'This Is Our Jungle': Abysmal Conditions for Refugees in the Greek Islands

'This Is Our Jungle': Abysmal Conditions for Refugees in the Greek Islands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2019

The European Union claims that the refugee pact with Turkey has been a success. Yet asylum-seeker camps on Greek islands in the Aegean have transformed into prisons. Thousands of migrants live there in horrific conditions. By Steffen Lüdke, Giorgos Christides and Socrates Baltagiannis (Photos) more...

The End of the Bailout: Greece Is Back on the Grid, But Recovery Remains Elusive

The End of the Bailout: Greece Is Back on the Grid, But Recovery Remains Elusive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2018

On August 20, the third aid package for Greece will end, marking the end -- for now -- of the country's debt crisis. But the country's slow economic growth and grim demographic outlook mean that even without the onerous rules attached to its repayments, it faces an uphill battle. By Giorgos Christides and Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]


Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

As winter arrives, the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is unsustainable. Conditions at the refugee camps are horrific and island residents are tired of being left in the lurch by Athens and the EU. A visit to ground zero of European ignominy. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Desperate in Athens: Unaccompanied Migrant Boys in Greece Turn to Prostitution

Desperate in Athens: Unaccompanied Migrant Boys in Greece Turn to Prostitution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2017

In Greece, refugees face dire living conditions, limited housing and catastrophically long wait times for their claims. On a square in Athens, unaccompanied boys from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria are increasingly pursuing a last-ditch option for survival: prostitution. By Giorgos Christides more... Comment ]


The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2016

When he got elected nearly two years ago, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to stand up to the EU's austerity demands and restore his country's dignity. His failure to deliver risks plunging the country into a new political crisis. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Overflowing Camps: EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Dying in the Greek Islands

Overflowing Camps: EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Dying in the Greek Islands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Ever since the failed military putsch in Turkey, the number of refugees making the trip across the Aegean to Greece has been rising again. The camps on the islands are full and the EU-Turkey deal is in danger of collapse. By Eren Caylan, Giorgos Christides and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


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 ]