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09.07.2019

Greece: New self-reliant right wing government – The Golden Dawn out of the Parliament

Greece: New self-reliant right wing government – The Golden Dawn out of the Parliament

The new Parliament, as it emerged from the results of the 7th July elections in Greece, consists of six parties. This time, the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is out of Parliament and this is a victory for the 58% of the electorate that went to the polls. The conservative right… »

13.06.2019

What is the recipe for preparing a nonviolent revolution?

What is the recipe for preparing a nonviolent revolution?

The following notes are the result of an effort to present a synthesis of the commonalities of the different global movements that have occurred in various parts of the world between 2011 and the present. They were written with the help of members of 15M, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy, Indignés… »

01.05.2019

A shameful bureaucratic development in 2016

A shameful bureaucratic development in 2016

(This is the translation of a story originally published by Greek national daily Efimerida twn Syntaktwn (EFSYN) on 17 March 2019) In May and June of 2016, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) carried out a survey in Turkey for people from Syria and… »

08.02.2019

Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests

Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests

The new report of Corporate Europe Observatory, called “Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests”, warns about the power that corporate lobbies have in influencing decision-making in the EU. Member states play a hugely important role in EU decision-making, but too often… »

09.12.2018

Brussels to raise investment walls against China

Brussels to raise investment walls against China

By Leonidas Vatikiotis[1]. The European Union is preparing to close the door to China in the New Year, copying US President Donald Trump’s economic policy. In particular, as Bloomberg has revealed, intensive negotiations have long been going on between the European Parliament and European governments to legislate… »

25.07.2018

Fires in Greece

Fires in Greece

Fire in the Gerania mountains. (Picture by Pressenza) For the last 48 hours, wild fires kept burning different parts of Attica. So far, the country mourns 84 victims and the number of missing persons is still high. People’s fortunes were destroyed, and animals were burned while the fires went by the… »

02.07.2018

21st Antiracist Festival of Athens in pictures

21st Antiracist Festival of Athens in pictures

“A three-day celebration for hearts of light in times of darkness.” The 21st Antiracist Festival of Athens was held this year on June 29 and 30, and July 1. The festival was full of concerts of Greek and immigrant groups from various parts of the world and was accompanied by… »

02.07.2018

Brief reflection on June 2018 EU summit conclusions on migration

Brief reflection on June 2018 EU summit conclusions on migration

By Apostolis Fotiades In general terms the Council document is re-enhancing the commitment of EU to address issues related to migration and refugee influxes with a policy mix of externlisation, tough border controls and criminalisation of actors that obstruct EU imperatives. In most cases the text is vague and… »

22.11.2017

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching. Conditions on… »

02.11.2017

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

It’s less than a month from today since solidarity groups, NGOs and refugees started to scale up their opposition to what continues to be the reception conditions for asylum seekers on Greek islands in the North-East Aegean. Learning from the lessons of last winter, when we witnessed people living in… »

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