About: Eastern Mediterranean

Global Europe 19-02-2021

Greece protests to Turkey over yet another ‘research vessel’

Greece said on Thursday (18 February) it had protested to Turkey over its deployment of a research vessel in the Aegean Sea, in what it called an “unnecessary” move as the NATO allies seek to resume talks over a long-standing...
Global Europe 09-02-2021

Erdogan tells Merkel he wants Turkey-EU summit by July

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video call Monday (8 February) he hopes for a summit with European Union leaders in the first half of 2021 to ease tensions.
26-01-2021

Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five-year hiatus

Turkey and Greece resumed talks aimed at addressing long-standing maritime disputes on Monday (25 January), ending a five-year hiatus after months of tension in the eastern Mediterranean.
Global Europe 21-01-2021

Turkish FM on charm offensive in Brussels

The European Union will on Thursday (21 January) press Turkey to make good on recent gestures from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to calm tensions, as Ankara's foreign minister visits Brussels.
Global Europe 15-12-2020

Turkey ‘upset’, but undeterred by US sanctions and EU threats

Turkey will not abandon its rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean because of possible European Union sanctions or criticism, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday (14 December), the day when the US effectively sanctioned Ankara.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

Merkel and Borissov blocked EU sanctions against Turkey at summit: sources

Germany and Bulgaria were the most vocal among the EU countries who blocked sanctions against Turkey at the EU summit on 10 December, sources have told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

The EU and Turkey: Three scenarios

The volatile situation around Erdoğan’s Turkey poses a dilemma for EU decision makers. Three scenarios can be envisaged for how the EU handles tensions with Ankara, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

EU top diplomat keeps mum over Turkey arms embargo

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell clearly dodged a question on Monday (7 December) over the possibility to impose an EU arms embargo on Turkey as a means to convince Ankara to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Spanish...
Global Europe 07-12-2020

EU countries feel ‘numb’ about Turkey ahead of critical EU summit

EU member states cannot find a common ground to respond to an escalating situation with Turkey ahead of a crucial summit later this week, EURACTIV has learnt.
Global Europe 05-12-2020

Erdogan hopes France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday (4 December) he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.
Global Europe 04-12-2020

Michel says Turkey should stop playing ‘cat and mouse’ with EU

Turkey has not de-escalated its stand-off with Greece in response to diplomatic outreach, European Council chief Charles Michel said on Friday (4 December) and warned that EU member states would now consider “the means at our disposal”, which most probably means sanctions.

In parting shot, Pompeo rebukes Turkey at NATO meeting

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was "a gift" to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials.
Global Europe 26-11-2020

France, MEPs push for sanctions on Turkey next month

France is leading a push for European Union sanctions on Turkey at the 10-11 December summit to follow through on a threat made by the bloc in October.
Global Europe 23-11-2020

Germany says Turkey stopped it checking ship for arms-running to Libya

**Updated with Turkey’s comments Turkey prevented German forces belonging to an EU military mission carrying out a full search of a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya, both countries confirmed on Monday (23 November). Soldiers...
Global Europe 23-11-2020

France says Turkey’s ‘soothing declarations’ not good enough

France said Sunday (22 November) it expects Turkey to de-escalate international tension with actions instead of words ahead of an EU decision on possible further sanctions against Ankara.

Gas fields and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean

The discovery in recent years of huge natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has whetted the appetite of nearby countries but exacerbated geopolitical tensions between Turkey and its neighbours.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

EU condemns Turkey ‘provocations’ in eastern Med

EU leaders on Friday (16 October) condemned "unilateral actions and provocations" by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is locked in a standoff over energy resources with Greece and Cyprus.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

France and Germany tell Turkey to stop provocations

France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday (15 October) of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and urged it to clarify its positions in the coming weeks.
Global Europe 14-10-2020

US, Germany warn Turkey not to squander trust in Mediterranean

After the United States used strong language slamming Turkey's renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, Germany urged Ankara not to dispel the "climate of trust" needed to de-escalate tensions with Greece.

US strengthens its military presence in Greece

Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Greece call for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in east Mediterranean

The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources.
Global Europe 28-09-2020

Greece urges Turkey to probe vandalism on island in disputed waters

Greece on Sunday (27 September) condemned vandalism to a mural of the Greek flag on Kastellorizo island blamed on Turkish nationals, a day before the arrival in the country of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Global Europe 22-09-2020

EU sanctions three firms for breaking Libya arms embargo, Turkey reacts

The European Union on Monday (21 September) imposed sanctions on three companies -- one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, drawing an angry reaction from Turkey.
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Turkish vessel leaves contested waters in eastern Med

A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over gas exploration has left disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean and returned to the coast in a move hailed as a "positive first step" by the Greek prime minister.
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