The Greek government’s decision to call a halt to the dialogue with Turkey in response to a barrage of airspace violations was a knee-jerk reaction intended to send a message of condemnation. Unfortunately, it was also without result.

15.04.2022 / 08:12

The result of the first round of the French presidential elections was viewed by the systemic forces of the European Union – political and other – as the manifestation of a major political deviation.

01.04.2022 / 10:56

When the Greek War of Independence broke out 201 years ago in March 1821, we Greeks were on the “wrong side of history,” shaped as it was by the rulers of Europe, but we were “on the side of justice and liberty.”

28.02.2022 / 14:42

After US President Joe Biden had made clear in his short speech last Tuesday that the United States would not go to war to defend Ukraine, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin set into motion his plan, which had long been in preparation, to invade the former Soviet republic.

10.02.2022 / 20:58

The visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Moscow and the long and substantial talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to defuse the Ukrainian crisis were both imaginative and risky.

10.01.2022 / 21:00

It may seem like a bad omen, or it could just be a coincidence: the shadow of the “Ukrainian issue,” which is expected to loom large over 2022, brings to mind memories of Greece’s adventures in January 1919 when the government of then-prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos made the reckless decision to send troops to Ukraine to fight the Bolsheviks, essentially aligning the country with western (more specifically, French) policy.

20.12.2021 / 07:59

Joe Biden is acknowledged as the leader of the free world by Washington’s allies, but to endow the title with some substance, the American president thought it necessary to stand up to Russia and China.

26.11.2021 / 06:45

The announced agreement to form a three-party coalition in Germany under Social Democrat Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been reached with the “Prussian” discipline that characterizes the country, and those who expect dramatic policy changes are likely to be disappointed.

05.11.2021 / 11:03

Over the past 200 years a number of pundits have slammed the system of the “protector powers” of Great Britain, Russia and France, which, on the grounds of the 1827 Treaty of London, decided to end hostilities in the region, asking Mahmud II, the Ottoman sultan, to acknowledge Greek independence in 1830.

28.10.2021 / 20:02

When Ioannis Metaxas rejected an ultimatum by Benito Mussolini’s Italy on this day in 1940, he did not have any democratic legitimacy, he had not been elected by the people of this country to speak for them. He was a dictator.

22.07.2021 / 21:50

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had two goals when he announced on Tuesday the plan to partially open Varosha, in the occupied city of Famagusta in the north of Cyprus, “with respect for property rights.”

08.06.2021 / 09:16

A major diplomatic game will take place in the middle of June with the face-to-face meetings between the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his subsequent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

24.05.2021 / 21:00

It is not unusual to witness some level of tension between a government and individual members of the parliamentary group supporting that government.

14.04.2021 / 23:08

The letter by 104 retired Turkish admirals to Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which they openly criticized a canal project dear to the Turkish president and the possible revision of the 1936 Montreux Convention was rather theatrical in its conception and delivery.

25.03.2021 / 20:09

We are obviously not going through the toughest period in Greece’s history. Besides the pandemic, the pressure on the political system and on society essentially stems from Greece’s adaptation to the new world economic order, but also from shifts in the balance of power at a regional level.