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24/08/2016

Albanian parliament passes judiciary reform key to EU accession

Enlargement


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

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.
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.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

German minister tags Turkey as hub for Islamists

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière yesterday (17 August) defended a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups, a charge that has further strained tensions with Ankara, a key partner in efforts to stem mass migration.
Security 17-08-2016

Tusk calls Russia’s account of Ukraine events 'unreliable'

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believed Russia's account of recent events in the strife-torn east of the country was "unreliable".
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Turkey to release 38,000 prisoners, making space in jails after coup

Turkey will release 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced today (17 August) after the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month's attempted coup added to pressure on overstretched jails.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will Ankara take aim at Patriarch Bartholomew?

Against the background of the failed coup in Turkey and the ongoing crackdown on sympathisers of Fethullah Gülen, Ankara might take aim at the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, or try to win him, writes the US Ambassador (retired) Arthur H. Hughes.
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

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.
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.


Europe's East 16-08-2016

New online income declaration system flops in Ukraine

Ukrainian efforts to stamp out tax evasion and corruption among public officials in line with commitments to the IMF hit a setback on Monday (15 August) when a new online income declaration system flopped at launch.
Global Europe 12-08-2016

Europe must go beyond security and focus on neighborhoods to fight extremism

With governments increasingly witnessing the limits of security-oriented responses, trans-Atlantic dialogue on neighborhoods holds the potential to unlock a policy toolbox of fresh solutions that European policymakers are searching for, writes Jeffrey Brown.
Enlargement 11-08-2016

New pro-reform Serbian government gets parliament approval

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's new cabinet was endorsed by parliament on Thursday (11 August) on a platform of stepping up reforms and completing EU accession talks in 2019.

Danish ruling party: EU should end accession talks with Turkey

The European Union should end accession negotiations with Turkey completely due to President Tayyip Erdogan's "undemocratic initiatives" and his support for reintroducing the death penalty, Denmark's government party said on Tuesday (9 August).
Global Europe 08-08-2016

Poll: Majority of Germans want to end Ankara’s EU hopes

Most Germans believe that the EU should stop accession negotiations with Turkey as well as a controversial refugee deal, according to a poll published on Sunday (7 August).
Europe's East 04-08-2016

Austrian chancellor wants EU to end accession talks with Turkey

Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday called on the European Union to end membership talks with Turkey in the wake of a massive government crackdown following a failed coup.
Global Europe 26-07-2016

Erdogan starts dispute over migrant deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (25 July) accused the EU of not paying its way under a deal to send Syrian refugees back across the Aegean.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

Poland votes that WWII massacre by Ukraine was 'genocide'

Poland's right-wing dominated parliament on Friday (22 July) recognised as "genocide" a massacre of 100,000 Poles by Ukrainian nationalists seven decades ago, in a move that quickly drew criticism from Kyiv.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Can Greece copy Morocco, and stop sulking?

Anyone ever tried to get from Athens to Skopje or Pristina? It’s a journey from hell as the excellent Aegean Airlines, which links all the region’s cities, have eliminated Macedonia and Kosovo from their satellite map, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Erdogan vows Turkish military shake-up as emergency rule takes hold

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed om Thursday (21 July) to restructure the military and give it "fresh blood" as emergency rule took hold in the NATO member country after last week's attempted coup.
Enlargement 22-07-2016

Albanian parliament passes judiciary reform key to EU accession

Albania's governing and opposition parties passed a judicial reform package on Thursday (21 July), meeting a condition of the European Union for accession talks with the ex-Communist Balkan state.