World View: Greek PM Warns Nation's Democracy in Danger from Far Right

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  • 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 a free-for-all."

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 mistake.

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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