Angry protests on anniversary of Greek teen’s police shooting (Al Jazeera)

Athens, Greece – Athens police have battled hundreds of protesters late into the night after demonstrations marking the 10th anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police, which has become a rallying cry for anti-authority movements and left wingers in Greece and beyond.

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Anger Over Old Terrorists Upsets New Friendship Between Greece, U.S. (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—The potential release from prison of a notorious Greek terrorist is drawing protests from the U.S., testing the Greek government’s newly close relations with Washington.

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Greek official blows the whistle on refugee costs (Al Jazeera)

A senior Greek official has described the way the government buys migration-related services as “chaos,” after Greece’s top court ordered an inquiry into the handling of European Union funds paid to Athens to assist with the refugee and migration crisis.

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Pipeline Dreams (Al Jazeera)

On January 30, the deepwater drillship Saipem 12000 sent its drill bit into a cavern beneath one-and-a-quarter miles of water and a mile of rock in the eastern Mediterranean. The Italian oil and gas company Eni, which had contracted the ship, announced a week later that the cavern, called Calypso, was “an extended gas column,” containing an estimated six to eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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Low Voter Turnout Puts Macedonian Name Change in Doubt (The Wall Street Journal)

Low turnout cast doubt over the results of a referendum in which Macedonian voters overwhelmingly backed a deal to change the country’s name to North Macedonia and clear a path for the country to join the West’s most powerful clubs.

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U.S. Takes on Russia’s Favorite Money Haven: Cyprus (The Wall Street Journal)

NICOSIA, Cyprus—On Good Friday, top managers of this island’s largest bank were at Greek Orthodox churches when their phones began to buzz. Their largest shareholder, Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, had just been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury.

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Proposal for rapid screenings of refugees at sea draws fire (Al Jazeera)

Europe’s increasingly hardline refugee policy is raising concerns about the transparency of search and rescue in the Mediterranean, now that all vessels operated by aid organisations have been put out of action.

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Greece’s Left-Wing Leader Builds Alliance With U.S., Europe in the Balkans (The Wall Street Journal)

NEW YORK—Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed to ratify a landmark pact with neighboring Macedonia regardless of domestic political risks, as part of a strategy to stabilize the Balkan region in cooperation with the U.S. and European Union.

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Greece Mourns Wildfire Victims (The Wall Street Journal)

ATHENS—Greece began over the weekend to bury the victims of the devastating wildfires that raged through crowded resort areas, as the death toll continues to rise.

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La Grèce tente de panser ses plaies grâce à une solidarité populaire (La Tribune de Genève)

À peine le deuil national terminé après les feux meurtriers, les vieux démons politiques se réveillent.

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