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ATHENS — Greek authorities call them migrant pre-removal facilities, but they look more like prisons. Many of the residents are locked up not for committing a crime, but rather simply for trying to get asylum in Europe. For this, they say they’re held months, packed scores to a room, and often beaten. “We didn’t have […]

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The Greek authorities must launch an immediate investigation into instructions allegedly given by the Greek Chief of Police that irregular migrants must be detained for as long as possible to make their “lives unbearable”. The comments, allegedly made during a meeting with other police officials, were reported today in the Greek journal HOT DOC. The […]

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In Greece even the middle class is suffering because of the crisis. Soup kitchens and food donations for the needy are being organized – even in fancy suburbs of Athens. In Athens’s elegant and green suburb of Kifissia Maria Kefalas-Salmatani distributes food and medicine to the needy. In 2003, the contractor had been elected to […]

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The situation in Greece remains difficult. The unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. But more and more Greeks are defying the crisis. They’re taking their fate into their own hands by going into business for themselves. – DW

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On January 1, 2014, Greece will begin its term as rotating EU president. Despite its ongoing economic woes, the country is adamant it will be an “honest broker” at the head of the EU during the next six months. At a presentation of Athens’ top priorities during its six months at the head of the […]

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