While residents of Samothraki and Kythira as well as several other islands in the Aegean Sea fear another problem may deprive them of maritime transp
Ferry firms arguing over popular routes

Ferry firms arguing over popular routes

Ferry firms arguing over popular routes

Ferry firms arguing over popular routes

Ferry firms arguing over popular routes

Ferry firms arguing over popular routes
Ferry firms arguing over popular routes
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While residents of Samothraki and Kythira as well as several other islands in the Aegean Sea fear another problem may deprive them of maritime transportation this year – following similar experiences in recent years – coastal shipping companies are striving to offer more vessels on the popular routes to the Cyclades and Crete.

Ferry operators are now at odds over the day-trip service from Iraklio to Santorini and Mykonos, which is served by high-speed vessels carrying thousands of tourists for one-day visits. According to sources, some operators with a presence on these routes are pressing for the approval of new vessels on the Crete-Cyclades service, after the deadline too, rival ferry firms say.

With Santorini suffering from overcrowding at peak season, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development proposing the introduction of tickets to visit Oia – a Santorini village famed for its sunset views – it would appear strange for the ferry operators concerned to claim there is an urgent need to introduce new high-speed vessels on those routes after the deadline set by the the state. The Shipping Ministry says there are gray areas on the subject.
 

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Greece wants to take part in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece wants to take part in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece has asked to attend a summit in Berlin which will discuss a path to peace in Libya, government spokesman Stelios Petsas revealed on Tuesday.

The news came a regular press briefing, when Petsas was asked about Greece’s “absence” from any diplomatic initiatives concerning the crisis in Libya.

“Nobody can say that Greece is absent, but instead it is at the center of developments. We want to be involved in any initiative in the search for a political solution,” he told journalists and announced the request.

Reuters reported that the summit will coincide with a one-day visit to Berlin by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and will be held on January 19.

The same report said that “Erdogan’s presence is seen as essential to the success of any conference on Libya, since Ankara’s decision to deploy military advisers and possibly troops there has made it a major player in the country’s long-running civil war.”

The summit was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, who said that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin.

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police were called to break up a protest at a migrant hotspot on the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean on Tuesday.

Migrants at the Vial facility were protesting the slow pace with which Greece has been processing asylum claims.

Some protesters lit a garbage container on fire and then threw stones at firemen who tried to douse the blaze.

Police arrested 18 protesters aged between 16 and 41 years old.