ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece said on Monday its infrastructure was insufficient to cope with the waves of refugees flowing into the country in one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has faced since the World War Two.
In the throes of its worst economic meltdown in generations, Greece has been plunged into a new crisis in the making with a mass influx of refugees, mainly Syrians fleeing civil war.
ATHENS (Reuters) – A radical leftist opposed to Greece’s new bailout deal won a presidential mandate on Monday to try to form a new government but immediately admitted he would fail, pointing towards a snap election.
Panagiotis Lafazanis, whose anti-bailout Popular Unity party was founded only on Friday, got three days to pull together a coalition after the main conservative opposition failed to do so.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s conservative opposition leader acknowledged on Monday that he could not form a government and lambasted outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for dragging the country back to elections after just seven months in power.
After a fruitless three-day search for a coalition partner, New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis handed back a mandate to form a government to the country’s president.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria’s civil war.
At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia, preparing to travel north across a continent that is struggling to cope with the influx of desperate people escaping from conflict and poverty.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.
Tsipras submitted his resignation to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and asked for the earliest possible election date.
PIRAEUS, Greece (Reuters) – A car ferry carrying just over 2,400 Syrian refugees arrived on the Greek mainland on Thursday as a wave of migrants fleeing conflict and poverty continued unabated, straining a country which is already in economic crisis.
Many of the Syrians made ‘V’ for victory signs as they disembarked in the port city of Piraeus from the ship, chartered by the Greek government to ease conditions on islands in the eastern Aegean, where migrants are arriving on inflatable dinghies and small boats from nearby Turkey.
ATHENS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Greece appealed to its European
Union partners on Tuesday to come up with a comprehensive
strategy to deal with a growing migrant crisis as new data
showed 21,000 refugees landed on Greek shores last week alone.
That number is almost half Greece’s overall refugee intake
in 2014 and brings total arrivals this year to 160,000, even as
it struggles with a debt crisis that has forced it to accept a
third international bailout.
LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Father Efstratios Dimou knows all about physical suffering and his family has also known what it is to be a refugee. Now the Orthodox priest leads a small army of volunteers on the island of Lesbos tackling Greece’s crisis within a crisis.
Despite suffering from lung cancer, Dimou – along with fellow volunteers from near and far – has toured the island offering people help that the Greek state, mired in a five-year debt crisis, can scarcely afford to provide any more.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers bickered through the night over a new bailout deal to keep the country afloat, only hours before euro zone finance ministers are due to decide on Friday whether to approve the vital aid for Athens.
With the ruling Syriza party apparently heading for a split over the 85 billion euro ($95 billion) program, parliament finally began debating whether to accept the package which demands yet more austerity and economic reform at 3:45 a.m. (0045 GMT), with no vote likely until well after daybreak.
ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union moved to keep Greece on a tight rein after its latest bailout, with sources saying the 85 billion euro ($94.83 billion) deal will be reviewed by lenders in October and any discussion of debt relief will only come at a later stage.
Greece was forced to accept tougher terms than were initially on offer and its creditors want to be sure that reforms are being carried out as promised.