Wednesday, 13 April 2016

latest news and Poros views

In a few days time Pope Francis will visit the refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos.  He will be accompanied by the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Ieronymos and of course the PM.  The Pope has already visited refugee centres on the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2013.

They will all visit one of the Hot Spots (reception centres) and then the Pope will meet with the Catholic community on Lesvos.

All this in an effort to raise the public awareness of the plight of the thousands of Syrian asylum seekers.  The refugee crisis has disappeared from newspapers and broadcasts in most countries outside Europe.

Young Afghan and Kurdish refugees camped out on the Macedonian border and across the railway tracks between Greece and Macedonia attacked the fence dividing the two countries and attempted to invade the neighbouring country.

The Macedonian border guards repelled them with rubber bullets and tear gas.  There was an immediate uproar, accusing Macedonia of entering Greek territory.  Greece should have cleared up the mess on the border a long time ago.  The borders through the Balkans are closed and will not reopen to refugees.  Macedonia was simply defending its boundaries.

Austria is building an anti-migrant wall on the Italian border across the Brenner Pass.  They are awaiting an influx of migrants coming through Italy now the Balkan route is closed. Austria already has a fence at its border with Slovenia.

Economics -

Grexit is making a comeback.  There are continuous talks with the EU, the IMF and Greek ministers.  Athens needs 3.5 billion in July for debt repayment.  That must come once again from pension and wage cuts and more taxes.  Where exactly the cuts will be made  and who exactly they'll crush with the new taxes is what they'll all arguing about.

Turkish jets once again invaded Greek air space yesterday.

Poros harbor

Coffee culture in the main square Poros

another view of the harbor from the sea

what it's all about, beer and homemade cheese pies
at Vassili's Taverna next to the sea Neorion Beach

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