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Greece

BACKGROUND

Greece began its fight for independence after nearly 400 years of Ottoman occupation; the last of modern-day Greece’s regions, Crete, was freed in 1929. Greece participated in both World Wars, had its own civil war between 1946-1949, and a US-supported military regime from 1967 to 1974. Greece’s culture and traditions are tied to Orthodox Christianity with between 81 – 90% of the population identifying as Greek Orthodox, while 4-15% identify as agnostic/atheist, 3% as other, and 2% as Muslim. Greece is situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula and shares land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.  .  

LATEST NEWS

  • A poll of the four major Turkish political parties showed favorable sentiments toward turning the Byzantine monastery turned museum, Hagia Sophia, into a mosque. The impending decision at the next national assembly on July 2nd will dictate whether or not the famous Orthodox monument will once again serve as a mosque. - Kathimerini

  • NATO and the EU are currently discussing NATO’s participation in operation “Irini” (“Peace”), which seeks to enforce the embargo of weapons to Libya by patrolling the Eastern Mediterranean borders. This discussion is occurring under the guise of the two organizations’ common goal for security and stability in the region. - ToVima

  • Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of Palestine had a phone call that reaffirmed the two nations’ long-standing friendship and collaboration. On the call, the two leaders also discussed Turkey’s escalating aggression and violations in the Eastern Mediterranean and the next steps in solving the crisis in the Middle East. The Greek Prime Minister reiterated Greece’s position, which is the EU’s position, in finding a two-state solution, where both nations can coexist peacefully, based on international law and UN Security Council decision. - ToVima

  • NATO announced an official inquiry into Turkey following France’s accusation that while patrolling the Eastern Mediterranean in an effort to enforce the weapons embargo against Libya, a Turkish frigate harassed and threatened a French naval ship. - Naftemporiki

  • Greek and Egyptian Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Cairo to continue the negotiations of the two countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones, which seek to make, among other things, the Mediterranean a Sea of peace. During the discussion, the two ministers also covered related issues such as developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libyan and Turkish aggression. Minister Dendias of Greece noted that they are hopeful, but not overoptimistic of a consensus, as there are a number of problems to overcome. Additionally, he notes that Egypt wants to avoid unwittingly bothering Turkey in the process of an agreement with Greece. - Naftemporiki

  • On Tuesday, Greek and Italian foreign ministers signed a bilateral agreement on the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Italy, thus establishing their respective exclusive economic zones. - Naftemporiki

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  • On Tuesday, Greek and Italian foreign ministers signed a bilateral agreement on the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Italy, thus establishing their respective exclusive economic zones. – Naftemporiki

  • The Greek government released a statement suggesting that Turkey’s positive remarks regarding the Maritime Limitation Agreement between Italy and Greece must signify a changing attitude towards the sovereignty of the Greek island territories in the eastern Mediterranean. – Kathimerini

  • An unofficial teleconference took place between the Foreign Ministers of the EU and the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers to discuss the opening of the borders, the environment, and the pandemic. The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed Greece’s willingness and availability to share its experiences in implementing measures in the private and public sphere. – ToVima

  • Eurogroup approved the disbursement of a 748 million Euro installment to Greece from the profits of Greek bonds. Eurogroup congratulated the Greek authorities for the quick and determined response to the pandemic, which curbed the spread, as well as the implementation of necessary economic and fiscal measures. – Cnn.gr