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100,000 Palestinians have fled Syria for Europe, more than 2,000 drowned at sea

Palestinian refugees at Yarmouk camp in Syria.  /EPA

Special to Some 100,000 Palestinians have fled refugee camps in Syria for Europe, the head of the Palestinian Forum in Europe said on Sept. 6. Ziad al-Aloul said 2,300 Palestinians drowned as they tried to reach Greece and about […]

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Ship carrying 5,000 rifles seized en route from Turkey to Libya

The 'Haddad 1' freighter is moored at the port of Heraklion following an operation of the Greek coast guard on the island of Crete, Sept. 2.  /Reuters

Special to The Greek Coast Guard seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya. Greek officials said the Bolivia-flagged freighter, MV Haddad-1, left the Turkish port of of Iskenderun with some 5,000 […]

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The overlooked strategic interplay of the Iran nuclear deal and the new Greek debt package

City Skylines And General Views Ahead Of Elections

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Greek government, in last-minute talks with its European creditors (predominantly Germany) achieved a breathing space on July 13, to start to manage its new economic framework. However, largely ignored by the Greek […]

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Greek ‘no’ vote puts spotlight on heightened global role of Germany’s Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Special to The depth of German influence, and that of Chancellor Angela Merkel, is being put to the test by Greece and the cavalcade of critics who piled on after Greeks voted “no” on the July 5 economic referendum. […]

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Emphatic ‘no’ vote in Greek referendum triggers emergency eurozone summit

City Skylines And General Views Ahead Of Elections

Special to Excerpted from a report by  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty European Council President Donald Tusk called a eurozone summit for July 7 to discuss the Greek debt crisis after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject the terms […]

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EU’S big three warns Greece against referendum ‘no’ vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Special to Germany, France and Italy on June 30 warned Greece that a “no” vote on Sunday’s referendum to accept austerity measures will result in the country’s exit from the eurozone and return to the drachma. As Greeks woke […]

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Greeks rush to withdraw cash as government admits it can’t make IMF payment

An anarchy symbol is spray-painted over the logo of Bank of Greece in Athens.

Special to An unprecedented frenzy of bank withdrawals followed the collapse of talks between Greece’s government and its eurozone lenders as officials confirmed the country can’t make a 1.6 billion Euro payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due […]

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Greece angers NATO with bid to buy Russian missiles it cannot afford


Special to By Miles Yu, In a clear stab at the NATO and EU, the Socialist government in Athens is actively negotiating with Russia to purchase Moscow’s S-300 anti-missile system and its service package. Greek Defense Minister Panos […]

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As Europe faces mounting threats, Turkey questions NATO role

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at U.S. Patriot missile system in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s future role in NATO in increasingly uncertain. Officials said Turkey, with the second largest army, would not respond to a NATO decision to double its rapid-response force and form a new unit, Middle East […]

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Greece lurches left, but warming ties with Israel may not be affected

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The election in Greece on Jan. 25, of a radical-left Syriza (an acronym for the Coalition of the Radical Left: Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás) government in Greece will have […]

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