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Editorial To Vima: Tayyip Erdogan’s slippery slope
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Editorial To Vima: Tayyip Erdogan’s slippery slope

Does Turkey truly want to attack Greece militarily, or simply to drag it into a comprehensive negotiation based on its demands from a position of power, after a controllable military clash?

Turkish National Security Council takes aim at US over defences on Greek islands, arms sales to Cyprus
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Turkish National Security Council takes aim at US over defences on Greek islands, arms sales to Cyprus

'The circles encouraging Greece to deploy arms on islands with a demilitarised status have been urged to come to their senses, the MSG statement said, in a thinly veiled reference to the US.

Editorial: Composure in dealing with Turkey
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Editorial: Composure in dealing with Turkey

Mitsotakis addressed the Turkish people directly, highlighting the importance of peace and harmonious co-existence, so that his message would reach Turkish society unfiltered, through the social media.

Mitsotakis at UN appeals to Turkish people: ‘We are not your enemies, we are your neighbours’
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Mitsotakis at UN appeals to Turkish people: ‘We are not your enemies, we are your neighbours’

Mitsotakis said that Athens will unswervingly defend its red lines against Turkish revisionism and threats against the territorial integrity of Greece’s Aegean islands, which Turkey has persistently been challenging.

Erdogan at UN accuses Greece of ‘crimes against humanity’, depicts Turkey as ‘force of peace’
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Erdogan at UN accuses Greece of ‘crimes against humanity’, depicts Turkey as ‘force of peace’

Ankara has repeatedly been criticised by international players over policies that aim at the violation of Greece’s sovereign rights, most notably over its islands.

Op-ed: The difficult diplomacy toward a Greek-Turkish dialogue
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Op-ed: The difficult diplomacy toward a Greek-Turkish dialogue

In terms of efforts to commit Turkey to a specific framework for dialogue, it is mandatory that we not squander opportunities when they arise.

Escalating Greek-Turkish tensions raise heightened concerns, fuel war scenarios
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Escalating Greek-Turkish tensions raise heightened concerns, fuel war scenarios

During separate visits to Athens, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna denounced Turkish violations and the climate of instability that they create.

Editorial To Vima: Message of deterrence to Turkey
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Editorial To Vima: Message of deterrence to Turkey

Turkey is dangerously escalating tensions, its aggressive rhetoric is spinning out of control, and it behaves as if it is preparing military operations against Greece.

Irked by Athens’ internationalistion of provocations, Sabah Op-ed slams Mitsotakis as ‘wannabe Zelenskyy’
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Irked by Athens’ internationalistion of provocations, Sabah Op-ed slams Mitsotakis as ‘wannabe Zelenskyy’

Ironically, the article is entirely self-contradictory as it offers quotes of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that amount to a clear threat of a declaration of war against Greece.

Greece sends letters to NATO, UN, EU on Turkish violations, Erdogan threatens landing on Greek island
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Greece sends letters to NATO, UN, EU on Turkish violations, Erdogan threatens landing on Greek island

There has been a record number of of Turkish violations of Greek airspace and territorial waters so far this year, and Ankara’s lays claim, counter to international law, to dozens Greek islands and islets.

Editorial Ta Nea: Realism needed in dealing with Turkey
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Editorial Ta Nea: Realism needed in dealing with Turkey

Athens must prepare for the prospect of Ankara broadening its alliances and of Erdogan being re-elected to yet another five-year term, as even if he loses, Turkey’s policy toward Greece will not change radically.

Editorial Ta Nea: Erdogan’s multiple fronts
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Editorial Ta Nea: Erdogan’s multiple fronts

Erdogan is stepping up his attacks against Greece by disputing international treaties, exploiting the refugee issue, and going as far as to characterise our country as a “safe haven for terrorists”.

Editorial Ta Nea: Compusure
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Editorial Ta Nea: Compusure

The Greek side is obliged to be, as it is, in a constant state of readiness, and to combine a clear and fine line of composure with a firm demonstration of decisiveness.

Athens closely monitors Ankara’s moves as Turkish drill ship heads toward Eastern Mediterranean
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Athens closely monitors Ankara’s moves as Turkish drill ship heads toward Eastern Mediterranean

The overarching aim of sending the “Abdulhamid Han” for natural gas and oil exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean is to forcefully assert the Turkish dogma of the “Blue Homeland”.

Editorial Ta Nea: A serious mistake
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Editorial Ta Nea: A serious mistake

Erdogan believes that he can achieve his ambitions by blackmailing NATO, invading Syria, threatening Greece, and sending drill ships to the Mediterranean, but he is making a serious mistake.

Op-ed: Abdul Hamid Khan – the sultan and the drill
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Op-ed: Abdul Hamid Khan – the sultan and the drill

Even if the international community would not tolerate a Turkish provocation in the Eastern Mediterranean, given the current confluence of events, we should not remain complacent.

Babacan: Erdogan has ‘destroyed our reputation around the world’
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Babacan: Erdogan has ‘destroyed our reputation around the world’

For years, Ali Babacan was the moderate, European-oriented face of Turkey, serving as Ankara’s chief negotiator in the country’s EU accession talks.

Editorial Ta Nea: Geopolitical shifts
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Editorial Ta Nea: Geopolitical shifts

In this fluid political terrain, it is important for Greece to maintain clear judgment and calm and make strategic choices, monitoring changes without compromising its values.

State Department dismisses territorial claims against Greece by Erdogan’s coalition partner
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State Department dismisses territorial claims against Greece by Erdogan’s coalition partner

In line with the decades-long US position, the State Department urged the two NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, to resolve their disputes diplomatically, and to avoid inflammatory rhetoric.

Erdogan, his ultra-nationalist ‘grey wolves’ coalition partner in sync in provoking Greece
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Erdogan, his ultra-nationalist ‘grey wolves’ coalition partner in sync in provoking Greece

Over the years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly made the hand sign of the ultra-nationalist, neo-fascist, and Islamist ‘Grey Wolves’.

Editorial To Vima: Dealing with Turkey without delusions
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Editorial To Vima: Dealing with Turkey without delusions

Ankara believes that the Turkish nation is suffocating within the borders of the state and that it now has the power and means to expand its sphere of influence.

Editorial Ta Nea: The message
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Editorial Ta Nea: The message

Erdogan believes that the leaders of Sweden and Finland can “commit themselves” to extradite Kurdish and Turkish expats granted asylum whom he accuses of terrorism.

After securing gains at NATO summit, Erdogan resumes hostile rhetoric against Greece
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After securing gains at NATO summit, Erdogan resumes hostile rhetoric against Greece

The general consensus among observers was that Biden had offered assurances that he will try to push the sale of 40 F-16s to Turkey through Congress.

Greece, Turkey declare their satisfaction with results of NATO summit
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Greece, Turkey declare their satisfaction with results of NATO summit

Erdogan clearly indicated that he got what he wanted from the deal regarding Sweden and Finland, and that declared he would leave the summit with his 'hands full'.

Will Erdogan voice challenges to Greek sovereignty at NATO summit?
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Will Erdogan voice challenges to Greek sovereignty at NATO summit?

Athens is focused on whether Erdogan will table his demands for the demilitarisation of Greek Eastern Aegean islands at the ongoing NATO summit.

Will Erdogan back off on veto of Sweden, Finland NATO membership at summit?
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Will Erdogan back off on veto of Sweden, Finland NATO membership at summit?

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said today that President Joe Biden “may well” meet with the Turkish president on the margins of tomorrow's NATO summit.

After Erdogan’s tirade against Mitsotakis, Akar says Ankara ready for immediate talks
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After Erdogan’s tirade against Mitsotakis, Akar says Ankara ready for immediate talks

'There are the exploratory talks that we would like to complete. There are confidence-building-measures and meetings in the NATO framework,” Turkey's defence minister said.

Greek President: Support for dialogue with Turkey, military ready at any moment
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Greek President: Support for dialogue with Turkey, military ready at any moment

Katerina Sakellaropoulou stressed that Greece has approved imposing all EU and NATO sanctions packages against Russia, and Turkey has imposed none.

Mitsotakis warns Ankara not to test its territorial claims on the ground
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Mitsotakis warns Ankara not to test its territorial claims on the ground

'Greece has proven that it is ready to defend its sovereignty and its sovereign rights,' Mitsotakis said during remarks at a health conference today.

Editorial To Vima: Turkey is playing with fire
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Editorial To Vima: Turkey is playing with fire

Turkey is a dangerous, revisionist power, and it is not just Erdogan. The country’s entire political establishment espouses the same aggressive claims against Greece.

Editorial Ta Nea: Maintaining composure in Greek-Turkish relations
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Editorial Ta Nea: Maintaining composure in Greek-Turkish relations

The characteristics of the current phase in Greek-Turkish relations is hardly unfamiliar to Greece, as it is part of a diachronic blame game.

After Congressional standing ovations, US keeps equal distances on Turkish provocations
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After Congressional standing ovations, US keeps equal distances on Turkish provocations

'We encourage our NATO Allies, including Greece and Turkey, to work together to maintain peace and security in the region and resolve differences diplomatically.'

Editorial Ta Nea: Responding to the  challenge of Turkish provocations
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Editorial Ta Nea: Responding to the challenge of Turkish provocations

Ankara is maintaining tensions, fully confirming what Greece has told the EU and the US regarding Turkey’s violations and its revisionist geopolitical posture.

Editorial To Vima: Straight talk
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Editorial To Vima: Straight talk

Turkey's autocratic leader is an exponent of contemporary revisionism and cannot understand that Ankara cannot have its cake and eat it.

Op-Ed To Vima: Erdogan spins out of control
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Op-Ed To Vima: Erdogan spins out of control

It has been apparent for some time now that the 'new sultan' of Ankara, in his effort to divert the attention of Turkish citizens from the continually worsening economic situation, has adopted a two-pronged approach to foreign policy.

Editorial Ta Nea: Vigilance
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Editorial Ta Nea: Vigilance

Greece is a peaceful Western country, but without being pliant and complaisant. Through deterrence and decisiveness it sends the analogous signals. Through constant diplomatic pressure, it reminds one that Greece’s borders are the EU’s borders.

Op-ed: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’
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Op-ed: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’

It remains to be seen what will be the policy of the new German government, after the departure of Angela Merkel and the appointment of the Green party’s Annalena Baerbock as the country’s foreign minister.

Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey’s lonesomeness
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Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey’s lonesomeness

The historic 23 November plunge of the Turkish lira was triggered by the decision of Recep Tayyip Erdogan the previous day to declare an 'economic war of independence'.

Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey’s domestic, foreign crises
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Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey’s domestic, foreign crises

Not only with Erdogan and the neo-Ottoman dogma that he follows, but also historically, Turkey in every domestic crisis has proven that that it shifts and shapes it into a dangerous, extroverted stratagem.

Neo-Ottoman dreams: Erdogan, Bahceli display map of ‘Turkish world’ with Thrace, Cyprus
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Neo-Ottoman dreams: Erdogan, Bahceli display map of ‘Turkish world’ with Thrace, Cyprus

The map, which depicts Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman ideations and foreign interventions presents as “Turkish territories” a long list of countries from the Balkans and Central Asia and Russia all the way to China with its Muslim Uyghur minority.

Greek Armed Forces on heightened alert after Erdogan refers to pushing migrants into Greece
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Greek Armed Forces on heightened alert after Erdogan refers to pushing migrants into Greece

Sources say that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are closely coordinating with the chief of Greek Police and the chief of the Hellenic Coast Guard in order to ensure the most effective possible monitoring of the borders and deterrence.

Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan
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Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan

The popularity of the once most popular Turkish politician is plummeting, and the economic problems of the “regional power” are constantly growing. Inflation and poverty are battering  his working class base of support.

Erdogan under fire from opposition, Turkish media over American fighter jets deal ‘fiasco’
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Erdogan under fire from opposition, Turkish media over American fighter jets deal ‘fiasco’

Erdogan has been harshly critiicised by the opposition Republican People’s Party and a segment of the Turkish media over his failure to secure a US commitment on how Ankara will recoup the $1.4bn that it has paid for the purchase of American next-generation F-35 joint strike fighter jets.

After longstanding bilateral tensions Macron, Erdogan discuss Libya on sidelines of G20 summit
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After longstanding bilateral tensions Macron, Erdogan discuss Libya on sidelines of G20 summit

Erdogan has repeatedly said in the past that the French president is in need of psychiatric evaluation, has lambasted France’s historic role in Algeria, and has gone as far as to urge his compatriots to boycott French products.

Biden-Erdogan meeting first, small step toward repairing tattered relations
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Biden-Erdogan meeting first, small step toward repairing tattered relations

'President Biden reaffirmed our defense partnership and Turkey’s importance as a NATO Ally, but noted U.S. concerns over Turkey’s possession of the Russian S-400 missile system. He also emphasized the importance of strong democratic institutions,' the White House readout said.

DW: Cavusoglu threatened Erdogan with resignation over decision to expel ambassadors
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DW: Cavusoglu threatened Erdogan with resignation over decision to expel ambassadors

The report says that Cavusoglu was on a trip to South Korea when Erdogan issued his instructions for the expulsion and that the foreign minister asked him to delay his decision until his return two days later, 25 October, so that they could discuss the matter both face-to-face.

Following domestic, international uproar Erdogan backs off on expulsion of 10 Western ambassadors
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Following domestic, international uproar Erdogan backs off on expulsion of 10 Western ambassadors

On 18 October, the US Embassy in Ankara posted on its website the joint statement calling for the release of businessman, philanthropist, and rights activist Osman Kavala, whose imprisonment led to a ruling against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights, which ordered his release.

Ankara confronted with expanded US-Greece defence cooperation, tattered ties with US
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Ankara confronted with expanded US-Greece defence cooperation, tattered ties with US

The nationalist opposition, which for over a decade has been pushing Erdogan to claim “the islands that Greece occupied” now is pressuring him to send the Turkish seismic vessel Oruc Reis to research areas included in the illegal Libya-Turkey memorandum delimiting their EEZs.

Originator of Turkey’s expansionist ‘Blue Motherland’ theory slams France for allying with Greece
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Originator of Turkey’s expansionist ‘Blue Motherland’ theory slams France for allying with Greece

“These issues in the Eastern Mediterranean cannot be resolved through military confrontation. It would be better for France to act as a mediator. France over the last two years has been behaving as a bully toward Turkey. This is unacceptable. Turkey is not a small country. It is a regional power,” said Gurdeniz .

Angry with US, Biden, Erdogan warns he will pursue closer strategic ties with Russia
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Angry with US, Biden, Erdogan warns he will pursue closer strategic ties with Russia

Biden has made no secret of his consternation with Erdogan on a range of issues from his purchase of the S-400 Russian missile systems in defiance of the US to Ankara’s role in Libya, and its hostile and expansionary policy in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Tempest in a teapot: The attacks on Archbishop Elpidophoros and foreign policy stunts
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Tempest in a teapot: The attacks on Archbishop Elpidophoros and foreign policy stunts

Though first and foremost his role is that of spiritual leader, traditionally the Archbishop of America also is the informal leader of the Greek-American community, which numbers about three million but carries greater political weight than its numbers would indicate.

Erdogan lays out views on Cyprus Problem, Mediterranean, Aegean at UN General Assembly
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Erdogan lays out views on Cyprus Problem, Mediterranean, Aegean at UN General Assembly

Though Erdogan’s rhetoric was diplomatic, a far cry from his and his ministers’ frequent outbursts of late against Greece and Cyprus, he clearly articulated his core claims, which have been rejected by strong geopolitical players – the UN, the US, the EU, and Russia - as violating international law.

Islamist, nationalist outburst from Erdogan on Hagia Sophia
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Islamist, nationalist outburst from Erdogan on Hagia Sophia

'I returned it [Hagia Sophia] to those who are its owners since the time of Mehmed the Conqueror,” he declared. “We determined our path well. Our path is not the same as theirs [the opposition]. Either I will take Byzantium or Byzantium will take me.'

Mitsotakis, Erdogan conferring on Afghan refugee crisis
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Mitsotakis, Erdogan conferring on Afghan refugee crisis

“Athens’ argument is that cooperation with Ankara is necessary because the two countries and the broader region may suffer serious repercussions from a huge refugee flow from Afghanistan and so they are confronted with the same problem,” Greek government sources say.

Akinci: Erdogan wanted him out to torpedo 2019 effort at comprehensive Cyprus settlement talks
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Akinci: Erdogan wanted him out to torpedo 2019 effort at comprehensive Cyprus settlement talks

Akinci made the bombshell statement in an interview with the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen. He said the agreement would have put settlement talks back on track.

Editorial: Erdogan’s provocations
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Editorial: Erdogan’s provocations

The diplomacy of kicking the can down the road is not merely counter-productive. It is deleterious. The previously much-touted “status quo” no longer exists. What is needed now is a fighting spirit, decisiveness, and flexibility.

Defying US, EU pressures Erdogan trumpets support for two-state solution on visit to Turkish-occupied Cyprus
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Defying US, EU pressures Erdogan trumpets support for two-state solution on visit to Turkish-occupied Cyprus

Some analysts believe Erdogan’s maximalist position in support of a two-state solution is designed to achieve a loose confederation, (effectively Ankara’s position in prior settlement talks), definitively abandoning the UN's bi-zonal federation framework.

The second Turkish ‘invasion’ of Cyprus
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The second Turkish ‘invasion’ of Cyprus

Ankara knows all too well that it will not suffer sanctions from the EU, due to Berlin’s stance on the migration problem, or from the US, due to Turkey’s important geostrategic position.

Turkish expansionism is now well-dressed and proper
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Turkish expansionism is now well-dressed and proper

Erdogan's voters are repaid with nationalistic claptrap, with the aim of healing in this manner some of the economic wounds in the everyday life of Turkey’s citizens.

Editorial Ta Nea: A calculated diplomacy
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Editorial Ta Nea: A calculated diplomacy

Over the last decades Greece and Turkey had alternating periods of lesser or greater tensions. Hence, a coldly calculated approach to diplomacy is one of the greatest advantages and the Greek side should cultivate it.

Erdogan, Mitsotakis ‘break the ice’, prepare way for wider, more intensive bilateral talks
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Erdogan, Mitsotakis ‘break the ice’, prepare way for wider, more intensive bilateral talks

The two leaders reportedly discussed the migration-refugee issue and the Greek side underlined that the two countries can cooperate as long as the type of provocations we saw in March, 2020, are avoided.

Erdogan tells his AKP audience ahead of NATO summit, talks with Biden that he will make no geopolitical compromises
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Erdogan tells his AKP audience ahead of NATO summit, talks with Biden that he will make no geopolitical compromises

Still, Turkey maintains the second largest army in NATO and remains a critical, regional US ally and undoubtedly the difficult path toward a modus vivendi is pressing for both sides.

Editorial Ta Nea: Lines
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Editorial Ta Nea: Lines

Circumstances necessitate that we see this Summit as a restart of NATO, with Greece as an organic member, after the erratic Trump administration.

Cavusoglu visit spurs hopes of normalisation of Greek-Turkish relations through high-level talks
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Cavusoglu visit spurs hopes of normalisation of Greek-Turkish relations through high-level talks

The main obstacle to an understanding has been the fact that over the decades Ankara has vastly expanded its claims against Greece, ranging from territorial claims to Turkey’s efforts to encroach on Greece’s (and Cyprus’) EEZ.

Foreign ministry blasts Cavusoglu’s references to Muslim minority in Thrace
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Foreign ministry blasts Cavusoglu’s references to Muslim minority in Thrace

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s five-hour visit to Thrace today naturally once again included references to a “Turkish minority”, including during his visit with the two illegal muftis of Thrace.

Op-Ed To Vima: Erdogan’s new objective
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Op-Ed To Vima: Erdogan’s new objective

Aside from the EU [including Germany, which has always maintained a particularly friendly stance toward Turkey], Turkey's two-state proposal has been openly rejected by the US and Russia.

Editorial Ta Nea: A just act
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Editorial Ta Nea: A just act

The era when Turkey developed its comprehensive aggressive strategy unhindered, ignored its past and displayed outbursts from high-level government officials with the air of a pampered child of great powers is over.

In historic move Biden recognises Armenian Genocide
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In historic move Biden recognises Armenian Genocide

"Over the decades Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic history ... We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history.' Biden said.

Editorial To Vima: The need for one policy, one voice in dealing with Turkey
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Editorial To Vima: The need for one policy, one voice in dealing with Turkey

The defence of Greece’s rights and the strict invocation of international treaties and the obligations that they produce for all parties can bring only benefits.

In a blow to Turkish Central Bank credibility, new governor drops pledge of tighter monetary policy
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In a blow to Turkish Central Bank credibility, new governor drops pledge of tighter monetary policy

In a Reuters poll, most economists had predicted no change to the one-week policy rate this week, but saw easing from around mid-year, to settle at 15% by year-end.

Erdogan in surprise move to meet with Greek foreign minister in Ankara
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Erdogan in surprise move to meet with Greek foreign minister in Ankara

The prospect of high-level political negotiations between Athens and Ankara has fueled concerns among analysts that Greece may make concessions that touch on national sovereignty.

Van der Leyen, Michel offer carrot and stick at summit with Erdogan
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Van der Leyen, Michel offer carrot and stick at summit with Erdogan

Despite concerns over recent Turkish backsliding on human rights, the EU has applauded Ankara’s recent withdrawal of vessels operating in disputed waters and restarting talks with Greece.

Editorial Ta Nea: Trap
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Editorial Ta Nea: Trap

The leadership change in the US and the fluid situation in the Southeastern Mediterranean aggravated the problems posed by Erdogan and that creates the prospect of our country falling into a trap.

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