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France seeks EU sanctions on Turkey over energy tensions

France on Friday backed Cyprus' calls for the European Union to consider imposing tougher sanctions on Turkey if the Turkish government won't suspend its search for energy reserves in eastern Mediterranean waters where Cyprus and Greece claim exclusive economic rights.

PM discusses plans for permanent migrant camp in Lesvos with Merkel, Von der Leyen

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday discussed ways to cooperate with the European Union for the creation of a new, permanent migrant camp on the island of Lesvos in a video call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

EU official warns Turkey of 'consequences' if it 'crosses the line' with Greece

An EU official warned Turkey of "consequences" if the country "crosses the line" in its dispute with Greece over sovereignty issues in the eastern Mediterranean, according to a report of the state-run news agency ANA-MPA.

"The EU urges Turkey to a de-escalation and change of stance," the source was quoted as saying, noting that "If Turkey crosses the line there will be consequences".

Alternate migration minister receives Communion amid pandemic

Τhe Alternate Minister for Migration, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, received Communion on Thursday without taking any measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a website reporting on issues relating to Orthodox Church.

The website Romfea published a photo of the minister receiving Communion in the tradition of the Orthodox Church, using a single cup and spoon.

Macron adds fuel to fire in east Med, says Defense Minister Akar

French President Emmanuel Macron is adding fuel to the fire in the eastern Mediterranean and making it harder to solve problems, said the Turkish defense minister on Sept. 18.

The French president is "trying to take on the role of Napoleon, who died two centuries ago, but Macron is not strong enough for this," Hulusi Akar said in an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News.

Croatia Strips MPs of Immunity Following Anti-Corruption Operation

The Croatian parliament stripped three MPs of immunity from prosecution on Friday, approving the initiation of criminal proceedings, deprivation of liberty and pre-trial detention for two MPs and a continued trial for the third.

Romania's COVID-19 case count rises by 1,527 to 110,217

As many as 1,527 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have been recorded in Romania since the previous reporting, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, announced on Friday. All the new cases involve patients that did not test positive before. Romania's COVID-19 total case count reached 110,217 on Friday.

Envoy says Germany ‘not neutral’ in Greek-Turkish dispute

Germany "is not neutral" in the dispute between Athens and Ankara over sovereignty issues in the eastern Mediterranean but is "committed to EU solidarity," the country's Ambassador to Greece, Ernst Reichel said on Friday, commenting on an article in Kathimerini.  

Chaos in Greece: A rare cyclone Ianos has reached Greece causing havoc VIDEO / PHOTO

According to the statement, a new round of storm surges is expected to hit the Attica region on Friday night, which is the result of a strong Mediterranean cyclone, which the Greeks called "Ianos", and which has already hit the Greek shores.
Meteorologists expect that the situation will not calm down soon.

Rescue operation for 55 people stranded in boat off Messenia

The Greek coast guard launched a rescue operation off the coast of Messenia, southern Greece, on Friday after authorities received an emergency call from a boat carrying 55 passengers, possibly migrants.

The boat was caught in rough seas and winds sailing off the coast of Kyparissia, a town in northwestern Messenia, in the Peloponnese.

Austria Finds 38 Migrants Close to Suffocation in Romanian Lorry

Austrian police this week reported the discovery in a Romanian lorry of 38 migrants of Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish nationality, including six children, some of whom almost died of suffocation inside the truck and received medical treatment before being put in detention with the rest of the group.