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Nikos Dendias is packing his bags for Ankara

Nikos Dendias is packing his bags for Ankara by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Ankara and his planned meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu was announced when the 62nd round of Greek-Turkish exploratory talks was held in Athens (March 16). The announcement of the Dendias-Cavusoglu meeting, with the Greek-side proviso that “right conditions prevail”, was made with the explicit intention to express a symbolism: that Greece does not fear dialogue, but also [...]

April 12th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Is a new set-up possible in Central and Eastern Mediterranean?

Is a new set-up possible in Central and Eastern Mediterranean? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Three successive stops will mark the efforts of Greece to negotiate the waters of Central and East Mediterranean throughout this April, pregnant with change. The first is quite near: Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias are to visit Libya on April 6, to hold talks with the country’s new Government of National Accord – interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dheibah and head of [...]

April 5th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece: 200 years of Independence

In 2021 Greece celebrates the 200 years since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821. Celebrations culminated in the military parade in Athens on 25 March. Though deprived of its usual crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade was attended by a number of distinguished guests. Among them Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin, the Defense Minister of France Florence Parly and the President of Cyprus, Nicos [...]

April 3rd, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Of EU summiteering and delicate equilibria

Of EU summiteering and delicate equilibria by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Europe, the EU, European integration is supposed to thrive in adversity – to forge ahead in times of crisis. When the debt crisis struck, instruments such as the ESM were formed. Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic underway, Next Generation EU was agreed upon based on a measure of debt sharing that used to be anathema for many in the EU (of course, the recent stop that was put to this [...]

March 29th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Ryanair invests in Greece- Opens new bases

Ryanair announced further expansion in Greece with three new summer bases in Corfu (two aircraft), Chania (one aircraft) & Rhodes (one aircraft), offering 107 routes in total, including 46 new routes to help boost air traffic and the tourism industry as vaccination programmes continue and Europe re-opens in time for the Summer holiday season. Ryanair’s three new Greek Summer bases will deliver: ·         Four additional aircraft (an investment of $400m) from July across Corfu (two), Chania (one) & Rhodes (one) ·         107 [...]

March 24th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece lifts ban of flights from Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia

Starting Monday, April 5, Greece resumes flights to and from its three neighboring countries: Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia. As the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority announced, flights from Albania and North Macedonia will be allowed to land in any Greek airport (not just at “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport as it is currently the case). Flights from Turkey that have been entirely banned will resume and be allowed to reach any Greek airport. Nevertheless, passengers from the three countries, like [...]

March 24th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Surviving and enriching modern infrastracture: The monumental olive trees of Crete

On the occasion of the celebration of the World Forest Day by the U.N. on March 21st 2021, the UNAI Hub SDG 7 (NKUA-KEPA), within the framework of the "75UN-75 Trees UNAI SDG7" initiative, announced the agreement for the preservation of historical olive trees at the region where the new airport of Heraklion is being constructed, at Kastelli Pediadas on Crete, Greece. The program involves the transplantation of monumental olive trees at symbolic locations in the city of Heraklion and [...]

March 22nd, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Waiting for the March 25/26 Summit

Waiting for the March 25/26 Summit by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The March 25/26 European Council has been ever since the December 10-11 Summit a matter of high expectations on part Greek public opinion as well as - in a more focused way - on part of the Greek political class. The reason for such centrality is that Greek-Turkish relations (and Cyprus-Turkey relations, at that) were supposed to be addressed, be it in an indirect way through a new EuroTurkish equilibrium [...]

March 22nd, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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