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A member of the extreme right Golden Dawn party holds a flag bearing their party's logo during an election campaign rally. REUTERS photo

A member of the extreme right Golden Dawn party holds a flag bearing their party's logo during an election campaign rally. REUTERS photo

The leader of the Greek extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, Nikos Mihaloliakos, has promised to “take back İzmir" a week after saying his party wanted “Istanbul back." 
Mihaloliakos, nicknamed the "Greek Führer," said they would take back Turkey's Black Sea region as well during a party rally yesterday in the city of Thessaloniki, daily Milliyet reported. 
"We will take back Istanbul, İzmir and the Black Sea," Mihaloliakos said during the rally while addressing accusations of racism that have been directed at his party. "Yes, we are nationalists and racists. We are not hiding that." 
Mihaloliakos also criticized the mayor of Thessaloniki for wanting to name a street after modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was born in Thessaloniki in 1881 when the city was still under Ottoman rule.


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S. Tinaz

6/17/2012 7:11:12 PM

No one took the certain person whom was referred to as "little corporal" in Germany, but alas he came to power through "democracy" - democratic election and you all know what happened afterwards. This guy may be a nut case and his followers may be nut cases, but still spreading venom should not be passed as democracy / freedom of expression and taken lightly and brushed aside. They do have this sort of thing in check in Germany.. well , at least I think they have the Nazi party banned there.

Hellenas in London

6/17/2012 12:05:38 PM

Golden Dawn received around 8% of the votes in the last elections, although they never exceeded 1% in the past.Does this mean that suddenly Greeks are becoming nationalist?I suggest that this is representative of the frustration and anger (towards the financial measures) that your neighbours are going through.People like Mihaloliakos capitalise on this anger by blaming everyone else and "inspiring" with idiocies of the kind reported.Stable and democratic Greece and Turkey is the only solution.

Hellenas in London

6/17/2012 11:48:42 AM

It's good to read comments from down to earth people regarding Mihaliolakos. A couple of points: -Greece is a democracy.In a democracy, freedom of expression is fundamental, even when what is said is against the principles that it is based upon; -The greek press has not reported on this man's views because they do not wish to support the propagation of his ideas; -Bigots and demagogs exist everywhere. It's how we choose to respond to them that matters.

Chris Green

6/16/2012 1:44:52 PM

Unusually, I rather agree with Kypros: If these people received no publicity they would have no audience but their few followers and would remain as obscure as they so amply deserve. We have a similarly irritating and quite odious bunch in England called the English Defence League or EDL. Tossers more amply describe them whilst the multi-racial country that we have now become generally ignore them! Amusingly, they adopt the Flag of St George, who was, arguably, an early day Turk! :-)

kerem atan

6/16/2012 1:08:07 PM

Turk Uzan,if most of the greek people regard him as a 'clown' why did more than 440 000 greeks voted for golden dawn party then?we cant play down them and Turkey should be wary of his threats whether hes lunatic or not...

Turk Uzan

6/16/2012 12:18:01 AM

@ DutchTurk .. I can't believe they would let such a ridiculous comment pass trough We have a saying in Turkish "Don't be a child, with a child" As you can see both the Greek commenters and most of the regular Greeks also regard this man as a clown and are ashamed of him.

Jon Goodfellow

6/15/2012 9:53:10 PM

So nice to see the Megali Idea is not forgotten. Too bad for something that should be left buried. At least to spare the memory of Eleftherios Venizelos the embarrasment of such current supporters. The Turks are right to laugh at such lunacy (but keep a watchful eye).

a c

6/15/2012 7:53:34 PM

Not worth discussing, although not surprising for such characters to arise. All sympathies to neighbours Greece from Turkey as it works hard on its REAL issues; peace in one is peace in another.

Vangelis Denaxas

6/15/2012 5:36:03 PM

Ok relax guys. He will start his campaign from Evros River towards Instabul, then from there to Trapezounta (or Trabzon for you, the same) and then with a quick strategic shift he will march to Smyrni or Izmir. In the way your citizens will be amused and have a lot of fun and will be throwing him coins and candys. It will be an unforgetable circus tour throughout your country. Afterwards you can also keep him if you wish to laugh forever.

MR Somalia

6/15/2012 3:56:45 PM

This lunatic has inspired me to claim Antarctica and anything beyond even if its not on the world map its MINE! He is just a baby throwing a tantrum and his Greek baby bottle has been stolen by the IMF and EU Bank.
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