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Global Europe 27-02-2017

The Presidency: Migration mayday

The seasons are changing. As the weather gets better, Europe's migration crisis gets worse. In a year of critical elections, Malta brings its frontline Mediterranean experience to the leadership of the presidency of the European Union.

Kader Sevinç
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Turkish opposition: ‘The EU’s weak reaction to the failed coup disappointed all Turks’

The failed coup attempt seems to have ended political polarisation in Turkey. Europe’s weak reaction was a big disappointment for all Turks, says Kader Sevinç, the EU representative of the country's largest opposition party, the secularist Republican Party of Turkey (CHP).

Federica Mogherini
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.

Margaritis Schinas

Commission has ‘no time’ for moral questions on migrant swap deal

The European Commission today knocked back questions over the morality of the EU’s deal with Turkey, which will see a controversial swap of so-called irregular migrants in Greece with asylum seekers in Turkey.

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EPP
EU Priorities 2020 18-03-2016

EPP Summit 17 March 2016

Summit, 17 March: EPP stands united on the EU-Turkey agreement.

Europe's East 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU will exist and sink into irrelevance

American political scientist and author and former chief intelligence officer George Friedman told EURACTIV that “the EU has failed, but there is no clear alternative”.

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Energy 26-02-2015

Will Energy Union give business to abusers of human rights?

Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.  

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Energy 15-01-2015

Šef?ovi? ‘very surprised’ at Russia’s decision to cut EU gas supply via Ukraine

EU Energy Commissioner Maroš Šef?ovi? said he was 'very surprised' after Russia announced it would shift all its gas transit from Ukraine to Turkey, and that EU customers should buy this gas at the border with Greece.

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Enlargement 13-11-2014

Turkish EU minister: It is time for the EU to stop being prisoner of the Cyprus question

The Cyprus issue should not take over on EU-Turkish relations. The EU should “look at the forest” where there are “huge benefits”, Turkey’s EU affairs minister Volkan Bozk?r told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

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Enlargement 01-10-2014

Hahn: No new member states over next five years

In his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Austrian Commissioner-designate for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said that no new countries will join the EU during the next five years.

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Enlargement 23-06-2014

EU urges Turkey to restore judiciary independence

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has called on Turkey to restore the independence of its judiciary, if Ankara wants to make progress towards EU accession.

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Enlargement 31-03-2014

EU calls on Turkey to step up reforms after Erdogan claims victory in local elections

The European Union has called on Turkey to step up reforms on democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan declared victory in local polls on Sunday.