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Greece Turkey

Greece to boost guards on Turkey border (Euractiv)

Greece’s police minister on Sunday (10 October) said 250 additional guards would be deployed on the country’s land border with Turkey, where thousands of asylum-seekers tried to enter last year.

Greece to boost guards on Turkey border – EURACTIV.com

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Europe France Greece

Greece and France give European strategic autonomy a shot (Katerina Sokou, Atlantic Council)

Decades from now, historians may agree with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s description of the strategic defense agreement signed last week between France and Greece as “the first step towards a European strategic autonomy.” The deal supports the European defense industry because Greece agreed to buy three warships from the French builder Naval Group—the same firm that lost a contract with Australia as a result of the AUKUS partnership.

Greece and France give European strategic autonomy a shot – Atlantic Council

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Greece

Greece Activists Face Intimidation, Threats, Attacks (Eva Cossé, HRW)

hearing held last week between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, and human rights defenders in Greece revealed the scale of the hostile environment civil society groups face working on migration in the country.

The nineteen testimonies from the hearing, made public on October 6, show a concerted effort by Greek authorities to delegitimize civil society groups’ work on migration and harass them and their workers through burdensome rules. Their actions raise serious concerns about the groups’ ability to operate in Greece.

Greece Activists Face Intimidation, Threats, Attacks | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Croatia Greece Romania

Croatia, Greece, Romania illegally pushing refugees back: Report (David Child, Al Jazeera)

Croatia, Greece and Romania have carried out hundreds of illegal refugee pushback operations at the European Union’s external borders since early 2020 as part of a “violent campaign” to deny access to asylum, a new report alleges.

The findings, published on Wednesday by the Amsterdam-based investigative news organisation Lighthouse Reports, reveal that masked security forces and police units in the three EU member states have repeatedly taken coordinated, clandestine action to prevent asylum seekers from crossing their borders.

Croatia, Greece, Romania illegally pushing refugees back: Report | Migration News | Al Jazeera

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Cyprus Greece Turkey

Territorial spats reheat ahead of Turkey-Greece talks (Diego Cupolo, Al-Monitor)

The eastern Mediterranean was once more the site of maritime spats this week as overlapping territorial claims between Turkey, Greece and the Republic of Cyprus fostered renewed tensions in the region.

Territorial spats reheat ahead of Turkey-Greece talks – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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France Greece

Greece signs pact to buy three frigates from France (Sebastian Sprenger, Defense News)

The Greek ministry of defense has committed to buying three frigates from France’s Naval Group with weaponry supplied by MBDA in a potential $3.5 billion deal, the companies announced Sept. 28.

The memorandum of understanding comes as French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a strategic defense partnership between the two countries in Paris on the same day.

Greece signs pact to buy three frigates from France (defensenews.com)

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Defense Greece

The Greek Defense Industry in the 21st Century: Hope at Last? (Spyridon Plakoudas, BESA Center)

Greek flag flying at Santorini, image by Matt Artz via Unsplash

Greece is not generally considered a country with a burgeoning defense industry, but 2020-21 saw it execute a remarkable turnaround.

The Greek Defense Industry in the 21st Century: Hope at Last? (besacenter.org)