Refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border where a makeshift camp had sprung up near the town of Idomeni. The sudden closure of the Balkan route left thousands stranded. Credit: Nikos Pilos/IPS

Thousands of Minor Refugees Stranded Alone in Greece

ATHENS, Jun 9 2016 – Closure of the Western Balkans route has trapped tens of thousands of refugees heading to Central and Northern Europe in Greece, including many unaccompanied minors who either escaped from war zones after having lost their relatives, or were sent ahead in hopes of helping their families follow afterwards. While the…

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Πώς στήθηκε το EU-Turkey Plan

Βήμα-βήμα το μεγάλο παιχνίδι της καγκελαρίου στο προσφυγικό, σε Βερολίνο, Άμστερνταμ, Λονδίνο, Άγκυρα και Αθήνα. Στο φόντο, η νατοϊκή εμπλοκή. Στις 4 Φεβρουαρίου στο Λονδίνο, κατά τη διάρκεια συνόδου με στόχο την άντληση κεφαλαίων για τη Συρία, ο Ολλανδός πρωθυπουργός Μαρκ Ρούτε παρουσίασε στους κ.κ. Τσίπρα και Νταβούτογλου μια ριζοσπαστική πρόταση για τη διαχείριση της…

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New legal framework for financing actions related to refugee crisis in Greece provides for in-transparency

On February 21st the government passed a law for hastening its capacity of policy implementation. (Law 4368/2016) A last moment amendment submitted a few days before voting in the legislation has offered the Ministry of Defense the mandate to award contracts for infrastructure works, service provision, procurement of goods or leasing with third parties for…

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MEPs ask the Commission to further enhanced independence and monitoring of the Complaints Mechanism for human rights violations of the EBCG

Fourteen MEPs have submitted a question to the European Commission on 10 February 2016 questioning the status of the new Complaints Mechanism foreseen as a structure within the new European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG). The Complaints Mechanism will be responsible for accepting and examining complaints regarding possible violations of rights by EBCG officials during…