Greeks in Erdogan’s sights

From the beginning of the year, when Greece blocked Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to blackmail Europe with the mass movement of migrants, Turkey has been trying, with increasing persistence, to "isolate" Greece from its European Union partners.

At first, Turkish officials encouraged and amplified claims of Greek authorities' alleged mistreatment of migrants. Then, they presented Greece as the party responsible for Turkey's violations of international law: After sending exploratory vessels, accompanied by warships, into waters near Greek islands and into Cyprus' exclusive economic zone, Ankara claimed that it was defending its rights against Greek and Cypriot intentions. In his clash with Emmanuel Macron, Erdogan threatened the Greeks that they would "pay a high price" for allying themselves with France. So, it was natural that Erdogan should blame Greece for a German...

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