A Greek newspaper poured fuel on the fire in the bitter gas dispute between Athens and Ankara. The paper “Demokratia” published a photo of the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the heading “Fuck off, Mr. Erdogan”. In order for the message to arrive, it was also included in English translation. The Turkish presidential office complained in a letter to the Greek government about how government spokesman Stelios Petsas made public on Saturday.
“I strongly condemn the publication of insults against our President (…) on the front page of a right-wing extremist newspaper,” wrote the head of communications at the Turkish Presidential Office, Fahrettin Altun. The government must hold those responsible for this “shameless” publication to account.
Insulting a foreign head of state is “nothing but a sign of helplessness and a lack of common sense and does not fall within the spectrum of freedom of the press or freedom of expression,” said Altun. The Greek Foreign Ministry on Friday distanced itself from the abuse, which was also spread on the newspaper’s website, and rejected Turkish criticism of the government in Athens.
Freedom of expression enjoys full protection in Greece, said the Foreign Ministry in Athens. However, the use of offensive language contradicts “the political culture of our country and can only be condemned”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted on Friday to the insulting Erdogan by summoning the Greek ambassador in Ankara.
Since the discovery of rich gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, there has been heated debate over their exploitation. Both the EU members Greece and Cyprus as well as Turkey lay claim to the relevant sea areas and underpin this by sending warships.
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Lesbos: work to end the state of emergency
A good week after the major fire in the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos, according to official information, more than 5,000 people have moved into the new tent camp in Kara Tepe on the Greek island – some sources also speak of 7,000. A total of 174 coronavirus cases were found during pre-entry checks. All were isolated in a specially created area at Kara Tepe. “We want to soon accommodate another 5,000 people in the camp,” said the Greek minister for civil protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis (Athens TV station “Skai”). According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, the admission of up to 150 unaccompanied minors from the burned down migrant camp Moria could possibly start before the end of the month. MEPs have visited the island to get an idea of the situation. Kostas Arvanitis (Greek MEP, Syriza GUE / NGL): “Here we have seven Moria if you multiply the numbers. This is the absolute transmission of the politics of Mr Margaritis Schinas and Mrs Ursula von der Leyen. This is the promotion of the so-called “European way of life”. It is unacceptable. This policy hits refugees and the local people brutally. ”Marisa Matias (Portuguese MEP, European United Left):“ The European Union cannot say that it has its values when people come to Europe and ask for help, and this then is the treatment they get. We will make every effort to get a collective solidarity response, a relocation program and to avoid this becoming Moria 2. ”Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a conference on Friday with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the German Chancellor , Angela Merkel. Their discussion focused on possible ways of working with the European Union in a new permanent reception facility for the reception of migrants and refugees on the island of Lesbos. The Greek Prime Minister also presented a video of the new makeshift camp that was set up within a few days on a former shooting range in Kara Tepe to record the homeless migrants and refugees from the burned down Moria camp, and compared it with the conditions in Moria. After the major fire in the Moria camp, a good 12,000 migrants were made homeless. Many hesitate to move into the new camp; they fear being locked up there and want to be brought from the island to the mainland. According to an agreement between the EU and Turkey in 2016, all migrants must remain on the islands until their asylum procedure has been completed. Those who do not get asylum have to return to Turkey. A special squad of the Greek police, including 70 women, tried to persuade families in particular to go to the camp. After that, the riot police are also supposed to visit the migrants who vehemently refuse to go to the camp. According to police sources, around 1,500 radical migrants are hiding on the island’s hills. Apostolos Staikos, Euronews: “The construction work on the new facility continues, while refugees and migrants continue to report to the registration point. The authorities hope that soon nobody will be outside anymore.” Apostolos Staikos, see below with dpa
Out of control? Ever higher Covid-19 numbers in France
Never before have so many new infections with the coronavirus been reported in one day in France. There were 13,215 new confirmed cases this Friday. 49 people died from or with Covid-19 at the same time. Around a million people are now tested every week in the country. In the cities, there are long queues, especially young people, in front of the laboratories. In many places long waiting times have to be accepted. The PCR tests are in principle free of charge. There should be stricter rules in Lyon and Nice. In both cities, the incidence per 100,000 inhabitants was particularly high recently – in Lyon at almost 200. The government had to admit in recent days that not enough French people use the “Stop Covid” app to give it a decisive advantage in the fight against the pandemic.
Storm on holiday islands – Euronews in the evening of 18.09.
🌴 Good evening! Dramatic pictures of the cyclone that devastated holiday islands in Greece. In addition to the storm, several debates are raging in Europe: on racism, on the constitutional referendum in Italy and on 5G in France. 🙋🏾 Inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Brussels now wants to step up the fight against racism. 🇮🇹 Can Italy manage what does not work in Germany, namely to reduce the number of MPs? The citizens voted on this from Sunday. 🐱 In Poland, the government coalition is about to end – all because of a politician’s love of cats? 😷 Austria’s new coronavirus infections are now three times as high as in Germany. 🌎 Covid-19 has stopped ultra-Orthodox pilgrims – on the border between Belarus and Ukraine. 📡 The dispute over 5G is raging in France: President Macron has compared the opponents with the technology-hostile Amish in the USA. 🏝 We wish you a wonderful weekend!