Can Girgiç, EURACTIV Turkey

Enlargement 22-01-2014

Brussels unimpressed with Turkey’s internal struggles, sticks to principles

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an explained to the European Union’s top officials yesterday (21 January) why he hastily tried to push through sweeping changes in the Turkish judicial system, something which raised alarms in Brussels. But he seemed unable to convince EU officials, who seemed more concerned about the bill's compliance with EU principles than the motives behind them. 
Enlargement 21-10-2013

Commission report signals thaw of EU-Turkey relations

This year’s EU progress report adopted by the European Commission last week received a rare welcome from Turkey over the weekend (19-20 October), signalling an easing of the recent strain in relations between Ankara and Brussels. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Enlargement 01-10-2013

Erdo?an launches democratic reform plan

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, yesterday (30 September) unveiled a long-awaited democratic reform plan to bouquets from the European Commission and brickbats from his parliamentary opposition. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Elections 26-06-2013

Ankara hails EU decision to unfreeze accession talks

EU ministers agreed yesterday (25 June) to open a new chapter in Turkey’s accession negotiations for the first time in three years. Even though talks will not start before October, Ankara reacted positively to the development. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Elections 24-06-2013

EU foreign ministers to decide on Turkey’s membership talks

The Turkish government's handling of protests that have rocked the country for the past three weeks have strained relations with the EU, and a decision to take another step in Ankara’s accession talks, expected today (24 June), appears uncertain. EURACTIV Turkey reports. 
Elections 14-06-2013

Turkish government rages at EU criticism

The Turkish government reacted furiously to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament, condemning Ankara for not being conciliatory in the face of protests that left several dead and thousands injured.  EURACTIV Turkey reports. 
Enlargement 13-06-2013

Concerned about Turkey, MEPs debate speeding up EU talks

Members of  the European Parliament expressed grave concern yesterday (12 June) about the Turkish government’s response to the Gezi Park protests that have polarised the country over the last three weeks. There was less consensus on whether speeding up EU accession negotiations could help the democratisation process in Turkey, however, EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Elections 10-06-2013

Füle and Erdo?an diverge over democracy

As the most largest anti-government protests in Turkey’s recent past look set to enter a third week, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle sparred over the issue at a conference held in Istanbul on Friday (7 June).
Elections 07-06-2013

Füle to meet Erdo?an as political discontent continues

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle was preparing on Friday (7 June) to meet Turkey’s embattled prime minister, who has remained defiant after a week of demonstrations and growing distance from some of his political allies. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Global Europe 03-06-2013

Istanbul park sit-in turns into furious anti-government protest

A sit-in against plans to demolish a park in Istanbul sparked the fiercest anti-government protests in recent years over the weekend in Turkey. The EU and the US expressed concerns about the use of force by the police as the protest spread to more cities. EURACTIV Turkey reports.