As Turkey continues to fuel tensions with Greece over matters of territorial integrity, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has told Kathimerini that the terms of the Treaty of Lausanne, which set out the modern borders between Greece and Turkey, are indisputable, adding that Ankara stands to benefit from its agreement with the European Union to tackle the refugee crisis.
Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels Monday are not expected to reach an agreement on concluding Greece’s bailout review or on debt relief but are set to debate some proposals for short-term debt lightening measures.
As residents and business groups on islands of the Aegean plan to ratchet up their protests against the scheduled revocation of a value-added tax discount next month, Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis called for a European “growth” program to boost the islands’ economies.
As dropping temperatures create more misery for migrants at reception centers around the country, the Migration Ministry sought to play down the repercussions of deteriorating living conditions over the weekend, rebuffing reports that a child had died of the cold.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) meets with outgoing French President Francois Hollande (right) in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday, on the sidelines of UNESCO’s Safeguarding Cultural Heritage Conference. The two leaders agreed on the need for a technical-level agreement to wrap up Greece’s bailout review at Monday’s Eurogroup meeting, as well as on debt relief by the end of the year. Tsipras and Hollande also discussed Greek-Turkish relations and the refugee crisis. [Andrea Bonetti/Prime Minister's Office/ANA-MPA]