Dec 09 2017

Greece’s invitation to Erdoğan was a mistake - columnist

Greek Prime Minister Alexei Tsipras likes to use visits by foreign leaders to the country for his own political gain, but he had a nasty wake-up call when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rolled into town, columnist Paschos Mandravelis wrote in Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

As soon as Erdoğan called for the two sides to renegotiate the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which fixes the borders between the two countries, all hope of the domestic visit boosting Tsipras’s popularity vanished, Mandravelis wrote.

The real problem, he said, was that no-one knew “what the ultimate aim of extending an invitation to the Turkish president was, beyond the red carpets, the live coverage and the official photographs.”