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Greece to join the European Air Shield initiative

Defence Minister Nikos Dendias will sign an agreement for Greece's accession to the NATO missile-defence project European Sky Shield initiative on Thursday in Brussels.

The Sky Shield air defense system, initiated by Germany, intends to bolster NATO's protective capacity over Europe.

Tourism takings of €25 bln

There are growing indications that Greek tourism, after a record year in 2023, is headed for further growth of around 10% this year.

Farmers expected to block trucks at two border crossings on Thursday

Farmers protesting about soaring production costs and compensation payments are expected to block trucks in two border posts in northern Greece on Thursday, as they continue their mobilizations.

Tractors and protesters will line the road in front of the Niki border crossing with North Macedonia, located outside the town of Florina, and Kipi, which leads to the border with Turkey.

Bulgaria: 5% Increase In Tourists Since The Beginning Of The Winter Season

For the first two months of the winter season, the tourism sector in Bulgaria reports a growth of over 5% compared to the same period last year. There is a significant increase in visits from Italy, while tourists from Israel are about 70% fewer. Bulgarian tourists have increased by 8% during the same period.

Androulakis: Turkey’s F-16 acquisition ‘a deeply negative development’

The sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Turkey will allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to continue pursuing "destabilizing practices," Socialists PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis said on Wednesday.
"The latest development with the approval of the new F-16 program from the US side to Turkey is a deeply negative development," he added.

Erdogan’s milestone visit to strengthen ties with Egypt

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey was ready to cooperate with Egypt to rebuild Gaza as he made his first visit to the country since 2012.

Erdogan and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held a joint news conference on Wednesday in Cairo after bilateral talks, taking a big step toward rebuilding relations between the regional powers.

First lady meets UNDP head in Dubai

Turkish first lady Emine Erdoğan has engaged in discussions with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) head Achim Steiner on the sidelines of the Sustainable Development Goals Forum at a Dubai summit.

9 gold mine workers are missing in Turkey after a landslide that carries environmental risks

A huge landslide hit a gold mine in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, trapping at least nine workers underground, officials said.

The landslide at the Copler mine happened at 2.30 p.m. near the town of Ilic in Turkey's mountainous Erzincan province. Footage seemingly shot by a nearby worker showed a massive wave of earth rushing down a gully, engulfing everything in its path.

Turkish weightlifters claim gold at European Championships

 Turkish weightlifters Cansu Bektaş and Gamze Altun clinched gold medals in the women's 45-kilogram category on the first day of the European Weightlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bektaş lifted 75 kilograms in the snatch, securing Turkey's first gold medal of the championship. Meanwhile, Altun lifted 92 kilograms in the clean and jerk to claim her gold medal.

Turkish police arrest an ISIS suspect who worked at nuclear power plant

Counterterrorism police in Turkey have arrested an Islamic State group suspect who was working at a nuclear power plant being built in the country's south, local media reported Tuesday.

The Russian national had been working at the Akkuyu nuclear facility under false identity papers, the Ihlas News Agency and other media reported.

US-Greece relations and the 5th Strategic Dialogue

On Friday Greece and the US held their fifth Strategic Dialogue, which, among other things, also saw Greece become the 35th country to sign up to the US Artemis space cooperation accords.

The trap of illusions

In diplomacy, illusions are both a curse and a trap. I was reading the headlines of newspapers and websites about the recent statements of Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. "[Fidan] revives Turkish provocations" was a headline that came up a lot. But it is wrong. Turkey has never taken its claims off the table. Never.

Turkey hails its first astronaut who returned from a 3-week mission to International Space Station

Turkey's first astronaut returned home to a hero's welcome Monday, portrayed as a symbol of the country's advances in technology and aerospace.

Alper Gezeravci was greeted by bouquet-laden children at Ankara's Esenboga Airport as he returned from a private three-week mission to the International Space Station. In return, he handed out Turkish flags he had carried with him into space.