About: Ahmet Davutoglu

Europe's East 14-04-2017

Turkey-EU relations deteriorate from gentleman’s agreement to sanctions rhetoric

The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

10 dead as PKK intensifies bombing campaign in Turkey

Turkey was rocked by three deadly bombings against police and military forces as Kurdish guerrillas launched a new campaign of attacks targeting areas that are not predominantly Kurdish.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Erdogan’s apogee

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer, writes Andrew Duff.

EU official: Turkey should wait for visa waiver until October

Turkey will have wait for the EU visa waiver at least until October, a representative of the European Union told journalists ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council opening today (20 May).

Erdogan says he wants visa waiver by October

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday (10 May) that he wanted the European Union to grant Turks visa-free travel to the passport-free Schengen area by October at the latest. The previous deadline, also cited by the Commission, was the end of June.

Greek ‘Plan B’ reported, if EU-Turkey deal collapses

A German tabloid reported yesterday (9 May) that the EU was considering giving the billions it promised to Turkey to Greece instead, in case the deal agreed with Ankara to stem the refugee flows collapses.

Erdogan says Turkey will not change its anti-terrorism law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (7 May) accused European nations of hypocrisy in pressing his country on terror laws while "sidelining democracy" at home in their own fight against terrorism.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Turkey’s visa liberalisation: An insult to the EU’s eastern neighbours?

While the EU may think that remaining silent on the more challenging issues of the visa liberalisation deal might be a price worth paying for dealing with the refugee crisis, it reflects the bloc’s desperation, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.

EU unsure if Davutoglu’s resignation will affect refugee deal

The European Union is unsure how the departure of Turkey's prime minister will affect the deal he struck with the EU to curb migration, the EU's foreign affairs chief said on Thursday (5 May), as Brussels watched events in Ankara with unease.

Commission admits visa-free travel for Turks depends on national parliaments

The European Commission today (4 May) proposed that Turkish nationals would enjoy visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen zone by the end of June, praising Ankara for its fast delivery on meeting the necessary conditions. But Commission experts admit that national parliaments could upturn the deal.
Enlargement 02-05-2016

Commission set to propose lifting of visa requirement for Turkey

Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle.
Enlargement 28-04-2016

Turkey to seek ‘liberal interpretation’ of secularism in new constitution

Turkey's new constitution will retain secularism as a principle, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday (27 April), playing down comments from the parliamentary speaker who caused a public uproar by calling for a religious national charter.
Global Europe 25-04-2016

Merkel warms up to ‘safe zones’ in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (24 April) that she did not favour classical "safe zones" in Syria which would need to be protected by foreign forces but believed that peace talks in Geneva could agree areas where fleeing Syrians could feel safe from bombardment.

Turkey moves closer to visa-free travel deal with EU

The EU vowed on Wednesday (20 April) to propose visa-free travel for Turks next month if Ankara meets the terms of a landmark refugee deal, as it tried to defuse a row with Turkey's leaders.

Juncker admits Europeans have lost faith in the EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today admitted that citizens had lost faith in the EU, during a speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Armenia 06-04-2016

World powers scramble to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh yesterday (5 April) announced a ceasefire after four days of bloodshed, as international powers scrambled to end the worst violence in decades over the disputed region.

Amnesty says Turkey illegally sending Syrians back to war zone

Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said today (1 April).
Global Europe 01-04-2016

First refugees to be returned to Turkey

Migrant returns from Greece to Turkey will begin on Monday (4 April) under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil.
Global Europe 22-03-2016

Europe vows to defend democracy on ‘black day’

European governments vowed today (22 March) to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured.
Global Europe 18-03-2016

Migrant returns start Sunday, after EU and Turkey strike refugee swap deal

All migrants and refugees arriving in Greece from this Sunday (20 March) will be returned to Turkey, under a controversial agreement hammered out over two days between the EU and Ankara at a summit in Brussels.

Juncker defends Belgium from Erdogan accusation of supporting terror groups

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticised the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in front of his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and a packed pressroom today (18 March), at the end of a two-day summit which adopted join EU-Turkish decisions to stem the migrant crisis.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

Leaders make second attempt to hammer out Turkey refugee deal

European Union leaders begin a difficult summit today (17 March) to push for a crucial agreement with Turkey to curb the continent's massive migration crisis despite threats by Cyprus to sink the deal.
Global Europe 16-03-2016

Why the EU should accept Ankara’s demands

The EU-Turkey deal has been painted by some as a step backward for European values, but in the long run, adopting the deal would benefit not only the EU and Ankara, but the refugee as well, argues Alexander Bürgin.

EU-Turkey deal: Decisive or divisive?

If European Union leaders were expecting Turkish PrimeMminister Ahmet Davutoğlu to meekly accede to their expectations and demands at the migration summit last week, they were clearly mistaken, write Mehmet Öğütçü and Stephen Jones.