Does the sense of calm prevailing in the Aegean pave the way for dialogue with Turkey after elections?

Since the tragic earthquakes in Turkey it appears that a sense of calm is prevailing in the Aegean - at least for the moment - that has led to an improvement in ties between Greece and Turkey and a decrease in threats and provocations from Ankara.

Vesic: Serbia, Hungary to propose high-speed rail line extension

BUDAPEST - Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Goran Vesic said on Tuesday in Budapest Serbia and Hungary would invite Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Greece and Turkey to join the construction of a regional high-speed rail line that would first connect Budapest and Belgrade and then also Nis and Presevo, in the south of central Serbia.

Announcing Election Date, Greek PM Sums up Turbulent Tenure

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Brussels, March 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

In his introductory statement to his cabinet, Mitsotakis reviewed his tenure, recalling all the issues his government had to deal with - the pandemic, issues with neighbour Turkey in the Aegean, the energy crisis, the the war in Ukraine, and a series of natural disasters.

Erdogan continues charm offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's choice to repeat a congratulatory telegram on the national holiday of March 25, two years after a similar move on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Greek independence in 2021, is seen to reflect Ankara's intention to continue on a low-key path and open channels of communication with Athens. 

Nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees in Türkiye return home after quake

About 60,000 Syrian refugees have returned to their homeland after the Feb. 6 earthquakes devastated their homes in Türkiye, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on March 27.

"Around 60,000 Syrians living in Türkiye have returned to their own land due to the loss of their homes and relatives," Akar said speaking at a military bordar post in the southern Hatay province.