Investigating Femicide: A GIJN Guide (G.I.J.N.)

Femicide — the intentional murder of women because they are women — is a global problem. According to the UN’s latest estimates, 50,000 women and girls are killed each year by intimate partners or other family members.

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Cyprus talks failed to find common ground, UN says (Politico)

Three days of talks between Cypriot leaders yielded not enough common ground to resume formal talks on a settlement, the United Nations said Thursday.

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How Poetry Won Independence for Greece (The Wall Street Journal)

Two hundred years ago, the Greek revolution against Ottoman rule became a European cause thanks to the support of writers and artists.

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For Greece’s 200th Independence Day, Russia reaches out for relations upgrade (New Europe)

ATHENS – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit Athens on March 24 to discuss bilateral relations with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a conversation that is expected to cover topics ranging from culture, economy and energy and Russia’s participation in a military parade to mark the 200th anniversary of Greece’s 1821 revolution against the Ottoman Turks and the country’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on March 25.

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Western Balkans goes east for coronavirus vaccines (Politico)

Serbia has emerged as the frontrunner in continental Europe’s vaccination race — thanks to China.

The Western Balkan country has given at least one dose of a coronavirus shot to some 7 percent of its population, a rate more than twice as high as the current European Union average, where between 3 and 4 percent of people have been vaccinated as of early February.

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Police brutality on the rise in locked-down Greece, activists warn (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece’s capital is no stranger to clashes between protesters and police. But the pandemic, activists and opposition lawmakers say, has marked a turning point.

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Deserted Ancient Olympia and the Temple of Zeus (New Europe)

It was a unique experience, Ancient Olympia completely deserted. I visited the birthplace of the Olympic Games on Saturday, November 28, a few weeks after all of Greece’s archeological sites had closed down due to a country-wide lockdown to stave off the coronavirus pandemic.

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Greece to enter second lockdown on Saturday (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece will enter a second nationwide lockdown this weekend in an effort to halt a recent coronavirus surge, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday.

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Greece imposes curfew as coronavirus cases soar (Politico)

ATHENS — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday announced fresh measures aimed at curbing a dramatic increase in coronavirus infections, including a nighttime curfew.

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Migration crisis upends Greece’s coronavirus strategy (Politico)

ATHENS — Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Greece, including among migrants packed into overcrowded camps across the country — and the health system is struggling to meet the challenge.

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