China on Thursday announced new restrictions on entry to the country by travelers from several European countries due to the second wave of coronavirus infections. Many countries have seen their highest number of cases of the entire COVID-19 pandemic, which began in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, in October 2019.
The European Union discussed (but failed to agree on) sanctions against Turkey over the weekend, Euronews reported. Several countries want to punish Turkey for violating the sovereign rights of Greeks and Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Malta blocked the proposal.
Greece is set to send three ships to Lesbos to help house displaced migrants in the island. The decision was arrived at after thousands of migrants in were forced to spend their nights in the cold after fire gutted down the largest migrant camp earlier in the week. About 2,000 migrants will be housed in the ships.
In the early hours of Wednesday, a fire broke out in several parts of the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The wind ignited the fire and spread it throughout the camp and its surroundings. Twenty-eight firefighters tried to contain the blaze with eight fire engines. The fire is now under control.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Thursday that the leaders of Turkey and Greece had agreed to continue their NATO-led talks and meetings after meeting with him. Turkey and Greece claim ownership of the oil and gas resources of the Eastern Mediterranean and have escalated into a military conflict in recent days.
Russia is expected to change the policy to reflect the upcoming geopolitical conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean. It should be noted that Russia does not have a traditional or historical attachment to this conflict. However, the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque by Turkey impacted the Russian Orthodox Church and caused a wave of dissatisfaction.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean over oil and gas resources are rising. Meanwhile, the announcement of French military reinforcements sent to the eastern Mediterranean, and France’s support for Greece, has exacerbated these tensions.
Amidst continuing tension between Turkey and Greece over gas exploration, France announced it was sending two fighters and two warships to the Eastern Mediterranean, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed that the “only solution” to resolving the conflict with Greece is dialogue.
According to a media report, Turkey and Greece were about to enter a military clash on Tuesday evening. The German newspaper Bild said that “the battleships were on their way [for battle], and warplanes were flying in the air before the rescue came from Germany.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer called for more cooperation from European countries to better control the EU’s external borders. Without this cooperation, he says, “we may soon see a new wave of asylum seekers entering the European Union, which will be more severe than the 2015 crisis.”
Oxfam, in collaboration with the Greek Refugee Council, has published a report on the implications of the new Greek asylum law. According to the organization’s officials, the changes in the Greek asylum law practically mean violating the binding standards of European altruism.
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi was murdered in 2011. There after, Libya became a divided state. Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the war in Libya was over. In reality, the war mutated with a new trajectory.
After 84 days of closure due to the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) pandemic, the Colosseum Archaeological Park in Rome was reopened to the public on Monday. “We are reopening a symbol. A symbol of Rome, a symbol for Italy,” said Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum’s archaeological park.
Italians will be allowed to travel to other EU countries as from June 3, the government announced Friday night, and other Europeans will be able to enter Italy from the same day. There will also no longer be a quarantine period for people entering Italy. The announcement was made by the country’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte.
Greece is planning to restore restore international air traffic as much as possible in June, and and open recreation centers for the seasonal accommodation of tourists by July 1. As the Facebook page of the Argos camp says, the country is “quitting quarantine.” It has a roadmap for lifting restrictions.
Cyprus is celebrating the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States. The motivation behind lifting the embargo is to prevent Turkey’s expansion in the Mediterranean. It is not a surprise, since Turkey escalated the conflict in one of the Syrian regions. Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can not be trusted by the West. Even though Turkey is a part of NATO, it is a wild card.
After a day when the United States witnessed the number of cases of infection in the country double, Donald Trump announced that all flights from European Union countries are suspended for the next 30 days, with the exception of the United Kingdom, with effect from Friday at midnight.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that until the EU agreed to meet all of his demands, it would continue to open the border and allow refugees in Turkey to travel to Europe. “Until all expectations are met in a concrete way, we will continue our current practice at our borders,” Erdogan said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday he would meet next week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and, possibly, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They will meet on March 17 to discuss the refugee problem, Erdogan told the Turkish state news agency Anadolu on his return to Turkey from Brussels.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece remain high after Ankara decided last week to open its borders with Europe. In order to find a solution as soon as possible, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell continues his tour of the Turkish capital.
The troops of the Greek Army conducted extensive target practice on the islands east of the Aegean Sea and the river Evros on Monday. This is a report by the Greek national television station, quoted by the Ministry of Defense of Athens. From the commentator’s point of view, the exercise was Athens’ response to the increase in the number of immigrants transferred from Turkey to Lesbos, Chios, and Samos the previous day.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said today that, after his meeting with the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, Athens expects European countries to reject the two memoranda that Turkey signed with the Libyan Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. Dendias added that Athens encouraged Haftar to “constructively act” at the Berlin conference on Sunday, which aims to try to end the fighting in Libya.
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At least two migrants died after a fire broke out in a crowded refugee camp in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Two fires in Moria refugee camp, and another nearby camp on Lesbos, killed a mother and her child on Sunday night. The crowded reception center witnessed unexpected riots yesterday.
The Greek government has said it will not provide any facilities to the Adrian Darya (formerly Grace 1) oil tanker. “We have sent a very clear message, saying that we do not wish to provide any facilities for the smuggling of oil to Syria,” the Greek deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday, August 21.
The United States has warned the Greek government and Mediterranean ports authorities against cooperating with the Iranian oil tanker which was released Sunday from Gibraltar after more than a month in detention. “It is unfortunate that this has happened,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
A wildfire ravaged the island of Euboea in Greece, on Wednesday, for more than 30 hours. It’s one of the biggest disasters in the history of the country, and the country’s authorities have since described it as a “huge ecological disaster.” The Greek firefighters put in a lot of efforts to contain the massive fire that ravaged one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries on the island.
Six tourists died and more than 30 were injured during a small hurricane, which unexpectedly struck late on Wednesday at Halkidiki resorts in northern Greece, near Thessaloniki. Powerful wind gusts, rain, and storm tore the roofs off buildings, overturned cars and caused flooding in hotels. Authorities declared an emergency with more than 100 rescue workers at the disaster’s site.
As expected, center-right opposition party New Democracy (ND) won Greece’s snap elections on Sunday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), conceded defeat to his rival, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. With about 90% of districts reporting at press time, ND is on pace for a majority government in the Hellenic Parliament, thanks to the country’s “winner’s bonus” electoral system. While voters seem to have delivered a strong mandate for change, and Greece has officially exited the European Union’s bailout programs, tackling the country’s enormous unemployment may prove a herculean task.
The conventional wisdom in politics suggests that radicals and revolutionaries can’t govern. That may explain, better than anything, why the left-wing government of Alexis Tsipras is headed for the exits next week. After four years in power, Sunday is the end of the line for Tsipras, and his Syriza party, as voters in the birthplace of democracy head to the polls. Fed up with populism, polling suggests Greeks will return their country to the center.
The country’s youngest-ever Chancellor officially became it’s shortest-serving, and the first since the war to be brought down by a vote of no-confidence on Monday. Already headed for snap elections in the fall, the move was largely seen as necessary by the newly-enlarged opposition to avoid giving Sebastian Kurz an advantage. If Austrians were cross with Kurz, they sure didn’t show it on Sunday. His People’s Party (ÖVP) gained two seats, at the expense of his now-former coalition partners, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), and Greens.