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News from the Pressenza Bureau in Athens, Greece

From utopia to necessity

Here we post the words spoken by Pía Figueroa – co-Director of Pressenza – on the occasion of the presentation of the Greek edition of Silo’s book Letters to my Friends in Crete: “Thank you goes to my Greek friends for…

Two day summit of EU leaders on refugee issues

Here’s the joint statement released at the time 109 NGOs from networks across Europe met concerning EU and refugee issues. Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration…

Close calls: We were closer to nuclear destruction than we knew

Jan Oberg writes: Leaders are very good at telling us that this or that group or country is a threat to us. And how good they are at protecting us citizens by their – military-based – “security” and “defence” policies. This…

Idomeni: Blank faces of people who are losing hope

The rumor had been spread over the past 20 days concerning the final decision for the evacuation of Idomeni. In the meantime the Greek Ministry of Health carried out a voluntary vaccination campaign in cooperation with NGOs that are dealing…

Palestine in the Media: A call for light and hope in the darkness

Pressenza was invited to participate in the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication that took place on May 18-19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Our representative, Marianella Kloka, was given the opportunity to address with a short speech the audience,…

Athens City Plaza Hotel Squat: will solidarity prevail?

It was a hotel closed by the Greek authorities and the company management was declared bankrupt. The winding up of the business is still pending in order to pay back both salaries owed to the employees and rent owed to…

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

On their own initiative, social organisations both inside and outside Greece are attempting to overcome the confusion and the violations of international treaties caused by the joint statement of 28 EU leaders with Turkey on the 18th of March 2016.…

Refugee crisis 2016: Awaiting Greek legislation to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal

The deal between the European Union and Turkey agreed on the 18th of March is based on a cloudy European and international legal framework. The text uses a fairly vague way of describing people who come into European territory, playing…

Refugee crisis 2016: 410 people drowned or missing in the Aegean

The UNHCR have published figures for the first two months of 2016, giving details of some 138,280 people who came by sea to Greece and Italy, 36% of whom are children while 410 deaths or missing people in the Aegean…

Refugee crisis: People’s safety or border security?

The latest developments at a local and international level to address the refugee crisis in a successful way have triggered many concerns in those who are actively involved with the issue and also in civil society. Refugees and migrants travelling…

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