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European Parliament votes in favor of sanctions against Turkey

For the first time, the European Parliament, by a large majority, voted in favor of the strict imposition of sanctions on Turkey, adopting the amendment tabled by the Greek and Cypriot Delegations, at the initiative of Vangelis Meimarakis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas. The result of the vote was 440 …

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Obama’s memoirs: The Greek debt crisis, German and French banks

In his memoirs, “A Promised Land,” former Us President Barack Obama makes also some reference to the Greek debt crisis and the way in which the major European powers chose to deal with the situation. In his memoir that was released on Tuesday, Obama writes: “I noticed that they rarely …

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Pompeo visits Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul as Ankara fumes

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Istanbul on Tuesday, where his schedule includes meetings with religious leaders but not government officials. Pompeo’s stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the US administration, officials said. Pompeo discussed religious …

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U.S. State Dept: No consensus on extent of Greek airspace

The US State Department is unable to provide a full list of confirmed violations of Greece’s airspace by Turkish fighter jets after 1 January 2017 due to a lack of consensus on the breadth of Greek national airspace, according to a report to Congress prepared in the context of the …

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Jewish community in Greece express abhorrence over desecration of Jewish monuments

Greece’s Jewish community has expressed abhorrence over the recent desecration of several Jewish monuments in the country. The latest incident was the vandalism last Friday of the Thessaloniki Holocaust Memorial, where unknown assailants spray-painted the monument with the phrase, “With Jews you lose.” It is the third time in the …

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Germany continues mediation efforts between Greece and Turkey, says FM spokesman

The German government is continuing its efforts to mediate between Greece and Turkey, with the aim of getting the two sides to begin direct talks, foreign ministry spokesperson Christopher Burger said on Monday. “The federal government has for many weeks now been in contact with both Greece and Turkey, always …

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France and Germany give Turkey “one week deadline” to clarify its position

France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, and gave it a week to clarify its positions. “It’s clear to us that Turkey is permanently carrying out provocative acts which are unacceptable,” France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le …

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EU report: Tensions in East Mediterranean increased due to Turkey

Tensions in the East Mediterranean region increased due to Turkey, an annual European Commission report on EU enlargement said on Tuesday, in its review of countries working towards accession to the union. In its report, the Commission said, “Tensions in the East Mediterranean region, undermining regional stability and security, increased …

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North Macedonia requests church autocephaly from Ecumenical Patriarch

North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski has appealed to the global seat of Orthodoxy in Istanbul to recognize the independence of his country’s Orthodox Church, Greek state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported on Monday. “I turn to you, on behalf of a large portion of my fellow citizens, who identify themselves as …

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Russian PM Mishustin to visit Mt Athos on Thursday

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece on upcoming Thursday. According to sources, Mishustin will stay at the Panteleimon monastery, where most of the monks are Russian, until Friday. Mount Athos is a male-only religious community that consists of 17 Greek …

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Von der Leyen: Turkey must refrain from unilateral actions” in the East Med

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the withdrawal of Turkish survey vessels from the eastern Mediterranean was “a positive step.” She underlined, however, that “Turkey must refrain from unilateral actions.” Speaking at the European Parliament on the “State of the Union” on Wednesday,von der Leyen expressed the …

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