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MEP on EU-Turkey deal: Processing of asylum applications is being delayed

More than a year since the EU-Turkey Agreement, a European immigration law is still distant but badly needed. The European distribution mechanism does not work due to the lack of receptiveness of many EU member states, MEP Barbara Lochbihler told EURACTIV Germany.

EU migration policy cannot meet everyone’s expectations

Will the EU’s legal and policy initiatives on managing migration from third countries ever achieve equal approval ratings among member states, NGOs and public opinion?  Not according to Solon Ardittis.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Erdogan in Warsaw tells EU: Stop leading us by the nose

Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (17 October) that he backed Turkey’s aspirations for joining the European Union.

Arrivals surge on Greek islands despite EU-Turkey deal

With Turkey being one of the items on the agenda of the EU summit starting on Thursday (19 October), AFP is reporting that migrants are still coming to Greek islands despite the EU-Turkey deal to stem the arrival of refugees from Turkish territory.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

Global Europe 20-09-2017

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of ‘consequences’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (19 September) demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

Global Europe 07-09-2017

France’s Macron urges continued EU ties with Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey remained a vital partner of the European Union and ties should be maintained even if the country had strayed from the EU path, according to a newspaper interview published on Thursday (7 September).

Elections 04-09-2017

Merkel and Schulz butt heads over Turkey and migration in only TV debate

Turkey's place in Europe was in the spotlight during the only televised debate between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday evening (3 September), which featured few other questions relating to the EU.

Politics 20-07-2017

Germany says EU aid to Turkey could be halted over arrests

Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday (19 July) of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara's ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen.

Global Europe 06-07-2017

MEPs call for freeze in Turkey accession talks

EU lawmakers called for a suspension of Turkey's membership talks with the European Union yesterday (5 July), saying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's crackdown on opponents meant Ankara did not meet the bloc's democratic criteria.

EASO: Vast majority of migrants arriving in Italy not eligible for relocation

Migration routes have shifted to Italy, and the country is putting pressure on its EU peers to share the burden. But most migrants arriving in Italian ports are ineligible for relocation, as they come from countries with very low recognition rates of asylum claims, EU officials said Wednesday (5 July).

Report: Western Balkans route not closed, just diverted via Bulgaria

A report by a German think tank reveals the deficiencies of the deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees to Europe. Migration is on the menu of the two-day summit starting today (22 June).

Politics 20-06-2017

Greece and Turkey downplay divisions ahead of fresh Cyprus talks

Greece and Turkey put a territorial dispute in the Aegean on the back-burner in talks in Athens on Monday (19 June). The two countries' prime ministers instead focused on their common commercial interests ahead of another round of UN-sponsored talks on Cyprus.

Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey

The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara's stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage.

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).

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 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”.

Global Europe 10-03-2017

Refugee deal continues to preoccupy Germany

Angela Merkel harshly criticised Turkey’s “misplaced Nazi comparisons” ahead of yesterday’s EU summit (9 March) but still insisted the refugee deal is important and must stay in place. Criticism is growing in both the German and European parliaments though. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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 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.

Refugee relocations very far from target, Commission admits

Member states have relocated only a small fraction of the 160,000 asylum-seekers they committed to absorbing from Greece and Italy, the Commission admitted today (2 February).

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.

Defence policy 28-02-2017

Austria and Germany call on EU to close ranks

A meeting between the Austrian and German foreign ministers in Vienna yesterday (27 February) revealed where the two countries are aligned and where they aren’t on the same page. EURACTIV Germany reports.