SPECIAL ISSUE: WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED AFTER THE ELECTIONS IN CYPRUS, GREECE AND TURKEY? - VOLUME 20 ISSUE 3
19 September 2023
The reelection of President Erdogan in May this year coupled with the support of and dependence on far right political forces and the most conservative parliament in the country’s history as well with the forthcoming celebrations of the centenary of the Republic of Turkey in late October imply that the discourse of strategic autonomy toward the creation of the “New Turkey” envisaged by Erdogan and. [...] Hence, the post-election context in the three countries, in the shadow of the ongoing war in Ukraine and the growing relevance of the Eastern Mediterranean region, implies that the onus is on Athens, Nicosia, and Ankara to responsibly avoid being perceived as spoilers to addressing the exigencies of their national and international security considerations. [...] The paradox is that the delimitation agreed by Turkey and Libya defies the geographic position of Greek islands such as the Dodecanese complex and Crete, thus the condemnation of the MoU by Greece and the subsequent expulsion of the Libyan Ambassador in Athens. [...] The meeting of the Greek Premier with the Turkish President on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius after the devastating earthquake in Turkey, where Greek rescue teams were sent in affected areas, led to the reignition of the engines of an action-oriented dialogue between the two countries. [...] Of note is that in all professional categories, the centre-right comes first in the preference of the voters, whereas many voters of the ND went to the Spartans in the second round of June.2 Importantly, the far-right seems to be defending the international rights of Greece in the 2 See Vicky Katechaki, “2023 Election: How did People Vote According the Age, Profession, Sex and Ideological Attachme.