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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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Straw proposes Partition of Cyprus – Angers Cypriots & Greeks

British former foreign secretary Jack Straw lit an explosive political  fuse suggesting partition of Cyprus  should the current negotiations fail. In an interview to newspaper  The  Times, Jack Straw called on London to consider the “formal partition of Cyprus” in the case of failed reunification talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. …

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Turkish Imvros: Vandals damage 78 Greek-Orthodox graves.

“Unknown” perpetrators vandalized 78 Greek-Orthodox graves in the cemetery on the Turkish Island of Imvros. It is  the first time in 20 years that such an unprecedented damage and to this extend occurs in the area. The vandalism occurred Friday, October 29, the day Turkey celebrates the anniversary of the Proclamation of …

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Turkey: Casus Belli against Greece remains in the Red Book

Greece could be a friendly country if only there were not these stupid problems…! This is more or less the message that Ankara tries to convey to Athens and the European Union through the revision of  the National Security Policy Document. Greece keeps the status of  “external threat to Turkey” and thecasus …

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Professor at US-University hacks a Greek FM statement

A political science professor at the University of Indianapolis (USA) has been arrested in Athens for “hacking” a Greek Foreign Ministry announcement on Greek-Turkish Relations. The professors, 65,  falsified the written statement of Deputy Foreign Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, ‘decorated’ it with nationalistic  and defamatory references to Turkey and promoted it to …

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Greece-Turkey: There is a … thing about historical ships

Do you remember the scandal wedding party  with the sexy models  on the Greek historical armored cruiser Averof? Yeah… that party that caused an uproar in the Greek society? Now it’s time of our neighbouring Turkey to get upset about a similar, if not worst scandal.                                          It’s not a …

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Turkish Corvette Beykoz: where do you go to, my lovely….

Challenging, proud and apparently deaf the Turkish corvette “Beykoz” sailed away from Turkish Aksaz Naval Base ( AksazDeniz Üssü)  on the south-east coast of  Turkey in Marmaris and came to Greece to upset us. Beykoz has been seen off Rhodes, Crete, Cape Sounion, Kythnos, Kea and Andros. Some times in international, sometimes …

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Crisis averted – Liturgy in Hagia Sophia cancelled

The controversial liturgy in Hagia Sophia by a group of  Greek-American Orthodoxes has been canceled after diplomacy intervention.  Newsportal zougla.gr reported  that Chris Spyrou, the President of the US-based NGO “International Congregation of Agia Sofia” , announced that the liturgy planned for tomorrow has been canceled after notice by diplomatic …

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How much are Weapons Burdening the Greek Economy?

Contributed by Etsi! There are some in Greece and many abroad that view Greek expenditures for weapon systems as excessive and unnecessary, especially at a time when the country’s economy is a shambles. The issue has even been at the focus of the European parliament. But how much of this …

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Liturgy in Hagia Sophia: Looking for Troubles?

 While a group of  250 Greek Orthodox pilgrims, mainly Diaspora Greeks, are scheduled to attempt a controversial  a Divine Liturgy at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, the Ecumenical  Patriarch is distancing himself from this action. The group, consisted of members of  the “International Congregation of Agia Sophia“, an US-based NGO,  is to …

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Greek PM calls on Turkey to End the Occupation of Cyprus

Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou sent a firm message to Turkey, urging it to help in the progress of talks on the Cyprus issue.  Answering  a journalist’ question at a press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Sunday, Papandreou  reiterated Greece’s position on the issue. “The Cyprus issue is, I repeat, …

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Greece FM calls on Turkey to Withdraw from Cyprus

Greece is urging Turkey to withdraw its troops from the northern part of the divided island of Cyprus, reiterating once again the strong ties between Athens and Nicosia. “I call on Turkey to withdraw the occupation forces from Cyprus. The Cyprus issue is one of invasion, of occupation” said Dimitris Droutsas, …

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Greece dismisses Turkey’s casus belli: Unacceptable for an EU-candidate to threaten with war an EU-member.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman dismisses Turkey’s casus belli as “unacceptable” and repeats that extending territorial waters to 12 nautical miles is the right of Greece according to the Law of the Sea. He also says, it is unacceptable for a candidate to European Union to threaten with war a member-country …

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