Thousands of refugees are stuck on Greece's border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, overflowing from a packed camp into the surrounding fields, as they wait for FYROM authorities to let them continue their trek through the Balkans.
Police say about 6,500 people are at or near the Idomeni border crossing, with another 500 moved to a hastily erected camp on a small concrete landing strip some 20 kilometres (13 miles) away.
Authorities let 300 Syrians and Iraqis in between 10 pm (GMT) Sunday and 3am (GMT) on Monday, after which the crossing closed.
is moving a naval group to the sea between Turkey and Greece, a major route for smugglers transporting asylum seekers to Europe, Stoltenberg said following a meeting of defence ministers at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, 02/11 Brussels
NATO intervention in Aegean operations to stop migration flows from Turkey to Greece was agreed in Brussels, while Greece was waking up on a national bereavement day, due to the Greek Navy helicopter crash in the Aegean Sea, with two crew members found dead and the third missing.
“Some Europeans may want to turn the country into a concentration camp or a warehouse for humans, which we will not allow”
Greek Defense Minister
said on Feb.5
“Greece has already
paid the price too dearly, much too dearly, in the midst of an economic crisis.” he said
“Europe might close the Borders to Greece, even after the country’s commitments are fulfilled”, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said in a tv interview on Monday evening, adding that
“they don’t hear us in Europe!” , referring to the EU-Greece talks on European and Greece’s external Borders protection.
Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kamenos announced on Tuesday that Greece has met its deadlines and commitment to EU to have the hot spots ready before February 18th,and that the four five hotspots were already functioning .
Spokesperson for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship of European Commission Tove Ernst, also, stressed at a press conference:. Go to story
Alexis Tsipras answered to Angela Merkel via phone call, on her way back to Germany from Turkey, where she visited for a second time in less than ten days. Through the international News, the Greek government had the chance to know, as official Greek government sources said, that Angela Merkel proposed to the Turkish Leaders the NATO ships patrols in the Aegean seas between Turkey and Greece. more
Majority of the 28 EU member states adopt the highly critical Commission’s report
that “Greece seriously neglected its obligations on external border control
and that there are serious deficiencies in the carrying out of external border controls that must be overcome and dealt with by Greek authorities,” Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told a press conference.
Ankara suggested the Greek Prime Minister's plane flying to Iran on February 6th, to land for refueling in Turkey instead of the Greek island Rhodes for which the Greek Air plan was suggesting, and then continue the journey with Ankara’s overflight permission Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos elaborated speaking to Greek Star TV answering to questions of Defense Reporter Paris Karvounopoulos.
The Germans, as well as several other EU countries have long been furious with the Greeks for allegedly simply waving the new arrivals through without registration and ID checks and setting them on the Balkan route to Europe January 29, 2016,moodhackerblog
@NikosKotzias : Out of question the Greece out of Schengen scenario
@NikosKotzias, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, said Frontex should deploy about 100 boats in the narrow stretch of water separating Greece from Turkey, the main launching pad for 850,000 refugees and migrants who reached Greece’s shores last year. Go to our News story for more
Hungary and Slovakia vs.Greece: "We have been saying all along that if the Greeks are unable to protect the borders of their country, we should jointly go down south and protect them"
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had said early enough since November, with his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico echoing the thought.
"Europe", Ioannis Mouzalas said on Monday Jan 25,
"has shortchanged Greece by providing smaller-than-promised numbers of everything, from cots and fingerprinting machines to border guards. "
He says Athens wanted 1,800 Frontex
officers, but has got only 800
go to our moodhackerblog story
The Greek Deputy Immigration Minister, Ioannis Mouzalas, told BBC’s Newsnight that the Belgian interior minister Theo Francken told him to
“drive them back into the sea; go against the law; I’m sorry, but I do not care if they drown.”. He also asked of a 300000 capacity refugees camp in Athens find that
No matter how many patrol boats are out in Greek waters, attempting to force a vessel of asylum-seekers back into Turkish waters is both illegal and dangerous, even in calm seas.
So unless a Turkish patrol stops a migrant boat and returns it to Turkey, there is little Greek or Frontex patrols can do once it has entered Greek territorial waters but arrest the smugglers, and pick up the passengers. or escort the vessel safely to land.
Alexis Tsipras said officially NO to Angela Merkel talking on the phone on Wednesday October 14, hours before the European Council for Migration, and while Turkey had gladly said Yes to joint patrols of Greek and Turkish Naval and Coastguard Patrols in the Aegean Tsipras said officialy NO to Merkel, insisting instead .
Instead of that the Greek Prime Minister insisted to ask the identification screening procedure of migrants and refugees to be held on the Turkish coast,
President of Democray of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos underlined the need for collaboration with EU countries and Frontex, butruled out joint Greek and Turkish patrols.
Focusing on Turkey, Pavlopoulos said the country needs to live up to its commitment to control the flow of refugees and especially economic migrants who leave from Turkey, “often with the cooperation of the Turkish authorities.”
He also noted the need to reactivate the readmission agreements.find that
The trafficking routes to the islands of Aegean and the smugglers’ methods, contacts and interfaces revealed a recent official Report of the Greek Police that is conducted by the cooperation of the Greek National Intelligence Service. According to the report, persons and contacts from Greece provide assistance to the Turkish smugglers and on time information as to successfully “synchronize” their movements to avoiding or verdge the Coast Guard patrols find that
The US president Bartak Obama agreed on a teleconference held on Monday Feb 22 with the three powerful leaders of Europe, German Chancelor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, and UK Prime Minuster David Cameron to be firmly committed to the Nato migration mission, noting the importance of Greece and Turkey working together and with the international community to ensure the mission's success." find more
Iraqi man arrest in #Athens airport with passport stolen by #ISIS
A 37-year old Iraqi who traveled from Istanbul to Athens with one of the false passports that were stolen by fighters of ISIS from Iraq, was arrested in El. Venizelos airport.
The Iraqi lives in Athens and is married to Greek woman, argued that he received the disputed passport in Athens by mail, having sent only his a photograph to Iraq ...
I saw the work of the Greek Coast Guard and the Greek border guards, I saw the Greek ships– more Greek ships than Frontex ones, by the way –, I saw the work they are doing in rescuing and welcoming the refugees.
Director General of the World Health Organisation Margaret Chan said: “The level of alarm is extremely high, for four reasons:"
“First, the possible association of infection with birth malformations and neurological syndromes. Second, the potential for further international spread given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector. Third, the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas. Fourth, the absence of vaccines.” More
Your example is one of civilization and humanity. Lesbos has been the “sleepless and tireless” guardian of Greek borders at a critical time for Europe“ said Prokopis Pavlopoulos visiting the island on November 8th, 2015, on the 103rd anniversary since the island’s liberation from Ottoman Turks. ” the President of Greece underlined.
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Terens Quick visiting Lesbos next to the President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos, met in Skala Sikamias village the LesvosYiayia , the emblematic figure that made headlines worldwide when she was captured by a photographer’s camera to feed a refugee baby
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