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Heralding Schengen suspension, EU gives Greece three months to fix borders

BRUSSELS The European Union took a step on Friday towards suspending its cherished free-travel Schengen zone for two years by setting a deadline for Greece to stem the chaotic influx of migrants into the bloc.

Greek farmers clash with police, parade tractors in pensions protest

ATHENS Angry Greek farmers clashed with riot police in Athens then paraded their tractors and pick-ups outside parliament on Friday, in their first big protest in the capital against pension reform plans after weeks of road blockades. | Video

World, 12 Feb 2016

East European states to help stop migrants from leaving Greece

PRAGUE/BRUSSELS Eastern European leaders are set to offer manpower and other aid to help Macedonia seal its Greek border, sources close to the discussions told Reuters, in a move that could strand migrants in Greece in the coming months.

World, 12 Feb 2016

Be ready to halt migrant flow, Austria tells Macedonia

SKOPJE Austria told Macedonia on Friday to be ready to "completely stop" the flow of migrants across its southern border from Greece and said it would do the same on its own frontiers within months.

World, 12 Feb 2016

NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

BRUSSELS NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday.

World, Migrant Crisis, Turkey, 11 Feb 2016

Greeks at frontline of migrant crisis angry at Europe's criticism

ABOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Aegean Sea Greek Captain Argyris Frangoulis lifts his binoculars and with eyes fixed on the Aegean Sea horizon, steers his patrol boat out near the Turkish border to a dinghy full of stranded refugees.

Greek PM offers talks on pension reform, rebuffed by farmers

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday he was willing to talk to protesting farmers over pension reform but said it was essential to overhaul the system to ensure Greeks could continue to receive pensions.

World, 10 Feb 2016

EU executive to push Greece, Italy more on migration

BRUSSELS The EU executive will push Greece and Italy on Wednesday to do more to control migrants arriving across the Mediterranean, as time runs out for Athens to fix frontier chaos or be suspended from Europe's free travel zone.

World, Italy, Migrant Crisis 09 Feb 2016

Greek ex-finance minister Varoufakis launches democracy movement

BERLIN Yanis Varoufakis, who as Greece's finance minister last year tried to defy German-backed austerity policies, launched a pan-European movement in Berlin on Tuesday that he said aimed to "democratize" the continent. | Video

World, 09 Feb 2016

Angry Bulgarian drivers smash through Greek border blockade

SOFIA/ATHENS Four Bulgarian truck drivers smashed through barriers set up by Greek truckers along the countries' shared border on Tuesday, saying they were fed up with Greek protesters barricading roads over a planned revamp of their country's pension system.

World, 09 Feb 2016