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2 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Greece | 26/10/2015

50,000 reception places in Greece a dream

Under the new action plan decided at the crisis summit 50,000 of the 100,000 additional places in reception centres for refugees are to be located in Greece. According to Ioannis Mouzalas, Greek Deputy Minister for Migration, 20,000 refugees are to be put up in accommodation the rent for which will be paid by the UNHCR. That won't work out, the liberal website Protagon believes: "By the time the rooms in which these people are to be lodged are located, reviewed and rented out, the crises in their home countries no doubt long be over. ... The chances of this plan being successful are poor indeed. The Greek state has been unable even to relocate its own agencies in available buildings. How is it supposed to house thousands of refugees? ... If competent people take charge of implementing the plan, it could be possible to fill disadvantaged neighbourhoods, abandoned buildings and desolate streets once again with life. But who really believes that anything like that will actually happen? - Greece | 05/12/2011

Greece's name dispute with Macedonia silly

In the name dispute between Greece and its neighbour Macedonia the International Court of Justice in The Hague accused the Greeks of breaching an agreement on Monday. According to the court the veto imposed by the government in Athens in 2008 against Macedonia's Nato accession violates an interim agreement between the two countries. Greece deserved this drubbing, the news portal Protagon comments: "It's not the first time that Greece has made a fool of itself over the issue of its neighbours' name. Trapped in a policy that serves the opportunism of its creators rather than national interests Greece has become isolated from the international community. And now it is practically impossible for it to free itself without further humiliation. The worst thing about it isn't that the international community hasn't managed to comprehend our conflicting positions on the problem. The worst is that our problem is indeed incomprehensible."

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