Not exactly festive

Posted by Antonis D. Papagiannidis 02/04/2018 0 Comment(s) Economia Blog,

Greece, its government/its political system and its people, is entering the traditionally relaxed, festive and joyful period of (Orthodox) Easter in a state of tension verging to collective anxiety.


Relations with neighbouring Turkey are reaching a dangerous climax, with un-neighbourly acts and pronouncements succeeding each other. To mention but some: Turkish brinkmanship around Aegean islets; holding of 2 Greek military personnel further to a routine border incident (with no charges brought after weeks); aggressive statements about Greeks having fallen in wars with Turkey etc.


Just around the corner, Northwards, the efforts to bring some sort of solution to the festering issue over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seem stuck in increasing internal tensions – both in Greece and in FYRoM.


While, Southwards, Turkish (again) moves over the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone happen to occur just as Cypriot President Nikos Anastassiadis is to meet with Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akkinci, under the aegis of the U.N.


Not exactly material for festive mood.


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