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30/08/2016

Greece considers migration ’emergency plan’

Location: Turkey


Energy 30-08-2016

Turkmenistan says in talks with EU on possible gas deliveries

Turkmenistan is discussing diversifying its gas exports and selling gas to European Union countries, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said yesterday (29 August) at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Enlargement 29-08-2016

Austria suggests 'union of interests' with Turkey instead of EU membership

One of Austria's ruling political parties has proposed a "union of interests" between the EU and Turkey, in place of actual membership. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 29-08-2016

German Incirlik visit depends on stance on ‘genocide’ vote, says Ankara

Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution branding a 1915 massacre of Armenians as "genocide", Turkey's foreign minister said today (29 August).
Global Europe 29-08-2016

Turkey’s army digs deeper into Syria

Turkey's army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria yesterday (28 August), seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Germany in talks with Turkey over Incirlik airbase

Germany is in discussions with Turkey to ensure that the German military can keep flying reconnaissance missions from Incirlik Air Base in support of a US-led fight against Islamic State, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (25 August).
26-08-2016

Yildirim: Turkey clearing borders to prevent more migrants

Turkey aims to clear its borders of Islamic State and other militant groups to prevent a new flow of migrants and will continue operations until the nation's security is guaranteed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday (26 August).
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Report: Cyprus reunification deal taking shape

A website in Cyprus has published what looks like the blueprint of an agreement for the reunification of the island, divided since 1974.

Orban: It's ‘impossible’ that the EU will allow visa-free travel for Turks

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he sees it as “impossible” to allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel to Europe, and that European countries will be unable to keep their promise to Turkey.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Turkey's careful incursion into Syria

Instead of a daring charge, Turkey is making a carefully calibrated entrance, as it has to balance and maintain relations both with the US and Russia, writes Stratfor.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Biden mends fences with Turkey, at the expense of Kurdish forces in Syria

On a visit to Ankara, US Vice President Joe Biden sought yesterday (24 August) to ease tensions with Turkey which have been growing since the 15 July coup attempt.
Enlargement 24-08-2016

EU enlargement chief: Turkey should address open question on accession

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has called on Turkey to address the "open question" of whether it was willing to meet the criteria to join the European Union since the uncertainty was straining its relations with the bloc.
Global Europe 24-08-2016

Prestigious EU scholarship becomes casualty of Turkey coup

Turkey has cancelled a major EU-funded scholarship scheme after the 15 July coup attempt, leaving in limbo dozens of Turkish students dreaming of studying in the European Union.
Enlargement 23-08-2016

Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday (22 August).
Global Europe 22-08-2016

New geopolitical crises demand a more dynamic EU neighbourhood policy

As divisions in Europe are hardening under the pressure of the biggest flow of refugees since WWII, experts are making the case to adjust the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), so that it’s ready to adapt and make the bloc resilient to rapid geopolitical changes.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Erdogan blames Islamic State for Gaziantep wedding attack

A suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 carried out the attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday (20 August) that killed at least 51 people, the president said.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

EU and Turkey: Time to act

The failure of the coup attempt in Turkey is celebrated as a victory for democracy by Turks. However, after rapidly condemning the coup, the EU’s weak solidarity has become a source of resentment for Ankara, writes Bahadir Kaleagasi.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

‘Forget Commonwealth, target US & China’, economist warns Brexit trade team

Theresa May’s new Brexit team of trade ministers should ignore the former Commonwealth and concentrate on the US and China, according to a new report from a former Bank of England economist.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

10 dead as PKK intensifies bombing campaign in Turkey

Turkey was rocked by three deadly bombings against police and military forces as Kurdish guerrillas launched a new campaign of attacks targeting areas that are not predominantly Kurdish.
Europe's East 18-08-2016

Azerbaijan launches criminal investigation against alleged Gülenists

Azerbaijan, a country with strong relations with Turkey, is reportedly cracking down on local supporters of US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the 15 July failed coup.

Greece plans new refugee facilities to cut overcrowding on islands

Greece plans to reduce overcrowding at migrant camps on its islands, a government official said yesterday (17 August), to ease growing tensions and improve conditions that campaigners have called "disgraceful".
Global Europe 17-08-2016

A purposeful show of Russian force

Russian aircraft took off from an Iranian air base on 16 August to fly bombing sorties over Syria. Stratfor reflects on the meaning of this development.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.
Enlargement 16-08-2016

Give us EU visa freedom in October or abandon migrant deal, Turkey says

Turkey could walk away from its promise to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe if the EU fails to grant Turks visa-free travel to the bloc in October, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper.

Greece considers migration 'emergency plan'

Athens is making “immediate and short-term” plans to cope with a possible increase of refugee flows, Greek media reported.