Greece

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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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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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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Greece, Israel Seal $1.6 Billion Defense Deal – Voice of America

ATHENS, GREECE – Greece said Tuesday it had approved a landmark $1.68 billion deal with Israel, providing for the procurement of 10 state-of-the-art jet fighters and training of pilots as the government in Athens upgrades its defenses, mainly against its longtime foe Turkey. The deal, which both sides are set to sign in the coming …

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Greece’s Orthodox Church defies Epiphany lockdown order – Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s Orthodox Church said on Monday it would defy a government lockdown order imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus and open churches to the faithful during the Epiphany celebration on Jan. 6. Greece tightened coronavirus curbs for a week from Sunday and reversed an earlier decision to allow Epiphany services …

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President-elect to Ecumenical Patriarch: We need your leadership – Orthodox Times

US President-elect Joe Biden has sent a reply letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressing his warm thanks for the congratulations letter sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch immediately after his election victory. In his letter, Joe Biden states: Your Holiness, Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I’m sorry because we have not yet had …

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Ankara’s media spin on ‘reconciliation’ with Israel continues – The Jerusalem Post

The reconciliation narrative began with maps that Turkey sought to push to Israeli media that show Turkey and Israel sharing a maritime border, which they do not. Ankara wants to ignore Cyprus and try to impose gas claims off the coast, much as it has done with Greece.
Turkey’s goal here is to try to get Israel to stop working on a pipeline agreement with Greece and Cyprus and reroute efforts to Turkey. This is designed not to “reconcile” with Israel but to sabotage deals between Athens, Nicosia and Jerusalem.

Greece is not ‘dragging’ the EU into anything; it is one of its members – ekathimerini.com – Comment

What our neighbors need to understand is that Greek-Turkish relations de facto involve the EU. Greece is not just a country with a medium-sized GDP of € 200 billion. It is also a member of a huge economy of €19 trillion. And it does not operate, nor can it be treated, as if it were not a part of it.