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.
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.
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.
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.
The Netherlands, alone in its tough stance, wants stricter conditions, including country-specific economic criteria, that are politically unacceptable for Rome, because they would make it look as being under EU economic supervision, even though the pandemic is not Italy’s fault.
Europe is an economic superpower and it cannot afford to disregard it citizens who are facing major trials. It matters little whether they speak Greek, Italian, or German.
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.
We therefore propose that we work together quickly to ensure sufficient liquidity in all European Union countries, so that jobs do not depend on the whims of speculators.
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.
Berlin proposes that those hardest hit repair to the ESM for loans that would break the back of the highly indebted countries.
There is a pressing need for certain EU leaders to understand that now is not the time for strict economic discipline. This is an hour when the welfare of human beings must come first.
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.
The success of the refugee burden-sharing plan will depend on the readiness of the Greek government to manage the crisis and on the efficiency of competent authorities.
Greece must seek the broadest possible support in Europe. It must pursue and achieve a clear condemnation of Ankara's actions at the December 12-13 EU summit.
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.
Our partners are obliged to secure the Greek-European borders and to create a system for the just distribution of refugees.
Αφηρημένες φόρμες, κοφτερές ευθείες και έντονες καμπύλες παραπλανούν την ανθρώπινη αντίληψη με τον καλύτερο τρόπο
The conservative leader said that if he is elected PM he will refuse to interpret Article 2 of the agreement as signaling that Greece must consent to Skopje’s EU admission.