About: Kurds

11-10-2017

WSJ says Turkey reporter convicted of ‘terror propaganda’

The Wall Street Journal said one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey and jailed in absentia on charges of publishing "terror propaganda" in a 2015 article on clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants.

Freedom of thought 11-10-2017

EU Sakharov prize shortlist revealed

The Venezuelan opposition, a Guatemalan indigenous leader and an imprisoned Eritrean writer were shortlisted on Tuesday (10 October) for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

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 15-09-2017

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurdish independence vote

Iraq and Turkey yesterday (14 September) stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.

Enlargement 17-07-2017

Erdogan hits out at EU, promises to ‘rip heads’

A defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (16 July) stepped up his attack on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passes it.

Energy 11-07-2017

Turkey voices energy ambitions at World Petroleum Congress

Turkey, a country poor in energy resources, has voiced its ambitions to leverage its geographic position by becoming an even more important crossroads of supply routes and a giant energy hub, saying this would “improve” the EU’s energy security.

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 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.

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).

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.

Central Europe 14-03-2017

From Syria to Bulgaria, part I: Escaping death

Some years ago, an ambitious Kurd from a village in northern Syria won a scholarship to study abroad. He ended up in Havana, where he learned Spanish. Elias later returned to Syria, where he became a translator at the state news agency, SANA. EURACTIV Romania 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 01-03-2017

Germany summons Turkish ambassador, seeks release of jailed journalist

Berlin summoned Ankara's ambassador yesterday (28 February) to protest the arrest in Turkey of a correspondent for a German newspaper, further fuelling tensions between the two NATO allies as demonstrations took place across German-speaking Europe.

Enlargement 21-02-2017

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition appeals to European court over detentions

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish opposition party said yesterday (20 February) it had appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over what it said was the unlawful imprisonment of its two leaders on terrorism-related charges.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Erdogan tells Merkel to abandon ‘Islamist terror’ phrase

Ahead of today’s EU summit in Malta (3 February), German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lectured her not to use the expression “Islamist terror."

Global Europe 19-01-2017

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey says EU ‘incomplete’ without it, eyes better US ties

Turkey today (9 January) urged the European Union to revive stalled negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc, saying without it Europe was "incomplete".

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey dismisses over 8,000 in new wave of post-coup purges

Turkey on Saturday ordered the dismissal of almost 8,400 civil servants and the closure of over 80 associations, including sports clubs, in the latest round of purges after the July failed coup.

Enlargement 19-12-2016

Turkish purges exposed by Council of Europe

The breadth and depth of the purges carried out following the coup attempt in Turkey was exposed today (19 December), after the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly published facts and figures showing the extent of the crackdown.

Enlargement 16-12-2016

EU plans summit with Turkey

The heads of European Union institutions were given a mandate to plan a possible summit meeting with Turkish leaders in the coming months, Council President Donald Tusk said after the EU summit on Thursday (15 December).

Enlargement 12-12-2016

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 38

An offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) claimed responsibility yesterday (11 December) for twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, an attack for which the Turkish government vowed vengeance.

Enlargement 09-12-2016

Does Turkey really want visa liberalisation?

By lifting the visa barrier to Ukraine, the EU tells Ankara the same is possible for the Turkish citizens, writes Daniel Penev.

Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.

Enlargement 21-11-2016

Turkey blocks MEPs from visiting imprisoned Kurdish leader

Turkish authorities on Monday (21 November) blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party, who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.