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German press on Greek aid to Turkey: “My friend, the enemy”


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The devastating earthquake in Turkey and Greek aid to the German press

“My friend, the enemy,” captioned her post by Süddeutsche Zeitung, referring to the help offered by Greece to Turkey after the great devastating earthquake. “Beyond the political rhetoric, both peoples feel much more closely connected than appearances show. Many Greeks have family roots in Asia Minor, and names of cities such as Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras, the epicenter of Monday’s powerful earthquake, are familiar to many Greeks. But even more than history, everyday life connects. Like Turkish children, Greek children learn at school how to behave when the earth trembles under their feet…

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“Each earthquake was a lesson for our country,” says journalist Tasos Telloglou. (…) It led to strict building regulations, to prevention,” he says. These also exist in Turkey, but they are not always observed there. And the help is mutual. After the devastating earthquakes that hit the area near Istanbul and Athens in 1999, the two sides helped each other. This also led to a political de-escalation. There was talk of earthquake diplomacy. Something that wouldn’t hurt even now,” the newspaper notes.

DW – Maria Rigoutsou

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