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Meletis, Nikos

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Ethnos - Greece | 14/04/2015

Greece is human traffickers' best customer

After initially saying that it would send asylum seekers on to other EU states, the Greek government announced on Tuesday that it plans to offer asylum seekers from Syria immediate asylum. The government is getting its refugee policy all wrong, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos comments: "The government's approach to handling the flood of migrants and the contradictory messages it is sending to its European partners - and also the traffickers - are creating a very difficult situation. ... It is leaving thousands of desperate people without protection and vulnerable to all kinds of exploitation. Initially our message was: if the pressure on us increases in the debt negotiations, we'll send refugees on to the rest of Europe. ... The government is turning our country into the traffickers' best 'customer'."

Ethnos - Greece | 29/01/2015

Athens has lost touch with economic reality

Euro Group chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem is visiting Athens today, Friday, to advise the new government on its plans for dealing with the debt crisis. Journalist Nikos Meletis hopes in the left-liberal daily Ethnos that Finance Minister Giannis Varoufakis will present an alternative to the debt cut Syriza demands: "Dijsselbloem is not coming to hear a lecture on economic theory. If he wanted to do that he would go to Harvard, not the Greek parliament. ... Varoufakis probably hasn't realised yet that he's no longer sitting in his office at the University of Texas. ... He hasn't yet understood that his partners for dialogue are [Germany's Finance Minister] Schäuble, Dijsselbloem and [ECB chief] Draghi, for whom pretty academic terms are not enough. Because we're talking about money here, a whole lot of money. I wish Varoufakis had a secret plan up his sleeve. … Because what's really worrying is that he refuses to accept the reality of the situation."

Ethnos - Greece | 16/01/2008

The Greek prime minister's historical visit to Turkey

"After multiple closed-door negotiations, the historical trip Costas Carmanalis will be taking to Ankara next week has been confirmed. It has been almost half a century since a Greek prime minister last paid an official visit to Ankara, which goes to show how important this event is", writes Nikos Meletis. He regrets nonetheless that this visit, the precise date of which has yet to be revealed, is only symbolic. "No agreement on bilateral cooperation or economic partnership will be signed. ... This is a real pity, because there will be no lack of subjects for discussion during this more than controversial visit. Athens is keeping a close eye on the sea bream war in the Dodecanese islands [between Greek and Turkish fishermen]. ... Turkey's request for EU accession seems to have come to a stand-still while Greece is struggling on the European scene to defend it. Agreements on immigration matters also need to be reconsidered."

Ethnos - Greece | 13/06/2006

Formal start to Turkey's membership talks

According to Greek editorialist Nikos Meletis, "Cyprus sent a clear message to Luxembourg yesterday: Turkey will not be able to join the EU without concessions. ... This message is aimed at other EU members who shrink from their responsibilities. Satisfied with yesterday's outcome, Nicosia knows that the next European presidency (Finland) will not be too favourably disposed to its case. It has therefore decided to stamp its foot and declare that 2006 will be a year of enormous pressure aimed at opening up Turkish ports and airports to Greek Cypriot ships and planes. Failing that, a veto will be obligatory. If Erdogan does not believe Cyprus will wield a veto, he is mistaken, and knows that he is violating a European provision. The Cypriot message is ultimately aimed at Greece, which was conspicuous for having failed to take a position in this debate last week, going so far as to apply pressure on Cyprus not to exercise its veto."

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