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Global Europe 27-06-2017

Germany brands Arab states’ Qatar demands ‘very provocative’

A list of 13 demands submitted by four Arab states to Qatar as a condition to lift their boycott on the Gulf country is "very provocative" because some items challenge Doha's sovereignty, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday (26 June).

Politics 26-06-2017

Cyprus leaders under pressure to strike peace deal

Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to finally seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences.

Politics 22-06-2017

German parliament backs plans to withdraw troops from Turkey

Germany's parliament yesterday (21 June) approved the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey after Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there.

Global Europe 20-06-2017

World Refugee Day inspires calls to EU leaders ahead of summit

The UN's World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June. This year, politicians and NGOs issued messages to EU leaders ahead of a summit on 22-23 June, which will partly focus on measures to stem the migration flow on the Central Mediterranean route.

Global Europe 16-06-2017

EU tight-lipped on Kurdish referendum

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region last week announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the government in Baghdad will strongly oppose. EU ministers on Monday (19 June) are expected to express support for the territorial integrity of Iraq.

Global Europe 09-06-2017

Talking truth to Turkey

Ludwig Schulz looks at how scientific analysis can help counter President Erdoğan’s fake narrative of Turkey’s thriving democracy and why the European Union should reconsider its policy towards EU accession countries.

Global Europe 07-06-2017

EU reassures Turkey over its €3bn refugee package

The EU's €3billion package to help refugees in Turkey will have been fully assigned to projects by the end of the year, the bloc's envoy said Tuesday (6 June).

Global Europe 06-06-2017

Germany says has no choice but to pull forces from Turkish air base

Germany will have to pull its forces out of the Incirlik air force base in southern Turkey because of Turkish government restrictions on German lawmakers seeking to visit troops there, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday (5 June).

Economy & Jobs 01-06-2017

Turkey wages war against Greek fishermen

Greek fishermen are fighting a war with their Turkish counterparts amid accusations of unfair competition. But tourism in Greece is set for a record summer. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Juncker: Death penalty in Turkey would mean end to EU accession talks

The European Union should continue accession negotiations with Turkey but a reintroduction of the death penalty would clearly put an end to the process, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (31 May).

Global Europe 30-05-2017

‘Brexit’ and ‘future of Europe’ muddle EU’s budget decision-making

Günther Oettinger today (30 May) presented the draft EU budget for 2018, acknowledging decision-making difficulties. He said the next long-term budget should be tabled by next summer, to take into account the Brexit context and the decisions on the future of the Union.

Global Europe 29-05-2017

Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for ‘putschists’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Angela Merkel of his displeasure over Germany's reportedly giving asylum to troops accused of links to last year's failed coup, he said in an interview published Saturday (27 May).

Global Europe 25-05-2017

EU slams Turkey’s record on human rights in talks with Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday (25 May) for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Politics 24-05-2017

NATO breaks partnership deadlock over Turkey-Austria dispute

NATO reached a deal yesterday (23 May) to unblock partnerships with around 40 non-member countries which had been paralysed by a dispute between Turkey and Austria, officials said.

Global Europe 23-05-2017

Russian PM: Turkish Stream will enter EU via Bulgaria or Greece

Russia is in negotiations with Greece and Bulgaria regarding the entry point on EU territory of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is quoted as saying by the Russian press.

Freedom of thought 23-05-2017

Tense trial begins for alleged 2016 Turkey coup ringleaders

More than 220 suspects, including over two dozen former generals, went on trial yesterday (22 May) accused of being among the ringleaders of last year's attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Elections 22-05-2017

Germany’s Social Democrats target Merkel in Turkey airbase row

Germany's Social Democrats raised pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (21 May), saying if she could not resolve a row with Turkey over access to the Incirlik air base, German troops should move.

Global Europe 22-05-2017

Erdogan back as AK Party head, pledges to fight enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to fight Turkey's enemies at home and abroad yesterday (21 May) as he was elected leader of the ruling AK Party, a move enabling him to reassert his grip on the party and its legislative work.

Global Europe 17-05-2017

US, Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told US President Donald Trump yesterday (16 May) his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticising a US decision to arm them.

Enlargement 16-05-2017

EU warns Turkey after it violates Greek airspace 141 times in one day

Turkish aeroplanes and helicopters illegally entered Greece's airspace 141 times yesterday (15 May), the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported.

Global Europe 10-05-2017

Berlin defies Ankara and grants Turkish soldiers asylum

More than 400 Turkish state officials are seeking asylum in Germany. Despite Ankara insisting these applications be denied, Berlin has granted protection to military personnel in a number of cases. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 09-05-2017

Merkel rules out allowing German Turks say on death penalty

Turks living in Germany will not be allowed to vote in any referendum on reinstating the death penalty, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks broadcast today (9 May).

Global Europe 04-05-2017

Putin and Erdogan reaffirm their pact on Syria

The leaders of Russia and Turkey yesterday (3 May) publicly re-affirmed their commitment to working together to end the conflict in Syria, despite a gas attack on a Syrian city that tested their fragile alliance.

Enlargement 02-05-2017

Erdogan warns Turkey could ‘say goodbye’ to EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (2 May) warned Brussels that Turkey would bring the curtain down on its over half-century bid to join the European Union if new accession chapters were not opened.