Turkey

Global Europe 14-06-2018

Turkey organises busloads of AKP supporters to vote in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian public channel bTV released footage of busloads of Turkish nationals of Bulgarian origin, coming to their country of birth to vote for the 24 June election.
Politics 08-06-2018

Austria to expel 60 imams with links to Turkey

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on 8 June his plans to expel foreign-funded imams and shut down seven mosques to tackle “political Islam”. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Global Europe 04-06-2018

Italy cannot be ‘Europe’s refugee camp’, Salvini says

Italy's new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday that "common sense" was needed to stop the country from being "Europe's refugee camp" as he visited a migrant centre in the south.
Global Europe 22-05-2018

Erdogan holds controversial election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (20 May) addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Erdogan mobilises diaspora, ‘friends’ in Balkans

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds a rally in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo to drum up support among the Turkish diaspora. Three days after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Balkans confirm their strategic position.
Global Europe 11-05-2018

Assad accuses Erdogan of close ties to Muslim Brotherhood

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was assigned by the US government to interfere in Syria when the terrorists lost control of different areas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told Greek daily Kathimerini in an interview.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

Greece sends home Turkish citizen who ‘accidentally’ crossed the border

Greece deported to Turkey on Monday (7 May) a Turkish citizen who accidentally crossed into its territory last week, in a move the local press described as a goodwill message to Ankara, which still holds two detained Greek soldiers.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

Turkey vows to launch new cross-border military operations

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (6 May) said Turkey would launch cross-border offensives, like previous military operations in Syria, in the "new era" after snap polls on 24 June.
Global Europe 27-04-2018

Commission defies Turkey’s pressure and insists on Greek soldiers’ release

The European Commission insists that the two Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey should be released, despite Turkey’s pressure on the EU to take a step back from the issue.

Turkey says facing ‘new refugee wave’ after 30,000 Afghans arrive

Nearly 30,000 Afghans have arrived in Turkey in the last three months, the Turkish government said Wednesday (25 April), after Amnesty International criticised the authorities "ruthless" decision to send more than 7,000 back to Afghanistan.
Global Europe 23-04-2018

Erdogan: Austria will ‘pay a price’ for banning Turkish campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday (21 April) criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Official: EU will not fund Turkish plan to settle refugees in Afrin

Following indications that Turkey would like to bring Syrian refugees to the area of Afrin, which it has controlled since the ‘Olive Branch’ incursion into northern Syria earlier this year, the EU made clear on Friday (20 April) that it would not be part of the game.
Global Europe 19-04-2018

Erdogan calls early elections under state of emergency, new purges underway

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday (18 April) called snap elections for 24 June, saying economic challenges and the war in Syria meant Turkey must switch quickly to the powerful executive presidency that goes into effect after the vote. The...
Global Europe 18-04-2018

Hahn: Turkey taking ‘huge strides’ away from EU

Turkey is moving rapidly away from the path of European Union membership, the top EU official in charge of negotiations said on Tuesday (17 April), as Brussels delivered its harshest criticism yet of what it sees as Ankara's shift towards authoritarianism.
Global Europe 17-04-2018

EU Parliament calls on Erdogan to release imprisoned Greek soldiers

In a resolution expected to be voted on today (17 April), the European Parliament will urge Turkey to release two Greek soldiers who were arrested last month, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.
Global Europe 10-04-2018

Erdogan vows to bring back Gülenists from abroad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (9 April) his country is determined to continue the fight against what he calls the terrorist movement of Fethullah Gülen and bring home all “traitors” from abroad. 
Azerbaijan 09-04-2018

Game of thrones in Armenia and Azerbaijan

There is little doubt that the winner of the snap presidential election in Azerbaijan on Wednesday (11 April) will be its incumbent head of state, Ilham Aliyev. More interesting is the motive for such a move - which may well be the wish to counter the consolidation of power in arch-foe Armenia.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Turkey, Iran, Russia say will work for stability in Syria

Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged yesterday (4 April) to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to the country a day after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of withdrawing US troops.
Global Europe 03-04-2018

Greek soldiers are ‘political prisoners’ of Turkey, says Weber

Two Greek soldiers who have been held in a Turkish prison for about a month are “political prisoners”, according to the head of the European Parliament's largest group, Manfred Weber.
Politics 29-03-2018

The Brief, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Bulgaria’s mid-term review

Three months of Bulgaria’s EU presidency have elapsed. So how is the bloc’s poorest member faring in its debut at the helm?
Global Europe 27-03-2018

Varna to become permanent venue for EU-Turkey talks

The Varna summit held on Monday (26 March) between EU institution leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to yield any notable outcomes. But Bulgaria's PM said the port city could become a permanent venue for future talks.
Global Europe 26-03-2018

Erdogan comes to leaders meeting with footage exposing ‘EU terrorism support’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrives in the Bulgarian port city of Varna today (26 March) equipped with video footage that allegedly illustrates Ankara’s claim that EU countries host terrorists and do nothing to fight them.
Global Europe 23-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – EU risks escalating diplomatic crisis with Russia, says Bulgarian PM

The statement agreed by EU leaders blaming Russia for the Salisbury spy attack only risks further escalating the diplomatic crisis between Europe and Moscow, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has warned.
Global Europe 23-03-2018

Greek minister: EU adopts ‘strongest wording ever’ vis-à-vis Turkey

EU's summit conclusions on Turkey adopted during the night of 22 to 23 March are the strongest ever as they explicitly urge Ankara to stop violating international law, Greece's Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos told EURACTIV.com.