Marianna Charountaki

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    A European Union without Greece would be a much diminished force

A European Union without Greece would be a much diminished force

What would a failure to resolve the Greek debt crisis mean for the EU as a whole? Marianna Charountaki writes that while the debate over Greece has often focused on narrow economic issues, a Grexit would have far wider implications, undermining the foundations of the integration project and necessitating a complete restructuring of the European Union.

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    Why Turkey continues to hold back from full involvement in the conflict in Kobane

Why Turkey continues to hold back from full involvement in the conflict in Kobane

The Syrian town of Kobane has been under siege from Islamic State (IS) forces since September. Given that Kobane is located on the Turkish border, one of the key debates in the conflict has been over potential Turkish involvement, with the country so far holding back from providing any substantial support to the Kurdish forces defending the town. Marianna […]

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    The conflict in Iraq has highlighted the benefits for Turkey in accepting a stable Kurdistan

The conflict in Iraq has highlighted the benefits for Turkey in accepting a stable Kurdistan

EU foreign ministers held a meeting on 15 August over the issue of providing military support to Kurdish forces operating in Iraq. Marianna Charountaki writes on the role of Turkey in the conflict, which not only shares a border with Iraq and Syria, but also has a large Kurdish population. She notes that relations between Turkey and the Kurdistan […]

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