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Refugee Accommodation Center City Plaza

Since the morning of 22/4/2016, the abandoned Hotel “City Plaza” in Athens has been turned into an Accommodation Centre for Refugees. Currently refugee families from different nationalities, together with hundreds of people of solidarity are working collectively for the cleaning, repairing and organization of space, so that it can open soon as a project of self-organization and solidarity, as a center of struggle against racism and exclusion, for the right to free movement, decent…

AthensLive: New, independent and crowdfunded

AthensLive is a new and ambitious initiative in Greek media. It is a collaboration between Greek and international journalists, including the visual journalists of FOSPHOTOS, offering an alternative to a corporate-owned and bound to established political interests Greek press. AthensLive provides English-language reporting, analysis, and commentary on the situation from Athens and…

The 8 x 140 of the European Commission

 Ioanna Atopou On 20th March 2016,  the European Commission posted on Twitter the new stand of the European Union referring to the management of what was called the Refugee Crisis. The previous, yet again extraordinary, European Council in the presence of the Turkish Prime Minister, European leaders signed a new agreement in which, as is clear in…

Technical Assistance, or how the case of Jan Fabre is not unique

Despina Biri While the saga surrounding the appointment of Jan Fabre as artistic director of the Hellenic Festival ended abruptly on Sunday, with the appointment of Vangelis Theodoropoulos [in Greek] as Fabre’s replacement, the issues it brought to the fore are not unique either to culture or even public policy more…

Next stop: Utopia

A documentary on occupied BIOME factory    Interview of Apostolos Karakasis       “The objective was to observe in detail the epic story of certain individuals crashed by the crisis, along with all the contradictions and tragicomic aspects of the reality”   “The movie outlines the portrait of a…

What’s DiEM25, really? Reply to Open Letter by Souvlis & Mazzolini

by Yanis Varoufakis Note from the LeftEast editors: this is the reply of Yanis Varoufakis to the Open Letter by George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini about the Democracy in Europe Movement 2015 DiEM25, which appeared earlier this week on LeftEast. Varoufakis’s reply first appeared on the personal blog of Yanis Varoufakis. Shortly after DiEM25’s Rome launch, I…

51 citizens of Chios: Stop the deal!

Chios must reject the unethical EU-Turkey refugee deal! 51 citizens of Chios   The implementation of the unethical EU-Turkey refugee agreement, say 51 citizens of Chios, has uncontrollable consequences on the island and it must be stopped.   “The EU-Turkey agreement is illegal and immoral, as characterized by many international…

Refugees without asylum, states without reason, societies without illusions

 Some thoughts on the deal of shame between EU-Turkey   Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos     It only took four months for Wolfgang Schäuble's “sincere” statement regarding the refugees –namely that “They are not desired in Europe”– to become a guideline for the whole of the European Union, at the helm of…

First migrant returns under EU-Turkey deal from Monday

John Hadoulis Athens (AFP) - Migrant returns from Greece to Turkey will begin on Monday under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday confirmed the start…