MM. Macron and Mitsotakis remain silent on Predator revelations

MM. Macron and Mitsotakis remain silent on Predator revelations

The “Predator” phone tapping scandal that is rocking the Greek political scene and establishing itself as a major issue at European level was completely brushed aside at a dinner between French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday (September 12). .

Such an absence from the official agenda is surprising given that the issue is taking on a European dimension. In fact, MEPs set up a commission of inquiry into this issue back in July and are taking advantage of this week’s plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to ” indignation to the European Council and the European Commission, according to official documents.

« The European institutions and the Member States have a responsibility, even an obligation, to firmly condemn any illegal mass surveillance strategy. Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikulas Bek said before a hearing on Monday (September 12).

Greece ranks 108th out of 180 for press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders.

At the Elysée, where the organization of the dinner ” has long stalled According to a source at the presidential palace. The issue was not raised during the joint press conference upon Mr Mitsotakis’ arrival in Paris.

This case is very reminiscent of the Pegasus case that came to light in July 2021. A consortium of investigative media then discovered that 11 states had been spying on journalists and high-ranking politicians. One of Mr Macron’s mobile phones had been illegally tapped by Moroccan intelligence services.

Deepening of the bilateral defense agreement

The exchanges between the two men will therefore have focused on ” national and European measures to ensure security of supply [de gaz] in Europe and take action against energy prices ‘ underlines a note from the Elysée. They continued to exchange ideas the strategic partnership signed in September 2021 which brings together the two countries following the sale of 24 Rafales, the latest generation of French fighter jets, to Greece.

« We have now received the first Rafales [en janvier 2022] represent an air advantage over our neighbors Turkey, Mitsotakis said earlier this year, but added that ” Defense agreements with powerful states are not directed against a specific country”.

This agreement is part of a broader strategic partnership between the two allies, which notably includes a mutual defense clause. ” It is an important partnership for the stability of Europe and the Mediterranean said Mitsotakis at the press conference.

[Laura Kabelka a contribué à la rédaction de cet article]

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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