkel of the Balkans

Ten days ago Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev went to Mutti Merkel to seek her support in trying to untangle the eternal name dispute with Greece, a mess that has for many years prevented his country from joining NATO and starting EU accession negotiations.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2018

Hatzidakis: Europe cannot become better with less money

Less money won’t make Europe better, Kostas Hatzidakis, vice president of the main Greek opposition party, New Democracy (EPP), told EURACTIV Greece in an interview. He also stressed he would favour the Cohesion policy to focus on Europe's less developed areas and Financial Instruments to ensure less bureaucracy and more flexibility.
Politics 27-02-2018

Albania’s Cham population wants Greek apology for wartime expulsion

Albania's Cham community, expelled from Greece after World War Two, asked Greece on Saturday to apologise for what they called a genocide against them and permit them to return to the area in northern Greece from which they were removed.
Global Europe 26-02-2018

Ankara presses Prague to extradite Kurdish leader

The Turkish government wants the Czech authorities to extradite a Syrian Kurdish leader detained this weekend at Ankara's request to face terror charges in Turkey, it said on Sunday (25 February).
Electricity 20-02-2018

Greece’s private sector steps in to ‘upgrade and save’ public coal plant

Private companies have made offers to Greece’s public power company to environmentally upgrade and economically “save” a lignite power plant about to shut, as it falls foul of the EU’s CO2 emission standards.
Health 16-02-2018

Greek judges call for calm over Novartis scandal

The Greek Union of Judges and Prosecutors called for “calmness and sobriety” on Friday (16 February), following a lawsuit by former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras against Premier Alexis Tsipras and Prosecutor of Corruption Eleni Touloupaki over the Novartis scandal.
Enlargement 16-02-2018

Hahn ‘confident’ Macedonia name row settled by July

The European Union is "very confident" Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement said today (16 February).

Only 16% of asylum seekers in Greece to be sent to Turkey, despite EU deal

Only "16% of asylum seekers" who have arrived in Greece are likely to be sent to Turkey despite a controversial EU deal, the former head of Greece's asylum service said Sunday.