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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] No additional Eurogroup for Greece on Thursday, says Dijsselbloem's spox
  • [02] ND says government's non-paper on ongoing negotiations is 'crass propaganda'
  • [03] Refugees clash with riot police in Lesvos after pelting stones at visiting minister

  • [01] No additional Eurogroup for Greece on Thursday, says Dijsselbloem's spox

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/C. Vasilaki) - There will be no additional Eurogroup meeting this Thursday as more time is needed to achieve an agreement between the Greek government and the institutions, the spokesperson of the Eurogroup president, Michel Reijns, said on Tuesday in a tweet.

    "No additional Eurogroup on Greece this Thursday, more time needed. Meeting on first review, contingency package and debt at later stage," he said.

    [02] ND says government's non-paper on ongoing negotiations is 'crass propaganda'

    New Democracy described on Tuesday the government's non-paper on the ongoing negotiations with the country's lenders as "crass propaganda" saying it is "highly misleading".

    The main opposition said it is misleading because it claims to protect pensions, when in fact it is cutting them 10-35 pct, while the tax-free threshold which SYRIZA pledged to keep at 12,000 euros has dropped to 9,091 euros.

    It also said the non-paper is revealing because it admits the government's so-called "red lines" disappeared and gave way to "a noose for the economy and Greeks", noting that tax payers will be called to pay not 5.4 billion euros, but 9 billion, one way or another.

    "It is the 'present' of an extra 3.6-billion-euro bill brought by Mr. [Finance Minister Euclid] Tsakalotos from Washington," ND said in a press release. "At the same time, they're sweeping cash reserves wherever they find them. While this government remains in power, the country will continue to carry a heavy burden."

    [03] Refugees clash with riot police in Lesvos after pelting stones at visiting minister

    Migrants clashed with riot police at the Moria detention center in Lesvos on Tuesday afternoon with several people injured, after a visit by Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas and Dutch counterpart Klaas Dijkhoff.

    According to police, tensions started after Mouzalas told a group of about 100 unaccompanied minors detained at one wing of the center that they could be hosted in other centers for minors which are currently being built around Greece. Refugees were angered by the news and after the two ministers left, they started breaking windows and setting fire to blankets and rubbish bins. Mouzalas returned to try to calm things down but was soaked with a garden hose and pelted with stones.

    The two ministers left the camp and the riots extended to other sections of the center where refugees and migrants remain detained as they wait for their asylum applications to be reviewed.

    Police efforts to evacuate women and vulnerable families were met with anger by mainly male migrants resulting to more than 10 injuries, according to unconfirmed reports. Riot police threw teargas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. One migrant was transferred to the island hospital for treatment.

    Riot police have partly restored order in the center but a large police force remains outside the center.


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