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My point? Greece is both Eastern and Western Europe, and in some ways its own category even. If I personally had to choose a term, I'd call it "Southeastern Europe," but obviously that doesn't have the same connotations.
I think you bring up an interesting idea of Greece being both eastern and western Europe, but it's far from the only non-Slavic country in the region.
With this quiz it finally clicked though AUSTria is east... you know... it is the eastern country... Österreich..
I feel silly now not having looked at it that way before (and no not 100% obvious, cause switzerland is east of something aswell... but between these though I keep mixing up, the most eastern country is the eastern realm/lands :)
So you included some of north east but didnt include some of central european countries, what sense does it make?
Western Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Andorra, Monaco, UK and Ireland.
Northern Europe: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland
Southern Europe: Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Azerbaijan Armenia and Turkey.
Eastern Europe: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan
Central Europe: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia.
This is just my opinion and I may be wrong don't judge me.
Just FYI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_geoscheme_for_Europe
In much the same way, you can describe Western Europe as that part of Europe that is west of the Iron Curtain, or west of Eastern Europe, or historically in the Western sphere of influence.
What about Eurovision? Clearly Israel and Australia are in Europe
Then, ask yourself, of those two groups of countries, which one is more west and which one is more east?
See how these terms were arrived at now?
You could say that the United States is south of Canada.
But you would not then try to argue that Toronto is in the United States because it's farther south than Anchorage. That would be dumb.
Dare I say it, but if you're thinking about countries which are historically considered to be part of Western Europe, especially in regards to the Cold War, then Cyprus should be included too....!
Just because they're not Slavic doesn't mean they're not Eastern European.
And my own addendum - Intelligence is understanding that the term in question (in this case, "western") has different definitions based on context. Context always matters.