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Yorgo Kırbaki Hurriyet.com.tr

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Leader of the extreme right Golden Dawn party Mihaloliakos addresses  parliamentarians during a session at the parliament in Athens. REUTERS photo

Leader of the extreme right Golden Dawn party Mihaloliakos addresses parliamentarians during a session at the parliament in Athens. REUTERS photo

The leader of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party has called on the nation’s citizens to boycott Turkish soap operas while barring his MPs from watching them, daily Hürriyet reported today.
 
"I call on deputies of Golden Dawn and its supporters not to watch Turkish series," party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos was quoted as saying. He also recommended not watching the commercials that run during the airing of Turkish shows. 
 
Michaloliakos said it was a "shame" that Turkish shows were being aired in Greece, which had a "unique" cultural heritage and said friendly relations between Turks and Greeks was against the well-being of Greece and its citizens.
 
The neo-Nazi leader said they would bring the issue of the popularity of Turkish soap operas to the Greek Parliament's agenda and would ask the Greek broadcasting authority to intervene. 

August/05/2012

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Valantia Lyons

8/7/2012 1:07:24 PM

You sir, have tickled my funny bone once again! Keep at it and one day you might get your own TV comedy series! :)

DORUS LIVIS

8/7/2012 8:14:00 AM

the mood in Greece is very calm at the moment. Athens is quiet and people go for vacation

kerem atan

8/7/2012 12:14:02 AM

vangelis, theres also good turkish comedies as well. but greek channels probably choose to broadcast the sad tv serials as they sum up the current situation and mood in greece ...

Vangelis Denaxas

8/6/2012 6:05:27 PM

Although I have heard that still today TV programs of the neighbours like tv series, movies and so on, show us little or more as the "bad guys", while our tv programs generally don't have this kind of presentation for the Turks anymore, I don't think that the turkish tv shows are sth dangerous or harmful for us. What I find strange at these series a little bit is that everyone is crying or plotting against each other. It would be interesting also to see a Turkish comedy once.

Aristomenis

8/6/2012 2:40:28 PM

Again, the same story. Since Greek TV channels are facing big financial problem, they buy the rights and show Turkish tv series instead of Greeks, whose production is much more expensive. That is the fact. After that, what is the problem? Personally, i find its senarios old fashioned, for us, but the actors/actresses are playing well and also they manage to "pass" their feelings. For me it is not a problem to hear the Turkish language. Turkey is our neighbour, so why not to come closer?

Engin Atik

8/5/2012 11:50:34 PM

Just looking at the drama Michaloliakos creates and the attention he gets from the Turkish readers I would think Turks would like Greek soaps also.

Cem Mendes

8/5/2012 11:29:12 PM

You would think he had more important things to think about. The vast majority of Turkish and Greeks are friends on a personal level, only the politicians are enemies. Greece has more in common culturally with Turkey than nearly all of the EU countries.

Turiddu Giuliano

8/5/2012 8:16:42 PM

I do not think there is reason to be scandalized, every country in this world has something wrong. In this case, Greece has a Nazi who wants to ban the Turkish soap opera, others have different types of Nazis who amuse themselves by throwing stones at the homes of Alevis and burn their property. I do not know which of the two events is more serious and deserves more attention by the press !!

Chris Tahos

8/5/2012 5:43:19 PM

Τhis man is a shame for greek political life.Fortunately he represents only 7% of the votes, but most of the ones who voted him are watching these soap operas.The reason is that people find there many common things, while the tv-channels find the prices very low.Regarding the ones who face this tv-success as fifth column, I would rather suggest them, to look elsewhere for enemies.This man must not be taken seriously, nor underestimated either.

Anastasios Anastasiadis Anetos

8/5/2012 3:34:10 PM

Shame - this man is an embarassement to Greece. Turkish television series are popular in Greece and elsewhere because they have a great story line, have good actors and are viewable for the whole family. Turkish movies are also good. Greece also makes some good movies.but the majority of the television series stories are weak. If this man believes in democracy and free market - then he must wake up,because he has dozed off again. Anastasios Anastasiadis Anetos
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