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Aegean Sea – How Long Will the Aegean Sea’s Peaceful Summer Last? (BESA Center)

writes for BESA Center: How sustainable will the Aegean Sea’s peaceful summer of 2021 prove to be? For Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the primary reason for peace in the Aegean has been the threat of further Western sanctions amid Turkey’s ongoing economic descent. But his election election campaign for the 2023 race could drive him back to his bullying, aggressive self in terms of regional policy to consolidate conservative and nationalist votes.

go to BESA Center: How Long Will the Aegean Sea’s Peaceful Summer Last? (besacenter.org)

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(Greece) Greek Authorities Target NGOs Reporting Abuses against Migrant (HRW)

Eva Cossé writes for HRW: Greek authorities are using criminal investigations to harass and intimidate groups that investigate abuses against migrants at Greece’s border. At a July 19 press conference, Greek police on the island of Lesbos announced a criminal case against 10 foreign nationals, four of whom work for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The case alleges that they helped migrants enter Greek territory illegally, conducted espionage, and complicated investigations by the Greek authorities.

go to HRW: Greek Authorities Target NGOs Reporting Abuses against Migrants | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Greece/Eastern Mediterranean – Greece in the eastern Mediterranean: Turning engagement into influence (Vassilis Ntousas, ECFR)

Greece is entangled in the remarkably swift geopolitical changes in the eastern Mediterranean. Athens has responded to the region’s explosive mix of competing maritime interests, energy claims, and military exercises by pursuing an increasingly proactive foreign policy, with the objective of gaining lasting influence there. This is a high-stakes game, but Athens has decided that it is worth the risks – and for good reasons.

Greece in the eastern Mediterranean: Turning engagement into influence – European Council on Foreign Relations (ecfr.eu)

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Greece – Greece pays young people €150 to get vaccinated (Sarantis Michalopoulos, Euractiv)

The Greek government has announced plans to grant €150 to every young Greek who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or will get the jab soon, calling it “a gift of gratitude” ahead of the summer.

Greece pays young people €150 to get vaccinated – EURACTIV.com

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Turkey/Greece – Turkey’s Erdogan, Greece’s Mitsotakis ‘to meet at NATO summit’ (Al Jazeera)

The announcement was made by the foreign ministers of both countries at a meeting in Athens [Costas Baltas/Reuters]

The announcement was made by the foreign ministers of both countries at a meeting in Athens [Costas Baltas/Reuters]

Turkey’s Erdogan, Greece’s Mitsotakis ‘to meet at NATO summit’ | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Turkey/Greece – Greece rejects Turkish minister’s comments on Muslim minority (Al Arabiya)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 25, 2020. Turkish Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 25, 2020. (Turkish Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)

Greece reacted angrily on Sunday to a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that described members of a Muslim minority in northern Greece as Turkish and that said they were not accorded full civic rights.

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/05/31/Greece-rejects-Turkish-minister-s-comments-on-Muslim-minority

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(Greece/Turkey) Greece accuses Turkey of trying to provoke it with migrant boats (Al Jazeera)

Turkish deputy interior minister Ismail Catakli rejects claims, accusing Greece of pushing back 231 migrants in seven incidents.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/3/greece-accuses-turkey-of-trying-to-provoke-it-with-migrant-boats

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(Europe/Greece) EU official calls Greece to further probe asylum seeker pushbacks (Al Jazeera)

Ylva Johansson says Greece ‘can do more’ to look into allegations that asylum seekers are being pushed back to Turkey.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/29/greece-eu-official-concerned-over-reports-of-refugee-pushbacks

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(Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Greece) Playing both sides: Will Saudi-Greek drills impact ties with Turkey? (Defense News)

The Saudi military has had a busy March, conducting eight exercises involving simulated attacks on oil facilities and interoperability drills with other nations.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/03/25/playing-both-sides-will-saudi-greek-drills-impact-ties-with-turkey/

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