Greece

    • Hundreds of migrants arrive on Lesvos over the weekend

      Hundreds of migrants arrive on Lesvos over the weekend

      Hundreds of migrants arrived on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos over the weekend and in the early hours of Monday, official figures showed. A total of 227 migrants landed on the island between midnight on Sunday and 9.30 a.m. on Monday, according to the police, with another 228 reaching Lesvos from neighboring Turkey on Saturday and Sunday.

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    • Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece is to step up border patrols, move asylum-seekers from islands to the mainland and speed up deportations in an effort to deal with a resurgence in migrant flows from neighbouring Turkey, news wires reported. A government’s unit convened on Saturday for an emergency session after the arrival on Thursday of more than a dozen boats carrying around 600 migrants, the first such arrival in three years.

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    • Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      The demands from Poland and Greece for reparations for damages from the Second World War meet in Germany to broad refusal, dpa reported. According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 68% of the citizens support the position of the Federal Government that the topic is politically and legally closed. Only 7% are in favour of negotiations with the two countries. 11% believe that an international court should decide on new compensation payments.

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    • Greece fully lifts capital controls

      Greece fully lifts capital controls

      Four years after the introduction of control of capital placed in banks, the Greek government announced last Monday the complete lifting of restrictions on capital movements, news wires reported. The move was presented in Parliament by PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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    • Greece to not assist Iranian tanker sought by US

      Greece to not assist Iranian tanker sought by US

      Greece said on Wednesday it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding the Iranian oil tanker sought by the US but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea. The statement comes after the ship's destination was declared to be the southern Greek port of Kalamata, where a vessel of that size and draught would only be able to anchor at least half a mile offshore.

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    • Greece's financial stability restored with EU support

      Greece's financial stability restored with EU support

      Today, 20 August, marks one year since Greece successfully concluded its European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme. The 3-year programme took a coordinated approach to tackling long-standing and deep-rooted structural issues that contributed to Greece experiencing an economic crisis and losing access to financial markets.

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    • Greece's government wins vote on economic policy

      Greece's government wins vote on economic policy

      Greece's newly-elected conservative government won a confidence vote late last Monday on its economic policy, which includes tax cuts and measures to speed up investments, news wires reported. The vote was held after a three-day presentation of the government’s goals. All 158 lawmakers of the ruling party approved the policy.

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    • Judge me not by my name

      Judge me not by my name

      He is coming from a well-known family with long tradition in Greek politics. His father was among the founders of the New Democracy conservative party and served as the country's PM in the 1990s. His sister served as Greece's foreign minister and mayor of Athens in the 2000s, and his nephew was recently elected mayor of the Greek capital. Yet, in the last years he was among the most underestimated politicians in Greece. Until last Sunday.

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    • Tsipras’ Syriza suffers major defeat in Greek local elections

      Tsipras’ Syriza suffers major defeat in Greek local elections

      In the second round of the regional and municipal elections in Greece on Sunday the conservative-backed candidates have won 12 of 13 of regions and captured the majority cities, confirming a trend seen in last week's first round as well as the EP election, news wires reported. PM Alexis Tsipras acknowledged the defeat of his left-wing Syriza party, saying one “must know how to win but also know how to lose.”

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