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.
Recently Turkey’s interlocutors and allies have sent Ankara strongly critical signals such as having top officials visiting the region without going to 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.
Paradoxically the fire that destroyed the Moria camp not only highlighted the conditions on the islands where refugees and migrants reside but it also offered Greece a great opportunity.
'Very useful exchange with President Erdogan on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and on migration. I welcome the planned launch of talks with Greece, which are essential for stability in the Eastern Mediterranean,' said Von der Leyen.
From the start Greece has stressed the need for all parties to abide by international law and to that end launched an international diplomatic blitz.
'We have the issue of security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean which is not the affair of Greece and Cyprus alone but an EU issue,' Michel said
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.
At times indifferent, at other times weak, and at other times hiding behind the refusal of local societies to bear their portion of the burden, the competent officials had buried their heads in the sand with the hope that the problem would gradually disappear.
With Greek-Turkish tensions and the pandemic crisis having put the entire country on red alert suddenly the refugee issue exploded.
Before the decision to turn the museum of the Christian Basilica of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and yesterday’s NAVTEX (a navigational warning), since May, 2019, there were a series of provocative actions by Turkey
French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stern message to Turkey criticising its activity in Libya but other EU states are not on board and there is no solid EU front against Turkey.
The High Court delivered its decision just as the next and largest ECB bond-buying programme to address the problems borne of the coronavirus crisis is being launched.
Europe now has an ideal opportunity to act decisively and thus ensure its long-term prospects as a cohesive and useful supra-national structure that ensures the well-being of the peoples of the Union.
Much like her predecessor Mario Draghi, ECB chief Christine Lagarde has declared she will do anything necessary to shore up the eurozone and temper the economic shock of the pandemic.
It is not easy at difficult moments to be magnanimous. Yet it is at such times that generosity characterises great leadership, as did the perceptiveness and moral leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel during the refugee crisis of 2015.
The wealthy states of Northern Europe and especially Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland continue to stubbornly refuse to adopt bold economic measures in the midst of a deadly pandemic.
The current unprecedented crisis constitutes a major temptation for authoritarian rulers everywhere to usurp more power.
The Turkish leadership went as far as to liken the situation at the border to the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. This disrespected the memory of the millions brutally murdered by the Nazis.
It would be disastrous to leave the economy to its own devices as many governments in Europe realise though there are glaring and unfortunate exceptions, which have made the situation even more difficult.
Greece and the enitire EU responded effectively when migrants and refugees in Evros were exploited by Ankara as a tool of blackmail to achieve objectives that were anything but humanitarian.
If the emergency measures had not been taken the number of cases would have risen tenfold and it could easily have spun out of control MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Constantinos Daskalakis told Mega television.
It is in no one’s interest for the economy to shrink again due to recessionary policies and policies that will not facilitate an extremely swift remedy of the major additional wounds that it will suffer from the virus.
A Greek crew member is heard on the video shouting, 'They have broken our rails. [Record] everything on video.' Another crew member said, “They are in our waters and hit us from behind. It has caused damage.”
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.
The Greek government displayed quick reflexes from the beginning of the crisis when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to open his side of the Greek-Turkish border.
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.
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.
Solidarity with Greece in handling the migration crisis must be continual and uninterrupted and must be offered with a swiftness to which the EU is not accustomed
'We have just been to the border area and have seen how tense and how difficult the situation is. The Greek authorities are facing a very difficult task in containing the situation and I want to thank the Greek border guards, the coast guards, the civilians, the police, the servicemen and servicewomen, and Frontex for their tireless effort, said Ursula von der Leyen.
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.
At the stroke of midnight in Brussels, the EU lost 15% of its economy, its biggest military spender, and the world’s international financial capital, London.
Geopolitical constants have been lost, developments are being shaped elsewhere, and Greece for the time being cannot have the impact that it deserves and would want to have.
'We must state clearly that if we cannot agree on the sole dispute that Greece recognises – delimitation of the continental shelf of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean – that should be adjudicated by the International Court of Justice,' the PM said.
Brexit will certainly create an opportunity for the 27-member EU to discuss its future prospects and to deal with internal differences.
Boris Johnson as a strong prime minister with an absolute parliamentary majority will continue to see the tree of Brexit and not see the forest.
Europe has understood in an ever more dramatic manner that the post-war world is changing.
Clearly it is necessary to have a plan to distribute geographically the refugees and migrants and put them up in structures that will not offend their human dignity.
Everything that has occurred over the last days in cities and villages in mainland Greece reveal the unalloyed political aims of circles of unrepentant exploiters of a skewed perception of the nation.
At the same time waves of US protectionism, have undermined international trade, have undermined global growth, limited the rise of China, limited the power of India and rising Indian and Latin American economies, and have trapped embattled Africa turning it into a centre of refugees and migrants..
With his supposedly unconventional ,populist style Johnson pushed negotiations to the limit and now he must convince his party.
With public opinion in the UK divided and tired by an interminable and contradictory negotiation it is possible for Johnson to achieve what his predecessors did not.
Disappointment must give way to the conviction that the exit from the crisis will signal the country’s modernisation in all sectors - including gender equality.
The facts that Tsipras is threatening to reveal are known as are the many warnings he had received but he ignored them in order to come to power.
Vladimir Putin’s Russia which is distant from the Western values of democracy and liberty is steadily gaining predominance in the Middle East.
As long as these flows continue and develop the negative reactions will grow and may spin out of control if migrant flows are not checked.
Turkey, which hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, controls parts of north Syria where it says 350,000 Syrians have already returned. and that it is setting up a “safe zone"
Lagarde’s position reminds us that a wave of populism permeated Greek politics in large measure because it found fertile ground by exploiting the excessive demands of creditors.
It must relieve the burden on the islands by transporting migrants elsewhere while preparing local societies on the mainland to accept this eventuality.
It is this obstinate devotion to unbending rules which over the last years has nurtured the monster of populism.
It is an odd twist of fate that two countries which are so different, Greece and the UK, experienced a similar drama due to a referendum.
Refugee and migrant flows cannot be handled without European authorities participating and standing by Greece and without a distribution of the burden.
Our partners are obliged to secure the Greek-European borders and to create a system for the just distribution of refugees.
Clearly the arrogant Mr. Johnson fears nothing and nobody and is acting on the basis of his self-deceptions and illusions.
'We are aware of the tensions Greece faces in the Eastern Mediterraean. The Eastern Mediterranean makes your country important in the region,' Macron stated.
The elections which the Italian nationalist interior minister demands – cultivating tensions and spewing invective at his opponents, disseminating fake news, and asking his compatriots for absolute power - should be postponed.
'A review of the Bank’s strategic orientations of its lending activities in Turkey is scheduled for later this year,' an EIB spokeswoman said.
Whether one likes it or not, Turkey holds the key to managing the refugee issue and it is in a position to use it to blackmail whenever it feels cornered.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on 29 July will visit Nicosia for talks with Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades. The first foreign trip of any newly-elected Greek PM is to Cyprus.
The previous SYRIZA government of Alexis Tsipras steadfastly refused to recognise Guaido as interim president on the grounds that President Nicolas Maduro was the democratically elected leader, and that such recognition would not facilitate a peaceful transition of power.
It is necessary to reorganise the civil protection service by relying on capable and experienced officials and incorporating international experience.
'In light of Turkey’s continued and new illegal drilling activities, the (EU) decides to suspend negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agrees not to hold further meetings of the high-level dialogues for the time being,' a draft statement read.
'We express our full solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus and yet again call upon Turkey to immediately cease illegal activity and to respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus,' the ministry stated.
Erdogan made thinly veiled threats of force against Cyprus in remarks to journalist on his return flight from China on 2 July.
'Greece is a sovereign country that is in a position to defend its sovereign rights. There is no scenario under which a [Turkish drilling ship] will drill in the Greek continental shelf because that will be blocked.'
“Not till negotiations ended on July 13, 2015, did the EU and Greece agree to a third bailout. In the meantime, the EU’s preparations for catastrophe continued,” Bloomberg reported.
In an interview with FAZ on the eve of the signing of the accord, North Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev says it is a win-win situation, though problems may arise.
Athens must not become isolated and limit the handling of tensions fueled by Ankara to the framework of a Greek-Turkish dispute. Greece has every reason to behave as a member of the EU and Nato.
In the framework of an evaluation of the bailout programmes that were implemented between 2008 and 2017, the Executive Board of the Fund has in many instances pinpointed important miscalculations and omissions.
Just days befor the elections the government is essentially distributing to voters shell beads and mirrors at an exorbitant cost.
Athens and Nicosia have submitted their charges against Turkey to the EU, the UN, and Nato and Apostolakis will raise all the parameters of the issue at a 14 May EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
Between 2015 and February, 2019, about five billion euros in Russian depositors’ bank accounts was withdrawn.
'The agreement provides for the creation of a task force that will be called upon to thrash out these issues. We have some people in Greek Macedonia who do not support the Prespa Agreement but who for many years traded here [in North Macedonia]. They are hypocrites,” Tsipras declared.