Aegean islands

Status of 152 isles unclear, says architect of Turkey’s ‘Blue Homeland’ doctrine

Retired rear admiral Cihat Yayci, architect of Ankara's expansionist "Blue Homeland" doctrine and its maritime borders pact with Libya's Tripoli-based government, has said that Turkey's continental shelf extends to the medial line of the Aegean Sea, while questioning Greek sovereignty over 152 islands.

Lower VAT rate extended for five islands until June 2021

A lower VAT rate introduced by the government for the five Greek islands mostly affected by migration has been extended until June 2021, the government announced on Friday.

The measure is applicable in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos and was included in a joint ministerial decision, the migration ministry said. 

One migrant dies off Lesvos, another missing

The body of one of the two women that went missing after a dinghy carrying migrants boat sank off the northeastern coast of the island of Lesvos on Wednesday morning was recovered later in the day. 

A search and rescue operation by the Hellenic Coast Guard and the European Union border agency Frontex was ongoing in the area late on Wednesday to locate the other woman.

The coronavirus party

For all those beach bars across Greece that have been violating the ban on overcrowding, with their patrons reveling in a carefree, holiday mood, the imposition of controls to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is proving to be extremely difficult and the imposition of penalties and fines is so complicated that it ends up almost impossible to do so.

Santorini port cleaned, Andros seabed still a mess

Divers cleaned up the seabed in the old port of Fira on the island of Santorini for the first time on Monday, removing 340 kilograms of waste. The operation was organized by members of the island's diving centers and volunteers.

"The caldera has a peculiarity, the slopes are steep at its bottom," said Dimitris Kampanos, a diving instructor.

2 taken to hospital after speedboat crash

Two people, aged 70 and 51, were injured when their speedboat crashed into a rocky shoreline near the area of Agios Sostis on the Aegean island of Serifos on Tuesday.
Coast Guard officials assisted with the crash.
The two passengers were taken to the hospital. They were not believed to have life-threatening injuries.
The cause of the crash was being investigated.

Cunda Island welcomes tourists

Cunda (Alibey) Island, which is one of the favorite tourism spots in the north Aegean region, has begun to host local and foreign tourists with its old Greek houses, many of which are boutique hotels, cobblestones, churches and the dishes of Greek and Turkish cuisine.