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What legal recourse is available in the EU if it turns out that Greece has been doing "illegal pushbacks" of asylum seekers?

The Greek government is denying that any asylum seekers have been (illegally) pushed back to Turkey, which would contravene the UN Convention provision of non-refoulement, which is also incorporated ...
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Why has the Greek goverment removed unvaccinated doctors from their positions until vaccinated?

According to a recent law, the Greek Government now mandates vaccination against Covid-19 for doctors and workers in elderly-care homes and medical staff. If they are not vaccinated they are removed ...
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Why is there strong opposition against vaccination and COVID-19 measures in Greece?

In Greece there is strong opposition against vaccines and any COVID-19 measures. Also, there's strong opposition against mandatory vaccination for health workers. But I do not understand why there's ...
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Were there any intra-EU concerns expressed that Germany was practicing dumping prices on aluminium sheets?

Reuters reports on the new anti-dumping duties imposed by the Biden administration on aluminium sheets (worldwide): The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday issued final anti-dumping duties on common ...
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Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? [closed]

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries According to the above link, the Russian S-300 missile defense system is being used by three NATO countries: Greece, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. the USA ‘...
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Can the European Union defend its geopolitical interests militarily in the east Mediterranean against Turkey?

The latest deployment of Greek, French and Turkish warships in the east Mediterranean is probably only military sabre-rattling. But I wonder whether the EU would actually be able to effectively defend ...
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Why don't Syrian refugees claim asylum at the Turkish-Greek border?

As far as I know (from here) the standard way for Syrian refugees to enter Greece from Turkey has been to cross the sea covertly by boat to reach one of the Greek islands that are not far from the ...
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Is there a summary of Varoufakis' EuroLeaks?

As some kind of protest against the EU's latest action(s), former finance minister of Greece Varoufakis has released some tapes of his conversations with the Troika etc., which seem to date back to ...
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Did the government of Greece approve 'haircuts' on citizen's deposits to reduce the damage of the 2008 financial crisis?

Some time ago I saw an interview with Andreas Antonopoulos where he was talking about the 2008 financial crisis in Greece. During the interview he mentions the government wanting to take a 20% haircut ...
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How is Japan able to sustain a large debt as a percentage of GDP, while Greece could not?

Japan is currently the nation with the highest debt as a percentage of GDP - at the time of writing it stands at over 250%. Greece, currently the second most indebted nation, went through a decade-...
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Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist an EU-member that is attacked by a non-member

Assuming either a limited conflict or a full scale war: What optional actions can the EU take to assist a member state Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist a member-state with ...
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Why has Turkey "opened the floodgates" for migrants to the EU?

Over the past few days, Turkey has reportedly relaxed restrictions on the movement of migrants travelling through the country into the European Union via the Greek border, allowing the hundreds of ...
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Has Turkey released the Greek soldiers they apprehended in 2018?

Turkey apprehended two Greek soldiers (which Greece says were border guards) in 2018 inside Turkish territory. Thereafter Erdogan proposed a swap with alleged 2016 coup perpetrators that Greek had ...
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Kyriakos Mitsotakis anti-German views

Has newly elected Kyriakos Mitsotakis Prime Minister of Greece expressed any anti-German views? Has he broached the topic at all?
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Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and calling FYROM "North Macedonia"?

According to yesterday's newspapers (22th January, 2019), Greek nationalists made street protests against the agreement to resolve the infamous naming dispute when it comes to former-Yugoslav ...
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Athens Court of Appeal Judgement 2658/79

Looking into the Cyprus problem, I keep running into quotes referencing the Athens Court of Appeal Judgement 2658/79 on March 21 1979. The only legitimate source I could find, which also seems to be ...
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Did Germany profit from the (third) Greek bailout?

From an article published in June 2018 on thelocal.de: Berlin has been one of the main lenders to Greece during its debt crisis. While conservative parties warned that supporting Greece would come ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia over who gets to keep the name "Macedonia" has been ongoing for 20 years now. Is this a unique dispute or have there been any other similar disputes in recent ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named "North Macedonia", why don't they make an example call their own region "South Macedonia"?

Greece refuses to recognise the name "Republic of Macedonia" (often named "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", FYROM) because this country is only a part of historical Macedonia, the other part ...
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Is Greece request of 279 billion euros from Germany in reparations for the Nazi occupation based on solid legal ground?

To overcome the crisis, Greece is trying to get some money back from Germany. Greece's deputy finance minister said on Monday Germany owes Greece nearly 279 billion euros ($305.17 billion) in ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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Why have the states of Greece and Macedonia failed to solve the naming dispute after so many years?

The Macedonia naming dispute has been going on for decades, with severe political and economic consequences for both countries. But it seems that a solution like naming the country e.g. "Northern ...
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Do the current financial issues in Greece affect Macedonia's potential accession to the EU?

Greece and Macedonia have a long running naming dispute, with Greece blocking entry of Macedonia into the EU and NATO. If Greece leaves the EU, does that mean Macedonia can join?
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Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people. However the United States also have a ...
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Why wasn't Greece kicked out of the Euro once it was clear that they falsified their statistics to join in the first place?

The EU knew back in 2004 that Greece lied about their economic success in order to join the Euro. So why didn't the Eurocomission reevaluate their original bid and kick them out of the Euro? Did ...
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Logic behind the reaction of Greek government over the national crisis

Premise: I'm not an expert in politics nor in economics, nor I am Greek. It just happens that I've spent the last 5 months in Greece, heard a lot of stories from common peoples, and failed to ...
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What happens if a country becomes bankrupt?

What happens to the citizens of the country? What happens to the sovereignty of the country? What happens to the neighbors? For example, what will happen if Greece becomes bankrupt?
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What is the current stance of the Greek ΣΥΡΙΖΑ government on CETA?

The social-democratic regional government of Wallonia, Belgium initially blocked CETA but has now apparently backed it. Reportedly, all other EU governments agree on CETA. This surprises me. In ...
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What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis?

What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis? The impression I got was that it limited what options it had, such as not being able to default on its debts. Is this accurate?...
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Why can't Greece print more money?

The currency of Greece is the Euro. According to Wikipedia, each sovereign government can print, under direction of the ECB, a certain amount of currency every year. This implies that each ...
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Does the EU frequently review their members to see if they consistently meet the initial criteria?

Does the EU conduct frequent reviews on the economic and political condition of their members to stay? If a current member of the European Union drastically changes economically or politically, and no ...
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Did the Greek government take on private debt?

According to the latest figures the Greek government owes around 180% of GDP to various institutions and banks. Does anyone know if the Greek government converted any major private debt since the ...
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Why is the German government now in favour of the possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone?

When German chancellor Merkel and others in her party recently said they would be “open” to Greece withdrawing from the euro and introducing a new currency, I remembered how strictly they refused it ...
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Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro?

Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro? Wouldn't be another way of shaping policy more helpful, like kind of a marshall plan instead of austerity? Next ...
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Does the greek Syriza party have another political program than "renegotiate the debt"?

The newspaper clam that Syriza is a "far left" party and that it wants to renegotiate the greek government's debt. I don't understand how that makes them far left by any extension of mind. Actually ...