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Politics 24-03-2017

Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Spence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit.

Erdogan says Turkey will review EU ties ‘from A to Z’

Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday (23 March).

Politics 23-03-2017

EU summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan safety remarks

The EU today (23 March) summoned the Turkish envoy to explain President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's warning that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world's streets.

Energy analyst: Nord Stream 2 should be decided by European Court of Justice

In the past, European legislation was applied to pipelines coming to EU territory from the outside. This may apply to Nord Stream 2 as well, energy analyst Sijbren de Jong told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Germany says Erdogan has ‘gone too far’ with Nazi jibe

Germany angrily warned Turkey yesterday (19 March) that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures" in an escalating diplomatic feud.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Bulgaria’s PM says taking steps to prevent election meddling by Turkey

Bulgaria's caretaker prime minister said on Friday he was taking steps to prevent any attempts by Turkey to influence an election next week in favour of a political party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Turkey threatens to send Europe ‘15,000 refugees a month’

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to "blow the mind" of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory, in an intensifying dispute with the bloc.

Enlargement 16-03-2017

Erdogan sees ‘crusade against Islam’ behind ECJ headscarf ruling

Turkey's president today (16 March) accused the EU's top court of starting a "crusade" against Islam after a ruling allowing European companies to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf.

Elections 16-03-2017

Dutch election offers huge relief for other EU governments

Exit polls showing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) far ahead of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) were greeted with relief in Brussels yesterday night (15 March), amid fears of a surge in populism in Europe, with elections in France and Germany still to come in 2017.

Global Europe 16-03-2017

Turkey threatens EU on migrant deal as Erdogan blasts ‘spirit of fascism’

Turkey on Wednesday (15 March) threatened once again to scrap a critical deal on halting the flow of migrants to the EU amid a spiralling war of words between Ankara and the bloc.

Politics 15-03-2017

NATO urges Turkey, Austria to end spat blocking programmes

NATO urged Turkey and Austria today (15 March) to settle a dispute over Ankara's EU membership bid, which has led Turkey to block cooperation with the alliance's partner countries.

Cybersecurity 15-03-2017

Pro-Erdogan hackers in Twitter attack as EU blasts Turkey

Hackers supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (15 March) defaced Twitter accounts of top individuals and institutions with Nazi jibes, as the EU hit back at Ankara's behaviour in an escalating crisis.

Elections 15-03-2017

Dutch vote in key elections as far-right slips

Millions of Dutch voters go to the polls Wednesday (14 March) in key elections overshadowed by a blazing diplomatic row with Turkey, with all eyes on the fate of far-right MP Geert Wilders.

Enlargement 14-03-2017

Turkish author: ‘Turkey is at war with itself’

Turkish writer Hakan Günday told EURACTIV Spain that the ongoing dispute between Turkey and The Netherlands is a reflection of Ankara’s relationship with the EU in general and that the country has been “at war with itself for a long time”.

Enlargement 14-03-2017

Commission ‘seriously concerned’ about Turkish constitutional changes

The European Commission highlighted the “serious concerns” expressed by the Council of Europe on Monday (13 March) over the amendments to the Turkish Constitution which are due to be voted on in the 16 April referendum.

Elections 14-03-2017

Dutch leaders clash in tense elections debate

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with his main rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders on Monday (13 March), as they laid out starkly opposing visions of their country's future in an election campaign now consumed by a diplomatic row with Turkey.

Enlargement 14-03-2017

Turkey suspends top-level ties with Netherlands in escalating crisis

Turkey on Monday (13 March) said it was suspending top-level ties with The Netherlands and blocking the return of its ambassador in a spiralling crisis over the holding of rallies abroad ahead of a crucial referendum.

Enlargement 13-03-2017

Erdogan pledges to punish ‘Nazi remnant’ Netherlands ‘in harshest way’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Netherlands a 'Nazi remnant' and said the country should face sanctions for barring Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, fuelling a row over Ankara's political campaigning abroad.

Enlargement 09-03-2017

No let-up in Turkey-Germany war of words after ministers meet

Turkey's foreign minister accused Germany yesterday (8 March) of hostility towards his country and Islam, while Berlin complained of increased Turkish espionage on German soil as acrimony between the two NATO allies showed no sign of abating.

Enlargement 08-03-2017

EU summit to discuss Turkish electoral activism in member states

The EU lacks rules regulating election activism by third countries on its territory. Recent Turkish campaign attempts in Germany, Austria and other countries will be one of the issues to be discussed at the 9-10 March summit.

Enlargement 07-03-2017

Merkel rejects Erdogan’s ‘absurd’ Nazi comparison, calls for calm

Germany rejected as "absurd" yesterday (6 March) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's comparison of its ban on several rallies to the Nazi era, but it also stressed the importance of ties between the two NATO allies in an attempt to defuse an escalating war of words.

Global Europe 06-03-2017

Austria calls for EU-wide ban on Turkish campaign events

Turkish politicians should be banned from political campaigning across the European Union, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said on Sunday (5 March), supporting the decision by some German towns last week to cancel Turkish referendum campaign events.

Enlargement 02-03-2017

EU refugee deal limits German response to journalist arrest

Angela Merkel has called the arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel "disappointing" but will still proceed cautiously in order to not jeopardise the EU-Turkey refugee deal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.