More than 13,000 migrants have lodged applications for asylum in Greece since the beginning of this year, according to government figures, but it could take months for the requests to be processed even as the Aegean islands are seeing hundreds of new arrivals every week.
Continuing his government’s efforts to boost alliances within the Balkans, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due in Sofia on Monday for talks with Bulgarian government officials that are expected to focus on improving cooperation in the energy sector.
A committee of the Council of State on Friday rejected a series of injunctions lodged by the country’s private television channels against State Minister Nikos Pappas over a TV license auction that is due to take place in August.
Swimmers on the Olympic refugee team Rami Anis (r) and Yusra Mardini talk after practice at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday. Both athletes made the treacherous journey across the Aegean Sea to Greece on rubber boats to flee war-torn Syria. [Charlie Riedel/AP]