The Athens Declaration: Opportunism or promise?

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sign a joint declaration to pursue good neighborly relations at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday. [Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office/Handout via Reuters]

The warming ties between Greece and Turkey, which were confirmed by the Athens Declaration on Thursday, allow some optimism that perhaps the two countries will be able to cooperate to their mutual benefit. This is a first step on an unpredictable road, and we shall see if it marks a real turn in Turkey's policy or is yet another tactical move by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Let's not forget that until the end of February the Turkish president was using the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey to threaten Greece.

Erdogan is always on the move, looking for opportunities, moving things, exploiting circumstances.

Aside from the wave of sincere emotion among the two peoples prompted by the earthquakes in Turkey, Greece did not change its stance on crucial issues. So, to consider whether today's rapprochement has a future, we need...

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