Lydia Emmanouilidou is a reporter for The World based in Athens, Greece. She covers stories about human rights, migration, the far-right, technology, digital privacy and other issues, with a focus on the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Before joining The World, Emmanouilidou worked for NPR’s investigative unit, where she contributed to several award-winning series. She has also worked as a higher education and general assignment reporter and producer for WGBH in Boston.
Greek officials made assurances early on that the more than 35,000 people who live in refugee camps on the Greek islands and the mainland would be accommodated by the country’s vaccine rollout plan. But more than four months into the inoculation drive, a plan for asylum-seekers has not been finalized.
Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders, along with other stakeholders, are discussing potential solutions to what’s widely known as the “Cyprus issue.”
Greek authorities have strongly denied those claims. Evidence and pressure, though, are mounting.
Reports of suicide attempts within the refugee population are up, as are other symptoms related to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile, virtually all mental services on the island are at capacity.
The European Union has announced a quarter-billion euros in funding for five new refugee camps on Greek islands, including on Lesbos. Some are worried the new site will not improve conditions for migrants on the island.
A group of residents gathered in the port city of Mytilene to protest plans for a permanent migrant facility on the island.
People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have tested negative for the virus as well as those who have recovered from it would receive a certificate.
Greek authorities say the technology will make police checks more efficient, but critics are sounding the alarm about potential abuses.
Although some Serbians see it as a big win for the country — and a rare victory at that — others are critical of what they see as the politicization of vaccines.
An Olympic medalist’s sexual assault allegations against a former coach have opened up a conversation about gender roles, discrimination, power dynamics and everyday sexism in Greek society.