Episode 7 — Coronavirus hits Europe’s Economy & Refugees in Greece The seventh episode of the Berlin Policy Journal Podcast explores the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the European economy and its existing migrant situation. We start with a conversation with Marcel Fratzscher, the president of the German Institute for Economic Research, or DIW Berlin. He is one of Germany’s leading economists, and joins Berlin Policy Journal executive editor Henning Hoff to discuss the economic impact and possible EU solutions. With everyone focused on fighting the pandemic, it’s easy to forget that some crises at Europe’s borders are continuing, virus or no virus. The situation of refugees and migrants trapped at the Greek-Turkish border and on Greek islands has been made worse by the pandemic. For a first-person look, we hear from Chiara Tormen, who works on the Greek island of Samos as a translator for the medical NGO Med’EqualiTeam. She sent us her impressions of the situation refugees find themselves in. Finally, Mona Lou Günnewig who works with the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Migration Program explains what led to the escalation at the Greek-Turkish border, and what might come next in this dire situation. ———————————— The Berlin Policy Journal is a bi-monthly digital magazine on European affairs, edited in Germany’s capital and published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). It’s the sister publication of Internationale Politik, Germany’s leading foreign affairs magazine. You can read the Berlin Policy Journal on our website, berlinpolicyjournal.com/ or receive it free of charge via our app for Android and iOS devices.
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