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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… »

26.10.2017

Journalists on strike in Greece – Pressenza strikes in solidarity

Journalists on strike in Greece – Pressenza strikes in solidarity

Greek journalists have just finished a 2 day strike; the 4th such strike within a year. Journalists and editors went into media silence on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with the idea that no news should be broadcast via the radio or TV and that no newspapers would be published… »

24.10.2017

Not to be forgotten: refugees still need us

Not to be forgotten: refugees still need us

By Aris Telonis for DiEM25. Winter is coming and the most vulnerable populations will experience it the hardest. Especially refugees, who are essentially trapped in misnamed “hotspot” camps throughout the Greek islands, living under cruel conditions with scant medical and mental help, meagre food and other provisions and inadequate… »

12.10.2017

Open the islands – No more dead from cold

Open the islands – No more dead from cold

Solidarity groups and organizations call for urgent action as winter is coming for refugees in Greece. Over 40 solidarity groups and organizations are calling for urgent action from the Greek local and national authorities to prevent more refugees from dying in the cold as winter sets in once again. They… »

11.10.2017

European Central Bank made almost €8bn from Greece’s financial crisis

European Central Bank made almost €8bn from Greece’s financial crisis

The European Central Bank (ECB) has profited handsomely from its holdings of Greek government debt, according to a document seen by the Financial Times. A written response to a request from a Greek MEP showed the bank collected €7.8 billion in interest payments between 2012-2016 on Greek sovereign bonds acquired… »

29.09.2017

Schäuble leaves but Schäuble-ism lives on

Schäuble leaves but Schäuble-ism lives on

By Yanis Varoufakis for DiEM25. Wolfgang Schäuble may have left the finance ministry but his policy for turning the eurozone into an iron cage of austerity that is the very antithesis of a democratic federation, lives on. What is remarkable about Dr Schäuble’s tenure was how… »

28.09.2017

DiEM’s ‘Greek New Deal’ presented in Patra – Greece’s third-largest city

DiEM’s ‘Greek New Deal’ presented in Patra – Greece’s third-largest city

DiEM25 and its co-founder Yanis Varoufakis were well received in the city of Patra in Western Greece. The “Royal” theatre was packed with people who were keen to hear about DiEM25’s “New Deal for Greece”. In his speech, Yanis noted that: “The MoUs have made all… »

20.09.2017

The Eurozone is ‘bouncing back’? Tell that to the people of Spain and Greece

The Eurozone is ‘bouncing back’? Tell that to the people of Spain and Greece

EU citizens living under squeezed financial circumstances could be forgiven for wondering whether European Commission President Juncker was having a joke at their expense when he spoke recently about how Europe’s economy is finally bouncing back. After a tumultuous decade triggered by the global financial crisis… »

04.07.2017

20th antiracist festival in Athens

20th antiracist festival in Athens

Our country is all the earth. This was the slogan of the 20th antiracist festival that took place the past three days (30/6, 1-2/7) in Athens. Traditionally many organizations and civil movements take part in this celebration that hosts political and social discussions, events, music stages and food from different… »

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