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    What does the EU proposal to keep its debt rules lifted mean for Greece?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 11:02

    This week the EU Commission proposed to extend a moratorium on EU fiscal rules until the end of 2023, but warned that this "does not mean a free for all," stressing it will not allow for any fiscal excesses. Especially for over indebted countries, such as Greece, the monitoring of expenditures will be stricter. This decision came as the Commission recommended Greece's exit from its strict post-bailout monitoring by the bloc's institutions in August. Yannis Palaiologos, Kathimerini's Brussels correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis to look at what all this means for the EU and for Greece's economy. Read Yannis Palaiologos's coverage in Kathimerini: Fiscal prudence urged againBrussels keeps debt rules lifted, but recommends fiscal prudenceGreece tells UN that Turkey is challenging its sovereigntyGreece delivers letter to UN countering Turkish claims in the AegeanTurkey 'not bluffing' over Greek islandsTurkey Warns Greece Over Aegean Island Forces as Spat Grows

    Greece is more than a 'pillar of stability', it is a paradigm

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 11:20

    Last week in Washington, DC Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis seized the opportunity to present Greece as more than a “pillar of stability” and a “reliable ally,” drawing a direct line between core American values and interests and fundamental Hellenic national issues. Endy Zemenides, HALC's Executive Director, joins Thanos Davelis to look at why, after last week, Greece is now a paradigm in terms of both geopolitics and values.Read Endy Zemenides's latest op-ed in Kathimerini: A paradigmYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Turkey demands ‘concrete steps' to back Nordics' NATO bidsVartholomaios says Russian church has ‘disappointed us' over Ukraine

    Erdogan says Mitsotakis "no longer exists" for him, escalating tensions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 11:23

    On Monday Turkey's President Erdogan vowed never to meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis again, saying Mitsotakis "no longer exists" for him. Erdogan accused Mitsotakis of deliberately antagonizing Turkey when he addressed Congress last week in Washington, DC, and has called off talks between the countries. His latest statements have raised fears of renewed tensions heading into the summer months. Tom Ellis, the editor-in-chief of Kathimerini's English Edition, joins Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis from Athens.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Turkey's Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PMAnkara using migration to turn up the heat on AthensGreece says it won't allow illegal entry of migrants by land or seaU.S. raises concern over Turkey's plans for new offensive along Syria border

    Greek security concerns and public opinion amid the war in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 16:37

    Greece, as Prime Minister Mitsotakis made clear in the US last week, has taken a clear and decidedly pro-Western policy after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, offering not only humanitarian aid but also arms to Ukraine. Recent polls, however, show that everyday Greeks remain wary of this position, viewing both the US and Russia with skepticism. John Psaropoulos, an independent journalist based in Athens and Al Jazeera's southeast Europe correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis to break down Greek public opinion on this issue, and look at the questions it raises as Greece looks to address key security concerns.Read John Psaropoulos's latest piece here: Ukraine war boosts Europeanism in border-wary GreeceYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Turkey's Erdogan says Greek PM Mitsotakis 'no longer exists' for himTurkey's Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PMGreece rebuts British Museum claim Parthenon marbles were ‘removed from rubble'

    Greece, the F-35, and Lockheed Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 11:51

    At the White House this week, Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced that Greece will move forward with its bid to acquire the F-35 stealth fighter jet after 2028. He also added that Lockheed Martin had expressed an interest in investing in Greece's aerospace industry. Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor, joins Thanos Davelis to break down the next steps for Greece in acquiring the F-35, Lockheed Martin's role in Greece, and what else to look out for as Greece and the US deepen their defense cooperation.Read Vassilis Nedos' latest for Kathimerini: Air force upgrade ongoing, F-35 interest strongΕλλάδα – ΗΠΑ: H προοπτική απόκτησης F-35 και το χρονοδιάγραμμαH αγορά F-35, η «Λόκχιντ» και η ΕΑΒYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece seeks to join F-35 program as it lobbies against Turkey F-16 saleGreece condemns Turkish incursion near Alexandroupoli as ‘unprecedented violation of sovereignty'Jordan offers to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus

    "I will not forget!": Commemorating the Pontian Genocide

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 11:44

    Greece's leaders commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the genocide of the Greeks of the Pontus region today, in which at least 353,000 Pontian Greeks perished. This was a major phase of a larger genocide of Christians in Turkey that also targeted Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks from Asia Minor and eastern Thrace. Professor Alexander Kitroeff, a Professor of History at Haverford College whose research focuses on identity in Greece and its diaspora, joins Thanos Davelis to commemorate the Pontian Genocide, discuss the efforts to achieve its international recognition, and explore how to overcome Turkey's continued denial of this crime.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greek president calls for recognition of Pontian Genocide on 103rd anniversaryPM, FM pay tribute on anniversary of Pontian GenocideTurkey lashes out at Greek officials' ‘delusional statements' on Pontian genocide anniversaryGreece, UK to hold formal talks on return of Parthenon sculpturesBiden hails Sweden, Finland NATO bids as leaders visit USIn White House visit, Finland and Sweden's leaders talk Turkey

    Mitsotakis meets with Biden and delivers historic address to Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 9:33

    We're taking you to Washington, DC today, where Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis just wrapped up a two day trip that included a meeting at the White House with President Biden and a historic address to a joint session of Congress. Lena Argiri, the DC Correspondent for ERT - the Greek Public Broadcasting Company, joins Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Biden meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos MitsotakisPrime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' address to the Joint Session of the US CongressNATO talks with Finland, Sweden falter but will continueFinland, Sweden apply to join NATO amid Turkish objectionsNATO: Turkey blocks early talks on Finland and Sweden joiningMandatory mask-wearing in planes, public indoor areas to end June 1Covid mask rule partially eased for EU air travel 

    Why is Erdogan standing in the way of Sweden and Finland's NATO bid?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 14:57

    Turkey surprised its NATO allies last week by saying it would not view the applications of Sweden and Finland positively, and on Monday Turkish President Erdogan doubled down on comments last week indicating that the two Nordic countries´ path to NATO would be anything but smooth. Erdogan also cited Greece to express his disagreement over Finland and Sweden joining the transatlantic alliance. Expert Alan Makovsky joins Thanos Davelis today to break down what the key issues are, look at what Erdogan hopes to gain with this policy, and break down what this means for US-Turkish relations. Alan Makovsky is a senior fellow for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, and has worked on Turkey and the region in several capacities, including as a senior staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the House of Representatives and at the State Department.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Erdogan says Swedish, Finnish delegations should not bother coming to TurkeyTurkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membershipBiden praises Greece for ‘moral leadership' after Russia invasionNATO does not need more tension between Greece and Turkey, Mitsotakis tells university audienceEU growth forecast cut as war in Ukraine fuels inflationCommission delivers gloomy numbers but tries to bat away stagflation fears

    Tilos: The Aegean island betting on a green future

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 14:01

    Today we are heading to a remote island in the Aegean, Tilos. The island has already been producing most of its own electricity through solar and wind, and this week authorities announced that more than 80% of Tilos' trash is now being recycled, with a recycling plant replacing the island's landfill. Derek Gatopoulos, a correspondent for the Associated Press who has been covering news in Greece for more than 25 years, joins me today to explore how Tilos has become a pioneer in green tech and environmentally sustainable initiatives, and a model for other Aegean islands.Read Derek Gatopoulos's latest in-depth report from Tilos: Battery-powered Greek island bets on green futureYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Advocacy groups press Congress to reject Biden weapons sale to TurkeyErdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATOTurkey's leader opposes letting Finland, Sweden join NATO

    The American far-right and the Orthodox Church

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 15:21

    NPR recently highlighted how Orthodox Christian churches in the US are drawing in far-right American converts that show strong strains of nativism and white nationalism, along with a strong admiration for authoritarianism and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dr. Sarah Riccardi-Swartz and Dr. Aram Sariksian join Thanos Davelis to look at this phenomenon and explore what the broader implications are not only for Orthodox churches in the US, but also for US democracy. Dr. Sarah Riccardi-Swartz is the postdoctoral fellow for the Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy project in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. An anthropologist, scholar of American religion, and trained documentary filmmaker, she specializes in social politics, media, race, and Orthodox Christianity. She is the author of Between Heaven and Russia: Religious Conversion and Political Apostasy in Appalachia.Dr. Aram Sarkisian is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the History Department at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A historian of immigration, religion, and labor, his research focuses on Orthodox Christianity in North America, especially amongst Russian and Slavic communities.Read the in-depth NPR piece we cite here: Orthodox Christian churches are drawing in far-right American convertsYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece to extend base access deal with US militaryLeftist opposition refuses to back US defense dealΥπερψηφίστηκε η Αμυντική Συμφωνία Ελλάδας – ΗΠΑKey Turkish opposition figure banned from politics after anti-Erdoğan tweetTurkish court upholds key opposition politician's conviction

    Why the views of ordinary Turks to the war in Ukraine should matter to the West

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 15:49

    Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Western policymakers have watched Erdogan's balancing act between Turkey's NATO allies and Russia closely, seeing the war as an opportunity to pull Ankara back into the Western fold. As a result, several NATO countries have helped boost Erdogan's image in recent weeks with diplomatic visits and new offers of previously off-limits arms deals. Merve Tahiroglu, the Turkey program coordinator at the Project on Middle East Democracy, joins Thanos Davelis today to argue that instead of focusing solely on Erdogan's balancing act, Western policymakers should be paying attention to the attitudes of ordinary Turks to the war. Read Merve Tahiroglu's latest analysis for POMED here: Why Turkish Citizens Blame the United States for Ukraine WarYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Biden Administration Asks Congress to Approve New Weapons Deal With TurkeyEU tensions grow over Russian oil ban as Hungary demands exemptionHungary says its backing of EU's Russia oil ban hinges on hundreds of millions of dollarsGreece bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

    The US-Turkey “reset” narrative and the Aegean

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 11:23

    After years of deteriorating relations, it appears there is a new narrative on US-Turkey relations that sees the war in Ukraine as a chance to reset relations and reverse Turkey's tilt towards Russia. What's missing from any discussion of this “reset” narrative, however, is Turkey's escalation of aggressive behavior against Greece and Cyprus. HALC's Executive Director Endy Zemenides joins Thanos Davelis today to break down why a failure by the US to publicly link any “reset” to Turkey ending its destabilizing behavior in the Aegean undermines US policy.Read Endy Zemenides's latest piece in Kathimerini: A false reset You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greek Inflation Hits Double Digits for First Time in 27 YearsInflation is spiraling out of controlNew US ambassador presents his credentials to the presidentAmbassador Tsunis meets with FM DendiasAmbassador Tsunis meets with Minister Pierrakakis

    PM Mitsotakis' upcoming visit to the US: What's on the agenda?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 10:40

    Later this month Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be in Washington, DC, and he is arriving with a full agenda that includes the global impact of the war in Ukraine, regional energy developments, and Turkey's provocations in the Aegean. Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of the 3+1 scheme, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, held a virtual meeting on Monday, while Prime Minister Mitsotakis visited the UAE on Monday. Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor, joins Thanos Davelis to talk about the agenda leading up to Prime Minister Mitsotakis' visit to the US, and analyze these latest diplomatic developments.Read Vassilis Nedos' latest for Kathimerini here: Greek PM to travel to US with full agendaTank dispatch to Ukraine conditionalForeign ministers of 3+1 scheme to meet via video call on MondayYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece, UAE agree joint investments in energy, other sectorsFM attends ‘3+1' virtual conferenceCyprus pitches regional firefighting hub to Israel, GreeceTurkish lira hits weakest level since mid-December

    EU tweaks new sanctions on Russia to win over reluctant members

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 9:11

    This week the EU proposed the toughest package of sanctions yet against Russia for its war in Ukraine, including an embargo on Russian oil. However, some member states are worried about the impact on their own economies, and the EU has had to tweak its sanctions plan in a bid to win them over. As of Friday night there was still no green light in sight. Yannis Palaiologos, Kathimerini's Brussels correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis. Read Yannis Palaiologos' recent interview with European Council President Charles Michel: Michel confident EU states will adopt sanctions against Russia, urges Turkey to align with bloc's policyYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:EU rewrites oil ban to give Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic more timeEU tweaks Russia oil sanctions plan in bid to win over reluctant statesEU must heed Greece, Malta, Cyprus concerns on oil banBulgaria and Greece plan joint gas purchasesDr. Oz's vote in 2018 Turkish election renews criticismPompeo holds briefing to raise concerns over Trump-backed Senate candidate in Pennsylvania

    Turkey's 'unprecedented' violations are raising tensions in the Aegean

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 10:12

    We're taking you to the Aegean today, where Turkey's provocations have reached unprecedented levels. Just on one day last week, Greece registered 168 airspace violations and 42 illegal overflights over Greek islands by Turkish jets. Expert Constantinos Filis, the Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and an associate professor of international relations at the American College of Greece, joins Thanos Davelis to explain why Turkey has chosen to escalate tensions over the Aegean, and explore whether we should expect a tense summer for Greek-Turkish relations.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece says Turkey's airspace incursions ‘unprecedented'Turkey antagonizing Greece at every opportunityAnkara stance linked to dismay with USTurkish jet violations escalateForeign ministers of 3+1 scheme to meet via video call on MondayMDCA with US submitted to ParliamentMitsotakis: Households to get 60% rebate on extra electricity costs from December to May

    President Zelenskyy talks about Greece, Turkey, and Ankara's "double standards"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 9:41

     Earlier this week Ukraine's President Zelenskyy gave an all encompassing interview which aired on ERT - the Greek public broadcaster - and was later published in Kathimerini, in which he discussed Greece's support for Ukraine, Turkey's attempts to mediate a peace deal, Ankara's “double standards” vis-a-vis the West and Russia, and much more more. Yiannis Souliotis, who traveled to Kyiv to interview President Zelenskyy for ERT and Kathimerini, joins our host Thanos Davelis to talk about his meeting with Ukraine's President and the main takeaways from his interview.Read Yiannis Souliotis' article describing his interview with President Zelenskyy here: “I will visit Athens when we win the war”Watch the full interview (in Greek) which was broadcast on ERT: Ζελένσκι στην ΕΡΤYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:EU plans Russian oil ban and war crimes sanctionsEU's toughest Russia sanctions yet snag on worries over oil banEU targets head of the Russian church in new sanctions

    Greece prepares for a key summer tourist season

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 9:42

    This week Greece lifted COVID-19 restrictions for foreign and domestic flights as it prepares for a tourist season that it hopes will see this crucial sector bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, with 14 direct flights to Athens, Greece is expecting to see a record number of Americans visit the country. Greece's Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias joins Thanos Davelis today to talk about the role of tourism in the US-Greece bilateral relationship, Greece's expectations for this summer, and the efforts to make tourism a significant year round enterprise for Greece.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece lifts COVID curbs for travelers ahead of key summer seasonAmbassador Pyatt's Remarks: U.S.-Greece Tourism Memorandum of Understanding Signing CeremonyGreece, Bulgaria say new LNG terminal will help cut reliance on RussiaPM hails ‘new energy gateway' at LNG terminal project launch in northern GreeceGreek price ceiling on electricitySupport measures worth 4.34 billion euros this year

    New FSRU in Alexandroupoli highlights Greece's key role as a regional energy hub

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 17:03

    The official launch of the new floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) at Alexandroupoli is taking place on Tuesday this week. This marks an important milestone not only for Greece's role as a regional energy hub, but also for the Balkans. The launch will take place with the prime ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia, and the president of Serbia in attendance, along with the energy ministers of all four countries. Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss the significance of the new FSRU in Alexandroupoli for Greece and the region. Dr. Tsakiris is an Associate Professor for Geopolitics and Energy Policy at the University of Nicosia and a member of the board of directors of DESFA, the Greek Natural Gas Transmission System Operator.FSRU launch attracts keen regional interestGreece seeks common EU lineEU Commission set to propose phasing out Russian oil by end of yearGreece lifts COVID curbs for travellers ahead of key summer seasonTourists, rejoice! Italy, Greece relax COVID-19 restrictionsPetrides: The next few years will be difficult

    PM Mitsotakis' visit to DC, what it means for US-Greece relations, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 11:26

    It was recently announced that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the White House next month and deliver what's been described as a historic address to a joint session of Congress. This week we also saw two marathon hearings in the Senate and the House, where Secretary Blinken was grilled by members of Congress on the administration's broader foreign policy strategy that covered Russia, China, and touched on Turkey. Endy Zemenides, HALC's Executive Director, joins Thanos Davelis with the latest breakdown. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greek PM Mitsotakis to visit White House in MayPelosi Invites Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece to Address Joint Meeting of CongressSecretary of State Blinken testifies in Senate Foreign Relations hearingKey U.S. senator criticizes Blinken for failing to condemn Turkish jailing of philanthropistBlinken to detail U.S. national strategy for China in coming weeksGreece's energy sufficiency fully guaranteed, Mitsotakis saysMitsotakis: Polls at end of gov't term

    Greece's key role in efforts wean the Balkans off Russian gas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 11:35

    In a decisive turn in the war in Ukraine, Russia announced this week that it was cutting gas to Poland and Bulgaria. This move has put the spotlight on the efforts underway in the Balkans to show Gazprom that they have real alternatives to Russian gas. Nektaria Stamouli, Politico's Athens-based correspondent covering the region, joins me today to look at how the Balkans are breaking their energy dependence on Russia and the central role Greece is playing in this effort.Read Nektaria Stamouli's latest piece for Politico here: Ukraine war piles pressure on southeastern Europe to find new gasYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece taps bond markets after sovereign upgradeTurkish jet violations escalateGreece, Turkey trade barbs over Aegean airspace incursionsGreece lodges new demarche over Turkish fighter jet incursions

    A 'travesty of justice': The conviction of Osman Kavala and the US response

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 13:40

    This week a Turkish court condemned Turkish philanthropist and civic leader Osman Kavala to life in prison, a verdict that's been described as a “travesty of justice.” The State Department also chimed in, expressing its deep concern. Its statement only mentioned Osman Kavala, however, failing to call out Turkey for upending the lives of the other defendants, including Professor Henri Barkey, a US citizen and former State Department employee. Merve Tahiroglu and Henri Barkey join our host Thanos Davelis to discuss this verdict, the US response, and its potential impact on Turkey's relations with the West.Merve Tahiroglu is the Turkey program coordinator at the Project on Middle East Democracy.Henri Barkey is the Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.Read Henri Barkey's op-ed in The Atlantic on this case: Erdoğan's War on TruthRead POMED's Joint Statement on the verdict: Turkey's Gezi Trial Verdict a Travesty of JusticeYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:US State Department on Turkey's conviction of Osman KavalaGreece to pay Gazprom end-May, help Bulgaria after Russia cuts gas supplyGreece files demarche over Turkish F-16 violations

    The state of religious freedom in Turkey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 11:59

    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its Annual Report this week, and once again recommended that the State Department place Turkey on its Special Watch List for engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute and an expert on religious minorities and cultural heritage, joins our host Thanos Davelis today to break down this report and look at the state of religious freedom in Turkey.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:USCIRF's 2022 Annual ReportMore support measures expected soonContingency plan under wayGreece announces return to capital marketsAnalysts see no danger to market access

    Vandalism at Hagia Sophia raises concerns about the UNESCO site

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 11:52

    Last week evidence emerged of a disturbing act of vandalism at Hagia Sophia, with photos showing the historic Imperial Gate badly damaged. This is raising concerns over the repercussions of Turkish President Erdogan's decision in 2020 to turn Hagia Sophia, then a museum, into a mosque. Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, a leading expert on issues of religion and human rights, joins our host Thanos Davelis to look into this incident and the broader impact that Hagia Sophia's conversion into a mosque is having on the UNESCO world heritage site.Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou is an internationally recognized leader on issues of religion and human rights, and a previous Vice Chair and Commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Prodromou is also a faculty member at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she directs the Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Hagia Sophia's 6th Century Imperial Gate VandalizedPM discusses Hagia Sophia door damage with UNESCO chiefTurkish court gives philanthropist Kavala life in prisonPhilanthropist sentenced to life in Turkey in ‘travesty' trial over Gezi Park protestsS&P brings Greece one notch from investment grade

    Greece's response to the energy crisis and to rising costs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 11:12

    Dealing with the energy crisis and the rising costs Greek households are facing as a result is at the top of the Greek government's, and this week we saw Prime Minister Mitsotakis announce a commitment to take action if the EU does not step up to the plate. Georgia Nakou, a political and financial analyst for MacroPolis, joins our host Thanos Davelis to look at how the government is responding to this energy crisis and examine how it is impacting the country's politics. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:More fiscal space emerges for new energy relief package as parties jostle for supportTurkey's jailed rights defender Osman Kavala makes final appeal before verdictTurkish philanthropist Kavala gives final defense in protest trialUS UAVs returning to Larissa base

    An exciting time in US-Greece relations: A discussion with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 19:07

    Today US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt joins our host Thanos Davelis for a look at the latest high level congressional visits to Greece, Greece's important strategic position in the region and its role in the battle to wean Europe off of Russian gas in light of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and the strong confidence on both sides of the Atlantic in the US-Greece partnership. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:US Congress members meet with Greek ministersAmbassador Pyatt's Fireside Chat with Apostolos Mangiriadis, SKAI TVUS secretary of state lauds Greek support of UkraineStatement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Bilateral Meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of GreecePM discusses Hagia Sophia door damage with UNESCO chief

    The rising threats climate change poses for Greece and the Mediterranean

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 13:55

    Climate change is set to asymmetrically impact the Mediterranean over the next decades. The stakes couldn't be higher for Greece and Cyprus, both of which were identified as the most vulnerable to climate change among the EU member states. Katerina Sokou, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Europe Center of the Atlantic Council and the Washington DC correspondent for SKAI TV and Kathimerini, joins our host Thanos Davelis to break down her latest in-depth issue brief on the risks that climate change poses for the region and for Greece.Read Katerina Sokou's issue brief here: The Rising National Security Threats from Climate Change in the Mediterranean RegionYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Mitsotakis announces €50 increase in minimum wage from May 1Cyprus to further ease use of COVID certificates, masks

    Is the US really clear-eyed about Turkey?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 13:42

    Today HALC's Executive Director Endy Zemenides joins our host Thanos Dacelis to break down whether the US is warming up to Turkey amid the war in Ukraine, look at the mixed signals the State Department has been sending to countries in the region, and introduce us to George Tsunis, the next US ambassador to Greece.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Έντι Ζεμενίδης προς State Department: Ξεκαθαρίστε με Τουρκία για Γαλάζια Πατρίδα και casus belliGreece impounds Russian tanker as part of EU sanctions against MoscowCyprus plans surveillance system to stem migrant crossings

    The growing rift between Greece and Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 13:18

    Today expert Constantinos Filis, the Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and a professor of international relations at the American College of Greece, joins our host Thanos Davelis to break down how the war in Ukraine is impacting Greece's relations with Russia, including a look at the Kremlin's propaganda campaign in Greece, the recent expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats from the country, and the challenges a more permanent break in relations poses to Greece's foreign policy agenda.Read Constantinos Filis' latest article in Kathimerini: Τι θα σήμαινε η ρήξη στις σχέσεις Ελλάδας – Ρωσίας;You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece, Norway order expulsion of Russian envoys amid Ukraine warGreece mulls intervention in power prices as energy crisis deepensPower bills bringing miseryTurkey launches offensive against PKK targets in northern IraqTurkey says its warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

    The Iniochos exercise and its significance for Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 16:13

    Greece recently hosted the Iniochos 2022 military exercise, bringing together a robust list of countries, including the US, France, and Israel, and giving them the opportunity to hone their military capabilities and enhance their defense cooperation to meet key regional security challenges. Expert Bradley Bowman joins me today to break down the significance of this exercise for Greece, the US, and other regional players, and look at the message it sends to malign actors such as Iran. Bradley Bowman serves as senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies where he focuses on US defense strategy and policy.Read the Bradley Bowman's latest article here: In Iniochos Exercise, Israel Rehearses Iran Strikes as Saudis ObserveFollow up with more material featuring Bradley Bowman here:Erdogan's Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding TiesThe Strategic Nexus in the Eastern MediterraneanYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Pressure on Athens to send tanks to UkraineNicosia close to ending all Covid restrictionsCyprus 'very close' to ending all covid restrictions

    #NoJetsForTurkey campaign goes viral on Twitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 16:52

    Today the Hellenic American Leadership Council and a coalition of partners launched their campaign to prevent the sale of American F-16s to Turkey, and the hashtag #NoJetsForTurkey went viral, hovering in the top ten trends in the United States throughout the entire day. As our focus is on Turkey's request for F-16s, we are re-upping an episode from this past October with Aaron Stein, the Director of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and an expert on Turkey, arms control and nonproliferation, when we examined this initial request from Ankara.

    Turkey's barrage of airspace violations and overflights in the Aegean

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 9:02

    Today we turn to the Aegean Sea, where Turkey has upped the ante with a series of violations of Greece's airspace and illegal overflights with fighter jets over Greek islands - some of them inhabited - since the beginning of the week. These provocations come as the leadership in Ankara is looking to convince the US to sell Turkey upgraded F-16 fighters. Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the latest coverage from Athens.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Ελληνοτουρκικά: Επιμένει στις υπερπτήσεις η ΆγκυραNew violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fightersNorthern Greek port becomes new key to NATO effortsGreece lifts COVID restrictions for summer tourism seasonEni-Total to resume work off Cyprus

    Macron vs Le Pen: Why the West is nervously watching France's elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 11:34

    The French presidential election is heating up with the first round this past Sunday setting up a showdown in two weeks between French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. Yannis Palaiologos, Kathimerini's Brussels correspondent, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis on France's presidential elections, which NATO members, the EU, and the broader West are nervously watching.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Εκλογές στη Γαλλία – Άμεση ανάλυση: Η ανάσα Μακρόν και η τελική αναμέτρησηNerves for EU and NATO as Le Pen heads into second round clash with MacronFrench election: Macron v Le Pen - two visions for presidencyMacron vs Le Pen and the West's shortcomingsGreece speeds up gas exploration to help reduce Russia relianceTurkey detains former Kurdish party officials for PKK linksTurkey Ramps Up Pressure on Kurdish Party With New Arrests

    Trump, Dr. Oz, and Turkey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 9:34

    Today we are looking at Pennsylvania, where former President Donald Trump waded into the state's Senate Republican primary, throwing his support behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Turkish-American TV physician. Georgia Logothetis, HALC's Managing Director, joins our host Thanos Davelis to break down why this endorsement has infuriated some of Trump's most fervent supporters, and look at why Oz's close links to Turkey and the world of its autocratic President Erdogan are raising concerns in Washington.Georgia Logothetis is the Managing Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council. She has run national and state advocacy campaigns, raised millions online in grassroots donations, created a comprehensive leadership training curriculum and has helped organize citizen lobbying in Washington, DC. She has been profiled in the Chicago Reader, and her work has been cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other publications.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Trumpworld Goes Into Meltdown After Trump Endorses Dr. OzTrump endorses Oz in key Senate raceWould Turkey's president have leverage over ‘Senator Doctor Oz'?US sanctions Western Balkan figures, citing ‘threat to regional security'US imposes sanctions on Gruevski and other Western Balkans figuresSkrekas: Deeper and Stronger Energy Cooperation with Israel and Cyprus

    Back to school: Top US diplomat makes major gaffe in Cyprus

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 10:42

    HALCs Executive Director Endy Zemenides joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's trip to Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, which unfortunately was marked by a major gaffe Nuland make while in Cyprus - where she referred to the Turkish Cypriot leader as “president”. We break down why this demonstrates the need for Biden administration officials to get the facts on Cyprus straight. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Back to school: Cyprus 101Έντι Ζεμενίδης: Δεν έχει αλλάξει η αμερικανική πολιτική σε σχέση με το ενδεχόμενο πώλησης F16 στην ΤουρκίαFocus on LNG, not pipelines, US official tells KathimeriniGreek PM warns of populism if Europe fails to tackle energy crisisGreece gets 3.6 billion euros from European recovery fund

    State Department suggests F-16 sale to Turkey would be in line with US interests

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 7:32

    A new letter to Congress from the State Department has caused an uproar as it suggests that the potential sale of F-16s to Turkey would be in line with US and NATO interests. The letter was a response to more than 50 members of Congress who urged the Biden administration to reject Ankara's request, citing Turkish President Erdogan's lack of commitment to NATO and his "vast human rights abuses." Lena Argiri, the DC Correspondent for ERT - the Greek Public Broadcasting Company, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis on Turkey's F-16 saga. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:U.S. says potential F-16 sale to Turkey would serve U.S. interests, NATO - letterUS diplomat: Mediterranean gas pipeline to Europe not viableFocus on LNG, not pipelines, US official tells KathimeriniZelenskyy urges Greece to use its influence in EU to help UkraineUkraine's Zelenskiy urges Cyprus to end passport scheme for RussiansGreece seeks war crimes probe in besieged Ukrainian port of MariupolGreece will ask ICC to investigate possible war crimes in Mariupol

    Is the war in Ukraine an opportunity for Erdogan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 9:26

    Does Russia's war in Ukraine present an opportunity for President Erdogan to end his country's isolation and advance the idea that Turkey is a global leader, and is this more about luck rather than shrewd diplomacy? Steven Cook, an expert on Turkish politics and the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins our host Thanos Davelis today to break this down.Read Steven Cook's latest piece in Foreign Policy: Ukraine's War Is Erdogan's OpportunityYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement on the Strategic MechanismUS official says Russians must access the truth on UkraineNuland praises Cyprus' solidarity over Russian invasionGreece to ramp up coal mining to help cut reliance on gas, PM saysGreece pushing back phase-out of lignite plants to reduce dependence on Russian natural gas

    The historic Greek diaspora in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 12:32

    Ukraine is home to a sizable Greek ethnic minority, and this is one of the reasons why Greece has adopted a forward-leaning diplomatic presence in the country. This is often brought up in reports, but without any historical context. Alexander Kitroeff, a Professor of History at Haverford College who has written extensively on the Greek diaspora, joins our host Thanos Davelis to talk about this historic Greek presence in Ukraine.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greek foreign minister leads aid mission to Odesa, reopens consulateDendias pledges Greek support for Odessa reconstructionGreece, Cyprus and Israel to expand energy cooperation amid Ukraine warCyprus mulling US weapons proposal

    Why it matters: The Armenian Genocide Education Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 13:09

    Following the historic recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Congress and President Biden, we're now seeing the House take this a step further with the introduction of the Armenian Genocide Education Act. Aram Hamparian, the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America, joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss this landmark bill, and more. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:ANCA Welcomes Introduction of Armenian Genocide Education ActAs another genocide looms, Western virtue-signaling won't cut itGreece completes early repayment of bailout loans to IMFUS Undersecretary of State to visit Cyprus this week

    Remembering Cyprus amid Putin's invasion of Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 10:26

    Tom Ellis, the editor in chief of Kathimerini English Edition, joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss his latest piece for Kathimerini, which highlights the parallels between Turkey's invasion and continued occupation of Cyprus over 47 years ago and Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.Read Tom Ellis's latest piece in Kathimerini: Remember Cyprus?You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:IMF sees Greek economy growing at slower pace due to UkraineMitsotakis warns of ‘period of prolonged uncertainty and instability'Turkey to OK Khashoggi murder trial's move to Saudi ArabiaTurkey eyes Jamal Khashoggi murder trial move to Saudi Arabia

    Congress turns its attention to the Eastern Mediterranean

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 8:56

    Today we take you to the halls of Congress, where the House Foreign Affairs Committee had a hearing on the Eastern Mediterranean. Endy Zemenides, the Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the main takeaways. Watch the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Eastern Mediterranean here: Opportunities & Challenges in Eastern MediterraneanYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Erdogan says Turkey ready in principle to act as Ukraine's guarantorCyprus growth to slow sharply, IMF saysIMF Says Cyprus Is Vulnerable to Fallout From War in Ukraine

    Sanctions, the redrawing of global trade routes, and the impacts on Europe and Greece

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 18:31

    Western sanctions punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are reorganizing global trade routes along political lines, defying geography and efficiency. This new reality is creating a windfall for merchant shipping, but it risks creating higher prices for European consumers and hunger for Africa, with the UN recently warning of “famine, destabilization and mass migration” unless action is taken. In the meantime, Greek consumers are also feeling the sting of rising prices, and aides close to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis have called the fight against inflation the “mother of all battles.” John Psaropoulos, an independent journalist based in Athens and Al Jazeera's southeast Europe correspondent, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis.Read John Psaropoulos's latest piece for Al Jazeera here: Russia sanctions redraw shipping routes, cleaving East from WestYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Further initiatives to offset energy woesGreece will review plan to secure supplies if Russia halts flowsLagarde: Cyprus will be affected by inflation and rising energy costsLagarde: Cyprus better equipped now to withstand crisis 

    The multi-billion dollar arms race in the Eastern Mediterranean

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 17:05

    Over the last couple of years Greece has taken significant steps to upgrade its armed forces, particularly its navy. This isn't a phenomenon limited only to Greece however, and we see it across the region, including in Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. Energy discoveries and the territorialization of maritime zones are some of the main reasons these countries have embarked on a multi-billion dollar spending spree for their navies and to develop new technologies like UAVs, leading to a renewed arms race and regional competition in the Eastern Mediterranean. Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor, joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss his latest policy paper for ELIAMEP that looks at what this arms race means for the region and for Greece.Read Vassilis Nedos latest policy paper for ELIAMEP here: Regional power competition in the Eastern MediterraneanYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:British Museum facing legal action over Parthenon marbles 3D scan refusalAthens and Cairo discuss energy links, possible LNG supply

    Turkey's defense industry under Erdogan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 17:13

    Turkish weaponry, primarily its drones, have made headlines as Ukraine has reportedly used them quite effectively against Russian troops. Turkish weapons have also shaped the outcomes of several recent clashes in the Middle East and beyond. This is a result of Turkey's efforts to develop an indigenous defense industry, a key goal of President Erdogan. Expert Aykan Erdemir joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss the recent trends in Turkey's defense industry and identify the policy challenges it presents for the United States and its allies. We also look at the links between Turkish business tycoons like Ethem Sancak and the defense industry, and discuss Sancak's role in facilitating the Kremlin's influence operations in the West by promoting an anti-Western worldview that mirrors Russia's talking points.Dr. Aykan Erdemir is the senior director of the Turkey program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Turkish parliament.Read Aykan Erdemir's latest publications here: Engines of InfluenceMeet the Turkish Oligarch Who's Pushing Kremlin Talking PointsYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:EU fund backs early repayment of Greek bailout loans to IMFEU seeks end to golden passport schemes, halt to sales of visas to Russians

    President Biden in Brussels for key summit with EU leaders stressing West's unity

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 11:38

    Three major summits - among the EU leaders, NATO, and the G7 - took place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, where the primary aim was to show Western unity against Russia's war in Ukraine. President Joe Biden also traveled to Brussels, and stressed that "the single most important thing is for us to stay unified.” A central topic of discussion for EU leaders was on additional sanctions targeting Russian oil and gas, an issue that has divided European countries. Aside from President Biden's participation, Ukraine's President Zelenskyy also addressed the EU's leaders via video, calling out countries that have resisted imposing additional sanctions. The summit also saw the US and EU announce a new partnership to reduce the continent's reliance on Russian energy. Yannis Palaiologos, Kathimerini's Brussels correspondent, joins our host Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis.You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:EU leaders reach compromise on energy after long debateIn a speech to the E.U., Zelensky singles out Hungary over sanctions.The EU's plan to cure its Russian gas addictionU.S., EU Reach LNG Supply Deal to Cut Dependence on RussiaMacron says France will spearhead operation to evacuate MariupolUS views Greece as ‘key partner and NATO ally,' says BlinkenBiden: Greece, US stand together to confront challenges of our time

    Could Turkey become a haven for Russian oligarchs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 15:39

    The arrival of two superyachts belonging to the sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in Turkey this week comes amid international efforts to freeze assets belonging to Russian billionaires with links to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and is raising concerns in the West that Turkey could become a haven for Russian oligarchs looking to avoid sanctions. So far, Turkey has not joined in on sanctions against Russia, opting to carve out a middle road that enables it to maintain ties with both Russia and Ukraine in an effort to play a mediating role. Amberin Zaman joins our host Thanos Davelis to explore whether Turkey might become a haven for sanctioned Russians, discuss Turkey's broader role in illicit financing, and look at how this could impact Turkey's relations with the West.Amberin Zaman is a staff correspondent for Al-Monitor covering the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria, Iraq, and Turkey.Read Amberin Zaman's latest piece for Al-Monitor here: Will Turkey become haven for sanctioned Russians?You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Roman Abramovich's yachts sail into Turkish squall over sanctionsEU leaders wrangle with issue of oil and gas imports from Russia at summitEU agrees on Russia sanctions so far, but energy dividesWest rejects Russia's rouble payments 'blackmail' as it rallies behind UkraineMitsotakis: NATO unified on backing Ukraine

    A new foreign policy doctrine for Greece?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 12:36

    Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece would send arms to Kyiv. While these arms are hardly enough to change the balance of the war, they have signaled a new doctrine in Greece's foreign policy, one that upends the country's long-standing aversion to getting involved in foreign conflicts. Prime Minister Mitsotakis made the case that this heightened willingness to help out abroad also benefits Greece's national interests, a sentiment echoed by a number of analysts. This shift in foreign policy isn't without its critics, and a number of Greeks, including the main opposition, have voiced their concerns. Expert Constantinos Filis joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss the decision to assist Ukraine and this broader shift in Greece's foreign policy doctrine. Constantinos Filis is the Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and a professor of international relations at the American College of Greece. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greece tossed aside years of caution in Ukraine — and upset GreeksBulgaria exploring nuclear synergy with GreeceGreece-Bulgaria gas pipeline to be ready by end of JuneA key link in the energy chainCyprus taking 'required steps' on sanctioned Russians - officialCyprus: displaced Ukrainians adjust to life on Russia-friendly island

    Can East Med gas and Greece help break Europe's dependency on Russia?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 17:43

    Europe faces unprecedented challenges in the wake of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, with the continent's reliance on Russian energy in the spotlight. As a result, the EU is on a mission to cut Russian gas use and find alternative sources of energy to meet its needs. This is inevitably turning attention back to the Eastern Mediterranean and the EastMed Gas Pipeline, despite the US non-paper pulling support for the pipeline. Dr. Yannis Maniatis joins our host Thanos Davelis to explain why now is the time to re-evaluate the role that energy from the Eastern Mediterranean - with a focus on the EastMed gas pipeline - can play in breaking Europe's dependence on Russia. We also look at what this means for Greece, which is poised to play a central role in bringing Eastern Mediterranean gas to Europe. Dr. Yannis Maniatis is an Associate Professor at the University of Piraeus. He previously served as Greece's Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change from 2013-2015. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Greek foreign minister wants to lead humanitarian aid mission to MariupolUkraine thwarts Russian advances; fight rages for MariupolEU leaders to agree to jointly buy gas, LNG this year

    Why the US should go all-in on the EastMed gas pipeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 14:34

    A few months ago the State Department pulled its support for the EastMed gas pipeline that would bring Israeli and Cypriot gas to Europe via a pipeline from Cyprus to Greece - a move that had broad diplomatic support in the region. In a recent op-ed in The National Interest, Michael Rubin argues that this decision by the Biden administration neither furthers national security nor combats climate change. Instead, it deliberately undercuts European gas alternatives as the continent looks to wean itself off Russian gas and oil, empowers irredentists in Russia and Turkey, and diminishes America's reputation in Europe. Michael Rubin joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss his latest piece and explain why it's time for the Biden administration to reverse this decision and go all-in on the EastMed pipeline. Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official.Read Micheal Rubin's latest piece here: It's Time to Go All-In on the EastMed PipelineYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Cyprus offshore appraisal confirms Exxon gas find'What I saw, I hope no one will ever see' says Greek diplomat returning from Mariupol

    Op-ed calling for Turkey to transfer its S-400s to Ukraine completely misses the mark

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 15:36

    An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday made the case that the US should help Turkey transfer its Russian S400s to Ukraine as a way to help Ukraine and resolve tensions with the US. It also suggested that in return for sending its S-400s to Ukraine, the US should offer Turkey a replacement for the S400s and get Ankara back in the F-35 program. The op-ed has drawn sharp criticism from leading Turkey observers, who point out that this proposal completely misses the mark when it comes to the reality of Turkey's arms deal with Russia and Turkish President Erdogan's relations with Putin and the West. Dr. Lisel Hintz joins our host Thanos Davelis to break down why this op-ed shows a clear lack of understanding of Turkey-Russia relations, US-Turkey relations, and Erdogan's diplomatic balancing act amid the war in Ukraine. Dr. Lisel Hintz is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. She studies the intersections of identity politics, repression and resistance, foreign policy, and pop culture in Turkey and its neighborhood, and is the author of the book Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey.Read more from Dr. Lisel Hintz here: No One Lost Turkey: Erdogan's Foreign Policy Quest for Agency with Russia and BeyondRethinking Turkey's ‘Rapprochements': Trouble with Germany and BeyondYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Turkey's Russian Missiles Could Defend UkraineEurope's southern states call for common EU energy policiesDraghi leads push for common EU response to energy crisisDendias confirms another successful evacuation mission from UkraineGreece offers to rebuild bombed maternity hospital in Ukraine

    The “Russian World” ideology, the invasion of Ukraine, and the Orthodox Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 17:43

    Instead of strongly condemning Russian President Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Russian Patriarch Kirill has given his full-throated support to the Kremlin. This support stems from an ideology supported by both Putin and Kirill known as "Russian World", which links faith with Russia's nationalist aims. This support has resulted in a splintering within the Orthodox world, and is in clear contrast to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's condemnation of Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. In the meantime, leading Orthodox theologians around the world issued a joint statement denouncing the “Russian world” ideology and the invasion of Ukraine. George Demacopoulos, the co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, joins our host Thanos Davelis to discuss the “Russian World” ideology pushed by the Kremlin and Patriarch Kirill, and look at how the war in Ukraine is impacting the Orthodox world. You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:A Declaration On The “Russian World” (Russkii Mir) TeachingAnalysis: Ukraine invasion splits Orthodox Church, isolates Russian patriarchUkrainian ambassador calls on Greece to shut ports to RussiaGreece will not send Soviet-era missile systems to UkraineTurkey's top diplomat says in Moscow that war must stopIn call with Putin, Erdogan offers to host him and Zelenskyy for talks

    Greece's handling of the war in Ukraine, its role in NATO, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 12:59

    Since Putin invaded Ukraine, Greece has taken a firm stance in support of Ukraine - both diplomatically and materially. These steps have not gone unnoticed by Greece's partners in the West, primarily the US, with the State Department praising Greece's handling of the Ukraine crisis and its role on the southeastern flank of NATO. At the same time, the war in Ukraine is forcing a rethinking of broader NATO strategy, which has implications for Greece. Vassilis Nedos joins our host Thanos Davelis to look at how Greece has handled the war in Ukraine, and the potential for an upgraded role within NATO as the transatlantic alliance rethinks its broader strategy. We also discuss the main takeaways from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' latest visit to Turkey, where he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Turkish President Erdogan. Vassilis Nedos is Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor. Read Vassilis Nedos' latest analysis here: Guarded optimism in Athens after Istanbul talksGreek role within NATO is upgradedΗ ηρωική έξοδος του Έλληνα προξένουYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:State Department praises Greek handling of Ukraine crisisPΜ announces 1.1 bln euros worth of new measures in price hike addressPyatt: Greece enjoying US support on key foreign policy issuesAmbassador Pyatt's Remarks at 3rd Southeast Europe East Med Conference, Delphi Economic Forum

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