World View: Greek PM Warns Nation's Democracy in Danger from Far Right
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Turkey issues new military threats to Syria
- Greece warns that Greece's democracy is in danger from neo-Nazi party
Greece warns that Greece's democracy is in danger from neo-Nazi party
Greece's prime minister Antonis Samaras that far-right activists,
including the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, have Greece teetering on the
edge of collapse Government officials were shocked on Thursday by the
unprecedented storming of Greece's defence ministry by hundreds of
protesting dockworkers – a breach of security not seen in modern
times. On Friday, Samaras lashed out at "those who don't understand
the meaning of law and order."
"The government is waging a battle on all fronts for
the nation's credibility and its future so that the sacrifices
made by Greeks aren't lost," he continued. "I will not allow the country to become
On Tuesday, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Athens in
what is considered a show of support for Samaras, and a softening of
her previous hard-line position on Greece, which provoked Greek
cartoonists to portray her in a Nazi uniform. In announcing Merkel's
visit, Samaras said:
We will continue our struggle with courage and
decisiveness for the good of this country.
I am very glad that the German chancellor has accepted my
invitation. It is very positive and we will receive her as befits
a leader of a great power and friend [of Greece].
Samaras also urged all Greeks to work together, saying he was "sad to
see those who try to discredit the country, from all political sides.
Greece will run out of money and go bankrupt if it hasn't received its
next 31.5 billion euro bailout payment by the end of November.
Guardian and Guardian
Turkey issues new military threats to Syria
Turkey's prime minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria not to
make a "fatal mistake" in a speech on Friday:
We are not interested in war, but we're not far from
war either. This nation has come to where it is today having gone
through intercontinental wars.
Those who attempt to test Turkey's deterrence, its decisiveness,
its capacity, I say here they are making a fatal
Cabinet minister Egemen Bagis referred to Turkey's restraint when
Syria shot down a Turkish war plane in June:
If Turkey had been a country that was interested in
going to war, when the plane was downed it could have used that as
an excuse and flattened Syria.
Thankfully Turkey's military power today is at the point where it
could destroy Syria within a few hours. But we don't have any
problem with the Syrian people.
At least two mortar bombs fired from Syria landed in farmland in
Turkey on Friday, but there are unconfirmed reports that the Syrian
regime has told its military to stay at least 10 kilometers away from
the border with Turkey. Reuters and Zaman (Istanbul)
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