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A podcast on Greece, Cyprus and the region brought to you by The Hellenic American Leadership Council and Kathimerini.

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Turkey accused of weaponizing water rights in northeast Syria, increasing tensions with Syrian Kurds

A dramatic drop in water levels on the Euphrates River in recent weeks has increased tensions between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces. Kurdish officials in northeast Syria accuse Turkey of reducing the levels of water flowing from the Euphrates, causing an agricultural crisis and a major power shortage in the region. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry denies that this is taking place. USCIRF...

Is the US "dropping the ball" on Cyprus? A discussion with HALC's Endy Zemenides

Endy Zemenides, the Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, joins The Greek Current to discuss what he describes as a failure by the US to make any meaningful impact in and around the latest UN-led Cyprus talks in Geneva. We explore why the US “dropped the ball” here, and what steps it should take if it is serious about playing a key role in the Eastern Mediterranean. We...

Turkey and Egypt hold official talks as Ankara aims to end its growing diplomatic isolation

This week Egypt and Turkey held two days of talks on bilateral and regional issues aimed at reseting ties after nearly eight years of a diplomatic rift. The talks come amid a charm offensive by Turkey toward Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf states aimed at ending its growing diplomatic isolation. Ankara has also sent out feelers to Israel, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, and Turkish Foreign Minister...

The debate in Europe over Biden's proposal for a waiver on Covid-19 vaccine patents

Under growing pressure, the head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Thursday that the EU is “ready to discuss” President Biden’s proposal to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents, but did not endorse it. The US decision to drop its objections to a patent waiver was received as a seismic shift in Europe. Supporters of the plan say it would allow more manufacturers to produce...

"Give us a reason to stay": Greece's Gen Z speaks to Kathimerini about its concerns

“Give us a reason to stay in Greece.” That’s the title of the investigative report on the front page of Kathimerini’s Sunday print edition that highlights the concerns young Greeks have about their place in Greek society today and their future in the country. Iliana Magra, a journalist with Kathimerini and the author of the report, joins The Greek Current to talk about her findings. Read Iliana...

The climate crisis and the post-Covid world: decarbonization, rare earths, and tech

This week President Biden hosted a two day virtual summit on climate change with forty world leaders, highlighting the issue as "the existential crisis of our time," and urging world leaders and businesses to take action. Sophia Kalantzakos and Constantine Karayannopoulos join The Greek Current podcast to discuss this climate summit, the broader challenges that lie ahead in achieving the twin...

USCIRF places Turkey on a "special watch list" in its annual religious freedom report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued its annual report earlier this week. Once again, Turkey was listed as a country that USCIRF recommends the State Department should include on its special watch list for "engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom." The report’s release also comes as government sources indicate that US President Joe...

Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis discusses Greece's plan to safely open for tourists

Earlier this week, Greece announced it was lifting certain restrictions on travelers from the EU, the US, and other countries if they are vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19. At the same time, another flight from the US to Greece was announced, bringing the total number to 8 daily direct flights over the summer. These moves come as Greece prepares to officially open to tourists in mid May...

A new era for the Mediterranean: An interview with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides

Cyprus hosted a meeting of top diplomats on Friday from Israel, the UAE, and Greece for talks they said reflected the “changing face” of the Middle East. Cyprus, Greece, and Israel already have a regional partnership, but talks in the Cypriot city of Paphos on Friday marked the first time that the UAE participated, a result of the shifting alliances brought about by the Abraham Accords. Cypriot...