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European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2016

The closure of the Balkan route has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece with nowhere to go. Smugglers who once profited from sneaking migrants deeper into Europe are now offering a new service: A way back to Turkey. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Disaster in the Making': The Many Failures of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

'Disaster in the Making': The Many Failures of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2016

Many viewed it with skepticism from the start and now, the Brussels-Ankara refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Refugees are being locked up in Turkey and it looks as though the best educated Syrians are not being allowed to continue to Europe. more... Comment ]

Greece: Endgame for the IMF-EU Feud over Greece's Debt

Greece: Endgame for the IMF-EU Feud over Greece's Debt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2016

Greece hasn't been saved just yet, and the conflict between the International Monetary Fund and Europe is once again intensifying. Greece's former minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis expects a showdown between the IMF and Germany. more... Comment ]

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2016

Even as Chancellor Merkel continues pursuing a deal with Turkey, Austria and its Balkan neighbors to the south have taken things into their own hands. With fences going up across the region, Greece is in trouble and the EU can't figure out what to do. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Angela Merkel is still hoping for a European solution to the refugee crisis. But with patience running out, Austria has joined countries on the Balkan Route to impose Plan B. But with the closure of borders, the situation in Greece is becoming dangerous. more... Comment ]

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2016

With EU officials considering border closures along the Balkan refugee route, Greece is worried that it will become overwhelmed by migrants. The EU has chastised Greece for not securing its external border, but failings can be found in Brussels too. By Giorgos Christides, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2016

The construction of registration centers for migrants in Greece was meant to stem the tide of people into Europe. But so far only one exists on the island of Lesbos -- and it's not making much of a dent. By Giorgos Christides in Mytilene, Greece more... Comment ]

Hotspots: Europe Debates Initial Reception Centers for Refugees

Hotspots: Europe Debates Initial Reception Centers for Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2015

Angela Merkel is hoping that a proposal for more reception centers in areas where refugees land at Europe's external borders will ease the influx into Germany. Unfortunately, it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. By Peter Müller in Brussels more...

Varoufakis on Eastern Europe: 'A Connection Between Austerity and Xenophobia'

Varoufakis on Eastern Europe: 'A Connection Between Austerity and Xenophobia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2015

He failed as Greece's finance minister, but Yanis Varoufakis now wants to use his fame as a star leftist politician to change Europe. In an interview, he accuses Eastern Europeans of egotism -- with their fiscal policies and response to the refugee crisis. Interview Conducted by David Böcking and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Migrant Misery: Greek Island of Kos Makes Refugees Fend for Themselves

Migrant Misery: Greek Island of Kos Makes Refugees Fend for Themselves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2015

Up to 600 people arrive each night on the Greek island of Kos, fleeing wars, oppression and hunger. When they arrive, they are often made to sleep outside with not sanitation facilities available. Greek authorities seem uninterested in improving the situation. By Raniah Salloum in Kos, Greece more... Comment ]