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Turkey’s FM claims he meets with “Turkish Minority” in Thrace, angers Athens

Greece’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the claim by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu calling the “Muslim minority” in north-eastern Greece “Turkish minority.” Furthermore, it was only Athens that reacted with anger, it was also the Pomaks* in Thrace, who warned the Turkish FM to not visit their villages and that …

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Turkey joins Confidence Building Measures with Greece with air space violations, provocations

Turkey “welcomed” the launch of Confidence Building Measures talks with Greece with air space violations and a provocative statement by the Foreign Minister who calls the “Muslim minority of Greece” as “Turkish.” The armed forces of Greece and Turkey began meeting in Athens on Monday in the framework of military …

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Moderate earthquakes strike Zakynthos, Crete, Patras and Sporades in less than

Greece is showing an intense seismic activity on Thursday with four earthquakes to have struck Zakynthos, Crete, Patras and Sporades in less than ten hours. The tremors caused concern among locals, however, Greek seismologists appear reassuring. The first tremor occurred at 1:45 Thursday morning with a magnitude of 4.8 R. …

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Local organizations oppose Erdogan’s visit in Thrace, hang posters in Komotini

Several posters opposing the upcoming visit of  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were seen on walls, trees and power columns in Komotini in Thrace, home of the Muslim minority in Greece. The posters were reading “Unwanted – No to Erdogan visit in Thrace” and below was the coordination body of …

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Greece sets restrictions to Erdogan’s visit in Thrace

With a small “army” of 200 to 250 bodyguards, security personnel and very trustworthy aides, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Athens airport next Thursday.  for a tw0-day official visit on December 7th and 8th. In his luggage there is a heavy agenda of issues he …

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PM Tsipras announces bill to limit jurisdiction of Sharia Law in Thrace

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that a bill will be introduced to limit the jurisdiction of  Sharia Law in Thrace, home of a strong Muslim minority in North-Eastern of the country. Greece is the last European country to recognize the validity of the Islamic Sharia law which settles mostly …

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Turkey fuels tension with Greece with outrageous statements and actions

For one more time, Turkey has been fueling tension with Greece with a series of outrageous statements and actions. During a visit to North-East Greece, a Turkish Deputy Prime Minister claimed that the Muslim minority in Thrace were “Turkish citizens.” At the same time, Ankara sent a military helicopter over …

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3 more Turkish commandos allegedly fled to Greece but went missing

Three more Turkish commandos have allegedly fled to Greece but went missing in the country they were supposed to seek asylum. According to a local lawyer, the three entered Greece together with the two commandos who sought asylum in Greece in February. However, once they entered the country, the group …

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Supreme Court rules: NO to extradition of 8 Turkish officers

Greece’s Supreme Court rejected the extradition of 8 Turkish officers. The court ruled after a request by Turkey that claimed they were involved in the failed coup of July 2016. In six cases the judges decided unanimously, in two according to majority. Two votes were apparently in favor of the …

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Canadian Eldorado Gold hints “it may abandon Greek investment”

Greek Gold,  branch of Canadian Eldorado Gold leaves open the possibility to withdraw from Greece, justifying the reactions to gold mining in Chalkidiki and Thrace in petty interests of local communities. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, CEO of Greek Gold P. Stratoudakis said “The question is whether a country can …

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Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary? Reciprocal Move, First!

That’s the usual Turkish tactic when it comes to diplomacy: reciprocacy above all! It was just two days ago, when Turkish Prime Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan announced to US President Barack Obama his decision to reopen the Theological School of Halki. On Tuesday, Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis came out …

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