Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdgogan concluded his visit to Greece on Friday as the Greek government attempted to defend its decision to extend an invitation to the controversial head of state.
Greece’s trade deficit rose by 20.6 percent in October after a decline of 3.8 percent in September, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed on Friday.
In the first film of what could be loosely considered Theo Angelopoulos’ Trilogy of Borders, The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), there is an image of a stranger standing on a bridge poised over the dividing line between two countries. He has one leg suspended in mid-air, like a stork. ‘If I take one more step I am... somewhere else, or... I die’.
The Greek government found itself in an uncomfortable position on Thursday, the first day of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which delimited the boundaries between the two countries, to be revisited.
Greece’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.1 percent in November, accelerating from the 0.7 percent in October, Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed on Friday.
Over half of Greeks think that life was better in Greece 50 years ago compared to today, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center.
To put things mildly, things did not go as expected for both sides. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Greece was the first in 65 years after one of the founding fathers of the Turkish Republic, President Celal Bayar's trip in 1952. And now, as a consequence of this diplomatic flop, there might not be a similar visit for some time to come at least; if not for the next 65 years.