As Covid-19 infections rise around the EU and some member states impose new restrictions, FRANCE 24 speaks to Greece’s Tourism Minister about the continent’s next steps. We also discuss irregular migration on the European Union's external borders - including those of France and of Greece.
In her family's garden in Drosopigi, where much has been destroyed by the wildfires, Eleni Haniosakis finds it hard to hide her dismay as she looks at the charred hillside tumbling down to the Greek capital some 20 kilometres away. Eleni and her mother were among hundreds forced to abandon their homes that week, unsure of whether they would see them again, as Greece battled some 600 blazes fuelled by bone-dry conditions during one of the worst heatwaves in decades.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the country is facing a "natural disaster of unprecedented proportions" as wildfires wipe out hundreds of homes and force thousands to flee. He apologises to Greeks for possible "weaknesses" in the state's response, and says "those who lost homes and property will be compensated".
There’s a sense of optimism that the Greek town of Evia, in the crosshairs of a wildfire, could be saved. The arrival of firefighting aircraft has helped in efforts to battle the blaze.
A wildfire rages through the village of Afidnes, north of Athens - a blaze that firefighters had hoped to control but which regained strength after already destroying large areas of pine forest. Dozens of blazes have torn through Greece this week in the country's worst heatwave for over three decades.
1 Jun 2021
The World Health Organization has said it will rename COVID-19 variants to avoid stigmatization of countries where new strains of the virus are first reported.
23 May 2021
Several Greek villages have been evacuated as firefighters battle the country's first major blaze of the year on a mountain range overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. Six villages and two monasteries were evacuated after the fire broke out near the village of Schinos, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of Athens.
21 Jun 2020
Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, Greek authorities opted for an early lockdown. This strategy was a success: the virus claimed less than 200 lives, a much lower figure than in other European countries. Now Greece is welcoming visitors back with open arms while maintaining strict sanitary measures. After ten years of recession, the country is waiting anxiously to see if the summer tourist season can be salvaged. Tourism is a central pillar of the Greek economy, accounting for nearly a third of its GDP. Our correspondents report.
2 Mar 2020
Greek officials say they have blocked 10,000 people from entering the European Union from Turkey, while Ankara reports 76,000 people have crossed the border. The EU's border control agency says it is on "high alert."
16 Nov 2019
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