After the previous decade when its once strong influence in the region waned due to the financial meltdown, Greece is now eyeing a return to the Balkans given the new geopolitical realities that have unfolded in recent years.


Last Sunday’s election result has thrown Bulgaria into a period of political uncertainty. Not far from there, alarming developments seem to be unfolding in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh receive a guard of honor in Tripoli Tuesday during the Greek leader’s first visit to the North African country.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Tripoli Tuesday as part of the effort by Athens to see the Turkish-Libya maritime border memorandum scrapped and a diplomatic rapprochement with a country of significant geographic and strategic interest for Greece.

In this photo provided by the Hellenic Coast Guard and taken from a vessel shows a dinghy with migrants, left, with Turkish ships in the background, in the narrow stretch of water between the eastern Greek island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast on Friday. [Hellenic Coast Guard via AP]

Greece is reporting a series of incidents with Turkey’s coast guard in the narrow stretch of water between the eastern Greek island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast, at a time of generally testy relations between the two neighbors and NATO allies.

A handout photo made available by the Greek Prime Minister’s Office shows Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) visiting the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier at Souda naval base, Crete, March 23

Ankara seems increasingly concerned with evolving Greek-American cooperation, which the neighboring country’s political and military establishment sees as having “anti-Turkish” characteristics.


NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to defend each other against outside attack and underlined the strength of relations between North America and Europe, after four years of doubt and concern among some allies under the Trump administration.


The construction of the EastMed pipeline, which would reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas, could turn out to be no more than a pipe dream as its economic viability is increasingly coming under question.