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Global Europe 23-02-2018

EU-Turkey Varna summit becomes conditional

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades succeded on Friday (23 February) in convincing his colleagues at the EU summit to make a planned “leaders’ meeting” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Varna conditional on stopping “illegal violations” in the Cypriot economic zone.
Global Europe 23-02-2018

Borissov: Turkey summit will be ‘extremely difficult’

An upcoming summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Bulgarian city of Varna in March will be a "heavy experience", Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists on Friday (23 February), ahead of the informal EU summit.
Global Europe 22-02-2018

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey yesterday (21 February) said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

17 Turkish citizens ‘escape’ from Erdogan and seek asylum in Greece

The Greek coastguard has rescued 17 Turkish citizens, including children, who reached the island of Oinousses on Monday (19 February) and asked for asylum, citing fear of persecution back home.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

Turkey renames US embassy street amid row over Syria operation

The street in Ankara where the US embassy is located was renamed after Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia yesterday (19 February), just days after the two sides agreed on the need to normalise relations.
Global Europe 19-02-2018

Turkey sentences journalists, draws criticism ahead of summit

Turkey's sentencing of five journalists to life for involvement in a failed 2016 coup shows that the country's judiciary cannot make independent decisions, the president of the Association of European Journalists said on Monday and urged the Council of Europe to take action.
Global Europe 19-02-2018

Top German lawmaker in security row with Turkey at Munich meeting

A row broke out yesterday (18 February) between a leading German politician of Turkish origin and Turkey's delegation at the Munich Security Conference, with the lawmaker being given police protection after what he said was a tense encounter with Turkish bodyguards.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

The European Union told Turkey today (16 February) it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive.
Politics 13-02-2018

EU warns Turkey over Cyprus ship incident

The European Union on Monday (13 February) called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Syria's US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Cyprus, Turkey spar after warships block gas drilling ship

Cyprus yesterday (11 February) insisted Turkey had breached "international law" after Ankara's warships blocked an Italian drilling ship on course to explore for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.

Only 16% of asylum seekers in Greece to be sent to Turkey, despite EU deal

Only "16% of asylum seekers" who have arrived in Greece are likely to be sent to Turkey despite a controversial EU deal, the former head of Greece's asylum service said Sunday.