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Global Europe 16-02-2018

EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

The European Union told Turkey today (16 February) it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive.
Enlargement 23-01-2018

Turkey and EU shadow-box over illusive accession process

Turkey’s accession process is neither formally suspended nor canceled but the European Commission is not working on opening new negotiation chapters, an EU official told EURACTIV.com following Ankara’s fresh all-or-nothing request for full membership.
Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey criticises Merkel, says Germany can’t dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday (17 August) that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.
Enlargement 29-11-2016

Turkey slams EU vote as ‘most unjust in history’

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the "most unjust resolution in history" and urged solidarity instead.
Enlargement 17-11-2016

Euro MPs cancel Turkey trip over coup criticism

Top EU lawmakers yesterday (16 November) cancelled a visit to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one of the MEPs because of her criticism of Ankara's massive crackdown following July's failed coup, a parliament source said.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

EU hits back at Turkey, urges democratic safeguards

The European Union on Tuesday (8 November) urged Turkey to safeguard democracy, hitting back the day after Ankara gave EU ambassadors a dressing down over growing criticism of a massive post-coup crackdown.

EU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey

The European Union launched a programme yesterday (27 September) to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.
Enlargement 09-09-2016

Turkey, EU agree to ease tensions after failed coup

Turkey and the European Union on Friday (9 September) agreed to douse tensions that had darkened Ankara's prospects for joining the bloc in the wake of the failed 15 July coup.

Turkey will accept end-of-2016 delay in EU visa liberalisation

Turkey is now willing to accept the liberalisation of travel visa rules with the European Union by the end of the year instead of October, as previously targeted, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag wrote yesterday (4 September), citing senior Turkish government sources.

Danish ruling party: EU should end accession talks with Turkey

The European Union should end accession negotiations with Turkey completely due to President Tayyip Erdogan's "undemocratic initiatives" and his support for reintroducing the death penalty, Denmark's government party said on Tuesday (9 August).

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