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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The latest announcement landed in my inbox on Saturday evening. “The Board of the Association of the Constantinopolitans utterly condemns the provocative action by the Turkish authorities to allow the calling of prayers and the reading of the Quran inside the Hagia Sophia, in the presence of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).
President Tayyip Erdoğan likes to hit out at Europe over its “mistaken” attitude toward Turkey.
“I would like to say how very pleased I am with the result and how very pleased I am to have had the overwhelming support of my colleagues in the House [of Commons] and the people from the party in the country,” she said, standing outside her official residence at Number 10 Downing Street, but refusing to answer any questions from the crowd of journalists and photographers.
It still feels like yesterday, although it was in the autumn of 1981
For Greece, last week was a bad week. First, the government could not secure an agreement on a relief of its huge debt in a meeting with finance ministers of the Eurozone and the IMF on May 22.
It is the middle of May, almost two weeks before the end of the month, and high on the agenda came, once again, the issue of the Hagia Sophia.
At the time when this article was being written, we knew that most opinion polls were giving the frontrunner centrist Emmanuel Macron a 20-point lead over his opponent Marine Le Pen.
He has been admired and criticized, even ridiculed, like few other public figures in Greece; he returned to Greece from various academic posts abroad to become an economic advisor to then- Prime Minister George Papandreou at the beginning of the Greek financial crisis in 2004; yet he eventually turned into a harsh critic of his policies
I could not help but notice that several of our readers commented on my article last week about this year’s Easter celebration in Phanar, Istanbul
It had been a long time since I last spent the Orthodox Easter in the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the old neighborhood of Phanar.
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