Monday March 2, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
11o C
6o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Keeping an eye on international developments

By Nikos Xydakis

The Ukrainian crisis may herald the start of a second Cold War, while there is no shortage of analysts comparing the current international climate to that of 1914 in the runup to World War I.

There are others still who see an even more combustible situation unfolding in the Middle East, and in particular in the parts where extremist Sunnis are trying to establish a caliphate, where borders are being redrawn, ethnic cleansing campaigns are being carried out and alliances are being broken and reforged.

In any case, six years after the international financial crisis rocked the globe, the epicenter of the instability the world is experiencing has shifted from the markets to nation states and to the sphere of the geopolitical equilibrium.

The biggest losers here are the nations, the people, from Ukraine to Syria, Gaza, Iraq and Libya: pain, death and migration.

This instability has had an immediate and profound effect on Europe and not just on its economies. The main reason is that it has upset the balance achieved in the post-Cold War era, which was already on shaky ground following the Iraq War.

Turkey, for example, faces the serious threat of seeing some its territory being lost to the emerging Kurdish state, the founding of which is being encouraged by certain international elements. Of course Turkey cannot avert such a development on its own, but recently elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be eager to ensure that his personal triumph is not allowed to become a national failure. This is especially the case given that his long tenure as prime minister became identified with visions of neo-Ottoman hegemony over the Islamic world.

Isolated from powerful alliances and thrust into the direction of Erdogans sultanic ambitions, Turkey may well end up venting its hegemonic urges on the Balkans and the Mediterranean region. Ankaras growing intransigence in talks for a solution to the Cyprus issue is but one indication and Greece must be prepared for such an eventuality.

Of course this is just mere supposition, but Greece is crippled financially and cannot under any circumstances afford to suffer another crisis, be it diplomatic or otherwise.

All the countrys political forces need to be vigilant and to keep a close eye on developments on the other side of the Aegean as well as the wider Mediterranean region.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday August 30, 2014 (13:22)  
A unionist agenda
The beguiling limelight
A breath of opportunity
Give the green light
Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
Greece is protesting Turkey's move to reserve a large chunk of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year, a Greek foreign ministry spokesman says. Foreign...
Spanish PM hits back at Greek accusation of anti-Athens axis
Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hit back on Sunday against accusations from Greece's leftist premier that Spain and Portugal had led a conservative conspiracy to topple his...
Inside News
ANALYSIS
Greek debt becoming less sustainable
The agreement between the Greek government and its lenders, which was sanctioned by the Eurogroup last Tuesday, appears to be more of a respite and less of a sea change in the relationship b...
No progress seen in tax administration
Tax evasion loopholes remain wide open in Greece, the monitoring mechanisms are still shackled to political power, and an apparent determination to adhere to all laws and regulations conceal...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Super League to seek way out of impasse
The Super League governing board is convening again on Monday in a bid to overcome the tensions that keeps building up in Greek soccer despite the suspension of action on the field over the ...
BASKETBALL
Spanoulis leads Olympiakos to win over Malaga
A good second half was enough for Olympiakos to get the better of Unicaja Malaga (77-72) and score its seventh win in eight games at the second group stage of the Euroleague on Friday. Playi...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. Super League to seek way out of impasse
3. Greek debt becoming less sustainable
4. No progress seen in tax administration
5. House protection criteria will benefit wealthy borrowers, too
6. Agenda
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. Greece's lenders skeptical on new bills but focus on funding needs
3. Schaeuble softens tone, says Greece 'needs time'
4. Greece to prioritize IMF repayments but wants talks on ECB-held bonds, says Varoufakis
5. Lenders to be consulted over collective bargaining
6. Spanish PM hits back at Greek accusation of anti-Athens 'axis'
Today
This Week
1. Time for Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve
2. A fierce battle looms
3. The ignorance of the West about the culture of Islam
4. Spain said to lead push to hold Greece to terms as Podemos grows
5. SYRIZA feeling the pain
6. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.