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Tsipras wrote to Lagarde, asking for explanations on IMF leak

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde over the weekend after an alleged conversation between two of the organization’s senior officials discussing the Greek bailout was leaked. WikiLeaks published on Saturday the alleged transcript of an exchange Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF’s European department, and Delia Velculescu, the IMF mission chief in ...

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Greek Parliament activates EU’Turkey deal

Greek parliament approved in principle on Friday a bill on migration activating the EU-Turkey deal and allowing the return of refugees to Turkey as of Monday, with 169 votes in favor and 107 against. Twenty four MPs were absent. SYRIZA, ANEL, the Democratic Coalition and Potami voted in favor of the bill, while New Democracy, Golden Dawn, the Communist Party ...

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Greek government reacts to Wikileaks publication

Following the Wikileaks publication of the talks between the IMF’s director of European Department Poul Thomsen and the head of IMF’s mission to Greece Delia Velculescu, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a meeting with senior Ministers at his office on Saturday morning, including Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias. The PM also contacted the President of ...

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Wikileaks reveals Thomsen-Velculescu talks on Greek review

The publication of a leaked transcript of a conversation that is alleged to have taken place between Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF’s European department, and Delia Velculescu, the IMF mission chief for Greece, has been the focal point in the government’s agenda over the last hours. The discussion, according to Wikileaks, between the three IMF officers appears to ...

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Controversial Belgian curator of Athens Festival has resigned

Officially it has not been confirmed by the Greek Ministry of Culture. But Belgian artist Jan Fabre, the controversial curator of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, told a Belgian newspaper that he has submitted his resignation. The Greek Festival curator triggered a storm of reactions when he decided to exclude Greek artists from this year’s Athens & Epidaurus Festival and ...

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Refugees and migrants protest over EU-Turkey deal

A group of around 500 refugees and migrants reportedly left a detention center on the island of Chios and headed to the island’s port on Friday. According to reports, the refugees and migrants cut a hole in the wire fence and exited the detention center in small groups. On Thursday evening three people were injured in the camp in clashes ...

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Clashes between refugees broke out in Chios

At least three people were wounded in clashes between refugees in the Greek island of Chios Friday, as authorities ponder taking drastic measures such as evacuation to deal with the recurring problem. Police said people from various nationalities were involved in the dawn clash, with some wounded so badly in the head and legs that they had to be transported ...

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Greek government plans to decongest Piraeus port and Idomeni camp

The construction of new hosting areas aiming at decongesting Idomeni and Piraeus port was discussed at Friday’s meeting of the Refugees and Migration Policy Government’s Council chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximou mansion. According to sources, top priority was given to the port of Piraeus in order to be again functional before the beginning of the Easter ...

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Greek Alternate Minister for Migration meets with delegates in Geneva

Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas had a series of meetings with officials representing countries affected by the refugee crisis during the UNHCR Conference on Refugees in Geneva. Mouzalas met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary ...

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