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Singer Dalaras: The Aegean Belongs to the… Fish

Mama mia! I wouldn’t have thought that famous Greek singer Yiorgos Dalaras would use a stone-age old graffiti slogan to surprise positively the Turks. The slogan ‘the Aegean belongs to the Fish’ is as old as the Noah’s floods and had appeared on an Athens street as graffiti even before Noah …

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Greek Defense Minister: Erdogan’s Statements Unacceptable

Greek  Defense Minister Panos Beglitis slammed as ‘unacceptable’ statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who warned that Ankara will freeze its relations with the European Union, should Cyprus hold the EU presidency without a previous solution of the Cyprus issue. Nicosia is scheduled to lead the rotating EU …

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Greek Defense Minister: Turkish Threat is Real

“Turkish threat is not theoretical, it is real” said Greek Defense Minister Panos Beglitis during a visit to Cyprus. “We see it on the Aegean Sea, We see it in Cyprus through the occupational presence of the Turkish army, a result of the invasion in 1974.” Also Begliti’s predecessorEvangelos Venizelos …

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What in Hillary Clinton Doing in Greece?

Blocking traffic on the main streets? Swimming at Glyfada’s VIP resort? Keeping busy policemen and journalists over a hot weekend? Talking about economy? Crying together with the Greeks about the miserable debt situation of the two countries? She does all these and much more. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …

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Wikileaks: Turkey had agreed on expansion of 6 miles in some areas

Wikileaks is still alive. And it released some confidential documents, embassy reports concerning Greece and Turkey. According to TO VIMA  Sunday edition, “Turkey was bargaining on extension beyond the six nautical miles in the Aegean.” Ankara had proposed  already in September 2009 the selective expansion of Greek territorial waters beyond …

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Turkish Red Crescent assists Greek Orthodox Community in Istanbul

Turkish Red Crescent extended on Tuesday 8 tons of food stuffs, as well as stationary and office supplies and toys at the nursery of the Greek Orthodox  Ecumenic Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. Tekin Kucukali, the head of the TRC, said pain had no language, religion or sect while handing over …

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Turkish Bargain: Closure of NATO base for EU Full Membership

Turkey is a hard bargainer and would never give something for nothing. Even if it is something that it woun’t definetely wants. Ankara blackmails to give its to consent to the closure of NATO base in Izmir only in the context of trading full EU membership, a Turkish daily reported. A …

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Turkish Minister claims: Greece is 900km(!) away from Akkuyu

HA!HA!HA! I always thought Greece had a direct border to Turkey. But a Turkish minister comes to teach me better! “Greece is 900 km away from Akkuyu” claimed Taner Yildiz, Turkey’s Minister of Energy & Natural Resources, in an effort to persuade Athens and the European Union, they should not be …

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Italian MV Explora ‘exploited’ by Turkey, urges Greece to protest Démarche

Boiling from anger and seeing with envy the Greek-Israeli rapprochement , it seems that our friend and neighbor Turkey is keen to create new conditions in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Sea – it jumps  young and boldly  there where it is not asked to be. Not only a Turkish frigate …

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Greece urges Turkey to halt plans on nuclear plant in Akkuyu Bay

Athens urged Ankara to halt its plans to build a nuclear plant at the Akkuyu area, in the southern province of Mersin at the eastern Mediterranean Sea. An area situated hazardously close to an active earthquake producing fault line. Concerned after the nuclear crisis in Japan, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called his …

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Four EU parliamentarians detained by North Cyprus police

Turkish Cypriot police have detained two European parliamentarians for allegedly trespassing on a restricted military area in the breakaway north of ethnically split Cyprus, a Greek Cypriot member of the European Parliament said on Saturday. Polish parliamentarians Jaroslaw Leszek Walesa and Artur Zasada were told that they will remain in …

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Kastellorizo: What’s in the mind of Turkish FM Davutoglu?

That Ankara keeps an eye on the islet of Kastellorizo is not new. But Turkey’s insistence that the tiny island  should be left out of the bilateral exploratory talks is something I don’t like at all. Should we see it as an Ankara’s attempt to create a new ‘grey zone’? Not similarly to …

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Papandreou: Cyprus a Precondition for Normalisation of Greek-Turkish Relations

“Solving the Cyprus issue is a precondition for full normalisation of Greek-Turkish relations,” Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said during abrief stopover at Cyprus’ Larnaca airport on his way to Israel. After the meeting withCyprus President DimitrisChristofias, Papandreou called on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership to seriously study the …

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“Piri Reis” vessel challenges Greeks and Cypriots

Piri Reis, the Turkish naval research ship, has entered  the Greece’ continental shelf to illegally execute survey,  45 miles south of Greek island  Kastelorizo, some 3 nautical miles off the Turkish coast, report Greek and Cypriot media. Athens sent a Coast Guard boat to warn the Piri Reis and ask her …

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