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Annette Groth on the Greek-Macedonian border

From 22 to 26 August, Annette Groth, Member of the Bundestag and spokeswoman on human rights for the Left Party parliamentary group, will be on the Greek-Macedonian border (Idomeni). The aim of this trip is to gain a first-hand impression of the atrocious situation facing refugees there.  

Every day, around 2000 people arrive in the Greek-Macedonian border region and attempt to enter the EU. The refugees, who generally have neither money, food or medicines, nor clothes and blankets, are completely at the mercy of the Macedonian border police and unscrupulous people smugglers and are suffering massive violence at their hands.  It is mainly volunteers who are providing support to those affected in this humanitarian catastrophe. 

Annette Groth, chairwoman of the German-Greek Parliamentary Friendship Group at the German Bundestag, is travelling to Greece at the invitation of the local mayor, Christos Gkountendoudis, and the coordinator of the cross-border local health centre in Polykastro, Georgos Perpidis. She was also invited to make the trip by Vasilis Tsartsanis, coordinator of the informal group of volunteers in Polykastro, and Dorothee Vakalis, who was pastor at the German Evangelical Church in Thessaloniki for 34 years and is now involved in voluntary work, mainly in the refugee field.

Annette Groth is available for interviews both during and after the trip:


Tel.: +49 (0)30-22777207

Mobile: +49 (0)176-70476563

Email: annette.groth@bundestag.de