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A retired Greek army officer and former chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff has said he had "to admit Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan's worth as a leader" while slamming Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as "arrogant."
 
Speaking to the weekly Real News, retired officer Frangulis Frangos said "despite having no academic education and knowing only one foreign language,” Erdoğan had saved Turkey from heavy debt.
 
"Erdoğan is a leader that we should take as an example," Frangos said. "Turkey is developing real fast and getting more democratic."
 
"Time will show how successful he will be, though," Frangos added.
 
Frangos, however, slammed Davutoğlu for his attitude toward territorial disputes between the countries, calling Davutoglu "arrogant."
 
"An EU candidate country's foreign ministry cannot come to a NATO member nation and leave without saying when Turkey will end the casus belli [between Turkey and Greece]. How much more arrogant can you get?" Frangos said.
 
Frangos also said Turkey was "eastern and heavily affected by Islam."
 
"You cannot enter their world and you cannot explain it," Frangos was quoted as saying.

Frangos was forced to retire last year following allegations of planning a coup d'état in the Greek army.  


October/21/2012

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tzimbo takos

10/21/2012 10:10:52 PM

@ kerem atan. In Greece everyone has the right to make a political comment, even if he is a retired officer. It´s called...Democracy !

Vangelis Denaxas

10/21/2012 8:55:24 PM

Frangoulis Frangos is known as a conservative military person but also a realist on matters of geostrategic and politics. I wouldn't call him as an extremist.

Chris Tahos

10/21/2012 7:42:54 PM

@ kerem atan.What you possibly ignore, is the fact that this person after his retirement ,was appointed as deputy minister of National Defence during the Papadimo's short lived goverment.Besides that, he gained the respect of most Greeks, as a person who does the walk, not only the talk.Thus his opinion is greatly respected in the country.He has worked in Turkey during his career, so he knows first hand what is talking about.

Nikos T.

10/21/2012 6:50:58 PM

@kerem, of course in Turkey he would be in jail. That's why Turkey will never enter EU. Cause it's full of Turks that don't really want freedom of speech. As I've said in another article, Frangos is a great guy and a great soldier. Nevertheless his thoughts for new Byzantine Empire are as stupid as Davutoglou's thoughts for new Ottoman Empire are.

Thessalonian

10/21/2012 6:49:34 PM

"Turkey is developing real fast and getting more democratic" Partially true. "Erdoğan is a leader that we should take as an example." Fortunately not true. "Turkey was eastern and heavily affected by Islam." Unfortunately true. "An EU candidate country's foreign ministry cannot come to a NATO member nation and leave without saying when Turkey will end the casus belli. How much more arrogant can you get?" Unfortunately true. "Frangos was forced to retire last year ..." Fortunately true. Regards

kerem atan

10/21/2012 5:42:59 PM

how could a former commander have the right to make comments about political issues?its none of his business after all. greek clergies and commanders love to get involved in politics apparently.if he was a turkish general he would end up in jail though he was retired.

Murat

10/21/2012 5:37:17 PM

Interesting character. Obviously missed his calling. Cant say I disagree with him on many points.
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