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Refugees in front of the fence on the Greece-Macedonia border, 2016. (Photo: Monika Kalinowska,
Refugees in front of the fence on the Greece-Macedonia border, 2016. (Photo: Monika Kalinowska,

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Greece: Man shoots dead 13-year-old Romani girl, allegedly over argument with her father

15.6.2018 17:13 A 34-year-old man shot dead a Romani girl in a settlement near Amfissa, Greece at the beginning of this month. On 4 June the gunman drove a truck into the settlement and fired his weapon.  full story

Greece: Criminal Investigation into Attacks on Romani Community in Menidi Begins

23.6.2017 14:36 International and national NGOs in Greece are calling for a full investigation into the attacks on the Roma community that erupted in response to the death on 8 June of an 11-year-old-boy in the town of Menidi, according to the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). A criminal investigation into the riots was launched as of 20 June, but suspects have yet to be arrested.

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videoGreece: Non-Romani residents attack Romani ones after Romani man accused in shooting death

13.6.2017 21:40 Greek media are reporting that the Roma community of Menidi has been targeted with violence in response to the death of an 11-year-old non-Romani boy there. A Romani man has been accused of causing the shooting death of the boy on Thursday, June 8, when a stray bullet struck his head during an end of school celebration.  full story

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Czech Republic to receive 10 refugees from camps in Greece and as many as 80 Syrians from camps in Turkey

28.7.2016 21:57 The Czech Republic will be receiving 10 refugees from camps in Greece on the basis of the redistribution quotas approved by the European Union last year. Three of the families from there have already undergone a security clearance.  full story

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Some charges dropped against Romani couple in Greece who cared for Romani child from Bulgaria

12.11.2015 20:08 The Greek wire service Athens News Agency (ANA) reports that a Greek court has dropped charges of abduction against the Romani couple who were discovered in 2013 to be caring for a blonde Romani girl named Maria. Christos Salis and his wife, Eleftheria Dimopoulou, are still being prosecuted for deceiving the authorities by asserting she was their daughter.  full story

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EU interior ministers offer 8 000 fewer places than needed for refugee redistribution

20.7.2015 23:32 EU-28 interior ministers did not manage to fully agree today on the redistribution of 40 000 asylum seekers currently located in Greece and Italy. Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said the EU-28 states have offered to redistribute only 32 000 people during the next two years.  full story

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Greece needs urgent aid with refugees at risk of going hungry in camps

11.7.2015 19:12 Greece needs urgent aid with the influx of thousands of immigrants and refugees who are sailing into the country every day, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency has called on the European Union to aid the country before the humanitarian situation deteriorates further there.  full story

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Greece: Trial of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party postponed until May

20.4.2015 17:23 Agence France-Presse reports that the trial of 69 members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was postponed until 7 May two hours after it began today. The postponement was for procedural reasons, as one of the defendants did not have a lawyer.  full story

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Greece: Influx of illegal immigrants has risen sharply this year

Athens, 13.4.2015 20:02, (ROMEA) The number of illegal immigrants arriving in Greece during the first quarter of 2015 has tripled compared to the same period last year. Agence France-Presse reports that the Greek Coast Guard announced the findings last Thursday.  full story

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Greece: Neo-Nazi boss released from custody awaiting trial

Athens, 24.3.2015 18:34, (ROMEA) On Friday a Greek court decided to release Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the head of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, from custody. Greek media report that he has been transferred to house arrest.  full story

Greek court acquits Golden Dawn MP of assaulting female politicians

Athens, Greece, 9.3.2015 19:19, (ROMEA) On Friday, 6 March, a court in Greece acquitted an MP from the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn who physically assaulted two female left-wing politicians in 2012 during a live television broadcast. The Associated Press reports that a judge has decided that legislator Ilias Kasidiaris did not cause the women grievous bodily harm, as the charges read.  full story

Greece: Suspended sentence for racist remarks made to physician from Nigeria

Thessaloniki, Greece, 28.2.2015 22:16, (ROMEA) A Greek court has handed down a suspended sentence of six months in prison, postponed for three years, against a patient who made a racist statement to a doctor of Nigerian origin. The Associated Press reports that the male patient verbally attacked the female physician during his intake at a hospital to which he had been transported because of breathing difficulties.  full story

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Greece: Danger of Nazism favorite topic of new government

Berlin, 6.2.2015 19:17, (ROMEA) The danger of Nazism has become a favorite topic of speeches being made by representatives of the Greek Government, which is facing off against the anti-Semitic, xenophobic Golden Dawn party, the third-strongest party in Parliament. Agence France-Presse reports that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis most recently raised the specter of Nazism while visiting his German Counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, in Berlin.  full story

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Greek Parliament to convene with Golden Dawn MPs in handcuffs

Athens, 5.2.2015 22:15, (ROMEA) The Greek Parliament is meeting today for its first session after early elections more than a week ago. That poll was won by the left-wing SYRIZA party, previously in opposition, who together with the nationalist Independent Greeks have formed a coalition government rather quickly.  full story

Ayia Varvara, Athens, Greece. Lefteris Konstantinidis, 34, a Roma lawyer. (PHOTO: Nikolia Apostolou for The Open Society Foundations)

Breaking News No More: Life for Roma in Greece a Year after “Maria”

Greece, 27.10.2014 23:50, (ROMEA) For Lefteris Konstantinidis, a 34-year-old lawyer, a normal day in his new office is busy. The phone rings often; he runs around printing new case files and continues to take on new clients. His schedule is exhausting, but he still enjoys his work.  full story

Greek police say they have prevented ultra-left bombing

Athens, Greece, 3.10.2014 18:15, (ROMEA) The Associated Press reports that police in Greece say they have foiled a bombing allegedly planned by an ultra-left group for this weekend. Authorities say left-wing extremists wanted to attack the headquarters of the conservative New Democracy party, which is leading the current governing coalition.  full story

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Greece: Roma block traffic to resist eviction

Athens, Greece, 3.10.2014 0:23, (ROMEA) Press TV, Iran's English-language news agency, reported yesterday that Stelios Kalamiotis, the leader of an encampment of Romani people in the Greek capital of Athens, said his community had temporarily blocked an eviction and relocation order issued against them by the government. The community set up road blocks on Tuesday, 30 September for 12 hours, keeping police forces away from their dwellings.  full story

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Greek Parliament approves stricter prosecution of racism

Athens, 12.9.2014 22:19, (ROMEA) The Greek Parliament, after long delays, has adopted amendments to make stricter prosecution of manifestations of homophobia and racism possible and to criminalize Holocaust denial and the perpetration of crimes against humanity. Agence-France Presse reported on 10 September that Athens has long been under pressure from the EU to adopt such norms.  full story

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