INTERVIEWS

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HEADLINE SONER CAGAPTAY

Economic recession, distorted decision-making in the palace, rising social discontent, backlash from within the ranks of the military and strained ties with the West are weakening Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s continued hold on power ahead of presidential elections in 2023, Turkish-American political analyst Soner Cagaptay tells Kathimerini.


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03.05.2021 / 18:53 MANFRED WEBER

The European Union appeared split and weak during the visit of its two presidents to Ankara, according to the chairman of the parliamentary group of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber.



Michael Leigh is a senior fellow at Bruegel, academic director of the Master of Arts in European Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center and a former director-general of enlargement at the European Commission.


The then NATO commander for Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa, Admiral James Foggo, is seen answering questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, on May 7, 2018. [Andrew Medichini/AP]
02.05.2021 / 19:30 JAMES FOGGO

The decision to suspend Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program in response to its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system came as no surprise, but the United States and the West must continue trying to resolve political differences through dialogue, James Foggo, a retired United States Navy admiral with 39 years of service, tells Kathimerini.



American Airlines Vice President of sales and distribution in EMEA, Tom Lattig,
01.05.2021 / 18:31 TOM LATTIG

Customers of American Airlines are saying that they are looking forward to a holiday, as well as a reunion with friends and relatives in Greece and the United States, the American Airlines vice president of sales and distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Tom Lattig, tells Kathimerini in an interview.



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27.04.2021 / 18:31 GREECE, US & TURKEY

The rift between Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan runs deep as the American president – in contrast to his predecessor – attaches a great deal of importance to respect for democratic values and does not see his Turkish counterpart as willing to cooperate in the framework of a world order based on shared principles and rules, Ian Bremmer, the head of Eurasia Group, tells Kathimerini in an interview.



‘A confederation requires recognizing a separate state in the occupied territories, which by extension, would derecognize the Republic of Cyprus,’ Christodoulides says.


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25.04.2021 / 16:37 ERSIN TATAR

Ahead of the five-party informal conference on the Cyprus issue this week in Geneva, Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar reiterated his insistence that a solution to the island’s problem must be based on the premise of two sovereign states, and not on the bizonal, bicommunal federation which has been the agreed basis for reunification talks since the 1970s, after Turkey’s invasion and military occupation.



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23.04.2021 / 20:23 MARIO QUAGLIARIELLO

Banks in the eurozone and in Greece should be ready to face a significant increase in nonperforming loans in view of the pandemic crisis and prepare for active management of those loans.



American economist Nouriel Roubini is seen during a visit to Athens in June 2015. He is the chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an economic consultancy firm. [Yannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA]
22.04.2021 / 18:03 NOURIEL ROUBINI

Nouriel Roubini, the renowned American economist who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis – and for that reason was nicknamed “Dr Doom” – participated in a webinar-discussion organized by the Harvard Business School Club of Greece in September last year.



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20.04.2021 / 15:38 SINAN ULGEN

Turkey’s economic troubles and the political changeover in Washington have caused a “rebalancing” of the country’s foreign policy away from assertive and combative discourse, Sinan Ulgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and chairman of the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy (EDAM) think tank, tells Kathimerini in an interview.



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‘Clearly, decisions in Ankara have been challenging in a variety of different respects, and all NATO nations need to exercise both resolve and patience in addressing the various challenges,’ says David H. Petraeus.


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‘The core weakness that Covid-19 exposed is that many countries’ long-term care systems around the world are broken,’ says Harvard professor David Grabowski.


Helene Glykatzi when she was in the Greek Resistance in World War II.
06.04.2021 / 22:20 HELENE GLYKATZI-AHRWEILER

One day, when she was a professor at the Sorbonne, she brought the wrong briefcase and walked into a sophomore class with teaching material for postgraduate students. She had to teach the class without any notes.



EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson speaks at a press conference with Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis (not pictured) in Athens last Tuesday, after a tour of the migrant facilities on the Aegean islands of Lesvos and Samos. Johansson praised Greece’s Asylum Service for ‘much swifter but also good processes of examining asylum applications over the past year.’ [Yiannis Liakos/InTime News]


Mario Monti, then prime minister of Italy, addresses the audience at  the European Competition Forum at the Charlemagne building in Brussels, on Feb. 28, 2013. [Yves Logghe/AP]


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22.03.2021 / 22:31 OZGUR UNLUHISARCIKLI

Taking recourse to the International Court of Justice in The Hague may not be the ideal solution for either side, but it may be the only viable way forward to a better future in Greek-Turkish relations, says the director of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) office in Ankara.



A frame grab from video provided by Voice of America shows members of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail reacting violently to a peaceful protest during the Turkish president’s trip to Washington in May 2017. [Voice of America/AP]
22.03.2021 / 18:46 ANDREAS AKARAS

In a brief submitted by the US Department of Justice in ongoing litigation, the Biden administration asserts that the Republic of Turkey is not immune from suit for the attacks perpetrated by Erdogan’s security detail against peaceful protesters in Washington, DC.