About: Erdogan Archives

  • Erdogan should resign over Armenia row

    Global Europe 25-01-2012

    Erdogan should have followed a rational and strategic approach regarding the French bill on Armenian genocide. Instead, he acts like a small kid in the sandbox, writes Michael Kambeck from European Friends of Armenia.

  • Turkey threatens France with diplomatic war

    Enlargement 24-01-2012

    France approved yesterday (23 January) a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, sparking angry retaliation from Turkey and threatening a "total rupture" of diplomatic ties.

  • Turkish journalists denounce trials

    Justice & Home Affairs 06-01-2012

    Prominent Turkish journalists on trial for alleged links to an underground anti-government network called the conspiracy charges against them "political" in a case that has raised concerns over media freedom in Turkey. 

  • Why crisis between Turkey and Israel is hurting everyone

    Global Europe 12-09-2011

    The recent downgrade in Turkish-Israeli relations is not beneficial to either country, leaving Israel more isolated and depriving Turkey of its role as a mediator at a time of acute instability and change in the region, argue Emiliano Alessandri and Joshua Walker of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

  • How ‘not’ to manage a political crisis: The Turkish example

    Enlargement 15-07-2011

    The reaction of the Turkish government and opposition to the crisis over imprisoned Kurdish MPs is unbecoming of a nation with aspirations of European Union membership and leadership in the Middle East, argues Lars Hoffmann and Firat Cengiz.

  • Turkey’s Erdo?an to build consensus after big win

    Elections 14-06-2011

    Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo?an will start a third term of one-party rule strengthened by Sunday's decisive election victory but also burdened by the need for consensus to push ahead with plans for a new constitution.

  • Erdo?an in pole position for Sunday’s Turkey elections

    Elections 10-06-2011

    As Turks prepare to go to the polls on Sunday (12 June), all eyes are on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's AK Party, which is expected to win close to 50% of the vote and should be able to form a government single-handedly. EURACTIV Turkey reports.

  • Recipe for a third term: stability and change through the EU accession process

    Enlargement 10-06-2011

    Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Ba??? argues in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV that a third term for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an would herald a continuation of what he calls the government's "balance between stability and change".

  • How to read the outcome of the Turkish elections

    Enlargement 10-06-2011

    Turkey's upcoming parliamentary elections signal an opportunity for positive reform of the Turkish constitution and better relations with the European Union, argues Sinan Ülgen in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.

  • Kurdish problem casts shadow over Turkish elections

    Enlargement 20-04-2011

    Turkey's top court has decided to bar 12 candidates, including seven Kurds, one of whom is Sakharov Prize winner Leyla Zana, from running in June's general elections. The decision sparked violent protests and led the country's leading Kurdish political party to threaten to boycott the poll. The European Commission deplored the regression of democratic standards in Turkey.

  • From Strasbourg, Erdo?an blasts France over burqa ban

    Languages & Culture 14-04-2011

    Speaking in Strasbourg yesterday (13 April), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an accused France of violating freedom of religion, after Paris began to enforce a law barring Muslim women from wearing full face veils in public.

  • Turkey tests ‘soft power’ in Arab world

    Med & South 11-04-2011

    In the context of the Libyan civil war and unfolding revolutions across the Arab region, Turkey is stepping up efforts to make its mark as a role model and diplomatic broker. EURACTIV Turkey contributed to this article.

  • Turkey accuses France of overstepping UN Libya mandate

    Med & South 22-03-2011

    EU hopeful and NATO member Turkey is expected today (22 March) to block a decision by the Alliance to take over leadership in securing the no-fly zone over Libya. In an apparent tit-for-tat response to France's reluctance to back its EU bid, Ankara is questioning the legal base of the coalition's operations in Libya.

  • Sarkozy spells out ‘red lines’ on Turkey trip

    Global Europe 28-02-2011

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Ankara on Friday (25 February) confirmed opposition to Turkey's EU accession bid and, combined with Germany's resistance, appeared to indicate that the country's relations with the EU have hit an all-time low.

  • Nationalists stage anti-Turkey show in Bulgarian parliament

    Enlargement 07-10-2010

    The leader of Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka yesterday (6 October) surprised his big political ally, the ruling GERB party of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, by staging an anti-Turkish show and slamming the government's relations with Ankara in parliament. Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria, reports.

  • Turkey referendum strengthens ruling party

    Enlargement 13-09-2010

    Turkey's ruling AK Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an won a landmark referendum on Sunday (12 September) introducing changes to the country's constitution. The victory of the 'yes' camp by 58% against 42%, a higher margin than anticipated, is expected to strengthen the AKP ahead of national elections due next year.

  • Rapprochement between Ankara, Teheran worries Brussels

    Enlargement 17-11-2009

    Policymakers and influential media warned that Turkey's developing ties with Iran could be counterproductive to the EU's efforts to convince Teheran that it should abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

  • What is happening in Turkey?

    Enlargement 27-05-2008

    Turkish politics is on the brink of a new era as whatever the outcome of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the Justice and Development Party (AKP), a new political landscape will emerge after the changes are enforced, argues Senem Aydin Düzgit in a 22 May commentary for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Dutch Presidency calls for “honest” decision on Turkey

    Enlargement 22-07-2004

    Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has said that the EU should not be guided by fear of the Islamic faith when deciding on Turkey's membership bid.

  • Turkey’s Erdogan seeks French backing for EU bid

    Enlargement 20-07-2004

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Paris for three days of talks aimed at overcoming French reservations about Ankara's bid for EU membership.

  • Union backs Turkey entry talks in 2005

    Enlargement 11-12-2002

    The Union's Foreign Ministers have expressed broad support for the proposal to open accession talks with Turkey in 2005 if the country passes a review. Meanwhile, President George Bush said the US will work hard to get Turkey into the EU.