BREXIT: Divided you stand!

Having followed the LEAVE and REMAIN campaigns close in the days before the British EU-referendum and sitting up all night, one thing has become very clear. The British people are extremely divided along the lines of – amongst other things – demography, geography and identity, and the rifts from the last few months will take…

Greece: What happened to the fundamental values of the EU?

The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These values unite all the member states – no country that does not recognise these values can belong to the Union[1].

Greece: Desperation docks at the Port of Piraeus

The small colourful festival tents are placed side by side in old derelict warehouses, on the quay and in- as well as outside terminal buildings. In the squalor adults sleep, sit or stand around – waiting – whilst children try to pass time with play or resign to stare into empty space. With 6000+ desperate…

Greece: Confusion forces refugees and migrants off the Greek islands

As always when the ferry to Athens is about to dock at Samos Harbour, hundreds of refugees and migrants wait on the quay with their registrations papers in hand. Normally, they are excited to be leaving the island and start their trek to Northern Europe, but this week some seems rather more hesitant. One of…

Greece: Humanitarian agencies say no to inhuman deal

The UNHCR and Doctors without Borders (MSF) have warned Greece and the EU, that they are suspending some of their activities on the Greek Islands. On Samos the UNHCR have said, they will no longer oversee the management of the main camp, as the new rules effectively turn it into a detention facility. As neither…

A voyage to an uncertain future

The leaders of the EU and Turkey gather in Brussels tomorrow in order to hammer out a new deal to stem the flow of refugees and migrant into Europe. In Greece and on Samos many feel the results of the talks will not change status quo.

A plea for Europe 2016

After venturing through seven European countries and travelling approximately 4000 km by boat, train and bus from Lesbos and Samos via Athens to Karlsruhe, the refugee crisis is perhaps more tangible to me, but still startling in its complexity and forever changing. There are so many borders, people, interests and politicians involved, so many powers…

Greece: A place of beauty and death

This is the story of an extraordinary unknown hero. One of those, who works tirelessly for others every day and have done so for years. This is the story of Katina Arvaniti, who 10 days ago helped save the lives of babies and children on a beach below her house on Samos, whilst at the…

Grækenland: Er det på tide at vise noget respekt?

Der er nu endelig ved at komme opmærksomhed på flygtningesituationen i Grækenland og Lesbos herhjemme. Det har taget tid, men Politiken banede vejen i søndag med deres PS-tillæg, og nu følger de fleste andre medier trop. Dog drukner flere ting i nyhedsstrømmen, for hvor er fortællingerne om grækerne, der hjælper? Hvor er billederne af lokale…