Turkey

‘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.

Erdogan vows to keep border open, compares Greece’s response to the Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday (11 March) he would keep Turkey's border open for refugees until the EU had met all his demands, while comparing Greece's response to the crisis to the Nazis.
Global Europe 10-03-2020

Amid migrant crisis, Greece-Turkey conflict plays out on social media

Greeks and Turks are waging a proxy war on social media with photos, video and commentary purporting to show the other side behaving badly in a migrant crisis that has seriously strained already tense relations between Athens and Ankara.

Stern-faced EU leaders warn Erdogan to respect migrants deal

Stern-faced EU leaders warned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (9 March) to respect the terms of a previous deal to keep migrants away from Europe's borders, after the Turkish leader came to Brussels to demand more support.

Greece to extend border fence over migration surge

Greece will extend its fence on the border with Turkey, a government source said Sunday (8 March), amid continuing efforts by migrants to break through in a surge enabled by Ankara.

Erdogan holds Brussels talks as situation on Greek border gets nasty

Migration crisis talks were set to be held between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and senior EU officials in Brussels on Monday (9 March), as Germany said the bloc was considering taking in 1,500 child refugees.

Work with Turkey, NATO tells EU amid migrant crisis

With tensions growing and accusations flying between Turkey and the EU over an escalating migrant crisis, the head of NATO has warned Europe it must find a way to work with "important ally" Ankara.
Global Europe 04-03-2020

Why did Boyko Borissov’s mission in Ankara fail?

If von der Leyen’s Commission really wants to be global, it should intervene at the root of the problem instead of trying to deal with the consequences, writes Ivailo Kalfin.

EU pledges €700 million to Greece, Bulgaria’s Borissov obtains ‘compliments’

European Union officials on Tuesday (3 March) promised more cash for Greece during a visit to its border with Turkey which tens of thousands of migrants and refugees have been trying for days to breach. The officials urged Turkey to...
Global Europe 03-03-2020

Fact check: Is this a refugee crisis?

For many, the dramatic events at the Greek-Turkish border resemble the 2015 refugee crisis, when more than a million refugees, mostly from Syria, crossed into Europe across the Mediterranean or overland. But is this really so? EURACTIV takes a closer...
Global Europe 03-03-2020

Erdogan is bullying Europe because Trump gave him the green light

The show which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is playing now with the migrant crisis is, to a great extent, the result of the green light he got from Trump last October when the US troops withdrew from Syria.
Global Europe 03-03-2020

Borissov meets Erdogan, gets assurance Bulgaria’s border will stay calm

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov failed on Monday (2 March) in his mediation mission in Ankara which aimed to bring Greece, Turkey and EU leaders to a summit in Sofia to prevent a new refugee crisis in Europe
Global Europe 02-03-2020

‘Millions’ of migrants will soon head to Europe: Erdogan

"Millions" of migrants and refugees will soon head towards Europe, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Monday (2 March), as he maintained pressure on Western countries over the Syrian conflict.
Global Europe 02-03-2020

EU calls extraordinary foreign ministers’ meeting on Syria conflict

EU foreign ministers are to hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the worsening Syria conflict that is driving refugees to the bloc's borders with Turkey, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Sunday (1 March).
Global Europe 02-03-2020

Migrants clash with Greek police, diplomatic efforts underway

Greek police fired tear gas to repel hundreds of stone-throwing migrants who tried to force their way across the border from Turkey on Sunday (1 March), with thousands more behind them after Ankara relaxed curbs on their movement.
Global Europe 29-02-2020

Erdogan drops the ‘human bomb’ on EU

The situation at the Greek-Turkish land border worsened dramatically on Saturday (29 February) following Ankara's official decision to let thousands of migrants enter EU territory.
Global Europe 28-02-2020

Bulgaria sends gendarmerie to border, as fears rise of migrant wave from Turkey

Bulgaria has sent gendarmerie forces to its border with Turkey because the threat of a migrant wave is real, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Friday (28 February).

Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday (28 February) to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.
Global Europe 25-02-2020

UN in talks with Turkey to boost Syria aid amid offensive

The United Nations is in talks with Turkey to boost cross-border aid flows into northwest Syria and allow more evacuations of those in urgent need of medical help, such as babies in incubators, as shelling draws closer.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Erdogan announces Syria summit with France, Germany and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (22 February) said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on 5 March to discuss the escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.
Global Europe 19-02-2020

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday (18 February) after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail.

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