Greece and the economic crisis 2018
NEWS ARCHIVE - March 7 - March 11
March 11, 2018
Turkish authorities have boosted their presence in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), dispatching the frigate Barbaros and three corvettes.
The Kathimerini article also mentions that the US Mediterranean fleet and Israel are conducting joint exercises nearby ("Juniper Cobra 2018"), with the USS Iwo Jima involved, it carries amphibious troops and 25 aircraft. Most media reports are observing that the presence of the US ships might be meant to keep an eye on what Turkey is doing, but on the other hand the combat exercise is the 9th time that the event has been held, it's primary goals being to practice combat responses to rocket attacks. (World Israel News talks about it here.)
The photo of a Turkish warship silhouetted against Cyprus at the Kathimerini article is an ominous image.
Around one fifth of European voters, or 55.8 million people, now pick left- or right-wing populist parties, according to a 2017 study by the European Policy Information Center. Meanwhile, Hungary, Poland and Greece (and Italy after March 4) are the countries where anti-establishment parties are strongest.
This piece from NBC (and writer Jennifer Clark) only addresses part of the stew of problems which is the impetus of the nationalisms that are growing across Europe. Clark brings up some of the main points: 'loss of national sovereignty, open borders, financial deregulation, the rise of China and jobs being displaced by outsourcing or technology' and 'fear of immigrants and the anger of an insecure middle class' but what is left out of this recipe for Europe's headache is a few things simpler: the internet has created an information stream that allows people to not only obtain news which corresponds comfortably with whatever their conceptions of the situation are (or misconceptions) but also that it exposes governing agencies when they falsify "facts." When the dominant media voices respond by denying that their audience has a legitimate concern, the drive for outside solutions only intensifies.
March 10, 2018
March 9, 2018
"Greek police have arrested six Pakistani men accused of a string of violent knifepoint robberies in parkland around the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens..."
"...In December, Turkey signed a deal with Russia to purchase two batteries of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. This technology cannot be used by other NATO members and unless Ankara is excluded from upcoming NATO countermeasures briefings, Russia could be the beneficiary of vital Western intelligence."
March 8, 2018
“Everyone warned me that your hair turns gray before you manage to build anything in Greece,” Mr. Angeliades said. “This is a project I’ve put my life and soul into.” Greece’s archaeology authority is among the most feared bureaucracies in a country notorious for red tape, capable of tying up investment plans for years on the mere suspicion that antiquities might lie beneath a proposed development.
"... 8000 Greek soldiers buried in mass graves in Albania. They had been confronting Italian troops they had driven out of Greece between 1940-1941. Having tried in fits and starts to find the fallen since Albania shook off communism in 1992, Athens and Tirana finally started exhuming the soldiers in January this year...."
"...We have been singled out on the basis of vague and groundless allegations made in the testimonies of three “protected” witnesses. Syriza is setting an alarming precedent: two ex-prime ministers are being persecuted on the basis of unfounded allegations made by anonymous protected witnesses."
" They demanded the reinstatement of the 13th-14th pension, recapitalization of the social security funds and health care free of charge. In a press conference on Wednesday, the pensioners said that 50billion euros have been cut in pensions since 2010. The Greek bond swap of 2012, the famous PSI, deprived social security funds of 25 billion euros. Pensions cuts have reached up to 45%, will the cuts in supplementary pension have been up to 85%."
"The mufti election issue has been a chronic problem of the Muslim Turkish minority since 1991. The election of muftis by Muslims in Greece was regulated in the 1913 Treaty of Athens... Greece annulled this law in 1991 and started appointing the muftis itself..."
March 7, 2018
"Turkey opposes what it says are “unilateral” efforts to search for gas, saying they infringe the rights of Turkish Cypriots to the ethnically split island's resources."
"...The suspects were arrested Tuesday by anti-terrorism police in a series of raids in Athens and two provincial towns. Officers confiscated Molotov cocktails, 50 kilograms of explosives, shotguns, knives, cudgels, drugs and far-right paraphernalia."
"Under its latest 86 billion euro ($107 billion) bailout, Athens agreed to launch a series of privatizations this year, including divesting the state’s 35.5 percent stake in Hellenic or selling a smaller stake if its lenders agreed."
"...Drawing up an international treaty would mean that what is agreed between Greece and FYROM in United Nations-mediated talks would be a lasting solution, he said."