A controversial program to send back refugees who arrived in Greece from Turkey kicked off on Monday. Human rights groups say the move – the result of a deal between the EU and Turkey – puts the migrants in danger.
A filthy prison instead of a safe haven: Iranian refugee Arash Hampay joined a hunger strike on Lesbos to protest the dire living conditions at the Moria asylum center. Thousands of refugees are detained there.
As smuggling activity in the Aegean Sea has reached the highest level since last fall, the Greek islands are once again becoming overcrowded. Diego Cupolo reports that most new arrivals come via Turkey.
Relations between Turkey and Greece have long been sour, but Turkish tourists keep coming to Thessaloniki. Turkey's current president and its founder are two very disparate reasons for the burgeoning tourist hub.
Turkish ministers pushing for EU accession in Brussels have been told by the EU there will be no progress until Ankara restores human rights. It's Brussels' most public criticism in the aftermath of Turkey's failed coup.
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