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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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 …
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Mass rejected on Monday Greece’s request to impose an arms embargo on Turkey amid the ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. “I do not find the demand of an arms embargo against Turkey strategically correct. It is not easy to do this against a NATO partner. We saw that NATO ally …
With evidence of compliance for 35 years there is no room left to argue that the obligation not to populate Varosha is not binding Last week Panayiotis Kouparanis reported from Berlin that legal advice provided to the German parliament suggested the UN Security Council prohibition on populating Varosha was not strictly binding as it was soft rather …
Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Turkey during a virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, accusing Ankara of stoking tensions with fellow allies in the Mediterranean and of giving a gift to the Kremlin by purchasing a Russian-made anti-aircraft system. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu fired back, accusing Pompeo of phoning …
Indeed, there is no organization officially registered as the Gray Wolves, which has led many to play down the French ban as posturing. This, however, does not preclude judicial action against the Gray Wolves, based on symbols and signs. Darmanin conceded that the Gray Wolves were not a formal association but insisted they formed groups that meet regularly, are connected to each other and act as an organized body.
In Turkey, the Gray Wolves are organized as the youth branches of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), called the Idealist Hearths. The MHP has been a staunch political ally of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in recent years. Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, is perhaps the most notorious of the Gray Wolves internationally. The movement has various avatars in Europe, such as the umbrella group called the Federation of Democratic Idealist Turkish Associations in France. Its members are active mostly in Lyon, Dijon, Strasbourg and Grenoble.
After the invasion of Turkish troops into Syria in October of 2019, Germany’s federal government had imposed a partial arms export ban on Turkey. However, this only applies to weapons which could be used in the Syrian war.
According to the document, the weapons delivered last year were exclusively for “maritime” purposes.
Die Welt noted that although Berlin is publicly critical of Turkey’s actions in regional conflicts including Syria and Libya, it continues to export large quantities of arms to Ankara.
Özdemir — a former co-leader of the Greens — said the Gray Wolves were responsible for hundreds of murders in Turkey but did not limit their activities to that country.
“They also threaten members of the Turkish opposition and minorities in Germany,” Özdemir told German newspaper Die Welt. Surely it cannot be that Turkish right-wing extremists in the middle of Berlin, Dortmund or Hamburg intimidate, beat up or threaten the lives of peaceful citizens. The German state must protect these people.”
In the wake of the incendiary rhetoric aimed at Europe, and France in particular, by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ankara’s stance toward Greece and Cyprus, calls in Germany for sanctions against Turkey, even an embargo on arms sales, are getting louder. This view was apparent in comments to Kathimerini by four Germans – three politicians from across …
Mitsotakis has made special reference to the know-how provided by Berlin to Ankara for the German-designed Type 214 submarine and for the anaerobic propulsion (AIP) systems. There is similar cooperation between Berlin and Ankara in the production of the integrated program of Leopard tank (2A4). Berlin also provides significant technological assistance in the production of the Korkut medium-range anti-aircraft system (Rheinmetall type), as well as PorSav missiles.
What’s more, negotiations are under way for know-how related to the engine of the domestically produced Altai tank. Germany has provided engines for the Turkish navy’s national corvette, as well the so-called national frigate (MilGem) and, together with France and Spain, has also provided know-how for the A-400 transport aircraft. The MEKO frigates are also a German-type ship that has been developed for the Turkish navy.
Turkey’s continuing provocation in the Eastern Mediterranean was not to be discussed at this Summit and the issue was reopened due to the insistence of the Greek Prime Minister and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis. Finally, the European Council’s “strong disapproval” of the new unilateral and provocative actions of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, including recent research activities, was included in the Conclusions. There is also an explicit reference to the need for Turkey to respect Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 on Varosha in occupied northern Cyprus. The European Council called on Turkey to reverse these actions and work to reduce tensions in a consistent and systematic manner, and warned that it would continue to monitor the issue closely.
Cyprus is frustrated that, in addition to the Turkish exploration ship off a Greek island, Turkey has sent another vessel to Cyprus’s economic zone to conduct seismic surveys.
EU member Cyprus is also furious that Turkish Cypriot authorities have partially reopened the beach town of Varosha, a former resort area fenced off and abandoned in no-man’s land since a 1974 Turkish invasion that split the island.
“Turkey remains consistent in its provocative and aggressive behaviour,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in Brussels.