Britain and Greece agreed to strengthen ties on Monday as they drafted a new framework to boost trade, security and digital co-operation. It is also expected to enable bilateral deals to be done on education, tourism and maritime affairs between the two Nato member states. “The framework we’ve signed with Greece will open up new …
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 …
Commenting on Erdoğan’s overseas military ambitions, François Mitterand’s adviser Jacques Attali tweeted: “We have to hear what Erdoğan says, take it very seriously and be prepared to act by all means. If our predecessors had taken the Führer’s speeches seriously from 1933 to 1936, they could have prevented this monster from accumulating the ways and means to do what he had announced.”
But Erdoğan can only accomplish his goals with the resources of a wealthy and mighty nation at his disposal. “This is Turkey’s Achilles heel,” said Ellis. “Foreign investors are fleeing, COVID-19 has crippled tourism and Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating to B2, putting Turkey on a level with Egypt, Jamaica and Rwanda.”
Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, France, the UK, the US, Israel and Italy are taking part in the exercise with assets and personnel on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nemesis is aimed at testing antiterrorism operations, search and rescue, and pollution of marine environment within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Erdogan’s policies are effectively closing the doors to that transformation, as money and the creative classes alike are fleeing the country.
At the same time, Erdogan can no longer rely on an inflow of international money or talent as substitutes. Nobody wants to live or do business in a country where YouTube and Twitter are periodically banned.
If Erdogan gets what he wants, he might be able to retain a Putin-like grip on power and win the June elections in a landslide. If that happens, he will have also stripped Turkey of its best and brightest. Then, his country will sadly mimic Russia in more ways than one.