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29/06/2016

Germany braces for Turkish backlash to Armenian genocide vote

People: Angela Merkel


Global Europe 28-06-2016

Cameron heads to Brussels for awkward divorce encounter

With England's disgraced football team returning from France after being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, Prime Minister David Cameron heads to Brussels today (28 June) for an awkward encounter with his 27 counterparts.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

First Brexit, next stop United States of Europe and a Norse League?

In December 2011, EurActiv.com’s partner, Milano Finanza, published a scenario put together by British historian Niall Ferguson. It concerned Europe in 2021 and his predictions are already starting to materialise.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Door-slamming reactions to the UK won’t help

The UK needs 12-16 weeks to order its affairs. In the meantime, door-slamming reactions from the EU can only be counterproductive, Sir Graham Watson writes.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Brexit, Europe’s OMG moment

Any gesturing on the side of the EU-27, or from the Union's institutions that smacks of hectoring, bullying, impatience or disrespect will make a bad situation worse, writes Dick Roche.
Future EU 25-06-2016

All eyes on Berlin and Paris as EU leaders urge quick Brexit

The EU's founding states want Britain to begin leaving the union "as soon as possible" to keep the bloc from being stranded in "limbo", Germany's foreign minister said after emergency talks held on Saturday (25 June).
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

Brexit: What to do and where to go now?

Like most tragedies, Brexit is the result of stupid mistakes, often self-inflicted. But the referendum question was put in clear and simple terms, it was actively debated and the democratic answer is clear. Any attempt to reverse it would change the situation from bad to worse, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Future EU 22-06-2016

Sarkozy calls for 'new European treaty' after Brexit vote

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday (21 June) for Paris and Berlin to make a joint push for "a new European treaty" following Britain's vote on whether to leave the bloc.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

Erdogan loses appeal against German media boss

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lost a German court battle against a top media boss today (21 June) when his appeal in a bitter row over free speech was thrown out.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Germany, Austria favour gradual phasing out of Russia sanctions

The German and Austrian foreign ministers said that EU sanctions on Russia should be gradually phased out as the peace process progresses, abandoning previous positions that sanctions could be lifted only if the Minsk peace plan is fully implemented.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Beijing seeks EU neutrality on South China Sea dispute

The European Union should refrain from taking any action that constitutes interference in the South China Sea issue, Yang Yanyi, China's ambassador to the EU, told EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Dundar: There is a better Turkey than Erdogan’s and a better EU than Merkel’s

Can Dündar, the Turkish journalist who gained international notoriety as a symbol of the resistance against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s crackdown on media, called “shameful” the arrangements between the EU and Turkey to deal with the migration crisis and expressed doubts that they will work.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Erdogan’s apogee

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer, writes Andrew Duff.
Global Europe 09-06-2016

German parliament condemns Turkish threats against lawmakers

The president of Germany's parliament condemned threats against German lawmakers of Turkish origin after the Bundestag last week passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide.
Enlargement 08-06-2016

PKK and HDP targeted after Istanbul terrorist attack

Police have detained four suspects over an Istanbul car bombing that targeted a police bus yesterday (7 June), killing 11 people in the third deadly attack to strike Turkey's biggest city this year.
Global Europe 08-06-2016

Merkel rejects Turkish comments after Armenia genocide resolution

Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed as "incomprehensible" accusations levied by Turkey against German lawmakers of Turkish origin after Germany's parliament passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide.
07-06-2016

In headache for Merkel, Gauck says he won’t serve a second term

German President Joachim Gauck said yesterday (6 June) he would not serve a second five-year term, a decision that could trigger a battle between the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition over who should succeed him.
UK & Europe 06-06-2016

'Germany will always be the Hun that wants to subjugate Europe'

The gap between the denizens of the United Kingdom and the EU can be explained by a historic feeling of superiority over the mainland and Brussels bureaucracy's poor correlation with the British sense of democracy. EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
UK & Europe 06-06-2016

With the UK referendum, Germany realises the limits of its power

Having played cat and mouse with Greece over its debt crisis, the good cop and bad cop over Ukraine’s crisis, and having ignited and then steered the refugee crisis, Berlin realises it has no control on the other big geopolitical risk on its doorstep: the Brexit referendum.
Enlargement 06-06-2016

Erdogan says will never accept genocide 'blackmail'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on 4 June Turkey would never accept charges the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians in World War I, saying the accusations were being used as "blackmail" against Ankara.

AfD lashes out at Özil

His national credentials are indisputable. Named ‘best German abroad’ in January by football tabloid Kicker, it was the fifth such crowning for the Ruhr-born midfielder, following four consecutive years as Germany’s player of the year.
Enlargement 03-06-2016

Ankara to Berlin: You burned the Jews in ovens, and accuse Turkey of genocide

Turkey reacted with fury on Thursday (2 June) after the Bundestag labelled the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, threatening further measures.
Future EU 02-06-2016

Germany angers Turkey with Armenian genocide resolution

German lawmakers declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide" in a symbolic resolution on Thursday which risks hurting relations with Ankara just as Berlin and European partners need its help in tackling the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 02-06-2016

Germany looks to ease Russian sanctions

From Germany’s point of view, in the absence of normalisation with Russia, the worst case scenario would be a Cold War to its east, which would bring the end of the EU, writes George Friedman.
Enlargement 02-06-2016

Germany braces for Turkish backlash to Armenian genocide vote

The German parliament will approve a symbolic resolution today (2 June) that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide", a move that risks aggravating tensions with Turkey at a sensitive time for Berlin and its European partners.