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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Greece plans nautical boundary shift as Turkey tensions increase (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece plans to extend the size of its territorial waters along its western coastline in the Ionian Sea from 6 nautical miles to 12, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday in what appears to be a test run for a similar move on its Turkey-facing east.

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Coronavirus casts shadow over North Macedonia’s election (Politico)

They won praise across Europe for ending a decades-long dispute with Greece, getting their country into NATO and opening a path to EU membership talks.

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Coronavirus bundles Greece into the digital era (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece’s dismal record on digitalization, where it ranks close to last in the EU, has received a boost from an unlikely quarter: the coronavirus.

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Greece holds out hope for EU action on migration (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece has a message for Brussels: You should have seen this coming.

On Tuesday, the presidents of the European Council, European Commission and European Parliament will travel to the Greek-Turkish land border in a show of support for Athens after Turkey announced it would no longer stop migrants from crossing into the EU.

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