Turkey

Global Europe 20-09-2017

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of ‘consequences’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (19 September) demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

Global Europe 20-09-2017

Migration and Europe: The view from Turkey

European governments seem to be treating Turkey like a game on a football pitch, pushing the ball of inclusion around, but never really having the intention of allowing it to become an equal player on their field, writes Egemen Bağış.

Global Europe 15-09-2017

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurdish independence vote

Iraq and Turkey yesterday (14 September) stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.

Enlargement 08-09-2017

Estonian Presidency passes Turkey decision to Bulgaria

Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, made it clear that no decision would be made following Angela Merkel's call to end Turkey’s membership talks this year, passing the responsibility to the next presidency – Turkey’s neighbour, Bulgaria.

Global Europe 07-09-2017

France’s Macron urges continued EU ties with Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey remained a vital partner of the European Union and ties should be maintained even if the country had strayed from the EU path, according to a newspaper interview published on Thursday (7 September).

Global Europe 05-09-2017

Turkey and Hungary find common ground after Germany’s election debate

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Hungary supported each other in exposing what they called “populism” and “hypocrisy” in Germany's televised pre-election debate, in which their countries were singled out.

Elections 04-09-2017

Merkel and Schulz butt heads over Turkey and migration in only TV debate

Turkey's place in Europe was in the spotlight during the only televised debate between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday evening (3 September), which featured few other questions relating to the EU.

Central Asia 31-08-2017

Kazakh minister: Two ‘revolutionary’ stories are happening in Central Asia

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, sheds light on important new developments in Central Asia, little known in the EU, and on the role of his country in major international issues.

Global Europe 29-08-2017

Juncker says Erdogan’s Turkey taking giant steps away from EU

Turkey is taking "giant steps" away from Europe and it is entirely the fault of the "Erdoğan system", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (29 August) in his strongest comments to date against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rule.

Global Europe 25-08-2017

Gabriel: Turkey will never be EU member under Erdogan

Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Tayyip Erdoğan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday (24 August), accusing the Turkish president of failing to take accession talks with the bloc seriously.

Electricity 23-08-2017

Europe’s reliance on gas imports in spotlight as coal’s decline continues

Electricity produced from natural gas has matched power generated from coal in OECD countries. But Europe’s gas self-sufficiency dropped below 50% for the very first time as well.

Merkel attacks Turkey’s ‘misuse’ of Interpol warrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event yesterday (20 August) that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.

China 21-08-2017

Expert: Modernisation is a genuine goal for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is boosting its role in international and regional affairs by providing a platform for negotiations and being intermediary between the superpowers. Astana’s ambitions to modernise the country are genuine, said Danila Bochkarev.

Politics 18-08-2017

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (18 August) said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey proposes free movement of workers with Kazakhstan

Central Asian countries are exploring forms of integration resembling those of the European Union, the latest one being the establishment of free movement of people and workers between Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey criticises Merkel, says Germany can’t dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday (17 August) that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

Global Europe 16-08-2017

Foreign minister: Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday (16 August).

Enlargement 11-08-2017

Cyprus president: Turkish side acting ‘outside UN parameters’ in reunification talks

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his willingness to return to the negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem after the failure of the talks last month.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

Turkey promises to stamp out anti-China media reports

Turkey regards China's security as akin to its own and will move to stamp out any anti-China reports in its media, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday (3 August), after meeting his Chinese counterpart.

Global Europe 01-08-2017

Berlin wants more EU pressure on Turkey, asks to freeze customs union talks

Berlin is pushing the European Commission to halt talks with Turkey over updating the customs union, claiming that a continuation would send the “wrong signal” to Ankara.

Global Europe 31-07-2017

Italy joins France in warning Ankara about Cyprus gas drilling

Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti is paying a “symbolic” visit today (31 July) to Cyprus in light of oil and gas drilling that a consortium of France's Total and Italy's Eni is now carrying out in the region.

Global Europe 24-07-2017

Weber: Turkish EU membership ‘makes no sense’

European Peoples’ Party group leader Manfred Weber told EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel that hard-hitting action must be taken against the Turkish government, while reiterating his call for EU membership talks to be scrapped.

Politics 20-07-2017

Germany says EU aid to Turkey could be halted over arrests

Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday (19 July) of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara's ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen.

Energy 20-07-2017

Bulgaria warns EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey

The European Commission is expected to approve the second thread of the Turkish Stream pipeline stretching to Bulgaria's Black Sea shore, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov who warned that the EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey.