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In the name of a #Christian Europe some raised the Fences, said @atsipras to @Pontifex, Some #Refugees might be #Angels, said @EcuPatriarch

Tsipras welcoming the Pontifex

Tsipras welcoming the Pontifex

Pontifex at the refugee camp Lesvos, ED @EASO welcoming the Pope

Pontifex at the refugee camp Lesvos, ED @EASO welcoming the Pope

Lesvos holds the historical meeting , United Pray to God

Lesvos holds the historical meeting , United Pray to God

Pontifex, Bartholomew, bringing Christian word closer than ever

Pontifex, Bartholomew, bringing Christian word closer than ever

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In the name of a #Christian Europe some raised the Fences, said @atsipras to @Pontifex, Some #Refugees might be #Angels, said @EcuPatriarch

 

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National panic in the closed borders’ vast hot spot that is Greece

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Chaos leading to  generalized national panic is the latest  update on refugee crisis in Greece by thousands arriving every day back to Athens from the closed Greek -FYROM border and some more thousands daily sent from the islands to Piraeus and then Athens, while the country realises that not only European solidarity  is a illusion, but more dramatically, that sharing of the refugee burden has proved to be a utopia itself .
“Greece becoming a vast camp”, Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration tweeted on Wednesday .
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced in Parliament  that from now on Greece “will not assent to agreements” unless all its partners are forced to participate proportionately in the relocation and resettlement of refugees.
The management of the refugee crisis by Europe has been disappointing,
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday in an address in Parliament, and urged European Union countries to honor the bloc’s decisions on sharing the burden of the  crisis, warning that  that if they did not, Athens would block future agreements.

Alexis Tsipras made clear that

“Greece will not agree to deals (in the EU) if a mandatory allocation of burdens and responsibilities among member countries is not secured.”

“Some don’t realize that the common rules either apply to all or they don’t exist,” he said. “Also, agreements are either implemented by all or they don’t exist. It’s shameful for the decisions taken by the EU heads of state to be annulled by some sub-gatherings,” he said, noting Greece will demand its partners “to act responsibly”.

“We will not allow Greece to become a warehouse of souls,” he said.

Addressing worries that flow restrictions at the northern border could swell the number of migrants stranded in Greece, Tsipras said he would meet political party leaders to form a common stance before an early March summit of EU leaders on the migration crisis.

 

NATO to send illegal migrants back to Turkey

Migrants rescued by NATO vessels in the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said early Thursday after the military alliance finalized an operation to monitor the smuggling networks that help people reach Greece.

“In case of rescue of persons coming via Turkey, they will be taken back to Turkey,” Stoltenberg added.

NATO vessels arrived in the Aegean last week, and are carrying out reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance activities, the NATO chief said, adding that the alliance is also establishing direct links with the European Union‘s border agency Frontex.

Participating NATO vessels can operate in Greek and Turkish waters, but Ankara and Athens have agreed not to send forces into each others‘ waters or airspace, Stoltenberg said. The two sides are embroiled in a long-running territorial dispute.

He noted that NATO is uniquely placed to facilitate the cooperation and exchange of information between Greece and Turkey, as both countries are members of the alliance, while only Greece is in the EU.

Stoltenberg‘s comments came hours before a meeting Thursday of EU interior ministers in Brussels to discuss joint efforts to curb the migrant inflow.

On Wednesday, Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel  agreed to intensify efforts to implement EU decisions and start NATO operations in the Aegean Sea immediately to counter smuggling networks to reduce migrant inflows, while hours earlier,  Angela Merkel had a telephon conference with President Obama, and as well Francois Hollande  and David Cameron, where the four of them  agreed they were firmly committed to the Nato migration mission, noting the importance of Greece and Turkey working together and with the international community to ensure the mission’s success.

Four vessels under German command, including personnel from Canada, Greece and Turkey, were rerouted last week from another part of the Mediterranean Sea, according to NATO officials.

NATO agreed two weeks ago to help combat the flow of migrants to Europe in response to a request by Turkey, Greece and Germany. But work to agree the details of the operation ran into difficulties after Ankara signalled reluctance to take back anyone rescued at sea.

 

sources:: ANA- MPA ,europeonline

 

 

 

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You are the tireless guardians of borders, the unique example of civilization, President of #Greece told people of #Lesbos

CTTnYCBWcAAC63s1-DSC_00251-DSC_03201-DSC_04481-DSC_02801-DSC_02521-DSC_0157“Your example is one of civilization and humanity. Lesbos has been the “sleepless and tireless” guardian of Greek borders at a critical time for Europe said Prokopis Pavlopoulos visiting the island on November 8th, 2015, on the 103rd anniversary since the island’s liberation from Ottoman Turks. ” And until Europe makes its decisions, the weight falls on your shoulders but also the praise for what you do.” the President of Greece underlined.

Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Terens Quick visiting Lesbos next to the President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos, met in Skala Sikamias village the LesvosYiayia , the emblematic figure that made headlines worldwide when she was captured by a photographer’s camera to feed a refugee baby. He twitted

@TerensQuick :
Tonight in Skala Sykamias Lesvos with grandmother Emilia who is feeding the refugee babies. The absolute soul of Greek mother

By Greece’s history, Lesvos, and the other islands that were close to the Turkish territories, were freed later from the Ottoman Empire than the territories in the continent, because of their geographical location. The island of Lesvos gained its freedom  in 1912 and became officially part of Greece in 1923 with the Treaty of Lausanne.

The 8th of  November is celebrating the Independence of the island, along with the Christian Orthodox Name day of the Archangels, the “guardians of Archipelagos”, the Aegean, as the Archangels are considered in Greece to be. Taxiarchis, the Archangel Michael, is the patron saint and the  guardian angel of Lesvos.He is celebrated every year by thousands of faithful Greeks, a whole island’s live religious celebration, where many miracles continue to occur in the Lesvian resident’s families, and families all over Greece, as well as Greek military men, and those serving on Greek Airforce of whom the Archangel is the protector.

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President of Democracy Procopis Pavlopoulos and Deputy Minister to the PM Terens Quick attended the religious celremony in the Metropolis church of Mitilini, and visited the Archangel’s monastery in Madamados, at the North part of the island.

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@MartinSchulz on the epicenter: Visiting #Lesvos, the Culural Capital Canidate with @PrimeministerGR

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just arrived on the shores of Mytilene refugee praises God for letting him “step” Europe, even with no legs

One month ago Alexis Tsipras witnessed and inspected Greece’s Emergency Response on the epicenter of the crisis, Mytilene, Lesvos. Some days before his trip to Turkey, he hosts the EU Parliament President on the spot and calls him to discuss the “Europe’s Borders”

Tsipras had named Mytilene the Capital of Solidarity, and, well the isle is going for Capital Candidacy. The Europen Capital of Culture of 2021 Candidacy

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#Greece to be part of the solution of the surrounding region crisis, #interfaith dialogue, the only bridge of differences, said @tsipras_eu

“Even now in this difficult economic situation for the country, we feel obliged to take care of the refugees who arrive on the shores of our country,” stressed the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on Tuesday night wellcoming the Meditteranina Spiritual Leaders at the Acropolis Museum in Athens at the dinner hosted by the Foreign Nikos Kotzias in honor of the delegates of the International Conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East” organised in
by the Foreign Ministry in Greece on this semiologically significant timing
The Prime Minister noted that “in today’s globalized world, Greece is in the midst of a crisis that affects Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean in economic, political, geopolitical and spiritual level”.
“Therefore we believe that religion and culture are bridges of communication and understanding for the folks and people of different countries and civilizations ” he added.“It is Greece again that is asked to face this Eurozone crisis as well, which is objectively posing the question of what kind of Europe do we want in the future, a Europe of solidarity, development and social justice, or a Europe of austerity and inequality. ”

 
“This is a time of great tension in the region surrounding Greece”, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras noted ealier on Monday on his meeting the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Monday.
“Greece found itself in the midst of three overlapping crises:”, he explained.  “The economic crisis in Europe that was still underway, the refugee crisis, where Greece was among the countries bearing the brunt of the refugee waves, and the generalised destabilisation, instability and conflict in the broader region.
“We believe that we will manage to cope and at the same time upgrade Greece’s role in the surrounding region,” he added, stressing that Greece did not want to be part of the problem but part of the solution.
“For this reason, we look for and anticipate the efforts of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,Tsipras said, whose global perspective has the ability to highlight the positions that contain humanity, the value of dialogue, values that we share, adopt and will also support at all international fora,” Tsipras said.
“In these difficult times, the prayers of the mother Church are with you for the success of your mission and the prosperity of the Greek people,” he added.
The prime minister greeted the Patriarch by saying that his presence was a great honour for the International Conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East”, especially given the Patriarch’s own initiatives for interfaith dialogue in the Middle East and on a global scale.
Dialogue is the only path to bridging differences, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined.
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Refreshed, still shaken up, Alexis finds his first New Day in the middle of the Human Tsunami

downloaddscf22151dscf2214112009770_10153770494033054_6657468495254576029_n11953249_10203355687931483_4925696500142433443_nalexandreou_doSUUQr.jpg.600x600_q8511224071_10203342433080120_3825312607602006348_nDSCF2225h_51848787BC Get the Updates  of Greece’s election and the migrant crisis  on  Greek to me  Home Page and sense Greece by a glance on what ever shook it lately, but did not bend it, once again….

Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA who refreshed his people’s trust on his face, personally this time, by a smashing electoral victory on  Sunday’s 20th election, has been sworn in as prime minister on Monday afternoon, and his government is expected to be sworn in a couple of hours.

SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras party, that had been split in a dramatic way one month earlier, came this time first with 35.473%,  followed by a difference of 7,5% by the opposition party New Democracy, with 28.09%.

Soon after the announcement of the voting results, Tsipras told the media that as Independent Greeks (ANEL) party leader Panos Kammenos – his coalition partner in the former government – had publicly expressed his support, there has been a majority, therefore the way was open to form the government which he did, as soon as he was presented on Monday by the president of the republic with a mandate on Monday.

But Greece’s actual Crisis has no moment to wait, especially the Migration influx crisis, which stiflingly overloaded the biggest Aegean isle, reaching the peak of this oveload on the peak of the tourisistc season of this island on mid August till the first 10 days of  September.  On Wednesday, Alexis Tsipras will attend the emergency European Council meeting on the migrants issue where he will also represent Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades, by request of the latter, who is in the United States.

On Sunday, Tsipras will attend the United Nations conference, where he is expected to meet with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a reception for country leaders.

Tsipras’ now  Emergency political priority as he said would be the proposal of the founding of a council on European issues, modelling the national council of foreign policy, where representatives of parties may participate institutionally, provide information and table proposals.