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Next Eurogroup meeting on Greece to take place May 9: Athens

Atenas - The next meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss Greece's massive bailout will be held in Brussels on May 9, Athens said Thursday.

New Eurogroup Greece meeting within next two weeks: Dijsselbloem

Paris - Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday said the next Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss debt-crippled Greece could take place within the next two weeks."I don't have a deadline.

Greek PM seeks EU help to break creditor deadlock

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.

Greece sends another 49 migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.

Jordan queen calls for 'legal' refugee path to Europe

Kallon - Jordan's Queen Rania on Monday called for "legal" paths into Europe for refugees, criticising the EU's controversial deal with Turkey which she said endangers lives."The deep concern is that many of the refugees...

Syria-born Greek mayor takes charge of 'lucky' refugees

Rent - On a long beach framed by a golden Ionian Sea sunset, a group of Syrian boys shout for joy as they race across the sand, the horrors of war and exile they have witnessed briefly forgotten.

Syrian to carry Olympic flame through Greek refugee camp

Atenas - A Syrian athlete who lost his leg in a bombing and who found refuge from war in Greece will carry the Olympic flame through an Athens refugee camp, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Survivors recount mayhem of Mediterranean migrant shipwreck

Atenas - For three days, they were abandoned by their traffickers at sea, without food or water, after what may have been one of the worst tragedies of Europe's migrant crisis, survivors said Thursday.

NATO warns migrant smugglers 'shifting routes rapidly'

Ankara - NATO said Thursday it had no plans to wind up a mission to stop migrant traffickers in the Aegean Sea and warned smugglers were changing routes very quickly.

Migrant camp near Athens poses public health risk: Greek mayors

Atenas - Five mayors of Athens' coastal suburbs warned Wednesday of the "enormous" health risks posed by a nearby camp housing over 4,000 migrants and refugees.

Greece starts letting migrants leave island camps

Atenas - Greek island officials on Tuesday began letting migrants leave detention centres where they have been held, as Human Rights Watch heaped criticism on a wave of EU-sanctioned deportations to ease the crisis.

Greek police tear gas migrants after police van attacked

Gevgelija - Greek police on Monday fired tear gas at a group of angry migrants in a flashpoint border camp as they stoned a police van believed to have run over one of their own.

Varoufakis rallies anti labour reform protesters in Paris

Paris - Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Saturday addressed opponents of the French government's workplace reforms at a protest in Paris, telling them the planned changes would "devalue labour".

Patriarch tells EU to open doors to migrants: 'some may be angels'

Rome - Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I has urged Europe to stop trying to divide economic migrants from asylum seekers as he prepares for Saturday's hugely symbolic visit to the Greek island of Lesbos alongside Pope Francis.

Migrant row fuels Greece-Macedonia discord

Atenas - Scenes of desperate migrants being teargassed at the Greece-Macedonia border are straining an already testy relationship between the two neighbours, as Skopje also grapples with a political crisis that has seen protesters ransack the president's office...

War games in Greece near Macedonia, Turkey amid migration row

Atenas - The Greek army on Thursday staged a double military exercise on its border with Macedonia and an island cluster near Turkey, officials said, amid tension with Skopje over the refugee crisis.

Lesbos island: From tourist spot to migrant and VIP hotspot

Atenas - The Greek tourist island of Lesbos was once known to Greeks mainly for its potent ouzo, and to the rest of world as the homeland of Sappho, the seventh century poet who immortalised love for women.

Pope heads to Lesbos to show 'solidarity' with Greeks, migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide Wednesday to pray for his upcoming trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis, saying he wanted to show "solidarity" with the refugees and the Greek people.

Macedonia police tear gas migrants on Greek border: AFP

Gevgelija - Macedonia police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades at migrants staging a protest at the country's border fence with Greece, an AFP reporter said.

Interview: Xenia Ghali talks electronic dance music and Greece Special

Electronic dance music sensation Xenia Ghali chatted with Digital Journal about the electronic dance genre of music and her country of origin, Greece.

Greece steps up evacuation of migrant border camp

Gevgelija - Around 700 migrants have agreed to leave a squalid camp on Greece's border with Macedonia since violence broke out at the weekend when a group of migrants tried to storm the frontier, sources said Tuesday.

Greece, Portugal make common cause against austerity, refugee crisis

Atenas - Left-leaning Greece and Portugal on Monday said they were determined to push for "alternatives" to European austerity and join forces to tackle the refugee crisis.

First migrant drownings in Aegean since EU-Turkey deal

Atenas - Four migrant women and a child drowned Saturday off the Greek island of Samos, the first deaths in the Aegean Sea since a controversial EU-Turkey deal to stem the flow of refugees took effect three weeks ago.

'We love you' but you've got to go, Greece tells migrants at Pireaus

Atenas - Greece plans to tell thousands of migrants that it "loves" them to persuade them to willingly evacuate a huge makeshift camp at the port of Piraeus ahead of the busy tourism season, officials said Friday.

Greece sees two-week lag in migrant returns to Turkey: official

Atenas - A last-minute flurry of asylum applications by migrants desperate to avoid expulsion from Greece to Turkey will likely cause a two-week "lag" in an EU deportation plan slammed by rights groups, a Greek official said Wednesday.

Turkey says next migrant transfer delayed, blames Greece

Dikili - The next transfer of migrants to Turkey from Greece under a controversial deal with the EU has been postponed until later this week at Athens' request, a Turkish official said Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriot coalition to resign

Nicosia - The ruling coalition in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) collapsed Monday, paving the way for its resignation at a time when talks over the island's reunification have been making progress.

Greece ships first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

Kallon - Greece shipped more than 200 migrants back to Turkey on Monday, the first wave of deportations under a hugely controversial deal aimed at easing Europe's worst postwar migration crisis.

Migrants arrive in Greek island ports for expulsion to Turkey: AFP

Kallon - Buses believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants for deportation to Turkey arrived at the Greek island ports of Lesbos and Chios early Monday morning, AFP reporters said.

Turkey prepares for up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday

Istanbul - Turkey has made preparations to take in up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday under a plan agreed with the EU to reduce the flow of illegal migration, the Turkish interior minister said.
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