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Is Turkey NATO’s “problem child?”

"Turkey is an important NATO ally. If you just look at the map, you see the importance of Turkey for the security of Europe." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg makes it clear how important Turkey is to the intergovernmental military alliance. But at the same time, he has some real concerns with how Turkey has been acting in recent years. At what point, though, would NATO consider kicking Turkey out of the alliance? That's a touchy question. He spoke with Ian Bremmer on this episode of GZERO World.

Watch the full episode: Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

Greece-Turkey Tensions Goes Back (Way Back)

To understand the latest escalation of tensions between Greece and Turkey, you have to go back in history. Way, way back. Ian Bremmer turns back the clock and then explains how things got so heated this summer that a military conflict almost broke out. A crisis was averted for now, but who knows what the next few months will bring?

Watch the GZERO World episode: Greece's unlikely COVID success story: Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Tense calm in the Eastern Mediterranean

"We didn't start this," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis recently told GZERO Media about his country's heated dispute with Turkey over who controls what waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. Days later, both sides agreed to a NATO-led plan to cool things down, including a hotline to avoid incidents that could lead to armed conflict.

So, what have Greeks and Turks been bickering about all summer, and why does this quarrel between historical enemies — who are NATO allies – put the EU in a terrible spot?

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What's going on with Armenia & Azerbaijan; Turkey's relationship with the EU

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

What is going on between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Well, it's a very longstanding conflict. There is an Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, which has been occupied by Armenian forces since cease fire in 1994. And now, evidently, Azerbaijan is taking offensive hope into reconquer the territories. I think that's going to be very difficult. There's a risk of escalation with Russia on the Armenian side and Turkey on the Azeri side. So danger, danger, danger there.

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Turkey and Greece step back from the brink: Greek PM Mitsotakis

"I want to make it very clear: it was not Greece that engaged in any escalation or provocation." Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis defends his country's handling of an increasingly tense diplomatic standoff with neighboring Turkey over maritime disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The exchange is part of a wide-ranging interview show host Ian Bremmer for GZERO World that covered Greece's remarkably successful COVID response, its "improved brand" on the European stage and recent Turkey tensions. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, October 2. Check local listings.

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