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Yeah, that would be a lot easier to see happening if the Turkish-Greek relationship had been one of sunshine, happiness and mutual trust.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 02:22:05 AM EST
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Recall UpstateNY's Greece and Turkey: a major peace initiative (October 26th, 2010)
The article is so short that I'll just paraphrase: Greece and Turkey agreed in principle to compromise on the International Law of the Sea. Rather than Greece taking what is allowed to Greece by International Law, a proper sea buffer, Greece has reduced its buffer around the islands by half, while Turkey will respect a full buffer off the Greek mainland.
I was skeptical, but here we are 6 months later...

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 03:37:05 AM EST
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And there are some signs that Turkish businessmen see the opportunities.
In the face of serious risks, the debt-ridden country plans rapid privatizations which Göktuna believes would create a good opportunity for Turkish businesspeople. Papaconstantinou said Greece will "immediately" start selling state assets in several major enterprises and take more than 6 billion euros in additional fiscal measures this year to tackle its debt crisis after a seven-hour emergency cabinet meeting on Monday. Among the sectors it is planning to privatize are telecom firms, ports, lottery companies and airports. Part of the state companies planned to be privatized are the OTE telecoms company, Hellenic Postbank, the ports of Thessaloniki and Piraeus and the Thessaloniki water company.

At this point, the best method to invest in Greece for Turkish firms is to go into partnership with Greek counterparts, Göktuna says. "I was present during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Greece where Greek business people invited Turkish firms to invest in their country," Göktuna recalls.

The Germans may not like this....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 05:12:02 AM EST
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gk:
The Germans may not like this....

The Germans will be the first to invest when Greek asset prices are further reduced by devaluation.  What else can Germany do with its surpluses?  What fascism couldn't do corporatism sure as hell can.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 05:34:26 AM EST
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The Germans should like it if they know what's good for them.

Because it will massively complicate Putin'ing the new foreign owners of Greek national interests.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 08:02:24 AM EST
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But it would not be the first time:

SS Kurtuluş - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Greece experienced the "Great Famine" (Greek: Μεγάλος Λιμός) during the time the country was occupied by Nazi Germany starting April 1941, as well as a sea blockade by the Royal Navy at the same time. The famine is reported to have caused the death of 70,000 people according to the official, Nazi-controlled, Greek sources of the period and over 300,000 according to the historian Mark Mazower.[1]

The National Greek War Relief Association, an organization formed in October 1940 by the Greek Orthodox Church, started to raise funds in the United States and to organize relief efforts to supply the population with food and medicine. The British were initially reluctant to lift the blockade since it was the only form of pressure they had on the Axis Powers. However, a compromise was reached to allow shipments of grain to come from the neutral Turkey, despite the fact that it was within the blockade zone.

Turkish president İsmet İnönü signed a decision to help the people whose army he had personally fought during the Turkish War of Independence 19 years previous. The people of Turkey thus became the first to lend a helping hand to Greece. Foodstuffs were collected by a nationwide campaign of Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), and were sent to the port of Istanbul to be shipped to Greece. SS Kurtuluş was prepared for her voyage with big symbols of the Red Crescent painted on both sides.



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by A swedish kind of death on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 04:57:22 PM EST
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