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This collective learn examines the transformation (metamorphosis) that Greece has skilled over the process the 20 th century by means of exploring its sluggish evolution right into a consolidated democracy, a complicated financial system within the Eurozone and a balanced companion within the european and NATO selling a stabilizing function in southeastern Europe.The e-book examines the variables contributing to the profiling of latest Greece, emphasizing the conceptual inertia bedevilling the experiences of Greece in recent times through concentrating on the weather that indicated the gradual speed within the country's modernization. In end, there's a desire for Greece's consistent dedication to sensible alterations concerning the country's fiscal, political and strategic priorities for you to advertise successfully the position of local stabilizer performing in live performance with NATO and european companions.
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It is accurate to state that the officer corps, especially before 1967, had viewed itself as 'embodying the national ideals of Greece and equated the goals of the armed forces with those of the nation'. Furthermore, 'the self-perception of the military as an indispensable instrument of progress and modernization stemmed in part from the variety of social programs and economic development projects in which the armed forces had been employed since 1945':1J As a consequence of the suffering of many officers and their families during the Civil War, the political attitude of the armed forces has been strongly anti-communist and pro-conservative.
The economic parameters of the problem were quite significant. Greece had relied on road and rail communications through Yugoslavia for some 40% of its trade With the European market. Prolonged disruption of this vital link has had direct economic consequences for Greece, as had the imposition of EU sanctions against the Yugoslav federal government. " Furthermore, it was feared that a violent disintegration of the southern part of the former Yugoslavia could engage outside powers into the conflict, or trigger the flight of waves of refugees into Greek territory.
Constas, 'Challenges to Greek Foreign Policy: Domestic and External Parameters' in D. Constas and N. Stavrou, Greece Prepares, p. 72. Some analysts view Greece as a sensitive strategic outpost of the European Union and NATO in the troubled regions of the Balkans, the Black Sea and the Central-Eastern Mediterranean. 'Of course, a country's strategic Significance is not static. It is affected by the evolution of military technology and Its impact on defence doctrine; by the constanrly changing international and regional political environment; how IIlflllcntial states assess a country's strategic value and define policies to account for their strategIC IIlterests in that region; and finally by the willingness and ability of the states in that region 1"0 utilise their asscts to advance their national interests' (Van Coufoudakis, 'Ihe Relatille StrategiC Sigllil/callee of Greece alld 'I/II'key Before alld After tlie Cold \VtIl: Paper presented at a conference on 'The USA, Greece and lill'key 111 the Emerging International System', Athens, 19 June 1993, p.