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Cyprus Begins Process to Join EU's Borderless Schengen Area

The Republic of Cyprus has declared its readiness to become a member of the Schengen Area and is only awaiting its EU evaluation, Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides announced on Monday. Speaking before the House Committee on Finance, the Minister said...

Russian Priests Claim Greek Visa Bias

Russian Orthodox priests are complaining they are unable to obtain Schengen visas for EU travel through Greek missions as relations between Athens and Moscow worsen and churches divide over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a report carried by the BBC's Russian-language...

Berlin Ends Frontier Checks on Greek Flights

Air passengers with Schengen passports who arrive in Germany from Greece will no longer face special security checks at the border. In October last year Germany extended border checks for another six months, limiting the internal controls to the Austrian land...

Turkey Hopeful of Visa-Free EU Travel in 2018

Turkish state media reported on Wednesday that Ankara submitted final files to the EU to obtain visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the Schengen zone, including Greece. The official Anadolu news agency in Ankara reported that Turkish EU ambassador, Faruk...

EU Commission Welcomes German Clarifications on Controls for Greek Flights, Bertaud Says

The European Commission on Thursday said it welcomed clarifications provided by Germany during a trilateral meeting at expert level regarding the controls conducted at German airports on flights arriving from Greece. European Commission spokesperson for migration issues Natasha Bertaud said...

European Commission: Stricter Border Controls in Schengen Zone to Be Lifted by November

On Tuesday, the European Commission called for stricter border controls in the Schengen area to be lifted by November so that the passport-free zone can be restored to normal. The controls, originally introduced by Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and...

EU Restarts 'Dublin' System and Sends Asylum Seekers Back to Greece

The European Union has put the "Dublin Treaty" back into effect and is to start sending asylum seekers back to Greece, according to Deutsche Welle. "Fresh" asylum seekers arriving to Europe via Greece can once again be sent back to...

European Parliament Discusses Replacing FRONTEX with New Agency

The full revision of the EU border agency FRONTEX’s mandate and its renaming to European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) to allow for a better and faster safeguarding of the EU's external borders was discussed in the session of...

Athens-Based Businesses and an NGO a 'Front' for Migrant-Traffickers, Police Say

A group of companies and a non-governmental organizations, all based in Athens, Greece, were acting as a front for migrant trafficking outfits operating around Omonia Square, the Hellenic Police (ELAS) announced on Friday. The rings supplied refugees and migrants...

Greek PM Receives Special UN Migration Envoy Peter Sutherland

The course of the implementation of EU-Turkey agreement and the European Migration and Asylum policy dominated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' meeting with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration Peter Sutherland on Thursday at Maximos Mansion,...