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Four Greek Tourists Dead at road accident in Turkey

Four Greek citizens died and five others were severely injured when a tourist bus came off road and tumbled 8 meters. The road accident occurred on the highway to Istanbul, near the town of Tekirdag, 80 km from the Greek border. The bus belonging to Turkish company Metro deviated from …

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Azerbaijan to supply gas to Greece without Turkey’s mediation

Azerbaijan, Turkey and Greece agreed to sign a new agreement. It will allow transporting  Azerbaijani gas to Greece without the mediation of Turkey, Azerbaijani Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev said following the signing of the protocol at the third meeting of the Azerbaijani-Greek intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation. …

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Greece asks Extension of Frontex presence

Concerned about a possible immigrants influx from Egypt, Greece has asked the Frontex to extend its presence at the country’s sea and land borders, Greek daily Kathimerini reported. Quoting sources from the Greek Citizens’ Protection Ministry the newspaper reports that Greek authorities submitted the request to EU’s border agency Frontex.  …

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Wikileaks: Background on Turkey’s EU-Accession and Pressure on Cyprus

We finally get some background on how former Cyprus president Tassos Papadopoulos was convinced to accept Turkey as EU candidate back in 2004. It were several EU leaders who had made the deal with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then put pressure on Papadopoulos to accept, a Wikileaks post …

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Clinton in Athens to bless Greek-Israeli energy cooperation

 Although not officially announced yet, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to visit Athens next month, most likely on February 6 or 8, 2011.  Clinton will hold talks not only with her Greek counterpart Dimitris Droutsas but – and not differently excepted -with Prime Minister George Papandreou. …

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Pop Singer Boy George returns stolen icon to Cyprus church

Legendary singe Boy George has returned a Cypriot church icon that he bought in the eighties, after a Bishop saw it hanging on the singer’s wall on a TV show. The former Culture Club singer bought the piece from a London art dealer in 1985 without knowing its origin. Boy George …

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Greek President: We were butchered by the same barbarian (Turkey)

 Greek President Karolos Papoulias used very tough wording to welcome his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sdargsyan in Athens. “Greece and Armenia were butchered by the same barbarian in the past” he said, meaning Turkey. Papoulias’s naked words come days after Greek PM George Papandreou stunned his Turkish hosts with a sharp language …

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Greek PM Papandreou uses sharp language to Turkish host Erdogan

In a diplomatic unprecendetend move Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou used a sharp language while visiting Turkey earlier today. After a marathon-long private meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan  and while addressing the local public in Erzurum, George Papandreou dared to openly speak about things no other Greek …

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Greek and Turkish PMs enjoy breakfast in Erzurum over illegal immigration agenda

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has been enjoying a long working breakfast with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in icy cold Erzurum, in the far east border of  Turkey. Surrounded by a rich Ottoman decor and plates full of white cheese, black olives and spicy veal pepperoni and sipping sweet strong  tea, …

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Greece plans border fence to combat illegal immigration

Greece is planning to build a fence on its border with Turkey along the Evros river in order to combat illegal immigration. Citizen’s Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Friday warned that Greek society has exceeded its ability to absorb any more illegal immigrants in the country, speaking on the occasion of …

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Kurdish politician from Turkey requests asylum in Greece

A Kurdish politician whose party was dissolved by Turkey’s Constitutional Court last year has requested asylum in Greece after his arrest at Thessaloniki Airport, local police said Wednesday. Mustafa Sarıkaya, 46, was detained last week after airport police found a fake passport among his belongings and charged him with illegal …

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Turkey invited Greece to aerial war games for first time

Turkey has invited Greece to the Anatolian Eagle aerial war games set for next year in what is a first in its history, Turkish news portal World Bulletin  reported. Turkey has invited Greece to the Anatolian Eagle aerial war games set for next year in what is a first in …

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Greek Defense Minister: Turkey is an active threat

“The country faces an active threat from neighboring Turkey, at the same time, Greece is the main advocate of Turkey’s  European perspective,” said Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. The Minister of National Defence made this statement during his speach at the opening of the 19th International Symposium of the Greek Association for …

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What was the Greece-EU bargain of Cyprus accession?

Really! What was it? Many wondered back in 2004 what was the bargain between Greece and the European Union to push divided Cyprus into the club. Thus right after the Cypriots had rejected the United Nations backed Annan Plan to reunify the island. Now, we know. Chris Patten, EU’s external …

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The American point of view of Turkey’s Foreign Policy under AKP

I am overwhelmed by the thousands leaked secret diplomatic cables posted on internet. Cables that apart from juicy (Gaddafi’s blond nurse), funny (“Teflon” Merkel ) and definitely offending characterizations for some political leaders and allies to USA , they show one more thing: How obssessive the US Diplomacy is on collecting gathering information. I mean, …

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Turkey blames Cypriots for hampering the country’s EU accession.

Ankara blames France, Austria and Cyprus for hampering Turkey’s EU accession. According to news portal in.gr quoting the leaked  diplomatic  dispatches from wikileaks, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu said so to William Burns, US Undersecretary of State during a meeting on February 25, 2010. Sinirlioglu blames the Greek Cypriots …

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Greek PM Papandreou: Co-exploitation in the Aegean Sea is Out of Question

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou set very clear political lines concerning a possible co-exploitation of the Aegean Sea with Turkey. “There is no question of pooling energy resources together with Turkey in the Aegean Sea”, said he said speaking at  the Greek parliament. Mr. Papandreou stressed that there can not be …

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Turkish PM Erdogan: No Agreement on 12 miles dispute with Greece

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied Greek media reports that Turkey had agreed to allow Greece to expand its territorial waters in the Aegean Sea. According to Turkish Hurriyet newspaper, Prime Minister Erdogan said Monday:  “There is nothing like an agreement that has been reached on the 12 miles …

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Turkey proposes co-exploitation of the Aegean Sea

Here in Keep Talking Greece we knew it since months (see article links below).  We had correctly read and interpreted the signs.  Now, Turkey’s EU Chief Negotiator speaks it out loud: That Greece and Turkey should exploit together the Aegean Sea. No, he doesn’t mean the the red mullets, the …

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