What the neighbor to the west says: Greek–Turkish relations

Amikam Nachmani

in Turkey: Facing a New Millennium

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063701
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700389 | DOI:
What the neighbor to the west says: Greek–Turkish relations

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This chapter focuses on Turkey's relations with Greece. There are several factors that combine to explain the surprising turn for the better in Greek–Turkish relations, one of which is the political and strategic changes occurring around Turkey from the late 1980s, which have intensified since the Gulf War. Another is the violent earthquakes that both Turkey and Greece experienced in 1999, after which each sent humanitarian aid to help ease their neighbour's plight. However, the chapter suggests that, despite the improvement in Greek–Turkish relations, there remain several serious differences between the two countries, particularly over questions of sovereignty and flying rights over the Aegean Sea.

Keywords: Turkey; Greece; political changes; strategic changes; earthquakes; humanitarian aid; Greek–Turkish relations; sovereignty; Aegean Sea

Chapter.  18241 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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