There is one question that has been tormenting, for several months now, myself, many other Greek people, and not only. And that’s not other than why do millions of refugees chose the path through Greece on their way to central and western Europe, rather than the ones through Turkey or Bulgaria? The refugees themselves but also Notis Marias, a Greek political scientist, politician, and Member of the European Parliament, have tried to given the answer to this, not that simple, question.
The prime minister of Iceland has resigned. The Icelandic PM is the first major casualty of the panama papers leaks, an embarrassment, in other words, on how the super-rich manage their money. The leaks from the Panama law firm, Mossack Fonseca, show that PM, Sigmundur Gunnlaughsson, owned an offshore company, and is accused of concealing millions of dollars worth of family assets.
Members of the Coast Guard serving the Greek islands described, during a press conference, the tragic images they are facing daily, while trying to rescue migrants and refugees from drowning in the Aegean Sea. The numbers of the unaccompanied refugee children arriving to the Greek islands from the Turkish coast is showing a tremendous increase in comparison to those of the first quarter of 2016.
Belgium is observing days of mourning following bomb attacks in Brussels that left 34 people dead and about 250 wounded. The so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks and has warned that more would follow. Many cities around the world illuminated their landmarks in the colors of the Belgian flag in a show of solidarity for the bomb attacks. South Africa has joined the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place the morning of the 22nd of March 2016.
When the Migration Minister of Greece called “Macedonia” the state of “FYROM” did not expect to provoke another strike among the irascible political parties of the country. But why all the fuss about a miswording? Several Greek analysts and politicians have expressed concerns that overseas observers tend to overlook or not to understand the severity of the perceived territorial threat and tend to misunderstand the conflict as a trivial issue over just a name.