Greece and the economic crisis 2018
NEWS ARCHIVE - April 1 - April 4
April 4, 2018
This is a diplomatic error to voice the obvious, and will probably cause some push-back within NATO (or maybe the EU) against Kammenos launguage. But it might (very small "might") also give Erdogan pause:
"Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said 7,000 service members were being moved to the islands and a border area in northeast Greece amid a spike in tension between the two NATO allies."
"It wouldn't be the first time that Tsipras called for an early election. Back in 2015, after signing the country's third bailout program, Tsipras called a snap election after receiving criticism from the more radical members of his Syriza party... Syriza had an outspoken anti-austerity stance, but Tsipras and his government have nonetheless put in place the policies that creditors asked for and have vowed to continue reforming the economy.
“When my American counterparts ask why the Chinese are investing so much in Greece, I say, ‘Where are the U.S. investors?’ It can make for an embarrassing moment,” he said. Mr. Kouroumblis said a major thrust of his trip was to encourage American companies to take another look at Greece...
...Of 17 nations for which Pew Research Center has numbers for both 2016 and 2017, only three—Greece, Hungary, and Nigeria—saw a popular uptick for America. All the others were down, some dramatically:
"According to Mr. Kammen, "We are ready - and I know that it does not [look] like it to many outside of our country - to face any threat from anyone based on our own forces, without waiting for allies or friends. Only with the power of the Greek, with the power of our soul, with the power of the battle for the altars... the highest morale of the Armed Forces, the patriotism of the Greeks and all the means that the homeland can [present] ... "
April 3, 2018
"Priorities of the program are Greece’s air force and the upgrade by the U.S. of 85 of its F-16 fighter jets, along with the maintenance of its fleet of French-made Mirage-200s jets. Also, the navy needs an upgrade of its fleet of MEKO frigates. The government is rushing to finalize the deal by April 30 so the cost will not exceed the €1.1 billion ceiling set.
April 2, 2018
"Dimitrov described the meeting as having made "conditional progress, because as we move forward, we are coming to the tough issues." He said it was unsurprising that the further the talks progressed, the more issues of contention would come to light.
April 1, 2018
"Large sections of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki have been without water for a fifth day because of damage to an old pipeline."
"The Prime Minister notes that if Mr Erdogan "wants to be head of a favored state, he has to explain why Turkey holds two Greek soldiers still in prison, who did nothing more than pass a certain distance on Turkish soil while investigating for illegal transits. "