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*[[April 4]]: Greek government officials say on first day of deportations 202 people were sent to Turkey aboard three ferries; none of those deported had applied for asylum.
 
*[[April 4]]: Greek government officials say on first day of deportations 202 people were sent to Turkey aboard three ferries; none of those deported had applied for asylum.
 
*[[April 6]]: European Union officials pledge there would be “no automatic return” for the migrants before they are given a chance to apply for asylum. EU officials say they will only be able to process up to 50 cases a day. Greek officials say between 300 and 500 migrants continue to arrive from Turkey daily.
 
*[[April 6]]: European Union officials pledge there would be “no automatic return” for the migrants before they are given a chance to apply for asylum. EU officials say they will only be able to process up to 50 cases a day. Greek officials say between 300 and 500 migrants continue to arrive from Turkey daily.
*[[April 16]]: Pope Francis visits the Moria detention camp on the island of [[Lesbos]]. [[Patriarch Bartholomew I|Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew]] and [[Hieronymus II|Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Jerome II]], joined Pope Francis.
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*[[April 16]]: Pope Francis visits the Moria detention camp on the island of [[Lesbos]]. [[Patriarch Bartholomew I|Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew]] and [[Hieronymus II|Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Jerome II]], joined Pope Francis. The Vatican says the pope's trip is not a "direct" criticism of the EU-Turkey deportation deal, but is instead a purely humanitarian visit.
  
 
==Deaths==
 
==Deaths==

Revision as of 20:35, April 16, 2016

Events

January

February

  • February 2: Greek academics and members of the Hellenic Olympic Committee sent a letter to put forward two Greek islanders from Lesvos (85 year-old Emilia Kamvysi and 40-year old fisherman Stratis Valiamos) and one American actress and activist (Susan Sarandon) as candidates for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, lauding their work to help alleviate the hardships of refugees reaching Greece's shores on their way to Europe. Because the Nobel Peace Prize must go to an individual or organization, the experts chose three individuals as representatives of the wider volunteer effort.
  • February 4: Greece's largest private and public sector unions (GSEE and ADEDY) stage a general strike to protest against the government's planned pension reforms.
  • February 7: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras begins two-day visit to Iran promoting a framework of cooperation between Greece and Iran.
  • February 8: Values on the Athens Stock Market drop 7.87%.
  • February 9: Four Bulgarian truck drivers smash through barriers set up by Greek truckers along the countries' shared border.
  • February 8: 27 migrants died off the Turkish coast trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
  • February 11: A Super Puma helicopter of the Hellenic Navy crashes on the island of Kinaros, killing its three-member crew.
  • February 13: 17-year old Emmanouil Karalis breaks the junior World indoor pole vault record with a jump of 5.53m.
  • February 23: Farmers escalate their mobilization and closed the Stomio interchange off the Tempi Valley.
  • February 25: Greece recalls its ambassador to Austria amid sharp divisions among EU states over the migrant crisis.

March

  • March 3: Deputy Minister for Sports, Stavros Kontonis, calls off the 2016 Greek Football Cup season, citing numerous violent incidents that have plagued recent matches between football clubs. His statement came after the semi-final first leg between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos was abandoned because of crowd violence. PAOK fans threw flares and clashed with riot police after their team was denied a penalty with Olympiakos leading 2-1.
  • March 5: Emmanouil Karalis breaks his own junior World indoor pole vault record with 5.54m.
  • March 29: EgyptAir flight MS181 is hijacked and diverted to Larnaca International Airport where, eventually, all the passengers are released and the hijacker surrenders.

April

  • April 1: The Hellenic Parliament approves by a 169 - 107 vote a bill to allow illegal migrants to be returned to Turkey.
  • April 4: Greek government officials say on first day of deportations 202 people were sent to Turkey aboard three ferries; none of those deported had applied for asylum.
  • April 6: European Union officials pledge there would be “no automatic return” for the migrants before they are given a chance to apply for asylum. EU officials say they will only be able to process up to 50 cases a day. Greek officials say between 300 and 500 migrants continue to arrive from Turkey daily.
  • April 16: Pope Francis visits the Moria detention camp on the island of Lesbos. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Jerome II, joined Pope Francis. The Vatican says the pope's trip is not a "direct" criticism of the EU-Turkey deportation deal, but is instead a purely humanitarian visit.

Deaths

January

February

March