US Lifted Arms Embargo in Cyprus – What Does It Mean for Turkey?

Cyprus is celebrating the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States. The motivation behind lifting the  embargo is to prevent Turkey’s expansion in the Mediterranean. It is not a surprise, since Turkey escalated the conflict in one of the Syrian regions. Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can not be trusted by the West. Even though Turkey is a part of NATO, it is a wild card.

Turkey Opens the Gates, Greeks Meet Migrants with Tear Gas

The troops of the Greek Army conducted extensive target practice on the islands east of the Aegean Sea and the river Evros on Monday. This is a report by the Greek national television station, quoted by the Ministry of Defense of Athens. From the commentator’s point of view, the exercise was Athens’ response to the increase in the number of immigrants transferred from Turkey to Lesbos, Chios, and Samos the previous day.

Greece Urges Haftar to Take Constructive Stance at Berlin Conference

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said today that, after his meeting with the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, Athens expects European countries to reject the two memoranda that Turkey signed with the Libyan Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. Dendias added that Athens encouraged Haftar to “constructively act” at the Berlin conference on Sunday, which aims to try to end the fighting in Libya.

Greece Regrets Turkish “Extortion” on Migrants

The Grееk Mіnіѕtеr іn сhаrgе оf іmmіgrаtіоn policy, during a visit tо Washington, rеgrеttеd whаt hе саllеd the “blасkmаіl” practiced by Turkеу tо gеt mоrе hеlр from the Eurореаn Unіоn. Giorgos Kоumоutѕаkоѕ еxрrеѕѕеd соnсеrn over rесеnt thrеаtѕ by Turkіѕh Prеѕіdеnt Rесер Tayyip Erdogan to “open the dооrѕ” оf Eurоре tо іmmіgrаntѕ.

Greek Island of Euboea Ravaged by Fire – “Huge Ecological Disaster”

A wildfire ravaged the island of Euboea in Greece, on Wednesday, for more than 30 hours. It’s one of the biggest disasters in the history of the country, and the country’s authorities have since described it as a “huge ecological disaster.”  The Greek firefighters put in a lot of efforts to contain the massive fire that ravaged one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries on the island.

Med Hurricane “Medicane” in Greece Leaves Dozens with Injuries

Six tourists died and more than 30 were injured during a small hurricane, which unexpectedly struck late on Wednesday at Halkidiki resorts in northern Greece, near Thessaloniki. Powerful wind gusts, rain, and storm tore the roofs off buildings, overturned cars and caused flooding in hotels. Authorities declared an emergency with more than 100 rescue workers at the disaster’s site.

New Democracy, Old Promises – Center-Right Wins Greek Elections

As expected, center-right opposition party New Democracy (ND) won Greece’s snap elections on Sunday.  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), conceded defeat to his rival, Kyriakos MitsotakisWith about 90% of districts reporting at press time, ND is on pace for a majority government in the Hellenic Parliament, thanks to the country’s “winner’s bonus” electoral system.  While voters seem to have delivered a strong mandate for change, and Greece has officially exited the European Union’s bailout programs, tackling the country’s enormous unemployment may prove a herculean task.

Greece Elections Next Week: The Center Strikes Back, and the Kids Are All Right

The conventional wisdom in politics suggests that radicals and revolutionaries can’t govern.  That may explain, better than anything, why the left-wing government of Alexis Tsipras is headed for the exits next week.  After four years in power, Sunday is the end of the line for Tsipras, and his Syriza party, as voters in the birthplace of democracy head to the polls.  Fed up with populism, polling suggests Greeks will return their country to the center.

European Roundup: News, Notes, and New National Elections


The country’s youngest-ever Chancellor officially became it’s shortest-serving, and the first since the war to be brought down by a vote of no-confidence on Monday. Already headed for snap elections in the fall, the move was largely seen as necessary by the newly-enlarged opposition to avoid giving Sebastian Kurz an advantage. If Austrians were cross with Kurz, they sure didn’t show it on Sunday. His People’s Party (ÖVP) gained two seats, at the expense of his now-former coalition partners, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), and Greens.