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Friday, March 6, 2020

EU blasts Turkey for “organized” migrant attack on Greece

KASTANIES, Greece (AP) — Clashes between Greek riot police and migrants attempting to cross the border from Turkey erupted anew Friday as European Union foreign ministers criticized Turkey for using ...


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Lesvos: German neo-nazis against migrants; get beaten by locals

A group of five neo-nazis from Germany and Austria landed on the island of Lesvos amid the migration crisis and one was them was sent to hospital after they provoked locals opposing their presence. “We will do to you what we did to you in Kalavryta” the neo-Nazis have been reportedly shouting with a clear … The post Lesvos: German neo-nazis against migrants; get beaten by locals appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


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Opinion: Europe has lost its soul at the border

More and more migrants and refugees are gathering along the Turkish-Greek border. They are desperate — but Europe seems to have forgotten about its own core values, says DW's Jaafar Abdul Karim.


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Conrad New York Midtown recently underwent a full renovation - here's which suite I think poses the best value after touring most rooms

  [Conrad NY Midtown 4x3] * Conrad New York Midtown is a new offering from Hilton's boutique luxury line. It recently reopened after a full renovation and rebrand of the property formerly known as The London.  * Rooms at the all-suite hotel start at 500 square feet with separate living and sleeping areas, and high-end design, art, and amenities. It's a similar approach to Conrad New York Downtown, aimed at those who want to stay in the center of Midtown. * I spent the night in a Sky Suite, which provided loads of space and incredible views, but the standard One Bedroom King Suites offer the best value, with rates as low as $240 per night in slower seasons. * Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here. I previously stayed at Conrad New York Downtown and was a fan of the all-suite offering. My room had one of the best hotel showers I've experienced to date. So, the bar was set pretty high when I heard Conrad New York Midtown was opening, and I was invited to check it out. Truthfully, the properties are different. Decor in rooms at the TriBeCa location is more traditional, while Midtown is styled with rich velvet upholstery, modern lighting fixtures, and pops of deep green and blue. Where TriBeCa grabs attention with its towering open atrium lobby, Midtown's first impression is much more diminutive, save for a prominent art installation. But as such, both revere art, weaving it seamlessly throughout each property, and suites at either hotel are impressively sized. Standard entry-level offerings feel more pied-a-terre than generic hotel room. This felt especially true at Conrad Midtown, where the style felt a bit more contemporary than Downtown. But it's no competition. Each exists to serve its own distinct base. In Midtown, unlike TriBeCa, that means more newcomers to the city, eager to explore from such a well-placed base. The 54-floor property houses more than 500 suites and just opened in late 2019 after taking over the space previously occupied by the London Hotel. It's steps from Central Park, Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater District.  I toured most room types at Conrad Midtown and can safely say if you're looking for the best value, you can't go wrong with the One-Bedroom King Suite, which I was originally booked in, but was upgraded at check-in to the Sky Suite. My room was comped for review purposes but can start as high as $1,000. It's the hotel's lowest tier premium suite offering, but in a hotel where every standard room is already a suite, you're just as well off opting for the standard One-Bedroom King Suite. Published hotel rates start for it at $500, but I saw online prices as low as $240 in slower seasons. Of course, there's also the thousand-dollar-per-night atrium, penthouse, and FAO-themed suites, if you're so inclined. * The first impression * The room * On-site amenities * What's nearby * What others say * What you need to know * The bottom line * Book Conrad New York Midtown starting at $240 per night KEEP READING TO SEE WHY I WAS SO IMPRESSED BY CONRAD NEW YORK MIDTOWN. Business Insider Emily Hochberg/Business Insider At first glance, the lobby at Conrad Midtown seems like any other hotel lobby you might stumble into in Midtown. But as my eyes focused, they landed on a central sculpture of a woman in a '50s bathing costume laying on an inflatable swan pool toy. It stood next to a cart loaded with suitcases and was so lifelike, it almost appeared as if a dancer from a nearby Broadway show had chosen the lobby for an odd nap. It's the hotel's flagship piece of art, a sculpture by Carole Feuerman of a crystal-clad swimmer laying on a swan float, which is a reinterpretation of the Greek myth Leda and the Swan. It's a hint to the hotel's central theme of art, and a nod to nearby modern art marvel MoMA. Throughout the hotel, you'll find works from the likes of Matisse, Warhol, Judd, Calder and more featured in common spaces and guest rooms. Emily Hochberg/Business Insider Moving past "Leda," the line to check-in was short and fast-moving, despite many online reviews to the contrary. It is small, however, and short on seating as the art installation takes center stage. I was welcomed as a Hilton Honors member and learned I'd receive two complimentary water bottles each day as such. SEE THE REST OF THE STORY AT BUSINESS INSIDER SEE ALSO: * The best online deals and sales happening now * 26 last-minute cookbooks for every type of home cook * 34 last-minute beauty gift sets that look like you curated them yourself SEE ALSO: THE 20 BEST HOTELS IN NEW YORK CITY SEE ALSO: WE STAYED AT THE CONRAD NEW YORK DOWNTOWN — HERE'S WHY THE ALL-SUITE HILTON OFFERING IS WORTH THE HIGH PRICE TAG


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Turkish coastguard rescues 120 migrants off western coast

Turkey's coastguard rescued around 120 migrants trying to reach a Greek island on three dinghies early on Friday after they said their passage was blocked by Greek coastguard vessels.


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From island paradise to 'war zone': Lesbos weighs cost of migrant crisis

Once better known for its ouzo, cheese, idyllic beaches and being the birthplace of the ancient Greek poet Sappho, Lesbos has been transformed under the weight of a humanitarian crisis not of its own making.


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Migrants claim they have been stripped and beaten by Greek police

State-owned Turkish channel TRT published photos of topless migrants warming themselves around a fire near the Greek border, with at least one person displaying a scar on his back.


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Australia’s New Ambassador to the U.S. Is of Greek Descent

WASHINGTON, DC – The Australian Embassy announced on its website that the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO is Australia’s new Ambassador to the United States of […] The post Australia’s New Ambassador to the U.S. Is of Greek Descent appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Defense Min Discusses Migration Crisis with US State Dep’t Envoy Palmer

ATHENS – National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met with the visiting US State Department’s Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer, […] The post Greek Defense Min Discusses Migration Crisis with US State Dep’t Envoy Palmer appeared first on The National Herald.


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EU Commission to Launch Initiative for Unaccompanied Migrant Children on Greek Islands

BRUSSELS – The European Commission will introduce a process to speed relocation for unaccompanied migrant children, as part of an action plan for immediate measures […] The post EU Commission to Launch Initiative for Unaccompanied Migrant Children on Greek Islands appeared first on The National Herald.


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Refugees told 'Europe is closed' as tensions rise at Greece-Turkey border

Teargas fired by both sides amid political standoff over people displaced by war in Syria ...


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Matthew Palmer: Greece Has the Right to Protect Its Borders

ATHENS – US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer, who is paying a visit to Greece, on Thursday […] The post Matthew Palmer: Greece Has the Right to Protect Its Borders appeared first on The National Herald.


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EU Criticizes Turkey on Migration as Greek Border Clashes Resume

KASTANIES, Greece — Clashes between Greek riot police and migrants attempting to cross the border from Turkey erupted anew Friday as European Union foreign ministers […] The post EU Criticizes Turkey on Migration as Greek Border Clashes Resume appeared first on The National Herald.


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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Visit Greece, the Best Place in the World (Vid)

LOS ANGELES – Honorary Greek citizen and Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks and his wife, Greek-American actress and producer Rita Wilson posted a […] The post Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Visit Greece, the Best Place in the World (Vid) appeared first on The National Herald.


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This Week in History: March 6th to 12th

March 6th:  On this day in 1994, Melina Mercouri, the Greek actress, singer, activist, and politician, died of lung cancer at the age of 73. […] The post This Week in History: March 6th to 12th appeared first on The National Herald.


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Coronavirus: Greece confirms 14 new cases, total number rises to 45

Greece’s health authorities announced on Friday 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases, rising the number of infections to 45 in the country. Authorities extend emergency measures for the Prefectures of Zakynthos, Achaia and Ilia for another 14 days. 11 of the new 14 patients are pilgrims to the Holy Land (Israel), while the other 3 are … The post Coronavirus: Greece confirms 14 new cases, total number rises to 45 appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


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EU FMs “strongly reject Turkey ‘s use of migratory pressure for political purposes”

The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs met today for an extraordinary Council meeting in Zagreb, following a request by Greece. In a joint statement issued after the meeting the foreign ministers expressed not only full support to Greece but also their serious concern over the situation at the Greek-Turkish border and strongly rejected Turkey’s use … The post EU FMs “strongly reject Turkey ‘s use of migratory pressure for political purposes” appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


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Migrant crisis at Greek-Turkish border in second week, EU mulls more aid

The European Union on Friday pleaded with migrants on the Turkish border to stop trying to cross into Greece but dangled the prospect of more aid for Ankara as a standoff between Greek riot police and refugees entered a second week.


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EU pours millions into Greece to act as border 'shield' against escalating migrant crisis

The European Union, in an effort to curb a brewing crisis at its borders, is pouring hundreds of millions of euros into Greece in the hope it will act as a “shield” against fresh migrant flows.


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EU refuses to stump up further cash for Turkey migration deal

Ministers insist they will not bow to Ankara’s threats over opening of border with Greece


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Why European wines are still number one

Most connoisseurs agree that Europe still produces the world’s greatest wines The first wines I ever tried were European, most of the wines I buy are still European and I’ve visited more European vineyards than those on any other continent. Except that I don’t think of them as “European”, but as French, Italian, Spanish, Greek … The great fallacy of the whole wretched Brexit debate is that individual countries lose their identity from being part of Europe. Well, not when it comes to wine, they don’t – or very little else, for that matter. Be that as it may, most wine lovers – and winemakers – would agree that Europe produces the world’s greatest wines: bordeaux, burgundy, barolo, brunello; and incomparable sweet wines such as sauternes and Hungary’s tokaji. There’s a reason champagne, chablis and ch√Ęteauneuf-du-pape form the classic backbone of any wine list. Continue reading...


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Danish boat in Aegean refused order to push back rescued migrants

The crew had been ordered to tow a dinghy out of Greek waters, officials said.


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Latvian Border Guard plans to send crew to Greece to assist in migrant crisis

RIGA - Continuing participation in the mission of Frontex, the European Union (EU) Border Guard Agency,  the Latvian Border Guard plans to ......


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'Stop this game': EU insists Turkey-Greece border not open amid migrant pressures

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Condor Airlines to Operate 150 Flights to Greece Each Week

ATHENS – Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis had a series of meetings with several German government officials during his visit to Berlin, as well as senior […] The post Condor Airlines to Operate 150 Flights to Greece Each Week appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Foreign Min: Europe Will Not Permit Human Pain to Be Used as a Tool

BRUSSELS – Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent a message on Friday that Europe will not allow human pain to be used as a tool, in […] The post Greek Foreign Min: Europe Will Not Permit Human Pain to Be Used as a Tool appeared first on The National Herald.


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Asylum-Seekers, Coronavirus Collide with Complicated Results

BUDAPEST — No entry, says Hungary. Not all at once, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus. This week, thousands of […] The post Asylum-Seekers, Coronavirus Collide with Complicated Results appeared first on The National Herald.


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A Clear Message of Solidarity with Greece Sent by EU Foreign Ministers

ZAGREB, Croatia – The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Zagreb on Friday for an extraordinary Council meeting to discuss the crisis in Idlib […] The post A Clear Message of Solidarity with Greece Sent by EU Foreign Ministers appeared first on The National Herald.


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Tokyo Organizers Said that 140 Children Will Not Be Sent to Greece for Olympic Torch amid Coronavirus Spreading

TOKYO — Tokyo organizers are downsizing the arrival ceremony for the Olympic torch because of the spreading coronavirus. Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said Friday […] The post Tokyo Organizers Said that 140 Children Will Not Be Sent to Greece for Olympic Torch amid Coronavirus Spreading appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek PM Mitsotakis: It Is Time to Further Support the Real Economy

ATHENS – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Andrew Mc Dowell, on Friday signed a significant agreement […] The post Greek PM Mitsotakis: It Is Time to Further Support the Real Economy appeared first on The National Herald.


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Coronavirus cases rise to 45 in Greece after group trip to Israel, Egypt

Greece has confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus infection, health authorities said on Friday, bringing the total in the country to 45.


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Do not go to the Turkey-Greece border, EU urges migrants

The European Union pleaded on Friday for migrants in Turkey not to go to the Greek border or try to breach it, saying the frontier was closed and that any encouragement to do by Turkish authorities was a game that had to stop.


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The EU can no longer ignore the millions of refugees waiting to cross its threshold

Turkey’s decision not to stop migrants crossing its borders will force politicians to reveal what they plan to do with them “April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks,” runs a diary entry by Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. “One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away […] audience shouting with laughter when he sank.” Orwell is so often reduced to cliche, but this quote has been stuck in my mind since footage was circulated online this week of a Greek coastguard boat apparently trying to capsize a migrant dinghy in the narrow strip of sea between Turkey and Greece’s Aegean islands. Related: Turkey deploys 1,000 police at Greek border as tensions rise Continue reading...


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Greece’s major opposition party SYRIZA adopts Turkish propaganda that Syrian refugee was killed by Greek police at Evros

The announcement criticised the policy of the government to close the borders


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Turkey’s President continues to spread fake news: Greeks killed at least 5 refugees on borders

Erdogan said he did not want to be in the same room as Greek PM Mitsotakis after "killings" of refugees


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Whipped feta, potato stew: Anna Jones’ recipes from Greece

A rich Greek potato stew with olives and feta, and a whipped, cumin-scented feta dip ...


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Greece Puts Aegean on High Alert, Fears Turkey Taking Islets

ATHENS – As Greek and Turkish forces were at the northern land border between the countries where thousands of refugees and migrants had gathered in […] The post Greece Puts Aegean on High Alert, Fears Turkey Taking Islets appeared first on The National Herald.


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SEV Headlines Invest GR Forum: Greece is Back

ATHENS – With Greece making a recovery from a near decade-long economic and austerity crisis, SEV, The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises will outline plans to […] The post SEV Headlines Invest GR Forum: Greece is Back appeared first on The National Herald.


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Doxology Marks Commencement of New Academic Year of St. Andrew School of Theology

SYDNEY – The St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological School commenced its thirty-fifth academic year with its annual Doxology Service in the Cathedral of the Annunciation, […] The post Doxology Marks Commencement of New Academic Year of St. Andrew School of Theology appeared first on The National Herald.


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Coronavirus and Refugee, Migrant Crisis Has Greeks on Edge

ATHENS – Greeks are getting jittery as the coronavirus has spread in the country at the same time there’s worry there could be a conflict […] The post Coronavirus and Refugee, Migrant Crisis Has Greeks on Edge appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Health Officials Gird for Coronavirus Cases Spike

ATHENS – A sudden jump from nine to 31 cases of the coronavirus has Greek officials jumpy the numbers could soar with the western region […] The post Greek Health Officials Gird for Coronavirus Cases Spike appeared first on The National Herald.


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The Lady of Ro at the Queens Theatre on March 14

NEW YORK – The Lady of Ro by Gianni Skaragas and starring the acclaimed Greek actress Fotini Baxevani will be presented by the Greek Cultural […] The post The Lady of Ro at the Queens Theatre on March 14 appeared first on The National Herald.


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'Left to the dogs': migrants at Turkey-Greece border lose hope

When Sawsan al-Musawa heard last week that President Tayyip Erdogan had opened Turkey's borders for migrants to cross into Europe, the Syrian mother of four left a refugee camp in eastern Turkey and headed west to the Greek border.


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EU rejects Turkey's use of migrants for 'political purposes': foreign ministers

Turkey's decision to open its border with Greece to migrants, ignoring its 2016 migration deal with the European Union, is not acceptable and any such political pressure will be rejected, EU foreign ministers said on Friday.


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Greece hardens line on migrants as new flows heighten tension

‘Nobody coming illegally from Turkey gets to stay on Lesbos’


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Tokyo organizers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torch

Tokyo organizers are downsizing the arrival ceremony for the Olympic torch on March 20 and will not send 140 children to Greece to give the flame a send off


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Ron Gastrobar, Amsterdam: ‘Hilariously lopsided’ – restaurant review

This self-declared ‘relaxed’ gastrobar can’t quite escape its fancy-pants past – the lasting memory is still one of quenelles, foams and minuscule portions “Oh, you British, always crying about Europe. It’s time to grow up,” my Greek friend said as we dined on Sophialaan, Amsterdam. The woman has no truck with my moist-eyed lament for the beloved bloc and the financial joys of the Eurozone. Fittingly, we’re eating in Ron Gastrobar, where the owner also turned his back on an important institution. Ron Blaauw closed his fancy, two-Michelin-starred, eponymously titled restaurant in 2013, then reinvented it as a more relaxed and groovy affair. Ron is all about fun these days. Think gastropub, but in a wine bar. It’s a gastrobar! The website shows him chipping about on his moped, stubble-strewn and crumpled-looking, like an unrested Peter Hook. This is not a man pinned down by formality. Just eat your crisp veal brain with jerusalem artichoke and hang loose. Or your cream of cod liver with sea vegetables. Or kale gnocchi with smoked oyster. Yes, I know none of these sounds remotely chilled out. Continue reading...


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Euranet Plus Panorama: Turkish trouble, coronavirus crisis and back to Brexit

Panorama looks East this week as migrant pressure builds along the EU’s border with Turkey, sending senior officials scurrying on diplomatic missions. Covid-19 has not gone away, though – indeed, cases are proliferating and the economy is starting to suffer. A new crisis is brewing along Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria after Ankara on […]


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Death Toll From Influenza Rises to 83 in GREECE

Six additional individuals died in GREECE this week from the annual winter outbreak of influenza, raising the total number of fatalities this season to 83, ...


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Northern Aegean Relief Alliance Plans Rally to Address GREECE'S Migrant Humanitarian Crisis in ...

GREECE is reaching a breaking point while the rest of the world does nothing.” The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has called for ...


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