Greece and the economic crisis 2018
NEWS ARCHIVE - April 5 - April 9
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.