Greece

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.

Annus horribilis: Key Greek-Turkish developments in 2020 – Al Jazeera

2020 has been the most acrimonious year for Greek-Turkish relations since 1974. Here, we review the key events that led to the fallout: January 2: East Med pipeline deal signed Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to build the Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline that will carry natural gas 1,900km from the Eastern Mediterranean basin to …

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Greece, Egypt Maritime Deal Posted on UN – GreekReporter.com

The agreement on the partial demarcation of maritime boundaries between Greece and Egypt was posted on the United Nation’s Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea on Thursday. The deal, signed on August 6, 2020, designates an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean, which in turn gives the two countries rights …

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Greece Could Usurp Turkey’s Role As Leading NATO Air Power In Eastern Mediterranean – RealClearDefense

Officially, Greece and Turkey are allies, both being members of NATO. Historically, this relationship has been much more hostile. A hot-and-cold pattern of war and reconciliation has characterized their interactions since the first Byzantine-Ottoman conflicts. Turkey and Greece have disputed territorial claims and rights to resources in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last several decades. …

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Turkey sends oil ship to eastern Med, approves Libya troop deployment – Arab News

Erdogan accused of raising tensions abroad to maintain influence inside Turkey Survey vessel will continue searching for oil and gas in territorial waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus ANKARA: Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorized controversial oil exploration by a survey vessel in the eastern Mediterranean for a further six months, until June next year. The …

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Greece: An Unknown Site of the Holocaust – Deutsche Welle (Translated from german)

The war crimes of the Nazis in Greece are hardly present for most Germans. A memorial in Münster is now providing information about Greece’s victims’ villages and cities of martyrs during World War II. The occupation of Greece by the German Wehrmacht (1941-45) and the question of reparation for the crimes committed at the time …

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German Citizens Do Not Know About Nazi Crimes In Greece – Greek City Times

The issue of reparations still haunts Greek-German relations, often bringing back dark memories of German occupation, the mass executions and the Holocaust. “Contrary to what many Greeks believe, only a few in Germany and Europe know about the martyrdom villages and cities of Greece”, explained Babis Karpouchtis from the University of Jena. “The massacres and …

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