Turkey

Global Europe 24-01-2020

Greece and Turkey enter a cyberwar era

A number of cyberattacks took place this week between Athens and Ankara amid an ongoing escalating crisis between the two countries.  
Global Europe 20-01-2020

Turkey targets ‘weakest link’ Cyprus in regional dominance bid

Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU warns Turkey off Mediterranean gas exploration plans

The European Union has urged Turkey to drop plans to drill for oil and gas around Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, saying such exploration was "illegal".
Railways 16-01-2020

Turkey’s railways set for EBRD boost

Europe’s Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects to increase its €1 billion of investment in Turkey in the coming year, with railways slated to get a funding boost.
Global Europe 16-01-2020

Athens smarting after exclusion from German-hosted Libya conference

Germany’s decision not to invite Greece to a conference on the Libya crisis next Sunday (19 January) while Turkey will attend the meeting, has left the Greek government smarting from a  perceived diplomatic snub.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal

Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday (13 January) but failed to agree on an open-ended ceasefire to end a nine-month war over the capital Tripoli.
Global Europe 09-01-2020

MEP McAllister: The EU stands united behind Greece in crisis with Turkey

The European Union stands united behind Greece in its escalating dispute with Turkey, the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 31-12-2019

Turkey mulls sending allied Syrian fighters to Libya

Turkey is considering sending allied Syrian fighters to Libya as part of its planned military support for the embattled government in Tripoli, four senior Turkish sources said on Monday (30 December), with one adding that Ankara was leaning toward the idea.
Electric vehicles 30-12-2019

Turkey debuts home-made electric car

Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday (27 December), saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira (€3.3 billion) over 13 years.
Global Europe 27-12-2019

Tunisia denies joining a Turkey-led alliance in Libyan crisis

The Tunisian Presidency has denied claims that the country would join an alliance with Turkey and Algeria in light of the ongoing crisis in Libya and insisted it wanted to preserve its neutral status, without taking part in any coalitions.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Turkey’s top court rules Wikipedia ban breaches freedom of expression

With six out of 10 votes, Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the government's ban on access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia violated freedom of expression, the official Anadolu news agency reported.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Diplomacy heats up in the Mediterranean amid escalating Greece-Turkey row

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between Turkey and Libya to demarcate maritime zones has shaken up politics in the Mediterranean, with Greece preparing a diplomatic counter-offensive.

Turkish parliament readying bill to allow sending troops to Libya

Turkey may need to draft a bill to allow for troop deployment to Libya and its parliament is working on the issue, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday (24 Decembrer), after Ankara signed a military cooperation agreement with Tripoli last month.
Global Europe 23-12-2019

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria, warns Europe

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (22 December), warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria's northwest is not stopped.
Energy 23-12-2019

Greece says EastMed pipeline deal to be signed on 2 January

The Greek government said Sunday (22 December) it will sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project with Cyprus and Israel next month that is designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

Pentagon chief seeks clarification following Erdogan’s nuclear base comments

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday (16 December) that he needed to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was when he said he could shut down the Incirlik air base, which hosts US nuclear warheads.
Global Europe 16-12-2019

Turkey raises prospect to send troops to Libya

Turkey moved closer to military support for Libya's internationally recognised government late on Saturday (14 December) when a bilateral deal that provides for a quick reaction force if requested by Tripoli was sent to parliament.

Athens says Turkey ‘blackmailed’ Libya to sign MoU by sending weapons

Turkey blackmailed Libya to agree to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) demarcating maritime zones in the region by sending weapons to the country, Greek media quote a high-ranking diplomat as saying.

US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

A US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday (11 December) to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system, seeking to push President Trump to take a harder line against Ankara.

Greece seeks EU’s diplomatic shield against Turkey at Council

Athens will ask its EU partners to mount pressure on Turkey at the EU Council on 12-13 December, in an effort to be granted a diplomatic shield from Ankara’s growing aggressiveness in the region.

Turkey warns it could kick out US from Incirlik nuclear base

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday (11 December) that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible US sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Climate change 10-12-2019

24 Turkish cities oppose Erdogan, support Paris Climate Agreement

Within the framework of the current COP25, 24 Turkish cities and municipalities committed themselves to the Paris Climate Agreement yesterday (9 December). Turkey is the only G20 country that has not yet ratified the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 10-12-2019

Turkey-Libya Mediterranean deal is about energy and extending Ankara’s influence

Ankara’s moves in the Mediterranean Sea reflect President Erdoğan’s ambitions to make Turkey a leading country. But its unilateralism is unnecessarily aggravating tensions in the region and, as usual, leaves it to Brussels and Washington to sort it out, writes Henri J Barkey.

Turkey continues to block NATO’s Eastern defence plans

Ankara has not shifted from its intentions to block the final decisions related to updating NATO's defence plan of the Poland and the Baltic States. Meanwhile, Eastern European calls for assurances of alliance commitments become more vocal.

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