In Greece, a wildfire of ‘Me Too’ allegations singes the cabinet

Athens, Greece – The Greek MeToo movement lit by Olympian Sofia Bekatorou is becoming a wildfire that now burns uncomfortably close to the government. Culture minister Lina Mendoni faces opposition calls to resign after two men accused the National Theatre director she appointed of raping them when they were barely adults. Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras […]

In Greece, an Olympian leads the ‘Me Too’ movement

Athens, Greece – For 20 years, Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou’s rape quietly smouldered. But despite struggling constantly with her experience, during that time she became one of the most decorated athletes in Greek history, had two children and completed a degree in psychology. “I couldn’t reconcile it with my character. I couldn’t forgive […]

Europe’s battered tourism industry sees little respite in 2021

Holiday nights in Italy, Spain and Greece fell by at least 70 percent last year, European data show, with 2021 shaping up to be another quiet year. Across Southern Europe’s tourist hotspots, all they can do is get ready and hope. Vaccinations for the coronavirus are being rolled out, but it’s going to be months […]

Lesbos: Child mental health crisis brews in refugee communities

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities. Lesbos, Greece – Laleh*, an eight-year-old Afghan girl, is one of the thousands of children who live in the new, temporary camp on Lesbos, which was established in the wake of a devastating fire that destroyed the notorious Moria camp last September. She is […]

‘Starting from zero’: In Greece, women refugees forge new careers

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities.  Athens, Greece – In recent years, Greece has become a focal point for refugees into the European Union, but many of the women who have arrived are portrayed by the media in a stereotypical manner. They are seen in traditional roles – as mothers, […]

‘We’re afraid’: Greek plan to police universities panics students

Athens, Greece – University students in Greece are preparing to fight an education bill they say will harm freedom of expression on campus. The conservative New Democracy government wants to create a new police force for universities, empowered to arrest and charge those considered “troublemakers”. Although campus police would not bear firearms, they would be […]

Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

BRUSELLS: The European Union will meet AstraZeneca executives on Monday to seek further clarification on why they unexpectedly announced a large cut in supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc for the first quarter of the year, EU officials said.AstraZeneca, which developed its shot with Oxford University, told the EU on Friday that it could […]

Greece and Turkey resume maritime talks

Athens, Greece – Greece doubled its western territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) – the maximum allowed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS. The law added 13,000 square kilometres to Greece’s sovereign domain – equivalent to 10 percent of its land. “The […]

Greek MPs approve extension of territorial waters in Ionian Sea

The move comes days before Greece and Turkey resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims in the Aegean Sea. The Greek Parliament has overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country’s territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a few days before long-estranged NATO allies Greece and Turkey resume exploratory talks […]

Months after historic trial, Golden Dawn leaders evade justice

Athens, Greece – Last October, the biggest trial of Nazis since Nuremberg concluded as Golden Dawn, the neo-fascist group which once held 18 seats in the Greek Parliament, was found guilty of forming and running a criminal organisation. Giorgos Roupakios, a party member, was also found guilty of murdering 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-racism campaigner […]

Turkey says maritime talks with Greece to resume on January 25

NATO military alliance members at odds about limits of their continental shelves, energy rights, air space and status of some islands. Turkey and Greece will resume the suspended exploratory talks about territorial claims in the Mediterranean Sea and other issues on January 25 in Istanbul, Turkey’s foreign ministry said. Plans for talks last year foundered […]

Surviving in the ruins of Moria

Moria, Lesbos – Khalil Amuri, 28, is rooting around the burned-out metal structures of the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, pulling out copper cords from wiring boxes, his palms black and scraped from the sharp fragments he collects. He wears a green T-shirt coated in soot, ash, oil and smoke, jeans […]

Annus horribilis: Key Greek-Turkish developments in 2020

2020 has been the most acrimonious year for Greek-Turkish relations since 1974. Here, we review the key events that led to the fallout: January 2: East Med pipeline deal signed Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to build the Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline that will carry natural gas 1,900km from the Eastern Mediterranean basin to […]

Analysis: A turbulent 2020 spurs Greece to rearm

Athens, Greece – France is completing the sale of 18 Rafale jets to Greece ahead of January, when French defence minister Florence Parly is to visit Athens to sign it. The sale will make Greece the first European client for the advanced plane, in a deal valued at 2.5bn euros ($3bn). It is Greece’s first […]

Greece: Activists, journalists decry crackdown on protests

Athens, Greece – Concerns have been growing in recent months about the restrictions and bans placed on protests in Greece, as well as the treatment of protesters, journalists, and lawyers at the hands of the police. In July, as the coronavirus pandemic remained a threat, the Greek parliament passed a bill restricting protests – including […]

Greece Wants Him in Prison. Instead, He’s in the E.U. Parliament.

The party’s support eroded as the criminal case against it unfolded, and in the July 2019 election it lost all of its seats in the Greek Parliament. But shortly before that contest, Mr. Lagos ran successfully for the European Parliament, and then started his own party along the same extremist lines as Golden Dawn. Of […]

Greek police detain dozens to stop march in memory of slain teen

Students, trades unionists and politicians tried to defy coronavirus-related ban to pay tribute to 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was shot dead by police in 2008. Police in Greece’s capital have detained dozens of people who defied a coronavirus-related ban to take part in the annual commemoration of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by […]

France leads push for EU sanctions on Turkey

France is leading a push for European Union sanctions on Turkey next month to follow through on a threat made by the bloc in October, but has yet to win support from EU governments beyond Greece and Cyprus, officials and diplomats have said. Paris says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not heeded EU leaders’ […]