21/8/2016. Turkey, the Refugee Crisis and Brexit: Concerns and Opportunities for Greece
by Ambassador Arye Mekel
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 359
August 12 , 2016
The unending refugee crisis, the failed Turkish coup and subsequent purge, and Brexit are all causing great apprehension in Athens. But these challenges might present new opportunities.
Turkish tensions with the West highlight Greece’s status as the most responsible element in the eastern Mediterranean, which could bolster Greece’s relations with both the EU and the US. And European distraction over Brexit and its own refugee problem is emboldening Greece to take steps that run counter to both the EU and the IMF.