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#Athens, the playground for vandals, and a gov tolerant to #terrorists, @kmitsotakis to #GreekPM in Parliament -Greek to me !

By a fully updated report on the worrying rise of violence and crime in Greece , Greece’s Opposition party  leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, blamed Greek PM Alexis Tsipras in Parliament for his government “showing tolerance to crime and sympathizing the terrorists, while letting the streets with reduced presence of police, allowing criminals to merge with new terrorist groups, who reportedly maintain cells in downtown Athens, and leaving the citizens unprotected due to the leftist  government’s  “obsessions on security” , speaking during a Parliamentary Query session on Friday February 17th

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Tsipras’ MEP: “Victory of Trump, a clarion message for a wordlwide anti-fascist front “

The European Parliament Vice President, an MEP of Alexis Tsipras’ governing party in Greece D. Papadimoulis, characterized

“Severe negative development for the whole planet,”

the election of Donald Trump, in a statement to Athens News Agency  soon after the US Elections result was wolrdwide officially announced…

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Seeking close economic ties with Iran, Greece the only country that blocked sanctions on the accused of financing terrorism Iranian bank

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Tense period between US and Turkey is expected to continue 

The current state of U.S.-Turkish relations is a far cry from the days that the U.S. was promoting Turkey as a role model in 2011 and as proof that a predominantly Muslim country can successfully combine democratic rule and market economy , writes Forbes in its  recent commentary  article, stressing primarily , that President Obama has had to emphasize that the U.S. didn’t have any prior knowledge of the recent coup attempt.

The tense period in the U.S-Turkey relations is not new, but is expected to continue.

The U.S. base in Incirlik plays a key role in its military presence in the region and is heavily used in the air campaign against ISIS in Syria. Turkey’s NATO membership and alliance with the U.S. is essential for its security.

But despite this mutual need, there’s been some divergence between Turkey and the U.S. regarding what needs to be done in the ongoing Syrian conflict and the rise of a de factoautonomous Kurdish entity in Northern Syria.

For Turkey, the rise of Kurds in Syria is perceived as the main threat. But for the U.S., the focus has been on fighting ISIS, and the Kurdish forces in Syria have become one of the main effective U.S. allies on the ground. The U.S. is keen to maintain its ties with the Kurdish forces, but Turkey vehemently opposes it. Turkey fears that the consolidation of Kurdish self-rule in Syria will increase the Kurds’ power as a regional actor, and permanently change the game in their favor.

Both the U.S. and the EU have urged Turkey to exercise caution and respect the rule of law. The Turkish government’s actions are not seen by the Western allies  in isolation, as a reaction against the failed coup, but within Turkey’s slide toward authoritarianism.  The ongoing purges are likely to add to the view that Turkey, under AKP rule, is moving closer to an authoritarian state.

The U.S. is right to point at the dangers of authoritarianism, and many people in Turkey share the same sentiments: The fight against coup plotters must not be at the expense of democracy.

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Turkey and NATO: What Comes Next Is Messy — by James Stavridis

NATO Tiger Meet 2015 Drill in Konya

With U.S. forces (and nuclear weapons*) housed at Incirlik Air Base, the relationship between Ankara and Washington is critical — and delicate.

via Turkey and NATO: What Comes Next Is Messy — Foreign Policy

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President #Obama encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation, commended Greece’s cooperation with Turkey, on his meeting with @tsipras_eu in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland July 9  – President Barack Obama met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw on Saturday, the White House said.

“The president commended Greece’s cooperation with Turkey to reduce irregular migration and encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation,” a White House official said, Reuters wrote .

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