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A file photo from Greek island of Mytilene. DHA Photo

A file photo from Greek island of Mytilene. DHA Photo

The Greek island of Ikaria has demanded to join Austria on the grounds that a 1912 agreement to join Greece out of fear of an Italian invasion has now expired, allowing it to seek independence, daily Vatan reported today.

The island, which is famous as a stronghold of the radical Greek left, has routinely criticized the central government for forgetting about the island for years, Italian daily Libero reported.

"We are tired of Greece's attitude. We want independence," an activist from the island said.

Because independence would be difficult, however, the activists would prefer the island to join Austria as it is one of the richest countries in Europe, according to reports.

The activists also said they did not want to join Turkey, which is 60 kilometers to the east, according to reports.

If Austria ever agreed to accept Ikaria, Vienna would be forced to take on Ikaria’s 250 million-euro share of Greece’s debt.

The Greek Embassy in Vienna has said surrendering Ikaria is out of question, noting that the 1923 Lausanne Treaty gave Greece the island.

Austria has not commented on the matter.


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Chris Green

7/21/2012 10:58:46 PM

Brit in Turkey is right in his observation. the combination of the Greeks and Greek Cypriots make for two minute, but very irritating stones in the shoe of the entire EU but as for their affinity with the virtue of truth, this is - as I have posted on countless occasions- a fragile relationship,rather like that they enjoy with their dinner service. The French have similar vices which is why the trinity of the respective party's get on so well!

Brit in Turkey

7/21/2012 8:16:10 AM

@Nicolas Piere - If you want nasty comments, often with scant regard for the truth of history, try looking at the entries from Greeks, especially Greek Cypriots, and their supporters.

Nicolas Piere

7/20/2012 6:43:25 PM

Do the Turkish population or Turkish Journalists have a fascination with posting obscure negative articles about Greece? Regardless of Greece's financial problems. Turkey has a long way to go before it can even reach the reduced capita per income of Greece.

Chris Green

7/20/2012 1:12:39 PM

Presumably upon independence, they would form their own airline too - Icarus Airlines, perhaps?

Vangelis Denaxas

7/20/2012 9:41:41 AM

Rubbish and provocative


7/20/2012 8:17:17 AM

very reliable sources. you found a drunkard on the port who told you so?

kerem atan

7/19/2012 5:46:49 PM

who wants to take on greek debt burden though?its better for them to declare their independence. they can establish a new country called Ikaria republic..

Cagan cagan90

7/19/2012 4:21:55 PM

Bye Bye Greece. Regards.
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