Global Europe 26-04-2022

Turkish philanthropist Kavala jailed for life, activists protest

Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala was jailed for life without parole on Monday after he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government by financing protests, in a case that Europe's top court and Western powers say is politically motivated.
Global Europe 08-04-2022

If Turkey was an EU member, Ukraine war might have been prevented, says minister

Turkey's leaders have recently increased talk about their will to return to the negotiating table with Brussels. But what has prompted this new momentum? EURACTIV Slovakia spoke to Faruk Kaymakci, Turkey's deputy minister of foreign affairs and director for EU affairs.
Global Europe 29-03-2022

At Istanbul talks Russia promises to scale down operations in northern Ukraine

Russia promised at peace talks on Tuesday (29 March) to scale down its military operations around Kyiv and northern Ukraine, while Ukraine proposed adopting a neutral status but with international guarantees that it would be protected from attack.
Global Europe 29-03-2022

Ukraine sets ceasefire goal for new Russia talks, but breakthrough looks distant

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine before dawn on Tuesday (29 March) as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators prepared to meet in Turkey for face-to-face talks, with Kyiv seeking a ceasefire without compromising on territory or sovereignty.
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Second Abramovich superyacht docks in sanctions-free Turkey

A second superyacht linked to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich docked in a Turkish resort on Tuesday (22 March) and sources familiar with the discussions said he and other wealthy Russians were looking to invest in Turkey given sanctions elsewhere.
Global Europe 16-03-2022

Anti-war Russians in Turkey unite at rap concert for Ukraine

Hundreds of Russians lined up outside an Istanbul club on Tuesday to get a glimpse of Oxxxymiron, a rapper who rattled the Russian celebrity world with bold statements against his country's invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 14-03-2022

Turkey, Greece agree to improve ties amid Ukraine conflict

Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed in talks on Sunday (13 March) to improve ties, despite the long-running disagreements between the two NATO members, Ankara said.
Global Europe 10-03-2022

Turkey hosts first meeting of top Russian, Ukrainian diplomats since invasion

Foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine will meet in Turkey on Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries since Moscow invaded its neighbour, with Ankara hoping they could mark a turning point in the raging conflict.
Global Europe 09-03-2022

Turkey and Israel aim to move on from years of tension

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is set to meet his Turkish counterpart in the presidential palace in Ankara in an effort to restore ties between the two countries. Herzog is the first Israeli leader to visit Turkey since 2008.
Global Europe 07-03-2022

A tangled web for Turkey in Russia’s war with Ukraine

As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its second week, Turkey finds itself in an unenviable position, entangled geographically, economically, politically, and militarily with the war’s protagonists, writes Henri J Barkey.  
Global Europe 07-03-2022

Erdogan urges Putin to declare Ukraine ceasefire and make peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (6 March) urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.
Global Europe 01-03-2022

US thanks Turkey for shutting down Black Sea straits for warships

Turkey is calling on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to respect an international pact on passage through the Turkish straits to the Black Sea, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying after Ankara closed access.
Global Europe 01-03-2022

Erdogan discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Lukashenko

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office said early on Tuesday (1 March) that he held a phone call with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to discuss developments in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two premiers discussed ceasefire talks between Russia...
Global Europe 21-02-2022

Turkey’s opposition leader looks to emerge from Erdogan’s shadow

A veteran Turkish politician who has struggled for years to have Erdoğan voted out of office says that his dream is drawing nearer, even as doubts remain whether he will be the main opposition candidate at the 2023 presidential elections.
Global Europe 17-02-2022

Russia to increase gas supplies to Italy, Draghi to visit Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Italy that Russia is ready to increase its gas supplies to the country if needed, the Russian ambassador to Italy Sergey Razov said on Thursday (17 February).
Global Europe 14-02-2022

Cyprus minister pins blame for migration ’emergency’ on Turkey

The small Mediterranean island of Cyprus has an outsized problem with irregular migration, says the interior minister of the EU member state located closest to the Middle East.
Media 10-02-2022

Turkey says DW, VOA, Euronews must obtain licences or have access blocked

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has given three international news agencies 72 hours to obtain an operating licence or else have access to their platforms blocked, one of its members said on Wednesday (9 February).
Global Europe 04-02-2022

Erdogan says Turkey, Israel can jointly bring gas to Europe

Turkey and Israel can work together to carry Israeli natural gas to Europe and the two countries will discuss energy cooperation during talks next month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying on Friday (4 February).
Global Europe 02-02-2022

Turkey blames Greece after 12 migrants freeze to death near border

Turkish authorities have found the bodies of 12 migrants who froze to death near Greece, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday (2 January), accusing Greek guards of sending them back across the border without shoes.
Global Europe 02-02-2022

Erdogan seeks payoff from Russia-US clash on Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will try to leverage his strategic position in NATO and his rapport with Russia's Vladimir Putin when he visits Kyiv on Thursday (3 January) in a bid to head off war in Ukraine.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia, Ukraine warm to Turkey helping ease tensions

Both Russia and Ukraine are open to the idea of Turkey playing a role to ease tensions between the two countries, as proposed by Ankara in November, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Thursday (20 January).
Energy 10-01-2022

Greece fumes as Washington loses interest in EastMed gas pipeline

The United States is no longer supporting the construction of EastMed gas pipeline project as Washington’s interest is now switching to renewable energy sources, according to a State Department statement. According to Greek media, the move profits Turkey.

Interview: Why did so many Kurds go to Belarus?

Political disillusionment, lack of economic opportunities and dreams of a better life are reasons why many asylum seekers that enter Lithuania from Belarus originate from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region considered one of the wealthiest and most stable in the region.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Turkey offers to mediate in Bosnian crisis ‘to ensure stability’

Turkey is ready to act as a mediator in Bosnia's crisis and will do what it can to ensure stability, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday (28 December), amid concerns over separatist moves by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik.