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Greece: Maritime Talks With Turkey Might Resume Soon

ATHENS, Greece—Greece and Turkey are close to reviving talks on long-standing maritime disputes following a tense standoff over rights to exploit potential offshore natural gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek official said on Sept. 21. “We are close to restarting the exploratory talks,”…

Turkey May Resume Talks With Greece, Warns Against EU Sanctions

ISTANBUL—Turkey and Greece might soon resume talks over their contested Mediterranean claims, according to Turkey’s presidential spokesman, who cautioned European Union leaders meeting this week that warnings of sanctions against Ankara won’t help the situation. The NATO members and their neighbors have been locked in…

Two Dead As Destructive Storm Ianos Hits Central Greece

ATHENS—Two people have died as a hurricane-like storm pounded central Greece, flooding streets and homes, the authorities said on Saturday. Cyclone Ianos, known as a medicane (Mediterranean hurricane), uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese. It swept through…

Greek Police Arrest Five Over Lesbos Fire, Migrants Resist New Camp

LESBOS, Greece—Greek police have detained six migrants over a fire that razed the Moria refugee camp to the ground, the government said on Tuesday, as thousands of displaced people refused to move to a new facility and demanded to leave Lesbos island. Authorities were searching…

Greek PM Demands More EU Help to Handle Homeless Migrants

LESBOS, Greece—Greece’s prime minister demanded Sunday that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly to a new tent…

Greece favoured in Rafale dogfight: Russian expert

“Beware of Greeks in Rafale jets.” OK, that isn’t exactly the right quote … but this appears to be good news for Greece, bad news for Turkey … and, maybe bad news for China too? Amid escalating tensions between Greece and Turkey, France has reportedly…

Greeks Strengthen Military Amid Increased Turkish Aggression

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to outline Saturday the details of a program to boost Greece’s defence capabilities, amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Turkey over rights to resources in the eastern Mediterranean. 0…

Fire Destroys Overcrowded Greek Refugee Camp, Forces Thousands to Flee

LESBOS, Greece—Thousands of migrants fled fires on Wednesday that tore through an overcrowded camp under coronavirus lockdown on Greece’s island of Lesbos. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called ministers to an emergency meeting but there were no immediate reports of casualties. A migrant carries her belongings…

Old pipeline holds vast new promise for Israel

A discreet oil pipeline dating back to the days of Israel’s alliance with the Shah of Iran holds both risk and vast promise in a shifting geopolitical landscape that pits Israel and its neighbors against Turkey. “Anything that brings the UAE and Israel closer and…

Greece to Boost Military Amid Tension With Neighbor Turkey

ATHENS—Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry, the government spokesman said Monday, as a tense stand-off with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two…

Decline of US-led global order set to fuel more conflict

Inter- and intra-state conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mozambique and Iraq could seriously destabilize Africa, the Middle East and Europe. And the ongoing conflicts in these regions are poised to get much worse. For this, there are two key reasons. One is the raging Covid-19…

What’s next in Eastern Mediterranean?

Tensions are visibly mounting in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Greek and Turkish navies have conducted rival exercises. The Turkish seismic research vessel Oruç Reis, accompanied by naval vessels, has proceeded with exploration activities in areas deemed to be within Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Commensurately,…

Greek Police Seize Weapons and Explosives After Raiding Antifa Squat

Greek police say they found weapons and explosives in an Antifa anarchist squat in the city of Thessaloniki, saying the squat was being used as a base to plot attacks against police and political opponents. Police raided the Terra Incognita 0…

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