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Global Europe 05-12-2018

Turkey court upholds conviction of prominent jailed Kurdish leader

A Turkish court on Tuesday (4 December) rejected an appeal by jailed pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş against his conviction for “terrorist propaganda”, his lawyer said, in a fresh blow to the prominent politician considered a potential rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Demirtaş,...
Global Europe 23-11-2018

At tense Ankara news conference, EU rebukes Turkey over detentions

Top EU officials rebuked Turkey on Thursday (22 November) over its arrests of journalists and academics and the long pre-trial detention of a Kurdish politician, holding a forthright press conference with Turkey’s foreign minister in Ankara that quickly turned tense.
Global Europe 26-10-2018

Macron, Trump confer ahead of Istanbul Syria summit with Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone Thursday (25 October) with US counterpart Donald Trump about strategy ahead of a four-way summit on Syria in Istanbul this weekend, the Élysée palace said.
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 21-06-2018

Turkish opposition mobilises to ensure fair play in tight poll

One hundred people listen to presentations crammed into a room in Istanbul, defying the oppressive summer heat and attentively taking notes. Their aim -- to ensure Sunday's elections in Turkey are not marred by election fraud.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

Turkey vows to launch new cross-border military operations

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (6 May) said Turkey would launch cross-border offensives, like previous military operations in Syria, in the "new era" after snap polls on 24 June.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Official: EU will not fund Turkish plan to settle refugees in Afrin

Following indications that Turkey would like to bring Syrian refugees to the area of Afrin, which it has controlled since the ‘Olive Branch’ incursion into northern Syria earlier this year, the EU made clear on Friday (20 April) that it would not be part of the game.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Ambassador: Turkey, EU should cooperate in safely returning Syrian refugees home

At the Varna summit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his interlocutors that the EU should cooperate in Syria in terms of helping Syrian refugees to go back to their homes, Turkish ambassador to the EU Faruk Kaymakcı told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Turkey, Iran, Russia say will work for stability in Syria

Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged yesterday (4 April) to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to the country a day after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of withdrawing US troops.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Astana meeting on Syria takes place without Western oversight

Kazakhstan and Russia urged the US on Friday (16 March) to engage "in a constructive dialogue" in the context of the unfolding tragedy in Syria. But no US or Western diplomats were present at the eight edition of the Syria talks, held in the framework of the so-called Astana process.
Global Europe 28-02-2018

Czech release of Syrian Kurdish leader triggers outrage in Turkey

A Czech court yesterday (27 February) released prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, wanted by Turkey on terror charges, prompting outrage in Ankara which said the move showed "support for terrorism".
Global Europe 26-02-2018

Ankara presses Prague to extradite Kurdish leader

The Turkish government wants the Czech authorities to extradite a Syrian Kurdish leader detained this weekend at Ankara's request to face terror charges in Turkey, it said on Sunday (25 February).
Global Europe 22-02-2018

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey yesterday (21 February) said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Syria's US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.
Freedom of thought 09-02-2018

MEPs call on Turkey to lift state of emergency, stop civil society crackdown

The European parliament yesterday (8 February) called on Turkey to scrap the emergency powers which members said were being used to stifle "legitimate and peaceful opposition" and a free press.
Global Europe 05-02-2018

Erdogan in Rome: Let Turkey be full EU member

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected proposals of a partnership with the EU, insisting full membership to the bloc is the only option, in an interview published Sunday (4 February).
Global Europe 02-02-2018

After Turkish anger, Macron plays down Syria warning

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (1 January) played down cautionary remarks he had made about Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria after Ankara labelled them as insults.
Global Europe 26-01-2018

Turkey tells EU to back their anti-Kurd campaign in Syria

Turkey's European affairs ministers told the EU yesterday (25 January) to side with Ankara in its campaign against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
Global Europe 24-01-2018

Turkey detains dozens more in ‘terror propaganda’ clampdown

Turkish security forces yesterday (23 January) detained dozens more people nationwide on accusations of spreading propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.
Global Europe 23-01-2018

International concern grows over Turkey’s military incursion in Syria

Turkey yesterday (22 January) intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbours.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

Reasons, risks and consequences of Turkey’s Syria operation

The Turkish military has started an air and ground operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia whom Ankara views as "terrorists" linked to outlawed militants.
Global Europe 23-11-2017

Chizhov: Syria is almost settled, time for EU to step in

In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday (22 November), Russia’s ambassador to the EU discussed Syria and other conflicts, the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, his country's relations with Turkey and Bulgaria's Presidency of the Council of the EU.
11-10-2017

WSJ says Turkey reporter convicted of ‘terror propaganda’

The Wall Street Journal said one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey and jailed in absentia on charges of publishing "terror propaganda" in a 2015 article on clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants.