About: Kurdistan

Global Europe 30-05-2018

Iraqi Kurdish diplomat: Helping Middle East now would be cost-effective for Europe

Europe should engage in the Middle East by providing technical aid and promoting investment and programmes that enhance tolerance and peaceful coexistence, said Falah Mustafa Bakir in an interview.
Global Europe 15-09-2017

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurdish independence vote

Iraq and Turkey yesterday (14 September) stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Erdogan demands support against PKK at NATO meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (21 November) urged the European Union and West to step up backing of Ankara's fight against Kurdish militants, as he addressed a meeting of NATO lawmakers.
Security 17-11-2016

Germany ready to cooperate with Turkey on terrorism and PKK

Turkey often threatens to fall out with Germany on the Kurdish issue and its president has accused the Bundesrepublik of not doing enough to tackle the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). But it seems that Germany is anything but lenient towards the group. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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 26-09-2016

CSU warns against Turkish visa liberalisation

Bundestag Vice-President Johannes Singhammer (CSU) has warned that refugee numbers would increase if plans to grant visa liberalisation to Turkey come to fruition. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Enlargement 12-09-2016

Car bomb attack on Turkey’s ruling party wounds 48

A car bomb exploded Monday (12 September) outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, wounding 48 people including two police officers, local authorities said.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Turkey’s careful incursion into Syria

Instead of a daring charge, Turkey is making a carefully calibrated entrance, as it has to balance and maintain relations both with the US and Russia, writes Stratfor.
Enlargement 23-08-2016

Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday (22 August).
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.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

Turkish press campaigner arrests prompt EU criticism

Turkish authorities on Monday (20 June) arrested three prominent campaigners for press freedom, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda, human rights groups said.

Reporters Without Borders: European press freedom under threat

Attacks, conflict and repressive security laws are putting journalists under increasing pressure, even in Europe, according to Reporters Without Borders. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-02-2016

Turkey says will continue shelling Syrian Kurds

Turkey will continue to strike back at Kurdish fighters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (14 February),
Global Europe 11-02-2016

Spanish MEP urges Commission to investigate Turkish army killings

A Spanish MEP has called upon the European Commission to launch an independent investigation into the killing of 60 people in the Turkish town of Cizre by the military on Sunday (7 February). EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 08-02-2016

Erdogan: US must choose between Turkey and Kurdish forces

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has denounced a senior US official’s visit to Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, underlining the “mistrust” the visit has created in Ankara over the nature of Turkey’s “partnership” with the U.S.
Global Europe 21-01-2016

Hahn urges Turkey to return to the Kurdish Peace Process

Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday (20 January), Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed concern over growing tensions in Turkey between the government and the Kurdish community, and strongly appealed for a return to the peace process.
Enlargement 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 27-11-2015

Turkish Ambassador: EU accession is our strategic choice

Turkey upholds “European values” much better than some EU countries, the Turkish Ambassador to Poland, Yusuf Ziya Özcan, told EURACTIV Poland.
Energy 26-11-2015

Russia and Turkey: Aerial combat and energy security

The aftermath of Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane close to the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday morning could well have profound consequences for one of Europe’s most strategic energy relationships, writes John Roberts. 
Enlargement 28-09-2015

Turkish opposition leader: Erdogan seeks a single party government

Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu, leader of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party [CHP], believes that the EU candidate needs a coalition government to tackle the fragile situation in the country.
Global Europe 10-09-2015

Pro-Kurdish leader warns of Turkey being dragged into civil war

While EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Turkey on Wednesday (9 September), the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party warned that the country was being dragged into a "civil war" following a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists.
Enlargement 03-02-2015

Dutch journalist faces Turkish court for Twitter, Facebook posts

A Turkish court will try a Dutch journalist on charges she disseminated "terrorist propaganda", a move that is likely to deepen Western fears over press freedom in the NATO member state.
Global Europe 27-10-2014

Cry for help from Kobane: Why it is necessary to prevent another Srebrenica

For more than a month, a bitter struggle has ensued between Kurds and Islamists in Kobane (Arabic: Ain al-Arab). If the Syrian Kurdish town, on the border with Turkey, falls into the hands of the IS, this will be more than just another military victory for the "Islamic State", writes Gülistan Gürbey. If the international community continues just watching, Kobane may soon be mentioned in the same breath as Srebrenica and Rwanda, as a synonym for the failure of the international community.
Enlargement 11-01-2013

Gruesome Paris murders loom large over Turkish politics

A woman who helped found the Kurdish PKK rebel movement and two other women were found shot dead in Paris in the night of 9-10 January after execution-style killings that cast a shadow over peace moves between Turkey and the PKK guerrillas.

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