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# Greece

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# Greece
EU demands Greece investigate footage of alleged expulsion of migrants
The footage showed men accosting migrants, bundling them in a van, and taking them out into the Aegean Sea.
# Election
Greece's prime minister wins national elections, hailing victory as 'political earthquake'
Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s New Democracy party was 20 percentage points ahead of its main rival, the left-wing Syriza party.
Last month
May 2023
# Roman Protasevich
Belarusian activist plucked off Ryanair flight in 2021 is jailed for 8 years
Protasevich has been accused of helping coordinate mass protests against Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in 2020.
March 2023
# Greece
Greek rail inspector detained in connection with last month's train disaster
The employee was charged with the crime of ‘disruption of traffic safety’ causing the death of many people.
# Moving On
'We look like we’re a good team and could give anyone a game' - Kenny looks ahead to Greek test
Kenny also says it is ‘too early to say’ whether the Greece game is a must-win given Ireland’s difficult group.
# Athens
Greece faces fresh protests in wake of fatal train crash
57 people, many of them students, were killed when a passenger train and freight train collided head-on last month.
# Train Collision
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting over Greek rail crash that killed 57 people
15 people were arrested in Athens for violence related to the demonstrations.
# Train Collision
Greece faces fresh strikes and protests over rail crash that killed 57 people
Public anger remains widespread over decades of government mismanagement of the rail network and a failure to pursue safety reforms.
# Train Collision
Greece's Prime Minister seeks forgiveness as thousands protest over rail tragedy
The station master implicated in the disaster is due in court on Sunday, where he may face charges of negligent homicide.
# Train Collision
Greek station master's court date delayed as protests continue over train crash
Thousands of protesters have demonstrated across the country since Tuesday’s collision which killed at least 57 people.
# Train Collision
Thousands of people protest in Greece over train crash that killed 57 people
At least 57 people were killed in the collision, sparking public criticism of government failures in the rail network.
# greece train crash
Greece mourns country's worst ever train accident as death toll at 57
Hundreds of demonstrators have blamed the government for the disaster.
# Train Collision
Death toll of Greek train crash rises to 42, as protests erupt over the disaster
The station master on duty at the time of the accident is due to appear before a prosecutor at the central city of Larissa later today.
# Tempe
Station master charged with negligent homicide after Greek train collision leaves 38 dead
Multiple cars were derailed and at least three caught on fire during the crash that injured 85 people.
This year
'Borders must be managed': How Ireland and the EU are reacting to Europe's latest migrant crisis
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Tensions abound across the continent about how to manage an upsurge in refugees.
Problems managing an upsurge in refugee arrivals are facing European leaders as a whole.
NGOs say that no amount of tough rhetoric or measures will stop people from seeking refuge on the continent.
# Fascism
Greek MPs block jailed neo-Nazi from leading a new party in election
Kasidiaris was among several top Golden Dawn members who were handed heavy prison sentences in relation to the murder of an anti-fascist rapper.
# Mediterranean
Woman and three children drown in migrant shipwreck off Greece
Eye witnesses reported seeing an inflatable boat carrying around 40 migrants, including children and people with reduced mobility aboard.
# sean binder
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder in Greece dropped
Indictments were thrown out this morning following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder have been thrown out by a Greek court following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
However he still faces felony investigation for charges that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why have Greece brought a case against Seán Binder and 23 other volunteers?
The case is before the Greek courts this week.
The case is before the Greek courts on the island of Lesbos this week.
The 24 co-accused could face lengthy jail terms if they are found guilty of charges including espionage and criminal membership.
The trial comes after the country's conservative government has vowed to make Greece "less attractive" to migrants.
# sean binder
Greek judge to rule on Friday whether to drop charges against Irish man accused of people smuggling
Seán Binder was arrested on the island of Lesbos in 2018.
# sean binder
'It seems dramatic; most of the time I did f**k all': Kerryman on migrant smuggling trial in Greece
Sean Binder faces trial in Greece this week.
Last year
Two-month-old baby dies in migrant shipwreck off Lesbos
The baby boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
# Artefacts
UK and Greece in 'secret talks' over possible return of ancient sculptures
The Parthenon Marbles were taken from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century.
# Coast Guard
Rescue under way as hundreds of migrants stranded on boat drifting off Crete
The coast guard said passengers on the boat had made a distress call to an emergency number during the night.
# Greece
New York-bound Emirates flight returns to Athens with fighter jet escort after US terror alert
Security sources in Ireland told The Journal that the flight’s route was due to see it transit near or across Irish airspace en route to the US.
# Greece
Ministers, ex-PM targeted in Greece wiretap scandal
Illegal software was used in collaboration with technology employed by Greece’s state intelligence agency.
# Gus Poyet
'Ireland are very competitive, they don’t give up...we like a little more Latin football'
Greece manager Gus Poyet reacts to the Euro 2024 qualifier draw, which has paired his side with Ireland along with Netherlands and France.
# borders
Greece blocked over 150,000 migrants this year says migration minister
Charity groups have also accused Athens of illegally turning back migrants or forcing them over the border to Turkey.
# Troika
EU financial oversight of Greece ends 12 years after bailouts
Athens will now have greater control over its domestic economic policy.
# Greece
Greek firefighters continue to battle major wildfires amid heatwave
Temperatures were set to rise to 42 degrees Celsius in some regions.
# Wildfires
Hotels and homes evacuated as Greece battles four major wildfires
More than 450 people were evacuated at the Vatera holiday resort on Lesbos.
# Antonov An-12
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Greece as officials fear presence of 'dangerous chemicals'
All eight crew members were killed.
# Setback
Northern Ireland beaten by Gus Poyet's Greece in Belfast as Nations League woes continue
It means Northern Ireland are still without a win after 11 attempts in the Nations League.
# corfu
Greek rescuers find first ferry blaze victim, hours after another man is found alive
The 58-year-old Greek victim was one of 11 truck drivers who are missing.
# ionian sea
Eleven people missing after passenger ferry catches fire near Greece
Several people are still unaccounted for.
# Human Rights
Complaint filed with United Nations over torture of asylum seeker in Greece
The woman says she suffered abuse and witnessed the beating of children and a pregnant woman.
# Snowstorm
Backlash in Greece over snow storm 'fiasco' as thousands of cars left stranded
The army was brought in to help police, fire and state crews extricate some 3,500 stranded motorists.
All time
# Greece
At least 30 dead in migrant boat sinkings along the coast of Greece
The incidents have happened near the island of Paros.
# Greece
Pope calls Europe's neglect of migrants 'the shipwreck of civilisation' during Lesbos visit
The pontiff said Europe was “torn by nationalist egoism”.
# sean binder
Widely criticised trial of Irishman in Greece adjourned, moved to appeals court
Greek authorities have been accused of attempting to discourage humanitarian work by criminalising volunteers.
Human rights organisations have accused Greece of attempting to criminalise aid work for migrants, Michelle Hennessy reports.
A protest in Brussels this week called for authorities to drop the charges.