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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.

Greek, Turkish foreign ministers to meet with Mitsotakis-Erdogan talks on the table
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Greek, Turkish foreign ministers to meet with Mitsotakis-Erdogan talks on the table

The Dendias-Cavusoglu talks were discussed during political consultations between Greece and Turkey held parallel to ongoing exploratory talks.

Editorial Ta Nea: Remaining dedicated to dialogue
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Editorial Ta Nea: Remaining dedicated to dialogue

The Greek side must remain devoted to its line, ring the alarm bells when necessary, and come to the table of exploratory talks with determination.

Editorial To Vima: The terms of good neighbourly relations with Turkey
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Editorial To Vima: The terms of good neighbourly relations with Turkey

Greece has an opportunity to exploit Turkey's shift towards Europe in order to impose terms and pre-conditions for the prospective resumption of talks and negotiations with the EU.

Turkey denounces US sanctions on its SSB defence industry ‘grave mistake’
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Turkey denounces US sanctions on its SSB defence industry ‘grave mistake’

As Turkey’s top body for defence project development the SSB was responsible for more than 600 projects ranging from jet engine development to ammunition production.

Editorial Ta Nea: Continuity in US Foreign Policy
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Editorial Ta Nea: Continuity in US Foreign Policy

Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan enjoyed a privileged relationship with Mr. Trump, who never hid his admiration for his Turkish counterpart.

Editorial Ta Nea: Equation
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Editorial Ta Nea: Equation

In Turkey, his sacking of his son-in-law and finance minister, Berat Albayrak, showS that Edogan will not hesitate to sacrifice even family members in order to stay in power.

Editorial Ta Nea: Our European way of life
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Editorial Ta Nea: Our European way of life

As many times as one may shout Allahu Akbar before a cold-blooded murder in Europe they will never be able to win the jihad that they have declared.

Threat of permanent partition looms over Cyprus with rise of Tatar
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Threat of permanent partition looms over Cyprus with rise of Tatar

After three years without inter-communal dialogue and with Turkey stirring troubles from the Aegean to the Caucasus, the rise of the new Turkish-Cypriot leader does not presage positive developments.

Erdogan digs in heels stirring religious clash with France, Western countries
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Erdogan digs in heels stirring religious clash with France, Western countries

In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhhamad, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries.

Editorial Ta Nea: Persistence
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Editorial Ta Nea: Persistence

Each time Erdoagn pushed the envelope a bit further because he knew that although Greece was complaining strongly the EU would not significantly change its posture.

Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey is now international problem
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Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey is now international problem

If Donald Trump is defeated in next week’s US presidential elections Ankara may well escalate its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean in order to instigate a military incident.

The historical underpinnings of Turkish nationalism, militarism
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The historical underpinnings of Turkish nationalism, militarism

Turkish militarism was entrenched after the revolution of the Young Turks. Earlier, the Germans, who traditionally supported the Turks, played a significant role in creating Turkish nationalism.

Editorial Ta Nea: New realities in Cyprus
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Editorial Ta Nea: New realities in Cyprus

Right after his election incoming Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar dismissed the prospect of a federation (which the UN and the two sides had supported) and declared he wants a two-state solution.

Editorial Τa Nea: The only course
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Editorial Τa Nea: The only course

Instead of negotiating, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to directly provoke Greece by sending the research vessel Oruc Reis to the Aegean.

Editorial To Vima: Time to shed delusions about Erdogan
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Editorial To Vima: Time to shed delusions about Erdogan

To justify his military intervention on many fronts Erdogan says that he is is guided by the Ottoman past, but he is in fact reviving the catastrophic, expansionist Nazi theory of lebensraum.

Editorial Ta Nea : Endurance test
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Editorial Ta Nea : Endurance test

Recently Turkey’s interlocutors and allies have sent Ankara strongly critical signals such as having top officials visiting the region without going to Turkey.

Editorial To Vima: Who will rein in Erdogan?
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Editorial To Vima: Who will rein in Erdogan?

The international community must realise that the situation has reached its limits and that it must make it clear that enough is enough.

Editorial Ta Nea: Opportunity
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Editorial Ta Nea: Opportunity

If the Greek government plays its cards right and remains calm it can win over even those countries in the EU which at the previous summit refused to draft a list of possible sanctions against Turkey

Editorial To Vima: We must prepared for everything with Turkey!
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Editorial To Vima: We must prepared for everything with Turkey!

In light of Turkey’s erratic and dangerous policies and the policy of appeasement on the part of strong powers there is no room for complacency.

Editorial Ta Nea: A crucial contest
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Editorial Ta Nea: A crucial contest

The outcome of the election in Turkish-occupied Cyprus will have an impact beyond Cyprus and above all on the climate in Greek-Turkish relations.

Editorial To Vima: Erdogan is building castles in the sand
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Editorial To Vima: Erdogan is building castles in the sand

Erdogan's works and days reveal the archetype of a leader who is motivated by irredentism and who ineluctably must confront the monster which he created and which now threatens to destroy him.

Editorial To Vima: Erdogan is not invincible
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Editorial To Vima: Erdogan is not invincible

Turkey demands the demilitarisation of the Greek Aegean islands so as to transform them into a “neutral zone”. He intimates that sovereignty over the tiny Greek island of Kastelorizo is disputable

Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France
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Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France

Only France is stepping forward to staunchly and with clear judgment support Greece’s just positions. Other EU countries, however, are not doing their part as their interests have led them to adopt a neutral stance.

Editorial Ta Nea: An historic agreement
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Editorial Ta Nea: An historic agreement

The second parameter of the Greece-Italy EEZ agreement is the content of the agreement – the right of islands to have sea zone

Editorial To Vima: Erdogan’s conceit
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Editorial To Vima: Erdogan’s conceit

In the pre-coronavirus period he unsuccessfully tried to open many fronts at once but did not achieve the victories that as self-styled sultan he very much desired.

Editorial: One-way street
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Editorial: One-way street

The prospect of Turkey exporting its internal problems - whether by sending into Greece’s or Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic zones a hydrocarbons research vessel or by creating strong migrant flows toward Greece - is not unlikely.

Editorial Ta Nea: Bazaar bargaining
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Editorial Ta Nea: Bazaar bargaining

'Greece does what it does at its borders on behalf of the West,” he declared of Athens’ decision to entirely close its border with Turkey,' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared.

Editorial To Vima: Dark leader
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Editorial To Vima: Dark leader

Erdogan can do anything in the darkness that surrounds him but that is also his Achilles’ heel – the prospect of being destroyed by his megalomaniacal nature and abuse of the tools he believes he has at his disposal.

Editorial Ta Nea: Bystanders
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Editorial Ta Nea: Bystanders

From that perspective, Germany has an historic obligation to lead Europe to abandon the role of passive observer as regards Syria and make it an active player.

Though irked by blackmail big EU states want to pay more for Erdogan to keep refugees, migrants
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Though irked by blackmail big EU states want to pay more for Erdogan to keep refugees, migrants

One senior EU diplomat said the EU had squandered the time since the 2016 deal, brushing the problem under the carpet by paying for refugees and migrants to be kept in Turkey.

Greece blasts Turkey’s flooding of borders with migrants, seeks EU emergency action
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Greece blasts Turkey’s flooding of borders with migrants, seeks EU emergency action

The Greek government announced emergency measures to counter an “asymmetrical threat” from Turkey which it accused of directing in a coordinated manner the passage of many thousands of migrants to the land and sea borders of Greece.

Editorial Ta Nea: Crisis
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Editorial Ta Nea: Crisis

Provocative statements from Ankara certainly stir concerns and Turkey in the 21st century appears to be adopting an ever more aggressive stance toward its neighbours.

Turkish prosecutors arrest 700 amid rumours of plot to topple Erdogan
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Turkish prosecutors arrest 700 amid rumours of plot to topple Erdogan

Authorities have carried out a sustained crackdown on alleged followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen since the failed bid in July 2016, in which about 250 people were killed.

Greek defence minister denies Erdogan’s claim that Athens agreed not to approach Imia
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Greek defence minister denies Erdogan’s claim that Athens agreed not to approach Imia

All of Turkey’s positions have been articulated in the past but today they are being reiterated amid projections that the two sides may agree on a list of differences and petition the International Court of Justice (ICJ)  in The Hague.

Editorial Ta Nea: Dialogue
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Editorial Ta Nea: Dialogue

The absence of a Greek-Turkish dialogue is a bad policy that is accompanied by fatalism and introversion, which could prove exceptionally harmful for Greek interests.

Editorial To Vima: Consensus needed on refugee crisis here and now
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Editorial To Vima: Consensus needed on refugee crisis here and now

The effort to internationalise an issue that by its very nature is supranational and yet is treated as a domestic problem is a step in the right direction.

Opposition suggests Oruc Reis incident linked to Turkish demands not to approach Imia
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Opposition suggests Oruc Reis incident linked to Turkish demands not to approach Imia

The Turkish research vessel on 31 January entered an area above the Greek continental shelf causing heightened concern in Athens, as it entered and exited areas under Greek sovereignty for many hours.

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