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turkeydebates16(And the trembling Europeans)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 13 March 2016

Tayyip Erdogan, the rising Islamic despot of Turkey, isn't a man to be dissuaded by the usual tricks of politics. Attacking all those who oppose him with blind fury, he has set a new measure of brewing totalitarianism in Turkey's violent history. His most recent brutality against Zaman, Turkey's largest circulation daily, has added to the growing Western unease about the "model Muslim democracy" that was touted for decades as the best thing that happened to the Islamic world since the coming of the Prophet (peace be unto him)...Read more

war39Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

"When you chop wood, the splinters fly" (Czech expression)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 February 2016

In the last few days, the Moslem invasion of Europe is dismantling Greece and revealing the stark nakedness of a fragmented, fearful, unstable, and impotent European dis-Union (EdU).
For those who haven't noticed yet, war has erupted and Europe, in time-tested manner, has begun collapsing in a way similar to the good ole 1930s. The EdU appears now destined to have the fate of the Atlantic Charter....Read more

kastelorizocoast16(Or how to enjoy a splendid little enemy invasion by proxy)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 21 February 2016

Kastellorizo (also, Megisti) is Greece's easternmost island. Measuring a mere five square miles, Megisti is the smallest of the Greek Dodecanese islands. Megisti has the bad geographical luck of lying one short mile from the Anatolian coast and the Turkish coastal town of Kaş. Kastellorizo has approximately 250 permanent inhabitants, a population that increases by a few added hundred during the summer tourist season. It is often quoted as the little forgotten corner of Greece....Read more

omne16(Everything that comes in threes is perfect)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 14 February 2016

The essence of this old Latin rule is associated with perfection and satisfaction, but the expression is often used in a darker context: calamities, too, can come in threes, one compounding the other.
Since 2010, Greece has had enough of perfect such threes, for example, bailouts, memoranda, and ruinous "help" from the tottering EU; and public denigration by "partners," threats from the IMF and other such august entities, and backroom plans for a Grexit...Read more

rustur16Q & A

Tassos Symeonides

(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 7 February 2016

Turkey and Russia are involved in a tit-for-tat over alleged air space violations as they both continue to immerse themselves in the war in Syria. What is going on?
Turkey, long accustomed to often hypocritical support from the West, is indeed playing with fire and appears willing to cross into territory that has been off-limits since 1945— viz. initiating an open challenge of Russia. The Syrian war offers the perfect battlefield for such dangerous Turkish antics which, so far, both NATO and Europe more than tolerate. Turkish claims of air space violations by Russian warplanes are far from convincing and Western intelligence is well aware of the facts. As one recent report, focusing on the shooting down of a Russian bomber by a Turkish fighter on November 24, 2015, explained: "Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft."...Read more

migreece16Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 January 2016

Way before it was fashionable for the sensationalist media, not to mention the arcane, isolated mandarins in Brussels, to focus on illegal, overwhelmingly Moslem, immigration as the security threat of the future, we put it thus in October 2008:

The uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants into Greece has emerged as the primary strategic challenge this country faces in a regional environment that remains unsettled. Greek policymakers need to address this challenge urgently –- not with rushed plans to legalize all comers and not with words flying without deeds. Greece must begin a concerted effort to promote collective EU immigration rules, bring EU resources to bear on the defense of its borders, and impress upon conduit countries, like Turkey, that pushing illegal immigrants into Greece will be treated not in a "spirit of negotiation."...Read more

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