Christos Stylianides

Contested Turkey deal 'only solution' in migrant crisis, says EU commissioner

A highly contested EU deal with Turkey may not be ideal, but it is the only solution to stem the migration crisis, the bloc's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said Thursday.

The deal in which Turkey agrees to take back certain migrants fleeing to Greece in exchange for visa-free travel in the EU has angered member countries and rights activists.

PM Tsipras: We construct 10,000 positions, no NGO could have done that

“The Greek state despite the economic difficulties has managed to increase the hosting and accommodation possibilities for refugees, we are constructing approximately 10,000 positions this week and this is something that no non-governmental organisation can do” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcoming European Commissioner responsible for the Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Chr

EU commissioners visit Turkey to discuss 'sticky' issues, notably refugee crisis

Two top executives of the European Union are scheduled to hold talks with Turkish leaders in the capital city of Ankara, as European governments are feeling overwhelmed with the numbers of Europe-bound migrants escaping war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

European Commission to increase humanitarian support to education for children in emergencies

The European Commission is set to increase in 2016 its humanitarian funding for education in emergencies to 4% of the EU’s overall humanitarian budget. The commitment was championed earlier this year by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, and has now found strong support from the European Parliament and EU Member States.