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Valls: We will not accept blackmail from Turkey on the refugee issue

France will defend an “effective partnership” with Ankara on the issue of reception and accommodation of refugees next Friday at the European Union-Turkey summit in Brussels, but “there cannot be the slightest of extortions” by Turkey, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said today. Besides, this cooperation cannot “lead to any additional commitment for France”, stressed the head of the socialist government ...

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Angelina Jolie is visiting the refugees in Lesvos

With the status of Goodwill Ambassador of UNHCR United Nations for Refugees, Angelina Jolie is due to arrive in Lesvos. The aircraft, which will take Jolie to the island, will land at the airport “Odysseas Elytis” in the town of Mytilini. According to exclusive information of Lesvosnews.gr, the famous actress is expected to travel to the island very soon, even ...

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UN High Commissioner’s annual report is positive for Greece

Greece’s efforts to address the refugee crisis were praised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al Hussein in its annual report, who also referred to the negative impact of border restrictions and the condition in which refugees live. These statements of the High Commissioner are of particular value in view of the forthcoming Summit on 17-18 ...

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Three million refugees and migrants waiting to cross into Europe

Official figures indicate that recorded Syrian refugees throughout Turkey reach 2.587 million, while this number reaches 3 million if Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis take part in the account, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports. These huge numbers of people are waiting to get to Greece and then continue their trip to Europe. However, once the borders of other countries have been closed, ...

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J.D. Colompani: Some politicians in Greece have caused migration flows to Europe

Jean-Daniel Colompani, special advisor on immigration, talked about the burning issue of migration and refugee flows, which is currently holding sway throughout Greece and Europe, in the show “SKAI at 6” with Constantinos Bogdanos. Asked why the migration flows have increased so much in recent years since great wars in Iraq and Afghanistan broke out in the past, Mr. Colompani ...

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EU-Cuba relations officially appeased

The European Union and the Republic of Cuba signed Friday an agreement leading to the definite appeasement of their relations. The agreement paves the way for the full development of economic relations among the 28 countries – EU members and the small Caribbean island, still ruled only by the Communist Party of Cuba. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez was present ...

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Tsipras: “Europe translates sovereignty as it pleases”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talked about the different treatment prevailing in Europe of “28”, while at a meeting of European members of Radical Left and Ecology, entitled “Europe must change”, in Paris. He referred to the fact that the concept of sovereignty leads countries to close their borders against the common European rules and the refugee issue. At the same time, ...

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Schinas: “Greece must carry the burden of the refugee crisis”

Margaritis Schinas, spokesman of the European Commission, expressed the view that Greece should carry the burden of the refugee crisis. His exact words were the following: “All nations along the corridor of the Western Balcans should talk to each other instead of doing things to each other”. Asked if the European Commission shares European Council’s president, Donald Tusk, opinion that ...

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US Assistant Secretary of State toured the Idomeni camp

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has toured the overcrowded refugee camp at the Idomeni crossing on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Nuland met Thursday with local government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations to discuss living conditions at the site. About 14,000 people are camped in the mud at Idomeni, or housed ...

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Golden Dawn politician kicked out of European Parliament

An unprecedented event in the history of the European Parliament took place today, as a politician was asked to leave the session of the Plenum. Martin Schulz kicked out of the session of the European Parliament, Golden Dawn‘s politician, Eleftherios Synadinos. The reason behind this is Synadinos’ insertion regarding the refugee and migrant issue as he said that “as Ottoman ...

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