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Samaras-Erdogan Meeting on Sidelines of NATO Summit in Wales

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be in Wales today, attending the two-day NATO Summit. The Greek PM will be accompanied by Government Vice-President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, who will hold meetings with their NATO counterparts. The Prime...

Samaras and Erdogan to Meet Privately at NATO Summit

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have an unofficial meeting at Cardiff on Thursday during one of the breaks of the annual NATO summit, according to reports in Athens, Greece. This “out of protocol” meeting was...

Turkish-Cypriots Protest Against Erdogan Visit

Turkish-Cypriots protested on Sunday, August 31, against the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is set to land in occupied Cyprus for the first time since his election as the country's president. The protests are expected to continue...

Turkey's Military Occupation in Cyprus

July and August in Cyprus always bring a volley of celebrations for some; commiserations and condemnations for others! This has been going on for the past forty years with little chance of changing the status quo. As time goes by,...

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Fifth Visit to Sumela Monastery

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Sumela Monastery in Turkey for the fifth consecutive year and officiated the Divine Liturgy held in the historic monastery. Hundreds of worshipers attended the liturgy for the Dormition of Virgin Mary in an atmosphere of piety and...

Erdogan Answers to Muslims on Hagia Sophia

"Let's see if we can fill up the Blue Mosque first, before Hagia Sophia," stated the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, giving a diplomatic answer to those who want to see the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Erdogan attended...

Hurriyet: ‘Hagia Sophia, a Symbol of History’

The recent prayers of Islamists in front of Hagia Sophia, as regards to turning the monument into a mosque, once again provoked anger expressed in the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, against the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The journalist, Nuray Mert,...

Patriarch To Meet Pope in Jerusalem, Talk Schism’s End

Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, is hoping a meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem this month will help bring the churches together after being apart for nearly a milennia. In an interview with The Associated...

Hurriyet: ‘Shame to Those Who Wish to Turn Hagia Sophia to a Mosque’

According to Turkish media, on May 29 the country’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend a symbolic prayer in the orthodox temple of Hagia Sophia, in light of the anniversary of the seige of Constantinople by the Ottomans. The...

Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter Across Turkey

Christians celebrated Easter with church masses in several cities across Turkey on April 20. In the predawn hours of Sunday, many worshipers gathered outside the Greek Patriarchate in the Fener district of İstanbul, holding a candlelight vigil and praying until...