Podcast - Riding into the danger zone: Greece gets new jets

Agora Contributor: Agora Podcast

Greece recently received the first six state-of-the art fighter jets it has ordered from France, hoping that their arrival marks the start of an upgrade of its military capabilities, but also an improvement in its geopolitical standing.

The Rafale planes - of which Greece is expecting another 18 - touched down in Greece to much fanfare and excitement. This episode of The Agora examines whether this pomp and circumstance is deserved and how their arrival fits into the broader diplomatic picture.

Co-host Phoebe Fronista was there to greet the aircraft and tells us about what she saw and heard. Nick Malkoutzis speaks to MacroPolis foreign policy analyst Alexandra Voudouri and Yiannis Ioannou, co-founder of Geopolitical Cyprus, about the Rafales and the other key developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Useful links

Greece receives ‘game-changer’ Rafale aircraft from France - Al Jazeera
Greece receives six French fighter jets as part of €11.5bn military overhaul - The Guardian
The France-Greece alliance and EastMed geopolitics - Geopolitical Cyprus
EastMed: A pipeline project that ran afoul of geopolitics and green policies - Politico

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