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Global Europe 29-07-2020

Ten Turkish communists sentenced in controversial German trial

Ten members of a banned Turkish communist party were sentenced to several years in jail by a court in Munich Tuesday (28 July) after a four-year trial over their role in what Ankara considers to be a terrorist organisation.
Global Europe 23-07-2020

Macron seeks EU sanctions over Turkish ‘violations’ in Greek waters

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (23 July) demanded EU sanctions against Turkey for "violations" of Greek and Cypriot waters and said the European Union should act over the crisis in Libya.
Global Europe 23-07-2020

Greek navy on ‘heightened readiness’ over Turkish gas exploration

Greece’s navy said Wednesday (22 July) it had deployed ships in the Aegean in “heightened readiness” after Turkey announced plans for energy exploration near a Greek island. Turkey is at odds with Greece and the European Union over maritime rights...
Global Europe 22-07-2020

Turkey must stop ‘provocation’ in eastern Mediterranean: Germany

Fraught relations with Turkey could improve if Ankara halts "provocations", Germany said Tuesday (21 July), referring to what the EU considers illegal Turkish oil drilling in the Mediterranean.
Global Europe 16-07-2020

Hagia Sophia: The violation of a symbol

No logical or plausible excuse justifies the conversion of the Hagia Sofia into a mosque, all it does is adds fuel to the fire of nationalism and religious fundamentalism, writes Constantinos Alexandris
Global Europe 14-07-2020

EU gives Turkey one month as pressure for sanctions mounts

EU foreign affairs ministers decided yesterday (13 July) to explore ways of easing tensions with Turkey in the Mediterranean, warning at the same time that Europe will not hesitate to pick the sanctions option if the situation deteriorates.
Global Europe 13-07-2020

Greece pushes for sanctions against Turkey, but EU insists on dialogue

Greece's minister of foreign affairs will ask the EU on Monday (13 July) for a list of potential sanctions against Turkey in case Ankara violates Greek territory. However, EU sources said last week that dialogue should be prioritised in the face of Turkey's increasingly defiant behaviour.
Global Europe 09-07-2020

US to start Cyprus military training, defying Turkey

The US said Wednesday (8 July) it plans to conduct military training with Cyprus for the first time, defying NATO ally Turkey, which warned of destabilization.
Global Europe 07-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – Turkey threatens, Borrell smiles

On Monday (6 July), EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell met Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, who publicly threatened the EU with retaliation if further sanctions are imposed on Ankara. The threat was met with a diplomatic appeal for dialogue, which - it is increasingly clear now - sometimes just doesn't cut it.
Global Europe 06-07-2020

German government criticises Turkey’s Syria invasion

The Turkish invasion into the Kurdish region lacked "legitimacy under international law". Berlin's development ministry wants to help in northern Syria because of COVID-19. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

Turkey, Austria trade barbs over Kurdish-Turkish clashes in Vienna

Austria and Turkey accused each other on Monday (29 June) of responding inappropriately to clashes between Kurdish and Turkish protesters in Vienna last week, further straining relations.
Energy 26-06-2020

EU’s Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus ‘must stop’

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday (25 June) that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.
Global Europe 22-06-2020

Egypt has a legitimate right to intervene in Libya, Sisi says

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday (20 June) said his country has a legitimate right to intervene in neighbouring Libya and ordered his army to be ready to carry out any mission outside the country, if necessary.
Global Europe 17-06-2020

Turkey accuses France of exacerbating Libya crisis

Turkey angrily accused France on Tuesday (16 June) of exacerbating the crisis in Libya and violating UN and NATO decisions by supporting the forces of Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Global Europe 08-06-2020

Turkey says it may expand cooperation with Libya’s GNA

Turkey may expand its cooperation with Libya's internationally recognised government with new deals on energy and construction once the country's conflict is over, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin was quoted as saying on Sunday (7 June).
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Turkey vows more support to secure gains in Libya conflict

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Thursday (4 June) to ramp up Turkey's support for its ally in Libya to lock in recent military gains, and promised joint exploration for oil at sea following talks in Ankara ahead of a potential ceasefire push.

Nicosia struggles with migrants crossing from Northern Cyprus

In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
Global Europe 29-05-2020

The opposition’s potential to undermine the Erdogan regime increases

Due to the growing economic recession, the possibility of early elections in Turkey is increasing, writes Lucia Yar.
Global Europe 25-05-2020

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied Evros river border strip

Greece on Sunday (24 May) dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

‘Are we in Greece?’: Migrants seize their chance in Europe quest

The thousands of migrants at the Kastanies border town between Turkey and Greece are desperate to reach Europe and furious with Greeks who "won't open the gates".
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Bulgaria proposes to take over EU truck cargo, drive it to Turkey

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose to EU leaders during their teleconference on Thursday (26 March) that his country would transship goods of trucks from EU countries going to Turkey. The alternative is that EU drivers would wait 14 days before being allowed to enter Turkey.
Global Europe 19-03-2020

Turkey shuts borders with Greece and Bulgaria amid coronavirus fears

The Turkish government has decided to close its rail and land border with Greece and Bulgaria amid fears over the coronavirus spread, AFP quoted Turkish media as saying.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis, Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (17 March) discussed the migrant crisis and the situation in Syria's rebel enclave of Idlib, with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain.
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