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European Watchdog Blasts Greece on Migrant Detention Facilities

A committee report by the Council of Europe released on Thursday urges the Greek authorities to change their approach towards immigration detention and to ensure that migrants deprived of their liberty are treated with dignity and humanity. The report of...

Young Greek Piano Prodigy Dazzles Athenians at Temple of Olympian Zeus

Stelios Kerasidis, the seven-year-old Greek pianist and composer who has stunned the globe with his talent, dazzled the crowd gathered on Wednesday at an event inaugurating Greece’s presidency of the Council of Europe at the Temple of Olympian Zeus...

Greece Presents Logo for Upcoming Council of Europe Presidency

Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiades Varvitsiotis, along with a group of students and professors from the University of West Attica, presented on Monday the winning logo which will become Greece's official emblem for the country's upcoming Presidency...

Council of Europe Warns Migrants in Greece Face Worsening Conditions

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Thursday that the situation for migrants, including asylum seekers, on Greece's Aegean islands has dramatically worsened over the past twelve months. Mijatovic was speaking after the conclusion of...

Council of Europe Criticizes Greece for Treatment of Mental Health and Immigrants

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) of the Council of Europe published a report on Tuesday which strongly criticizes Greece. The main focus of the report is on how some of...

Council of Europe Blasts Greece on Lesvos Migrants Camp

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has released a harsh report about the harsh reality and the lack of social support that most unaccompanied migrant children are experiencing in Greece's so-called migrant hotspots. The Commissioner recorded her...

Turkish Court Rejects New Appeal for Greek Soldiers' Release

  A Turkish court has rejected for a third time the appeal launched by the defense team of the two Greek soldiers held in Edirne for their release on bail. According to Turkish media, the judge rejected the appeal claiming that...

Greece Must Continue Anti-Corruption Fight, Official Warns

Greece has been advised to clean up its act on corruption and transparency by the Council of Europe. In particular, the Greek government needs to tighten up its rules on party-political funding, lobbying and relationships between the judicial and executive...

Greece Warned to Improve Anti-Corruption Drive

Greece is falling behind on efforts to stamp out corruption. This was the conclusion of two reports issued Thursday by the Council of Europe (CoE)'s anti-corruption watchdog, GRECO. One report on corruption prevention in parliament and the judiciary said only six...