INTERVIEWS

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HEADLINE RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN

In an exclusive interview with Kathimerini, 24 hours prior to his scheduled arrival in Athens, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a range of issues concerning Greek-Turkish relations, highlighting his vision for a “new page” in bilateral ties based on a “win-win” formula.


Joint solution on migration needed
30.11.2023 / 21:17 ANDREAS KINDL

Berlin appreciates Greece’s efforts to contain migrant flows into the European Union but it is also hoping to discuss ways of reducing secondary migration to Germany, the country’s new ambassador to Greece, Andreas Kindl, tells Kathimerini in his first interview from his new post in Athens.



Sunak’s snub makes no sense, says British analyst


‘Pirate’ Erdogan’s visit a mistake, says ex-PM
25.11.2023 / 20:46 ANTONIS SAMARAS

Antonis Samaras, the former prime minister (2012-15) and leader of conservative New Democracy (2009-15) has told Kathimerini, that he is opposed to the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he insisted on calling a “pirate” as he has done in the past.



Gaza, the day after the war
24.11.2023 / 08:29 ATHANASIOS KATSIKIDIS

In an interview with Kathimerini, the former Mossad director Major General (ret.) Danny Yatom states his concern that the war between Israel and Hamas will be spread to Europe through terrorism.



‘Strange work of propaganda’ at play in Mideast war, says US analyst


Democracy’s demise requires accomplices
20.11.2023 / 22:05 DANIEL ZIBLATT

A book co-authored by Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky became a bestseller in 2018. Its ominous title, “How Democracies Die,” not only provided insights into the erosion of institutions triggered by the rise of Donald Trump, but also proved prophetic concerning the subsequent challenging of election results and the attack on the US Capitol.



‘We won’t take morality lessons’ from Erdogan


Israel’s goal is to ‘destroy Hamastan’
15.11.2023 / 10:55 AMOS YADLIN

“On October 7, Israel’s defense doctrine collapsed.” This phrase marked our conversation with the former head of the Israeli Defense Intelligence (AMAN), on how Hamas managed to sow terror in southern Israel.



Self-defense with humanity, says UN deputy chief
14.11.2023 / 20:53 MIGUEL ANGEL MORATINOS

The under-secretary-general of the United Nations and high representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Angel Moratinos, was in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki last week representing UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the award ceremony for the Empress Theophano Prize, which this year went to the international organization. […]



What is left of the father?
10.11.2023 / 14:15 MASSIMO RECALCATI

“What is left of the father at the time of his complete degradation?” This conceptual reflection dominates the book by Italian psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati titled “The Telemachus Complex: Parents and Children after the Decline of the Father,” recently published in Greek by Kelefthos Publications.



Driven by the notion of philotimo
07.11.2023 / 20:53 JOHN SARBANES

John Sarbanes’ decision to step down from active politics took many in Washington by surprise and saddened the Greek-American community, as it also did Greece and Cyprus, who are losing a reliable and effective ally in Washington, DC.



‘Two moments’ when threat of Grexit felt close
06.11.2023 / 07:58 CHRISTINE LAGARDE

A few years ago, as the head of the International Monetary Fund, it would not have been easy for her to walk in central Athens, when Greece was in the midst of its government debt crisis.



Ankara has become a ‘questionable’ NATO ally, says US analyst
04.11.2023 / 21:08 JONATHAN SCHANZER

Turkey will start coming under pressure from the United States over its stance on the Middle East crisis very soon, according to Jonathan Schanzer, who is senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, one of the most influential think-tanks in Washington.



How Hamas got into the Israeli mind
03.11.2023 / 22:09 EFRAIM HALEVY

“I do not think that Mossad was involved in the case of the serious breach,” notes former Mossad director Efraim Halevy in an interview with Kathimerini. Three weeks after the surprise Hamas attack on Israel, the ninth Mossad director and former head of Israel’s National Security Council was invited to answer the crucial questions that […]



Ankara risking a ‘less charitable’ West
19.10.2023 / 18:21 RYAN GINGERAS

Professor Ryan Gingeras from the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School of California is concerned about the possibility of the Israel-Hamas war developing into a more generalized regional conflict.



The US and Greek role in the Mideast crisis
17.10.2023 / 18:55 JAMES STAVRIDIS

As a critical ally and partner of both the United States and Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece is once again playing a key role, former supreme allied commander for Europe Admiral (ret.) James Stavridis tells Kathimerini, as the movement of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group close to […]



Rally in property prices will continue, says expert
13.10.2023 / 08:19 MARIOS RAFAIL

The Greek government’s decision to raise the minimum value of investments to qualify for a Golden Visa to 500,000 euros may put the country out of the reach of some hopeful buyers but it will not prevent the program’s continued expansion, a high-ranking executive at Henley & Partners tells Kathimerini, estimating that the rally in property prices will continue in Greece.



Aegean Sea should be a ‘source of cooperation’
06.10.2023 / 04:08 ABDULLAH GUL

“Turkiye and Greece are two neighbors whose past, present and future are undeniably intertwined,” former Turkish president Abdullah Gul stated in an exclusive interview.



The new constellation of journalism
05.10.2023 / 09:21 STEPHEN DUNBAR-JOHNSON

The prophecies about the demise of newspapers have become more outdated than the newspapers themselves, as they are gradually finding ways to survive in the chaotic digital landscape.



Greece is a ‘vital conduit’ for the West
04.10.2023 / 07:53 MIKE POMPEO

Greece is a “vital partner” for the United States and the West in the war in Ukraine, especially with regard to the transportation of arms and help via the port in Alexandroupoli, notes former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in this interview with Kathimerini, stressing that Greece “can also help provide real stability and energy security” for Europe.



British Museum theft ‘will not have any bearing’
01.10.2023 / 16:33 LORD VAIZEY

Lord Vaizey, chair of the Parthenon Project, which is dedicated to the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, is unwavering in his belief: The recent incident of antiquities theft from the British Museum in London, where the 2,500-year-old sculptures are currently displayed, will have no impact on the ongoing negotiations.