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Emphatic ‘no’ vote in Greek referendum triggers emergency eurozone summit

City Skylines And General Views Ahead Of Elections

Special to Excerpted from a report by  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty European Council President Donald Tusk called a eurozone summit for July 7 to discuss the Greek debt crisis after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject the terms […]

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EU’S big three warns Greece against referendum ‘no’ vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Special to Germany, France and Italy on June 30 warned Greece that a “no” vote on Sunday’s referendum to accept austerity measures will result in the country’s exit from the eurozone and return to the drachma. As Greeks woke […]

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Greeks rush to withdraw cash as government admits it can’t make IMF payment

An anarchy symbol is spray-painted over the logo of Bank of Greece in Athens.

Special to An unprecedented frenzy of bank withdrawals followed the collapse of talks between Greece’s government and its eurozone lenders as officials confirmed the country can’t make a 1.6 billion Euro payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due […]

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Greece angers NATO with bid to buy Russian missiles it cannot afford


Special to By Miles Yu, In a clear stab at the NATO and EU, the Socialist government in Athens is actively negotiating with Russia to purchase Moscow’s S-300 anti-missile system and its service package. Greek Defense Minister Panos […]

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As Europe faces mounting threats, Turkey questions NATO role

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at U.S. Patriot missile system in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s future role in NATO in increasingly uncertain. Officials said Turkey, with the second largest army, would not respond to a NATO decision to double its rapid-response force and form a new unit, Middle East […]

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Greece lurches left, but warming ties with Israel may not be affected

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The election in Greece on Jan. 25, of a radical-left Syriza (an acronym for the Coalition of the Radical Left: Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás) government in Greece will have […]

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Greece replaces Turkey in annual naval exercises with Israel, U.S.

Noble Dina 2014 naval exercise

Special to ATHENS — Greece has hosted a regional naval exercise. On March 25, Greece has hosted Noble Dina 2014 in cooperation with Israel and the United States. The two-week naval exercise, headquartered in the Greek island of Crete, […]

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Greece intercepts ship with 20,000 assault rifles believed headed for Syrian rebels

Hellenic Coast Guard members guard the seized cargo ship Nour M.  /Hellenic Coast Guard photo

Special to ATHENS — Greece has intercepted a weapons ship believed destined to Sunni rebels in Syria. Officials said Hellenic Coast Guard captured a ship with more than 20,000 assault rifles as well as ammunition and explosives. They said […]

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Israel tests long-range air refueling in exercise tied to Iran strike

A Boeing 707 fueling plane fuels three Israeli F-15s.  /Ofer Zidon/Flash90/File

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has completed what officials termed a long-range air combat exercise that included air refueling, an element vital in any attack on Iran. The Israel Defense Forces said several squadrons of U.S.-origin fighter-jets participated […]

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Turkey using its veto power to stop all NATO interaction with Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Special to JERUSALEM — Despite a U.S.-arranged reconciliation, Turkey continues to block NATO programs with Israel. Greece’s ambassador to Israel asserted that Ankara has not lifted its ban on military cooperation with Israel. Ambassador Spiros Lampridis said Turkish Prime […]

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