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Editorial: Turning point for Europe
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Editorial: Turning point for Europe

The Franco-German axis is de facto strengthened as long as Italian PM Mario Draghi, who had described Weidmann as “Nein zu allem” (No on everything), remains in power.

Cyprus to brief permanent members of UN Security Council over Turkey’s moves to re-open Varosha
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Cyprus to brief permanent members of UN Security Council over Turkey’s moves to re-open Varosha

France, as President of the UN Security Council at the time, issued a presidential statement on 23 July, 2021, condemning Turkey’s stated intention as a glaring violation of UNSC resolutions on Varosha and called for an “immediate reversal” of the decision.

Editorial: Ta Nea: Turning a page
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Editorial: Ta Nea: Turning a page

Germany will not be able to effectively put the brakes on reforms being pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron and at the same time it will not be able to exert a drastic influence on the frugal countries of the European North.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell: Condemnation without consequences in statement on Erdogan’s opening of Varosha
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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell: Condemnation without consequences in statement on Erdogan’s opening of Varosha

EU summits over the last year have consistently postponed imposing sanctions against Turkey over its violations of international law in Cyprus’ EEZ, the Aegean, and the Eastern Mediterranean, ostensibly in an effort normalise Greek-Turkish relations.

Kosovo PM Albin Kurti: ‘We would welcome a decision by Greece to recognise Kosovo’s independence’
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Kosovo PM Albin Kurti: ‘We would welcome a decision by Greece to recognise Kosovo’s independence’

'Kosova seeks to resolve outstanding issues with the neighbors through dialogue. We will only be able to fix the relations in the Balkans with a principled and well-prepared dialogue, founded on European values.'

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.

Editorial: Drawing boundaries
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Editorial: Drawing boundaries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strategic decision to visit occupied Cyprus on the anniversary and re-open part of the ghost city of Varosha constitutes a sharp escalation and provocation on Ankara’s part.

Revisiting Greece-North Macedonia relations
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Revisiting Greece-North Macedonia relations

It is obliged to point out omissions and delays in implementation and to stress the need to expedite the work of the committee on changes to school books – not to hide behind artful ruses.

Biden has returned, not the US
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Biden has returned, not the US

China is losing no time in exploiting this situation in order to further increase its commercial power. It is already contributing to shaping the largest global free-trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

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.

Limited expectations from resumption of Greek-Turkish ‘exploratory’ talks
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Limited expectations from resumption of Greek-Turkish ‘exploratory’ talks

It was the 61st round of such talks, which commenced in 2002, when George Papandreou was foreign minister, and were abruptly terminated in 2016 after an abortive coup against Erdogan

Greek-Turkish exploratory talks to resume on 25 January amidst international pressures
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Greek-Turkish exploratory talks to resume on 25 January amidst international pressures

Though both sides have long declared publicly that they wish to resume talks, their views on the agenda and limits of such a dialogue are diametrically opposed.

BioNTech: Long EU delay in placing COVID-19 vaccine order the cause for shortages
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BioNTech: Long EU delay in placing COVID-19 vaccine order the cause for shortages

The United States ordered 600 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer shot in July, while the EU waited until November to place an order half that size.

Editorial To Vima: Lagarde’s message of hope
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Editorial To Vima: Lagarde’s message of hope

The ECB decided to hike the pandemic QE by 500mn euros and approved a nine-month extension of the programme through March, 2022.

Merkel says EU to discuss sanctions against Turkey with Biden administration, Nato
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Merkel says EU to discuss sanctions against Turkey with Biden administration, Nato

The United States, Italy and Spain were the top exporters of arms to Turkey from 2015-2019, according the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Editorial To Vima: The tragedy in Kavala and the threat of a meltdown
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Editorial To Vima: The tragedy in Kavala and the threat of a meltdown

Political initiatives are needed to ensure solidarity with vulnerable groups and the poor, to guarantee the endurance of the health system, and to check the epidemic's spread.

International jubilation as Pfizer announces ’90 percent effective’ COVID-19 vaccine
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International jubilation as Pfizer announces ’90 percent effective’ COVID-19 vaccine

The prospect of a vaccine electrified world markets with the S&P 500 and Dow hitting record highs. JPMorgan said it expected the S&P 500 index to hit 4,000 points by early 2021.

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.

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.

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 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: 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: Opportunity
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Editorial Ta Nea: Opportunity

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.

As Greece, Turkey prepare for talks Mitsotakis expresses guarded optimism, EU, US welcome development
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As Greece, Turkey prepare for talks Mitsotakis expresses guarded optimism, EU, US welcome development

'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.

Editorial Ta Nea: No room for complacency
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Editorial Ta Nea: No room for complacency

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.

European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey
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European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey

'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

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: Tears
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Editorial Ta Nea: Tears

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.

Editorial To Vima: Moria, the shame of Europe
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Editorial To Vima: Moria, the shame of Europe

With Greek-Turkish tensions and the pandemic crisis having put the entire country on red alert suddenly the refugee issue exploded.

Editorial To Vima: When will Europe react?
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Editorial To Vima: When will Europe react?

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

Editorial To Vima: An EU-Turkey affair
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Editorial To Vima: An EU-Turkey affair

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.

Editorial To Vima: Enough is enough Chancellor Merkel!
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Editorial To Vima: Enough is enough Chancellor Merkel!

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.

Editorial To Vima: Europe’s big day
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Editorial To Vima: Europe’s big day

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.

Editorial To Vima: The first step
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Editorial To Vima: The first step

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: The return of politics
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Editorial Ta Nea: The return of politics

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.

Editorial To Vima: Solidarity, not ideological fixations
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Editorial To Vima: Solidarity, not ideological fixations

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.

Editorial: To Vima: When democracy becomes collateral damage
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Editorial: To Vima: When democracy becomes collateral damage

The current unprecedented crisis constitutes a major temptation for authoritarian rulers everywhere to usurp more power.

Dendias calls for European resolve in answering Ankara’s geopolitical, economic blackmail
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Dendias calls for European resolve in answering Ankara’s geopolitical, economic blackmail

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Priorities
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Editorial Ta Nea: Priorities

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Lessons
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Editorial Ta Nea: Lessons

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.

Editorial To Vima: The darkest hour
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Editorial To Vima: The darkest hour

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.

Editorial: Trying times
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Editorial: Trying times

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.

Ankara ratchets up Aegean pressure, Turkish Coast Guard vessel purposely collides with Greek one
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Ankara ratchets up Aegean pressure, Turkish Coast Guard vessel purposely collides with Greek one

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.”

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 To Vima: Dangerous escalation
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Editorial To Vima: Dangerous escalation

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.

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Solidarity requires deeds
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Editorial Ta Nea: Solidarity requires deeds

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

Top EU officials express solidarity with Greece in guarding EU borders, pledge 700mn euro in aid
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Top EU officials express solidarity with Greece in guarding EU borders, pledge 700mn euro in aid

'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.

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.

UK sails into uncharted waters with Brexit now official, an uncertain future
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UK sails into uncharted waters with Brexit now official, an uncertain future

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.

Editorial To Vima: An era of indeterminacy and uncertainty
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Editorial To Vima: An era of indeterminacy and uncertainty

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.

Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties
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Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties

'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.