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Exclusive: Russia Backs Europe’s Far Right – New Lines Magazine

Last November, during Matteo’s working visit to Moscow, my boss arranged a private meeting with him, renting a room on the same floor of the Lotte Hotel to prevent the Western press from catching wind of the meeting. So wrote Mikhail Yakushev, a Russian national, in a Microsoft Word document he emailed to himself on …

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bne IntelliNews – Greece goes shopping for new defence relationships

Last month Greece signed a pair of new Defence and Security Agreements with the USA and the UK, which mark the latest development in a larger Greek diplomatic coup over the course of the year. The background to these new agreements (and earlier ones with Israel, France, Cyprus and Egypt, on which more in a moment) …

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Greek military goes shopping – Le Monde diplomatique

Christmas has come early for Greece’s armed forces: this year the government is giving them 24 Rafale fighter jets and three cutting-edge frigates; later, they’ll be getting Lockheed Martin F-35s, Sikorsky helicopters, drones, torpedoes and missiles. The Greek military won’t be the only ones celebrating, though: French arms manufacturers, Dassault in particular, are among their …

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Honeymoon could soon be over for Erdogan’s Turkey in Africa | Africa Times

In the nearly ten years since Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his famous visit to Mogadishu in August 2011, Turkey has rapidly become one of Somalia’s most important (and generous) international benefactors. After Erdogan became the first head of state from outside of Africa to visit Somalia since the country’s disastrous civil war erupted in 1991, …

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The Man Behind Erdogan’s Worst Spat With the West: QuickTake – BNN Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading Turkey toward the biggest showdown with key Western allies since the Turkish president assumed power two decades ago. At the heart of the row is a joint call by ambassadors from 10 countries — including the U.S. and Germany — on Turkey to free Osman Kavala, which Erdogan …

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Erdogan is fighting to stay in power | Opinion – Deutsche Welle

Every time there’s a fresh problem with the Turkish economy — indeed, every time Turkey is in the headlines for whatever reason — it’s only a matter of time before a completely incomprehensible reaction from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives. This was the case most recently on Saturday, when Erdogan announced that he had …

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Erdogan And Boris Johnson: A New Global Power Duo? – Worldcrunch

BERLIN — According to the Elysée Palace, the French presidency “can’t understand” why Turkey would overreact, since the defense pact that France recently signed in Paris with Greece is not aimed at Ankara. The agreement covers billions of euros’ worth of military equipment, and the two countries have committed to come to each other’s aid if …

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