Territorial waters, hydrocarbon research cause friction between Athens and AnkaraPoliticsForeign Policy
Tension between Greece and Turkey has been relatively high over the last couple of weeks due to developments related to hydrocarbon research in the Eastern Mediterranean.
As budget talks drag on, parties focus on inflicting damage via graft claimsPoliticsGreek Politics
In the absence of a concrete agreement with the institutions over whether next year’s pre-legislated pension cuts can be cancelled, the domestic political agenda is being taken up by the parties trading accusations over alleged corruption.
Kotzias territorial waters comment not expected to spark change of approach in AthensPoliticsForeign Policy
Athens was expecting a strong reaction from Ankara to the announcement made on Saturday by former Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias about the government’s plans to extend Greece’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea and some parts of the Aegean to 12 nautical miles from the current six.
Tsipras planning for life without KammenosPoliticsGreek Politics
The threats by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos to walk out of the coalition if the Prespes Agreement comes to Greek Parliament appear to have left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unperturbed and apparently confident that he can do without his governing partner.
Amid coalition bickering, Skopje vote lights up path to snap elections in GreecePoliticsGreek Politics
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos has vowed to stick with the government until the Prespes Agreement, ratified by MPs in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Friday night, comes to Greek Parliament, although his opposition to the deal means that the coalition is likely to face more turbulence.
Tsipras faces challenges ahead on multiple foreign policy frontsPoliticsForeign Policy
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ resignation comes at a very crucial time for Greece’s foreign policy and for the region.
After Kotzias departure, Tsipras hopes for clear path to electionsPoliticsGreek Politics
While the departure of Nikos Kotzias from the high-profile position of foreign minister is a blow for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, especially as the key diplomatic achievement of his time in office – the Prespes Agreement on the Macedonia name issue – is at a crucial juncture, it is unlikely that it will lead to any material change to the SYRIZA leader’s political plans.
Foreign minister quits government, heaping pressure on TsiprasPoliticsGreek Politics
One of the government’s most high-profile figures, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, resigned on Wednesday, forcing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into another damage limitation exercise when he would prefer the spotlight to be on his government’s latest initiatives on the economic front instead.
Athens believes name deal still alive, waits for move from ZaevPoliticsForeign Policy
The next 10 days or so will determine whether Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will be able to win the necessary support to reach an agreement with the conservative opposition on the constitutional changes which Parliament has to approve as part of the Prespes Agreement with Greece.
Countdown to Macedonia name deal vote has PM weighing up supportPoliticsForeign Policy
Just a few days before the crucial referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the Prespes Agreement, Greece is monitoring developments in its neighbouring country with great interest.