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Global Europe 09-10-2017

US, Turkey mutually suspend visa services for ‘security reasons’

The US mission in Turkey and then the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a US consulate employee was arrested in Turkey, in the latest sign of fraying diplomatic relations between the NATO allies.
Global Europe 05-09-2017

Turkey and Hungary find common ground after Germany’s election debate

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Hungary supported each other in exposing what they called “populism” and “hypocrisy” in Germany's televised pre-election debate, in which their countries were singled out.
Enlargement 17-07-2017

Erdogan hits out at EU, promises to ‘rip heads’

A defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (16 July) stepped up his attack on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passes it.
Freedom of thought 07-07-2017

Turkey detains 10 at human rights meeting, EU, US concerned

Turkish police have detained 10 people, including the local director of Amnesty International and other rights activists, on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organisation, Amnesty said yesterday (6 July) in what it called a "grotesque abuse of power".
Elections 22-05-2017

Germany’s Social Democrats target Merkel in Turkey airbase row

Germany's Social Democrats raised pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (21 May), saying if she could not resolve a row with Turkey over access to the Incirlik air base, German troops should move.
Global Europe 22-05-2017

Erdogan back as AK Party head, pledges to fight enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to fight Turkey's enemies at home and abroad yesterday (21 May) as he was elected leader of the ruling AK Party, a move enabling him to reassert his grip on the party and its legislative work.
Global Europe 17-05-2017

US, Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told US President Donald Trump yesterday (16 May) his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticising a US decision to arm them.
Freedom of thought 14-04-2017

Victims of Turkish purges fear heavier crackdown after referendum

Mehtap Yoruk used to teach in a nursery school in south-east Turkey, until she was sacked last year in a purge of tens of thousands of state employees. Now, she ekes out a living selling chicken and rice from a food cart, dreaming of being reunited with her classroom.
Enlargement 06-04-2017

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying

German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a newspaper reported yesterday (5 April).
Global Europe 29-03-2017

Germany rejects Turkish request to spy on Gulenists

Germany launched a second investigation yesterday (28 March) into suspected spying by Turkey and its interior minister said Berlin would not tolerate foreign espionage on its soil.
Enlargement 01-03-2017

Germany summons Turkish ambassador, seeks release of jailed journalist

Berlin summoned Ankara's ambassador yesterday (28 February) to protest the arrest in Turkey of a correspondent for a German newspaper, further fuelling tensions between the two NATO allies as demonstrations took place across German-speaking Europe.
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey says EU ‘incomplete’ without it, eyes better US ties

Turkey today (9 January) urged the European Union to revive stalled negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc, saying without it Europe was "incomplete".
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey dismisses over 8,000 in new wave of post-coup purges

Turkey on Saturday ordered the dismissal of almost 8,400 civil servants and the closure of over 80 associations, including sports clubs, in the latest round of purges after the July failed coup.
Enlargement 19-12-2016

Turkish purges exposed by Council of Europe

The breadth and depth of the purges carried out following the coup attempt in Turkey was exposed today (19 December), after the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly published facts and figures showing the extent of the crackdown.
Enlargement 09-12-2016

Does Turkey really want visa liberalisation?

By lifting the visa barrier to Ukraine, the EU tells Ankara the same is possible for the Turkish citizens, writes Daniel Penev.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

Greek court says three Turkish soldiers can be extradited

A Greek court ruled yesterday (6 December) that three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July could be extradited, court officials said.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

Erdogan says European Parliament vote has ‘no value’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have "no value".
Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Turkey blocks MEPs from visiting imprisoned Kurdish leader

Turkish authorities on Monday (21 November) blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party, who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.
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 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.
Enlargement 09-11-2016

Juncker tells Turks to blame Erdogan if visa-free deal fails

The European Union stepped up criticism yesterday (8 November) of Turkey's crackdown on opponents and alleged plotters behind a failed coup, drawing a sharp retort from Ankara, which accused Europe of failing to grasp the threats it faces.
Enlargement 07-11-2016

Asselborn: Turkey’s treatment of dismissed officials reminiscent of Nazis

Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn said today (7 November) that the Turkish government's handling of dismissed civil servants reminded him of methods used by the Nazis, and that, sooner or later, the EU would have to respond with sanctions.
Enlargement 11-10-2016

Turkish CHP party accuses Erdogan of undermining democracy

A senior representative of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), harshly criticised the ruling AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (11 October) for undermining democracy after the failed coup attempt last July.

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