By Angelos Athanasopoulos
The incoming minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianides is a dentist by training, yet he is by all accounts essentially a "political animal".
That is the common conviction of both his friends and opponents, as Cyprus's former European Commissioner has a passion for whatever he takes up.
While Greece turns to increased surveillance and more border patrols on its land and sea borders with Turkey to meet an anticipated new wave of refugees from Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of US troops and that country's fall to the Taliban, human rights experts have criticized well documented reports of violent pushbacks.
The Greek government is trying to sway citizens to take the Covid-19 vaccines by introducing a series of segregation measures
Today's scheduled telephone contact on the Afghan refugee crisis between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the request of the former is on the Greek side a bid to secure an understanding that will avert a flood of refugees into Greece at the Greek-Turkish at Evros.
Istanbul's Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew led a mass at the historic Sümela Monastery in the Black Sea province of Trabzon on Aug. 15.
Only 110 people were allowed to attend the service on the occasion of the Assumption of Mary due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Gendarmerie units took tight security measures in and around the monastery.