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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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Erdogan, Obama discuss security issues

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday assured his Turkish counterpart of American commitment to the security of Turkey, a critical ally in the fight against the Islamic State group. In a Thursday night meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington, Obama and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed their strategies against IS extremists, according to the ...

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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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Asylum requests will be processed quicker, Greek Defense Minister says

Alternate Minister of National Defence Dimitris Vitsas, who is in charge of coordinating Greece’s management of the refugee flow, said that all procedures pertaining to asylum requests would be sped up and examined within the space of a fortnight. “Asylum requests will have to be examined within a week – and there is international help for this purpose– and administrative ...

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