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H Efimerida ton Sintakton, April 9, 2015

Before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday, European commentators warned that Greece could become Russia's "Trojan horse" against Brussels. But Greek newspaper H Efimerida ton Sintakton instead described the "revival of Greek-Russian relations" as a "historic opportunity for the two countries" on the front page of its Thursday edition.

Tsipras sought no financial assistance from Moscow, although his cash-strapped country is due to make a $485 million payment to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday. The solution to his country's financial woes "should be European," he said. He blasted European sanctions against Russia, in large part because Greece eager to resume agriculture exports there.

Talks between the two leaders focused on gas and energy, with a joint project to build a Greek extension to the Turkish Stream pipeline project, which could see Russian gas transported to Europe via Greece.

For more coverage of the Greek crisis, read this article from L'Obs/Worldcrunch, Why Syriza's Pledge To Tax Greece's Rich Could Backfire.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: H Efimerida ton Sintakton (The Journal of Journalists) is a pro-government newspaper founded in November 2012.

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Patronage Or Politics? What's Driving Qatar And Egypt Grand Rapprochement

For Cairo, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil,” with anger directed at Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, and others critical of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood ouster. But the vitriol is now gone, with the first ever visit by Egyptian President al-Sisi to Doha.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the Emir of Qatar in June 2022 in Cairo

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For the first time since coming to power in 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Doha last month on an official visit, a capstone in a steadily building rapprochement between the two countries in the last year.

Not long ago, however, the photo-op capturing the two heads of state smiling at one another in Doha would have seemed impossible. In the wake of the Armed Forces’ ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood government in 2013, Qatar and Egypt traded barbs.

In the lexicon of the intelligence-controlled Egyptian press landscape, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil” working to undermine Egypt’s stability. Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, was banned from Egypt, but, from its social media accounts and television broadcast, it regularly published salacious and insulting details about the Egyptian administration.

But all of that vitriol is now gone.

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