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Frontex ever closer to Serbia's border

And this will soon happen on other borders of the Western Balkans, says the agency's executive director, Fabrice Leggeri.

Fitch: Greek gov't handouts increase uncertainty

Greece's new fiscal package increases uncertainty about the country's medium-term policy stance and is set to generate tensions with Greece's European creditors, Fitch Ratings said on Monday.

North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered eight migrants crammed into a hidden compartment in the roof of a truck, during a routine search at the border crossing with Serbia.

The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday in a truck with Bulgarian license plates.

Old Greece is waiting around the corner

The Greece of the past is resisting resiliently. We may have joined the European Union, we may have gone broke, we may have signed up to bailout programs and made some sort of exit from the memorandums, but old Greece is still here. Sometimes it feels like we have learned nothing. We carelessly return to our old habits.

More than 70 migrant hostages rescued in northern Greece

Greek police have rescued 74 migrants who were being held hostage in a warehouse on the outskirts of Thessaloniki in northern Greece, allegedly by four men who were demanding money from their families for their release.

The migrants, whose nationalities were not made public, had crossed the border from Turkey and were taken to the warehouse by the three traffickers.

Thousands missing out on palliative care in Greece

Up to 135,000 people in Greece require relief from the pain of terminal illnesses yet only around 10 percent of them receive the appropriate treatment as there is no institutional framework for the dispensing of palliative care.

Police arrest migrant kidnappers in Thessaloniki

Three people - two Greeks aged 58 and 49 and a foreign national, 35 - have been arrested in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on charges they held 11 migrants for ransom, including two minors, in a room on the terrace of an apartment building.
It was not immediately known how long the migrants had been held.
They were freed after a police raid on Thursday night.

Mitsotakis meets ethnic Greeks from Albania

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his support on Friday for the rights of the Greek ethnic minority in Albania in a meeting with its representatives in Athens.

Mitsotakis said that Albania needs to respect their property rights and abolish the so-called "minority zones," to improve its relations with Greece and make progress in opening accession talks with the EU.

New health agency urges mosquito prevention steps

Heralding the start of the mosquito season in Greece, the country's new National Organization for Public Health (EODY) - which replaces the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) - on Thursday urged the public to protect themselves and their families from West Nile and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

Greek handouts jeopardize budget target, says Stournaras

One day after Greece's Parliament approved some 1 billion euros in pension handouts and other relief measures ahead of European and local elections next weekend, the country's central bank governor warned that the package jeopardized the budget target agreed with foreign lenders.

Greek austerity policy ‘proven to be right,’ says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended austerity policy in Greece and other debt-hit countries in the eurozone, however acknowledging that the people had to shoulder a "considerable" burden.

"What counts is that the currency union and the euro were maintained," Merkel said in an interview with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Parliament approves tax breaks, pension bonus

Greek lawmakers on Wednesday approved tax breaks and bonuses for pensioners in the crisis-hit nation days before elections, rowing back some austerity mandated by international bailouts.

One in four workers earns up to 500 euros

The collapse of Greece's middle classes and the impoverishment of workers, with one in four earning less than 500 euros per month, have been recorded in another report by the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (INE GSEE).

FinMin says government eyeing return of EKAS benefit for pensioners

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Tuesday that the government is pondering the reintroduction of a "solidarity benefit" for low-income pensioners in a "more targeted form," along with other measures including making it harder for the state to seize the deposits of indebted businesses.

Turkey accuses Greece for abusing NATO mission

Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused Greece on May 12 of attempting to abuse NATO's mission for migrants on the Aegean Sea aimed at drawing international organizations into the dispute on sovereignty rights in the region.