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Greece must move forward in an often difficult environment of multiple uncertainties in which the distinction between "allies" and "opponents" is not always clear and which strewn with many traps.
Geopolitical balances are constantly shifting in a sort of quicksand. The international backdrop is ever more complex and unstable.
The Ministry of Citizens' Protection on Monday held an event to commemorate the victims of domestic terrorism. Strange as it may sound, it was the first time that the state had organized a formal event to honor the memory of the victims. In fact, it was the first such ceremony in the 45 years since the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.
"Why did Mitsotakis invite Haftar to Greece? Did he just want to provoke us?" an annoyed Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his return from the Berlin conference on the Libya crisis regarding the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Athens on Friday.
A high court judge is set to become Greece's first female president in a vote on Wednesday after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government's nomination.
Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, has served as president of the Council of State, a top administrative court, for the past 15 months.
Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis will depart for Switzerland on Wednesday evening to attend the 2020 World Economic Forum at Davos-Klosters, his office said Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, he will attend the plenary session vote for the election of Greece's new president at 10.30 a.m., then at noon he will meet with the Labor Ministry's leadership at his Maximos Mansion office.
The United States considers Greece a major ally and participant in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, cited by BGNES.
"We consider Athens a key ally and a crucial player in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the Balkans,", the letter stated.
Turkish Cypriot leader on Jan. 21 said diplomatic methods should be used extensively in a bid to counter growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Mustafa Akıncı's remarks came at the International Science Diplomacy Forum held in the capital Lefkoşa where he commented on the discovery of natural gas in the region and diplomatic ties with neighbors.
National Bank (NBG), Greece's second-largest lender, swapped government bonds worth about 3.8 billion euros ($4.22 billion) with a new 30-year government bond, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, yielding a capital gain for the bank.
The swap reduces the government's refinancing risk as bonds maturing in 5.4 years were exchanged for a new issue maturing in 2050.