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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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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.

Turkey extends seismic survey work in disputed Mediterranean area to 29 November – Ahram Online

Turkey said it was extending the seismic survey work of its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 29, in a move that could add to tensions in the region. NATO members Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and conflicting …

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“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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Ankara sanctions loom ahead of EU summit – Arab News

Brussels is unlikely to step back from its threat to impose curbs following Turkey’s insistence on carrying out drilling in disputed zones During a visit earlier this week condemned as “provocative and illegal” by the Cypriot government, Erdogan called for a “two-state” solution in Cyprus ANKARA: Turkey is facing a renewed threat of EU sanctions over …

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The Case for a Strategic Pivot to Greece and Cyprus – The National Interest

U.S. officials should explore options to strengthen security cooperation with Cyprus. Like Crete, this strategically located island presents an ideal platform for power projection, and stronger U.S. ties could enable Greece to focus more concertedly on other missions since Athens currently bears much de facto responsibility for Cypriot defense. Though it was lost in the …

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Bicommunal group denounces partial opening of Varosha – Cyprus Mail

An informal bicommunal group, ‘Imaginary Famagusta’, on Friday denounced the opening of part of the fenced area of Varosha as a violation of UN resolutions and of European Court of Human Rights decisions on property rights of Greek Cypriots by Turkey which reduces chances for an agreement for a federal Cyprus. Members of the informal …

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How key is Turkey? – New Europe

The customs union has been key to Turkey’s economic successes and the country’s modernization. The EU is Turkey’s largest import and export partner. However, the country has been facing a severe currency crisis, soaring inflation and interest rates in recent time. With the severe plummeting of the Turkish lira in its value, so has Erdogan’s approval rating. As Turkey seeks to further antagonize Europe, the EU can use its leverage and cancel the customs union.

Turkey remains a key player in the Middle East, but it is not key to Europe’s economic growth. The EU can no longer tolerate Turkey’s blackmail, terror facilitation and insulting rhetoric. Therefore, the EU should support the French and Greek calls to suspend the EU’s customs union with Turkey and show it means business – or rather – no business until Turkey changes its belligerent tone and aggressive behavior.

Merkel: A decision will be made at EU summit about Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean activities – Bianet

European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the future of the bloc’s relations with Turkey at their summit next month, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (November 19). Speaking at a press conference following a video conference of EU leaders, Merkel said the meeting was largely focused on the coronavirus pandemic and disagreements over the EU …

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What did Erdoğan say in Cyprus, what is he trying to do? – Yetkin Report

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks during a Nov. 15 visit to Northern Cyprus provided clues to Turkey’s shifting strategies about the divided island. The failure of the last reunification talks in 2017 in Crans Montana, Switzerland, reinforced the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) conviction that the exhaustion of all trials for a settlement …

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Turkey’s behaviour “widening its separation” from EU, Borrell says – Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey’s rhetoric on Cyprus is aggravating tensions with the European Union and Ankara must understand that its behaviour is “widening its separation” from the 27-nation bloc, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday. “We consider the recent actions and statements by Turkey related to Cyprus contrary to the United Nations …

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