About: Fethullah Gülen

Global Europe 09-07-2018

Turkey reboots with masterplan for Erdogan one-man rule until 2028

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be sworn in for a second term today (9 July), wielding hefty new constitutional powers as he oversees a radically different system of government.
Global Europe 25-06-2018

Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concede

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey's presidential election on Sunday (24 June), the head of the country's electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.
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 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 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. 
Global Europe 09-03-2018

Turkey jails 25 journalists as terrorists

An Istanbul court yesterday (8 March) sentenced 25 journalists to prison terms of up to seven and a half years over links to the group blamed by Turkey for the 2016 failed coup, in a mass trial of media staff detained after the putsch bid.
Global Europe 16-08-2017

Foreign minister: Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday (16 August).
Global Europe 10-05-2017

Berlin defies Ankara and grants Turkish soldiers asylum

More than 400 Turkish state officials are seeking asylum in Germany. Despite Ankara insisting these applications be denied, Berlin has granted protection to military personnel in a number of cases. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Enlargement 26-01-2017

Why the West ‘failed to understand’ Turkey

The ‘coup attempt’ has very conveniently allowed the Turkish regime to accelerate and extend purges, imprisonments, and property confiscation to ever widening sectors of society and dismantle the separation of powers, writes Ramazan Güveli.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

West failed to understand what really happened in Turkey

Six months after the failed coup in Turkey, the EU must come to understand that there is no double standard when fighting terrorism, writes Veysi Kaynak.
Enlargement 04-01-2017

Turkish deputy PM: Emergency rule extended to purge Gülenists

Turkey's parliament voted overnight to extend emergency rule by three months in a move which the government said was needed to sustain a purge of supporters of the US-based Muslim cleric accused of directing July's coup, state media said on Wednesday (4 January).
Global Europe 20-12-2016

Russian ambassador’s murder will bend Turkey relationship, not break it

Russia is facing growing threats, for a range of reasons, but yesterday's murder of its ambassador to Turkey is unlikely to break Moscow's relations with Ankara, writes Stratfor.

The West must stop hiding from truth about Turkey’s coup

Our 9/11. That is how many Turks see the failed 15 July coup d’état, writes Daniel Kawczynski. But it’s not a sentiment that resonates in the United Kingdom, Washington, Berlin or Brussels.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

How Erdogan’s purge hit the EU and NATO

The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.
Enlargement 17-11-2016

Gülenists give their version of the Turkish coup

A report published by an organisation close to the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish preacher accused by the authorities of Ankara of being the mastermind of the failed 15 July coup, questions the official story and highlights many abuses for which the coup appears to be a pretext.
Enlargement 14-11-2016

Tensions flare as Turks head to referendum on new Erdogan powers

Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.

Ankara prepares to try coup suspects, attacks Germany

The first trials of thousands of suspects arrested in the wake of Turkey's failed 15 July coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will begin in early 2017, Ankara's chief prosecutor said on today (3 November).

Enlargement 31-10-2016

Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet

Turkish police on Monday (31 October) detained the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet -- a thorn in the side of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -- as Ankara widens a crackdown on opposition media.
Global Europe 28-10-2016

German MEP: Merkel only ‘pouring oil on the fire’ of Turkish-Kurdish conflict

Europe needs to up the pressure and terminate its refugee deal with Ankara, especially since the bloc only showed “concern” that Turkey arrested a number of Kurdish mayors this week, urges MEP Martina Michels in interview with EURACTIV Germany.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU should not forget Turkey has alternatives, PM warns

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned the EU on Saturday (22 October) not to forget that Turkey has alternatives to the bloc, whose ties with Ankara have become increasingly strained.
Europe's East 21-10-2016

A new horizon for Turkey

Turkey was shaken by the July coup attempt, but its citizens are united and more determined than ever to stand up for democracy and against terrorism, writes Egemen Bağış.
Enlargement 29-09-2016

Turkey set to extend state of emergency

Turkey's top national security body on Wednesday (28 September) called for an extension of the controversial state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup that has already seen 32,000 suspects placed under arrest in an unprecedented crackdown.
Global Europe 08-09-2016

Council of Europe: Turkey must separate coup plotters from Gülen employees

Turkey must produce clear evidence in pursuing participants in a failed coup and avoid targeting teachers and journalists simply because they worked for firms run by the Muslim cleric Ankara portrays as its mastermind, the head of the European rights watchdog said Thursday (8 September).
Enlargement 31-08-2016

Putting trust in Turkey

The OSCE could be quickly able to deploy a monitoring mission to Turkey  that could lend its expertise to make Turkish democracy more resilient, writes Christine Muttonen.