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The strange calm of Greek-Turkish relations

Turkey’s president has cleverly eroded Greece’s foreign policy goals

By Angelos Chryssogelos  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ©Depo Photos/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Since Recep Erdogan rose to power in Turkey 15 years ago, Greek-Turkish relations have presented a paradox. Erdogan initially styled himself a moderate democratic reformer, but over the years he has steadily increased his authoritarianism and anti-western posturing, especially since moving from prime minister to president in 2014. Yet relations between the countries remained on the stable and uneventful path charted since Greece accepted Turkey as an accession candidate to the European Union in 1999. Now, with Erdogan turning against Europe…

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