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tur24Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 21 April 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

“The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU... Apart from this, I'll speak to my colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks.”
Angela Merkel

Contrary to his own repeated statements insisting Turkey won’t be going to early elections, would-be president-for-life Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a snap early ballot “necessary” because of the “uncertainties” Turkey faces today...Read more

water99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 15 April 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Turkey’s steady converting into a dictatorial war mongering Middle East bully is causing dangerous instability in one of the most volatile regions of the world. Now sinking in religious zealotry and nationalistic maximalism, having ditched the Kemalist secular tradition, Turkey, under Erdogan, has pulled all stops in its attempt to browbeat, blackmail, and force its neighbors to kowtow before its outrageous geostrategic desires...Read more

cloudsky99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19 March 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Greece emerged from a seven-year period of military rule in July 1974 only to step straight into a prolonged political cycle of division, debilitating partisan politics, and unprecedented corruption.
The period after 1974 became the “fourth round” of the conflict between the communist Left and the “accursed” Right. In this fourth round, the Left finally succeeded in conquering politics. The so-called “conservatives,” lacking ideological conviction and frightened out of their wits lest they appeared “non-progressive” after seven years of military dictatorship, tried to prevail by emulating the Left’s grass roots agitation only to fail dismally. .. Read more

cyprus25Shaul Shay
(He has served in various senior capacities in Israel’s intelligence community. He is a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and since November 2007, he is deputy head of the National Security Council of Israel. An expert on international and Fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, he has published studies and articles in Israel and abroad and written ten books on the subject)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 March 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Turkish warships, claiming to be participating in military drills in waters off the east of Cyprus, stopped the Saipem 12000 drillship on February 9, 2018, triggering a diplomatic standoff which has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources...Read more

med25Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 25 February 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

In recent weeks, Turkey has gone overboard with naked threats of war in the Aegean. Frustrated because of slow progress in its highjack incursion into Syria and impending research drilling for hydrocarbons by the Republic of Cyprus, aspiring Islamic president-for-life Erdogan is lashing out with fervor unusual even by Turkish thuggish standards. His maniacal rants are seconded by members of his government rushing to warn the world of how Turkish “power” can destroy all enemies and teach lessons to those doubting the potential of an “Ottoman slap.”..Read more

uncharted18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19 February 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Re-search Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

For four decades after the fall of the junta that ruled the Greece for seven years beginning in 1967, Greek politics was dominated by the conservative New Democracy party (ND) and the PASOK socialists. But when Greece went bankrupt in 2010, and prostrated herself on the bare floor in front of her creditors, the post junta bipolar party system, discredited to the core, disintegrated with frightening speed...Read more

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