From the death of a fighter pilot to a flag planted on an lonely islet, the relationship between Greece and Turkey is deteriorating over both symbols and substance. Watchers warn that a miscalculation could lead to serious conflict.
Assailed first by a debt crisis, then acting as a front line in Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece has had an extremely difficult few years. Yet it has avoided civil conflict and has remained in the eurozone, contrary to many expectations.
EU leaders will have to recalibrate the bloc to stop a further breakup, not only by delivering concrete results like jobs to citizens, but also by making sure their case for unity is heard over growing nationalism.
Turkey is asking a high price of Europeans who are desperate to solve the migrant crisis. The deal includes more money, easier visas for Turkish citizens, and a renewed path to EU membership.