Turkey

Politics 12-11-2019

Turkey starts ‘sending home’ detained foreign fighters

Turkey said on Monday (11 November) it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an American, starting a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria.
Global Europe 12-11-2019

EU takes step closer to Turkey drilling sanctions

The EU on Monday (11 November) moved a step closer to imposing sanctions over Turkey's drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus by formally adopting a legal framework to target those involved.
Global Europe 08-11-2019

Question marks over third country participation in EU military projects

The EU is inching towards an agreement on the conditions under which third countries will be allowed to participate in the bloc's military projects, which would allow US and UK companies to take part in joint defence projects, potentially removing a source of friction in transatlantic ties.
Global Europe 05-11-2019

Germany decries Iran’s move to speed up nuclear work, urges return to accord

Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up uranium enrichment jeopardises a 2015 accord with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday (4 November), urging Tehran to return to the pact.
Global Europe 30-10-2019

US House recognises Armenian genocide, backs Turkey sanctions

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (29 October) to recognise the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey.

NATO slams Turkey over Syria, lukewarm reactions to German ‘safe zone’ proposal

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (24 October) denounced Turkey for its military incursion in Northeast Syria, but acknowledged there was little they could do to restrain their strategically important ally.
Global Europe 24-10-2019

EU lawmakers demand sanctions against Turkey over Syria incursion

MEPs condemned Turkey's military intervention in northeast Syria in a resolution which received cross-party support in the European Parliament on Thursday (24 October), urging Ankara to withdraw all of its forces from Syrian territory or expect "economic measures".

US defence secretary says Turkey ‘going in the wrong direction’ in NATO

Turkey’s recent behaviour "has put us all in a terrible situation", US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said in Brussels on Thursday. He said Ankara's "unwarranted" invasion into Syria jeopardised the security gains made as the US-led coalition and allied Kurdish forces battled the Islamic State (IS) in the area in recent years.
Global Europe 23-10-2019

Russia, Turkey reach ‘historic’ deal on Syria border

Russia and Turkey agreed on Tuesday (22 October) to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to Syria's border with Turkey and to launch joint patrols, in a deal hailed as "historic" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Germany proposes security zone for northern Syria

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday (21 October) suggested the creation of a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure that the fight continues against Islamic State militia.

Erdogan accuses the West of ‘standing by terrorists’ in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (21 October) lashed out at Western states, accusing them of "standing by terrorists" in failing to support Turkey's operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Global Europe 17-10-2019

Turkey’s incursion into Syria is making the EU and Kurds rethink their friends

The EU may condemn Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, yet it also has Turkey to thank for holding back the migrant crisis. Publicly, Europe wants to send a message. Privately, it knows it cannot say too much, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Global Europe 17-10-2019

Trump leaves Turkey, Russia, Syria ‘to argue it out’

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (16 October)  he did not mind Russia helping Syria in a conflict with NATO ally Turkey and rejected criticism of his withdrawal of US troops from Syria that exposed Kurdish allies, calling it "strategically brilliant."
Global Europe 16-10-2019

Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, while Russia moves in where US moved out

Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday (15 October) despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by US forces.

Erdogan thanks Orban for ‘support at the international stage’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met in Baku on Tuesday (15 October), on the fringes of the Turkic Council, a group of countries speaking the same family of languages, which Hungary wants to join.
Global Europe 15-10-2019

VW puts on hold plan for €1 bln car factory in Turkey over Syria incursion

Volkswagen has postponed the decision on opening a new car factory in Turkey against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria. "The final decision for the new plant was postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG," a company spokesman said on Tuesday (15 October), confirming media reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2019

Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in to fill US-left vacuum

Russia-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt US retreat from Syria on Monday (14 October), deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.
Global Europe 14-10-2019

Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey

President Donald Trump’s administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey.
Global Europe 14-10-2019

Bulgaria PM will ask EU leaders to stop criticising Erdogan

European Council President Donald Tusk strongly opposed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (11 October), warning him to stop blackmailing Europe. That has prompted Bulgaria’s prime minister to reveal he will ask EU chiefs to tone down their stance against Erdoğan.
Global Europe 14-10-2019

Macron, Merkel call for end to Turkish invasion in Syria

The leaders of France and Germany called Sunday (13 October) for an end to Turkey's offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, warning of dire humanitarian consequences and a boost for the Islamic State group.
Global Europe 11-10-2019

Thousands flee, hundreds reported dead in Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria

Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday (10 October), forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a cross-border assault on US allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump.
Global Europe 10-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – A missing EU word, a lost EU state

Turkish forces have launched airstrikes this week and advanced deeper into Kurdish-held areas in northeast Syria during the second day of Ankara’s invasion in the region. The EU sat on its hands and then came up with a cautious, watered-down statement. Why?
Global Europe 10-10-2019

EU urges Turkey to halt Syria invasion, will not pay for ‘safe zone’

The EU on Wednesday (9 October) demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created.
Global Europe 09-10-2019

Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to start Syria offensive ‘shortly’

Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border "shortly", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s communications director said early on Wednesday (9 October), as a surprise withdrawal of US troops made way for the Turkish incursion.

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