Violent protests do not mean asylum, say Greek authorities (INFOMIGRANTS)

Greece’s government has hardened its position after protests by migrants at the Moria camp on Lesbos demanding “freedom and asylum”. On Monday, a group of around 300 migrants marched to the village of Moria clashing with police who used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.

Migrants, refugees on Greece’s Lesbos chant freedom in second day of protest (Reuters)

Hundreds of migrants rallied for a second day on the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday to demand the faster processing of asylum requests, while local residents staged a separate protest calling for the camps to close.


The “Democratic Bloc” of the Eastern Med Cements Its Friendship (BESA Center)

2020 is expected to be another year of fruitful cooperation for Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, which are working together to counter rising instability caused by Turkey. Their recent agreement to commit to the construction of the EastMed pipeline opens a new chapter in a friendship they have worked on for over a decade. They are taking steps to obtain American support for the trilateral scheme despite Washington’s concerns about its potential impact on the US’s long-term partnership with Ankara. Notably, the recent killing by the US of Quds commander Qassem Soleimani found Greece standing by its allies, the US and Israel, though that position risks undermining its relations with Iran.


For Migrants and Refugees, Greece Has Become Hostile Territory (World Politics Review)

The last dog days of summer are usually quiet in Athens. Most people leave for their summer holiday, scattering to beaches looking out over azure waters or mountains filled with wildflowers. Only a few dazed tourists remain behind to wander the city.