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53.042 refugees in Greece – 14.797 in Attica

More than 53,000 refugees can be found all over Greece today, according to data of the Refugee Coordination Crisis Management Body. The new arrivals were just 68, while the total number of those who remain in the islands is 6.384. In Attica 14.797 are being hosted, of whom 4,720 in Piraeus. In Evia, Fthiotida and Larissa there are 2566 people, ...

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No flights to/from Athens on Thursday due to 24-hour union strike

No commercial flights will arrive at or depart from Athens International Airport on Thursday due to the participation of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees’ Unions’ (OSYPA) , which includes air traffic controllers, in a nationwide strike called by the country’s public sector union, ADEDY, to protest the government’s pension reform plans. On Monday, the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY) published ...

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Greek officials try to persuade migrants and refugees to leave the Port of Piraeus

Tensions flared at the Port of Piraeus, south of Athens, on Wednesday after authorities informed migrants and refugees who have for weeks found temporary shelter outside a passenger terminal that they will be transported to purpose-built camps near the capital. Several people held a sit-in protest at the dock demanding the opening of the country’s northern border. A protester threatened to ...

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The Greek debt is sustainable until 2022, says Economy Minister

Greek Economy Minister George Stathakis called “out of place” and “misleading” reports on an alleged “reversal of the Greek government’s position on the debt”. According to reports, Stathakis speaking on Tuesday at the Greek-German Business Forum organized by the Economist in Berlin has allegedly said that the Greek debt is sustainable until 2022 and the issue is its long-term sustainability. ...

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The Pope will visit Lesvos next week

The Standing Synod by Archbishop Hieronymus announced that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis would be making a joint visit to refugee hotspots in Greece on April 14 or 15, in an effort to send a global message of awareness on the refugee crisis. The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Athens & Greece, Hieronymus made the visit of ...

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FIFA delivered the final ultimatum to the Greek Ministry of Sports

The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) received on Tuesday the final letter of warning from FIFA that threatens the Greek football with suspension from all international competitions unless the government complies with its demands by April 15. The two-page letter that has a form of ultimatum to the Greek government consists in three main points: The international federation asks EPO and ...

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Piraeus port will be evacuated in the next days, Greek authorities assure

Greek authorities will start evacuating the port of Piraeus, which currently shelters about 4,800 migrants and refugees, by the end of the week, a government official has said. “The availability of decent reception areas will avert violent incidents,” Giorgos Kyritsis, a spokesman for a government refugee crisis committee said Monday. “We will not use violence. The people are being made ...

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The first migrants arrive at Dikili, as part of the Turkey-EU deal (video)

The first deported migrants from Greece arrived at Dikili in western Turkey on Monday, the first day of the implementation of the relocation agreement between Ankara and the European Union. A total of 202 migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were the first deportees, 136 from the Mytilene Port on Lesvos and 66 from Chios. The migrants arrived at Dikili ...

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The Panama papers scandal shakes the world

Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They show how the firm has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and avoid tax. The company says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing. The documents show 12 current or former heads of state and ...

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