Turkey is now further away from the EU compared to what was happening a quarter of a century ago, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in an interview given to a small number of European newspapers, including Kathimerini.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Monday he will raise the issue of the escalating Turkish provocations against Greece “as a factor of destabilization in the eastern Mediterranean region,” as he arrived at an EU summit in Brussels on Monday.
The European Commission’s initial lackluster response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that he no longer recognizes Kyriakos Mitsotakis became firmer later on Wednesday, with one high-ranking official saying that the EU demands respect for its leaders and member-states.
A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he no longer recognizes Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and will refuse to meet him at a planned summit, the European Commission on Tuesday urged Turkey, an EU candidate country, to steer clear of activities that might escalate tension with members of bloc.
Despite the extension in the general escape clause from the European Union Stability Pact for another year, Greece will still have to take substantial steps toward fiscal streamlining in 2023, European institutions agree, having been one of the most generous member-states in the bloc regarding measures against the pandemic’s economic impact and energy hikes.
The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, on Tuesday declined to make a comment on controversial remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that he no longer recognizes the Greek prime minister and will refuse to meet him at a planned summit.
European Council President Charles Michel is certain that member-states will soon adopt the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, including a ban on oil imports.
Despite the increased uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine, the management of the Greek economy is evolving positively, according to a eurozone official who spoke to reporters on Thursday in Brussels.