Many wealthy, secular Turks see the north of Greece as a safe haven in case their own government makes life in Turkey unattractive. That's a boom for the regional economy on the Chalkidiki peninsula.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won every election in Turkey for the past 16 years. The current economic crisis means he is now in danger of losing his parliamentary majority — and re-election as president is far from certain.
In 2013, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey to protest Erdogan’s authoritarian policies. The memory of those days is still present in the current presidential election campaign.
A Turkish-Iranian billionaire witness in the trial had implicated Turkey's president and former ministers in the Iran sanctions-busting scheme. The US judge said the Turkish banker was a small part of the plot.
The Greek parliament has changed a century-old law that gave Islamic courts priority over family law matters among the Muslim minority in Western Thrace. Greece is the only EU country with Islamic religious courts.
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