Episode 5 - Greece & Turkey on the borderline

Agora Contributor: Agora Podcast

On the latest episode of The Agora podcast, we examine Greek-Turkish relations, which are going through another rough patch.

Athens and Ankara being at odds is not something new, but a rising number of issues have been causing friction between the two capitals over the last few months.

In late February, the Greek government decided to shut its land border with Turkey after Ankara gave free passage to migrants.

Turkey has also laid out plans for oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, including in spots that Greece considers to be part of its continental shelf.

Also, there is growing consternation in Greece about the possibility of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, once the symbol of Orthodox Christianity, becoming a mosque again.

Host Nick Malkoutzis discusses all these flashpoints with MacroPolis foreign policy analyst Alexandra Voudouri and Harry Tzimitras, an expert on the Eastern Mediterranean.

Nick also speaks to Spanish journalist Andres Mourenza about the book he recently published. It’s called Sínora (borders in Greek) and is about the border areas between Greece and Turkey and the people that live there.

In this podcast series, we're keeping alive the spirt of our long-running blog section, The Agora, which has been a forum for discussing all kinds of issues over a number of years.

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