Greece blasts Berlin for shunning plea for Turkey arms embargo – Politico

ATHENS — Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias accused Germany of failing to live up to its leadership role in the EU by rejecting pleas from Athens to impose an arms embargo on Turkey. “I really fail to understand Germany’s reluctance to use the enormous power of its economy to set a clear example to countries …

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Turkey blasts ‘unauthorised’ German search on Libya-bound ship – Daily Mail

Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an “unauthorised” search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. But the European Union’s Operation Irini — tasked with halting arms shipments to the strife-torn north African country — said it had made a “good faith” …

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Turkey Needs Radical New Direction to Save the Economy – Chatham House

Although Ankara has witnessed what appears to be an abrupt change of its top economic team with two fresh appointments to key positions – Naci Ağbal as head of the presidential budget and strategy directorate and Lütfi Elvan as finance and treasury minister – a cardinal rule of thumb in Turkish politics is that the …

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Germany ‘concerned’ after Turkey orders halt to ship search off Libyan coast – POLITICO

The German government voiced concern after Turkey stopped the inspection of a suspicious vessel off the Libyan coast, which German forces had boarded as part of an EU-led arms control mission. On Sunday, the German frigate “Hamburg,” which is in the Mediterranean as part of the EU’s Operation Irini to enforce the U.N. arms embargo …

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We can’t allow Turkey and Russia to fill America’s Middle East vacuum | TheHill

  President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates ‘Joe Biden Way’ to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans ‘either in complete lockstep’ or ‘afraid’ of Trump MORE appears determined to withdraw as many troops as he can from the Middle East before he vacates the White House on Jan. 20, …

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Turkey faces Storm December as Erdoğan eyes applause – Yetkin Report

Turkish President Erdoğan deiivers his online G20 speech as some of the other leaders listen on. (Photo: Turkish Presidency) President Tayyip Erdoğan reproaches the party members at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congresses, asking “Where is that old storm of applause?” as he says every once in a while that “We see …

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Turkish minister says UNESCO “not bothered” by Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism has reportedly said that the UN body that protects significant cultural and religious sites was “not bothered” by the controversial conversion of a former Byzantine-era church into a functioning mosque. The Hagia Sophia was officially converted into a place of Islamic worship in July after Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

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Erdoğan’s U-turn on EU because of failing economy, says Babacan – Bianet

The government’s recent change in discourse about Europe is related to the “sinking economy,” according to Ali Babacan, the chair of the Democracy and Progress (DEVA) Party, who was also in charge of the country’s economy until 2015. “When they started to realize that they sank the economy, they began to talk about the European …

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Turkey’s Jews are feeling the heat of Erdogan’s extremism – The National

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to signal a softening in his foreign policy stance this past weekend. First, he called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss bilateral ties following several months of tension, that included popular calls for the boycott of Turkish products. The next day, he contradicted months of his own anti-European …

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Will Erdoğan’s yo-yo game with the EU succeed in deluding the West again? | Ahval

He is back at it again. Full of his customary surprises at each and every turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan displayed a sharp swing on Saturday, refreshing his long-lost love for his favourite punching bag, the EU. “We don’t see ourselves elsewhere but in Europe. We envisage building our future together with Europe,” in …

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Caught between a rock and a hard place, Erdogan seeks a way out

Nov 21, 2020 Developments at home and abroad are forcing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek a fresh course aimed at delivering Turkey from its current economic morass and debilitating political isolation in the West. Having sacrificed his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, the former finance and treasury minister, at the altar of a “new beginning,” Erdogan …

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EU Officials Watch in Awe Greek Turkish Air Fights Live – GreekReporter.com

European Union officials had the opportunity to watch a Greek Air Force aircraft chasing away Turkish F-16 fighter jets that had violated Greek airspace live.

The presentation took place during the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) conference of the 15th Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) High-Level Course (HLC) 2019 – 2020 Module 3.

The conference was held November 2-6 at the Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAFA) in Tatoi, organized by the Directorate of International Relations of the Ministry of National Defense, under the General Director Dr. Konstantinos Balomenos.