Greece has repulsed nearly 35,000 migrants trying to cross onto its territory illegally since Turkey opened its border nearly a week ago, government sources said on Thursday, as it prepares to deport hundreds of others who made it through.
Greek security forces used tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday against hundreds of migrants trying to cross the border from Turkey, as Athens and Ankara accused each other of lying about what was happening.
The Greek government has been criticized after announcing it will build a floating barrier to deter thousands of people from making often perilous sea journeys from Turkey to Aegean Islands on Europe’s periphery.
After a decade-long debt crisis that made Greece a bond-market pariah, the country now enjoys the luxury of having no financing needs for 2020. Yet the government’s 2020 budget shows it still plans to sell new debt.
Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, furious at an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on November 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete.
Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis told Iranian Ambassador to Greece Ahmad Naderi that his country is willing to expand bilateral ties with Tehran in all areas, particularly in the realms of energy and environment.