Monthly Archives : February 2016

Upside down Athens

The transformation of Victoria Square in Athens is emblematic of the new model of top-down control of populations that Europe is moving towards. For a split second the setting – in which the action unfolding before my eyes – feels entirely unfamiliar.

There I am, standing in the middle of one of the busiest streets surrounding Victoria square, an area that I would consider to know well enough. But this is all too baffling: The hustling and bustling in front of me takes place in immaculate English – the employees of an about-to-open Salvation Army thrift shop unloading the merchandise as they prepare for their launch.

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Lesbos February 2016

The situation at the hotspots appears different to what we saw a month ago. For one, individuals are not allowed entry to the part where people in transit are staying and police stressed that a license from the Ministry of Interior is required for entry in the premises.

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