Assessing France and Greece’s landmark defence deal

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In early October, the Greek Parliament approved by majority vote an unprecedented multibillion-euro defence deal with France, a development which could decisively alter the long-term regional security context in the Eastern Mediterranean. The defence pact, which determines critical upgrades for the Hellenic Navy through a major partnership with the French Naval Group, should not be seen only as a substantial weapons system purchase. It is also a diplomatic and military cooperation breakthrough between the two countries, with significant strategic implications for the wider region, the EU area,…

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