Support for the idea of a debt conference has also come from some surprising sources. German public opinion is generally viewed as opposed in principle to any more help for the Greeks. But Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo institute in Munich, one of the country’s key economic thinktanks, last week became one of the most prominent German voices arguing for an international summit to agree a debt write-off, from the pragmatic point of view that Germany is unlikely to get its money back anyway. … [Read more...] about A new idea steals across Europe – should Greece’s debt be forgiven?
Hell on earth — Greece's Moria refugee camp and its tortured history Now what? A overcrowded camp with appalling sanitation and medical conditions as well as ethnic tensions — and then the first coronavirus infections — life at the Moria refugee camp was dire before this week's blaze. But what will happen now? Is this the end of Moria, or perhaps the moment to create new, more humane living conditions? It is devastating that no one can answer this question. … [Read more...] about Fresh fires burn at Greece’s largest refugee camp Moria
“Let’s wait today for the request for an extension of the loan contract to be submitted by the finance minister Varoufakis,” the government spokesman, Gabriel Sakellaridis, said. He told Sky news that the loan request would be submitted to officials in Brussels on Thursday, a day later than it was originally expected. … [Read more...] about Greece confirms it will ask for bridging loan from eurozone partners
The fear that the conflict could spiral out of control has led to an urgent search for a neutral arbitrator and an agreed agenda for talks. An effort by Nato to start technical naval deconfliction talks was delayed after Greece objected to Nato’s involvement. The Greek foreign minister, Nikos Dendias, insisted that the talks would start only when the threats stopped. He then flew to New York to enlist the help of the UN secretary general, António Guterres. … [Read more...] about How a rush for Mediterranean gas threatens to push Greece and Turkey into war
He said: “The numbers are now on a downwards slide. We feel we have done the best we can and certainly more than any other country to keep citizens safe. Our priority, always, is health first and I think the UK has recognised that we are doing our best, otherwise they would have blanket-blocked us, applying the [new quarantine] rule to all of Greece.” … [Read more...] about Greece calls on UK to review ‘unfair’ quarantine decision