Greece is good, but Turkey is better

The simple fact that it was agreed in advance that Donald Trump and Kyriakos Mitsotakis would not hold a joint press briefing following their meeting on Tuesday in Washington was a clear indication of how the US president perceives Greek-American relations. It also underscores the justifiable fear in Athens of Trump's impulsive behavior. 

Ankara, Moscow seek cease-fire in Libya as of Jan 12

The presidents of Turkey and Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin, have issued a joint call on all parties to stop hostilities as of Jan. 12 after a bilateral meeting in Istanbul on Jan. 8. 
Erdoğan and Putin released a joint statement after their meeting citing their shared views on the latest developments in the Middle East, Syria, and Libya. 

France enters crucial week of talks with unions on pensions

French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a "quick compromise'' in talks this week with worker unions as nationwide protests and strikes rage on against the government's plans to overhaul the pension system.

During a Cabinet meeting on Jan. 6, Macron insisted that the new system must be financially sustainable, according to government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.