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30/09/2016

Turkey working with Council of Europe on post-coup prosecutions

Location: Turkey


Enlargement 29-09-2016

Turkey set to extend state of emergency

Turkey's top national security body on Wednesday (28 September) called for an extension of the controversial state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup that has already seen 32,000 suspects placed under arrest in an unprecedented crackdown.
Future EU 28-09-2016

Europe without the EU: Fast forward into the 19th century

How would Europe work without the EU? Looked at in the cold light of geopolitics, nobody in the EU should have an interest in a 19th century world, argues Michael Meyer-Resende.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU likely to break refugee promise one year after vowing to relocate 160,000

The European Union looks set to break its promise to relocate 160,000 refugees across the bloc from Greece and Italy by September 2017, after figures released today (28 September) revealed that just 5,651 asylum seekers were re-homed in the year since the pledge was made.

EU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey

The European Union launched a programme yesterday (27 September) to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.

New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

CSU warns against Turkish visa liberalisation

Bundestag Vice-President Johannes Singhammer (CSU) has warned that refugee numbers would increase if plans to grant visa liberalisation to Turkey come to fruition. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Enlargement 26-09-2016

Cyprus meeting yields 'roadmap' to reunification

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged yesterday (25 September) to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year.

Analysts: Expect visa liberalisation for Turkey by early 2017

Turkey analysts said today (22 September) that the lifting of the visa requirement for Turkish citizens will likely not materialise before the year's end, if not in early 2017.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security - 'at the whim of foreign dictators'?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.

Asylum-seekers flee fire at Greek hotspot as tensions flare

Thousands of people fled a migrant camp, or hotspot, on the Greek island of Lesbos after fire swept through tents and cabins during violence among residents, police said.
Global Europe 21-09-2016

Erdogan at UN urges global action against Gülen 'terrorist organisation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (20 September) demanded international action against the US-exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom he accuses of orchestrating an aborted coup d’état against him.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

Migration expert: ‘Integration always happens’

French political philosopher Sami Naïr has proposed a "transit passport" for refugees and has warned that the EU stands at a juncture; one path leads to civilisation, the other towards "barbarism". EurActiv Spain reports.
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EurActiv Germany reports. One of the most interesting aspects of the summit was the changing political axes at …

Juncker promises Bulgaria aid to strengthen border with Turkey

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in a letter seen by EurActiv that he is aware of the “fragile situation” of the country and that considerable support for the consolidation of the country’s border will be made available.
Enlargement 12-09-2016

Car bomb attack on Turkey's ruling party wounds 48

A car bomb exploded Monday (12 September) outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, wounding 48 people including two police officers, local authorities said.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown

Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities yesterday (11 September) after removing their elected mayors over suspected links to militants, triggering pockets of protest in its volatile southeastern region bordering Syria and Iraq.
Enlargement 09-09-2016

Turkey, EU agree to ease tensions after failed coup

Turkey and the European Union on Friday (9 September) agreed to douse tensions that had darkened Ankara's prospects for joining the bloc in the wake of the failed 15 July coup.
Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EurActiv's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.
Development Policy 08-09-2016

Stylianides’ plan to give refugees debit cards

EU Humanitarian Aid Commission Christos Stylianides on Thursday (8 September) announced a plan to give refugees in Turkey debit cards, funded by the EU, to pay for basic needs.
Global Europe 08-09-2016

Council of Europe: Turkey must separate coup plotters from Gülen employees

Turkey must produce clear evidence in pursuing participants in a failed coup and avoid targeting teachers and journalists simply because they worked for firms run by the Muslim cleric Ankara portrays as its mastermind, the head of the European rights watchdog said Thursday (8 September).
Europe's East 08-09-2016

Turkey repeals airbase ban on visits by German politicians

Germany's lawmakers will once again be able to visit troops stationed at an airbase in Turkey, after Ankara softened its stance against Berlin. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 07-09-2016

Time for EU to deliver on visa liberalisation promises

The refugee issue continues to haunt the EU. The bloc should press on with its plans to give Turkey visa liberalisation, as the refugee deal has reinvigorated EU-Turkey relations. This will positively impact on other areas too, writes Çiğdem Nas.
Enlargement 07-09-2016

Turkish government seizes interview tape from Deutsche Welle journalist

The director general of Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle condemned Turkey yesterday (6 September) for confiscating the recording of an interview with its Youth and Sports Minister at his office in Ankara.

Turkey working with Council of Europe on post-coup prosecutions

A delegation from Turkey's justice ministry has met with the Council of Europe to review European human rights standards and conventions as Ankara prepares to prosecute those it holds responsible for the failed 15 July coup, the head of the CoE said.