Greece and the economic crisis
April 19, 2018
"Turkish warplanes harrased a helicopter carrying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis on Tuesday, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports. The helicopter was flying from the Greek islet of Ro to Rhodes, another Greek island in the Aegean Sea."
"Adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg by an overwhelming majority (607 for, 7 against and 18 abstentions) B8 0194/2018 "The violation of human rights and the rule of law in the case of the two Greek soldiers arrested and detained in Turkey".
Greece’s creditors mull extension of fiscal programme for a few months -Tovima
"One of the complicated requirements that has delayed is the privatisation of the Public Power Corporation’s lignite plants"
"Referring to the Cyprus problem, Anastasiades said that it is shameful to exist after 45 years"
April 18, 2018
"In the Greek public opinion, there is a very real fear that the country is sleepwalking toward a conflict it doesn’t want. The mood is reflected in the front pages of the daily press, and insinuating remarks by politicians across the spectrum. NATO seems unwilling to get involved in the war of words, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement that this is “not an issue for NATO” is indicative.
But it would be extremely careless to think that Turkey’s behavior in the Aegean will change. It hasn’t in the past, and it certainly won’t now that Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman dreams are in full gear.
"Early presidential and parliamentary elections for June 24, 2018, a year and five months before their planned holding, were proclaimed by Turkey's President and leader of the ruling, Islamic-conservative AKP Tayyip Erdogan.
April 17, 2018
April 16, 2018
"Speaking at a panel in Istanbul, Yildirim said that Greece has recently been violating islets in the Aegean and attempted to plant a flag on one of them off Didim, Turkey's Daily Sabah reported.
"Of this increase, the EUR 1,908 billion relates to tax arrears, according to the AAD.
April 15, 2018
"Last year, the final price at auction was on average 50.3 percent higher than the starting price
April 14, 2018
April 13, 2018Greece property auctions stir anger and violence - Financial Times
"... foreclosure affects up to 1m Greeks — one in 10 of the population, an indication of the scale of the country’s economic trauma — and the e-auctions have been aggressively opposed by activists and some civil society groups...The government is also viewed as dragging its feet over the foreclosure programme, making implementation a test of its commitment to reforms. The eurozone’s bailout mechanism this month released a €5.7bn tranche of bailout aid but held back a further €1bn because of concern over Athens’ commitment to the auction process.
"...Haberturk refers to a reporter's report from Ankaraby Mahmoud Gueur, who notes that according to information from the Turkish armed forces there was no Turkish aircraft in the area at that time.
"One wishes that the loss of [pilot] Yorgos Baltadoros could be the occasion to stop, or at least limit, the daily battles over the Aegean
April 12, 2018
"Our discussions were sincere and covered all the issues under negotiations — on some there were progress, on others differences remain," [Nikola] Dimitrov said.
"The Mirage 2000-5 plunged into the eastern Aegean Sea today near the island of Skyros. It was thought to have been returning to base after intercepting Turkish fighter jets. Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos later announced the pilot was dead.
"Responding to a question put by independent MEP Kostas Chrysogenos on Turkey's threats against Greece, Mogerini also reiterated "the need to respect the sovereignty of member states", stressing that "negative statements damaging good relations neighbors should be avoided. "
April 11, 2018
"The impact of the crisis remains strong on the Greek economy despite the upcoming expiry of the bailout program, with European Central Bank data showing that Greece had the lowest growth rate in the eurozone in 2017, among the lowest gross domestic product per capita, and negative credit expansion and savings rates.
Zea Marina, Athens Greece
April 10, 2018
...he expressed the hope that Mr. Tsipras' meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held in 2018, a year in which he said is celebrated 190 years of diplomatic relations between Greece and Russia.
"...Military cooperation between the two countries has been also remarkable since the ice was broken. Between 2010 and 2012, no fewer than 13 joint Greek-Israeli military exercises were conducted. According to a paper published by the Hudson Institute, bilateral cooperation in the zone between Israel and Crete (a distance of about 1,400 km) has allowed Israeli pilots to engage in bombing drills and the aerial refueling needed to cover a distance equal to that separating the country from Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. Reuters informs us that Israel has trained in Greece against the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system."
April 9, 2018
Guest writer Nikos Konstandaras from Kathimerini presents a short chronicle of the tensions between Ankara and Athens for USA readers. His analysis is that the heated rhetoric of conflict between the two nations is a natural development considering the violence used in the rhetoric in both capitols against domestic opponents, which is a pretty good argument. How do you get two politcal groups to tone down their verbal warfare when it is a central theme of their political discourse in all directions?
...On March 11, replying to a call by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece for Turkey to respect borders and international law, Mr. Erdogan warned the Greeks to remember their losses in the Greek-Turkish war. “Those who want to refresh their memory should look at their recent history,” he said, “how they jumped into the sea to get away from here.”
"... Sunday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Beqir Bozhdad said there was no question of exchanging the eight Turks with the two Greek soldiers, as "one issue is very different from the other."
April 8, 2018
"He estimates Turkey's planning to "force us to go to a negotiating table with its own terms. And this is not, and will never happen and it is good to understand it.
"What may be even worse, though, is a mentality that practicing politics is nothing other than unbridled verbal violence, the persistent wish to crush rivals and to force one’s will upon reality.
"...Turkish-Cypriot regime imposed a levy on humanitarian aid delivered from the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic
April 7, 2018
April 6, 2018
This action shows how Erdogan's government continues to poke at Greece. Besides this drone flight, there were several 'dog fights' between Greek and Turkish jets over Greek airspace this week. A strategy like this has a long history around the globe for many neighboring countries that are locked in non-violent disputes. The one doing the "poking" hopes the victim will eventually become exhausted (or confused) and will come to the negotiating table with an eagerness to forfeit at least a little bit of their legal rights, the victim hoping that doing so will bring an end to the endless provocations which are carefully measured to never exceed what the victim will tolerate in order to keep peace. There's also the aspect of Erdogan's political fortunes within Turkey and how this activity presents a picture of a leader standing up to redress an injustice, from the Turkish point of view, regardless of the many legal agreements from the past that establish the islands as Greek, and the more obvious reality that the islands are occupied by Greek-speaking Greeks.
Erdogan's argument, sans-words from his foreign ministry and the convoluted problems of Greece and Turkey being both members of NATO, is that if the islands are within reach of Turkish jets, so, why can't they become Turkish eventually? That is the structure of the argument that has made a chunk of Cyprus a de facto piece of Turkey, and in a smaller way, the area of Afrin in northern Syria.
"...Average salaries are around €700 ($856) a month, and it’s one of the most expensive and difficult places to start a business in Europe.
It’s no wonder then, that up to 180,000 graduates have left the country to seek work elsewhere in the last eight years. And surveys suggest that up to 76% of teenagers are considering studying or working abroad.
"The Council of Economic Experts, headed by Alternate Finance Minister Yorgos Houliarakis, in its first bulletin projects upgrades by credit rating agencies, large primary surpluses, and a higher rate of growth in 2018.
"The proposed pipeline would run from Israel to Cyprus and on to Greece; the leaders of the three countries discussed a summit potentially slated for May"
Mount Aigeleo / Egaleo
April 5, 2018
The new regulations require each trip to start and end in the fleet partner’s designated headquarters or parking area, something Uber does not do. A digital registry of all ride-sharing platforms and their passengers will also be created.
The Country Cooking of Greece - Amazon - 384 Pages