Europe

A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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Turkey faced with Greece’s EU membership and diaspora – eKathimerini.com

Last week, the Turkish minister of defense once again denounced what he perceived as Greek attempts to reframe Greco-Turkish disputes as wider disputes between Turkey and third parties, powerful countries or regional entities. Speaking during joint military exercises with the participation of Turkish and Azeri forces, Hulusi Akar called on Greece to “stop presenting Greco-Turkish …

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Erdogan threatens Mitsotakis – eKathimerini.com

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s habit of lashing out at foreign leaders, including Greek ones of course, is hard to understand sometimes; the Turkish president obviously feels that he is invincible and has the right to insult and threaten whomever he chooses. Kyriakos Mitsotakis became the most recent target of his ire, when, in a speech to …

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How the Kashmir dispute is playing out in the Eastern Mediterranean – The New Arab

With friction growing between Ankara and Athens, the longstanding alliance between Pakistan and Turkey has prompted Greece and India to consider the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership. In the modern era, the balance of geopolitical power is constantly shifting, with new alliances being formed and historical tensions coming to the fore once again. Pakistan …

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Lionel Shriver on lockdown scepticism, big tech censorship & Biden’s takeover – The Sun

Lionel Shriver is an author and commentator and wrote the famous book ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ which was made into a film of the same name in 2011. Shriver talks about what 2021 has to offer, the changing shape of our society and discourse, and the impact of the pandemic on our wider …

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EU leaders must take ‘leap of faith’ to believe Turkey’s U-turn – Marc Pierini – Ahval

Former European Union ambassador to Ankara Marc Pierini spoke with Ahval’s Yavuz Baydar about Turkey’s bid for EU accession and the watershed moment for the country’s relations with its Western allies. Pierini addressed a number of issues in Turkey hindering the country’s decades-long EU bid and alienating Ankara from its Western allies. Turkey’s Court of …

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Open letter to EU’s Borrell: bitter joke or sheer disgrace? – Ahval

Dear Mr. Borrell, On Thursday, you received your dear friend Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with open arms in Brussels. You were the master of ceremonies. Normally for Turkey, a so-called “candidate country”, Çavuşoğlu’s host should have been Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement. But those days are long gone. Turkey was dropped from …

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Spanish Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean – Inside Arabia

Amid a period in which geopolitical tensions are heating up in the Eastern Mediterranean, Spain is stepping up its diplomatic efforts to lower the temperatures. As tensions between Greece and Turkey were heating up last summer, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya visited both countries’ capitals on July 27 and 28 and called …

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Turkey not the same as in 2000 or 2016, Dendias says | ekathimerini.com

Ahead of the imminent exploratory contacts with Ankara, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview with Kathimerini that Athens will have a constructive disposition, but stressed he is worried that Turkey is neither the country of the early 2000s that harbored European ambitions nor that which engaged in these talks in 2016. “Of course, no one …

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Germany says: Turkish think tank SETA disseminating pro-AKP propaganda in Europe – Turkish Minute

[…] According to DW, the German government also stated that a SETA report titled “International Media Outlets’ Operations in Turkey” that was published in July 2019 served to pressure the Turkish government’s opponents.[…]

[…] The SETA report, which analyzed foreign news outlets’ coverage of the July 2016 coup attempt and the AKP’s subsequent crackdown, drew strong criticism from journalists, press unions, foreign media outlets and critics, who accused the pro-government think tank of profiling journalists through methods used by the Turkish police for gathering intelligence.

The German government also revealed in November 2019, in response to a parliamentary inquiry questioning the financial sources of SETA, that the foundation was funded mainly by the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and former Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak. […]

Greece submits bill on western territorial waters extension – Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s conservative government has submitted a bill to parliament to extend the western limit of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles, following negotiations with its regional neighbours Italy and Albania. FILE PHOTO: Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias attends the foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium …

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Priceless value of Turkey’s partnership – Daily Sabah

If both the U.S. and the EU were not following double standards in their ties with Turkey and lent the importance to the country that it deserves, today’s alliances would be much more powerful.

Turkey’s redlines were ignored many times by both the EU and the U.S. For example, the Greek Cypriot administration violated all international norms and agreements by rejecting the U.N. plan for Cyprus; however, it was still accepted as an EU member. However, this very EU created many obstacles for Turkey’s membership process.