Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
As usual, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was as blunt as possible in his statements on the prospect of Turkey’s relationship with the European Union, vowing some “surprises” after the April 16 referendum.
A total of 236 Turkish citizens have sought asylum in Greece since the July 2016 failed coup attempt, marking a rising trend in the number of requests compared to previous years
Some four million Syrians in Turkey will be granted citizenship if “yes” votes emerge in the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on March 25
Category: MURAT YETKİN
When the insignia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a red star on a yellow triangle – a version of the symbol of many left-wing militant organizations around the world – first appeared as badges on the arms of the U.S. Special Forces in Syria in May 2016, the Turkish government was furious about it.
Russia on March 24 denied allegations by the commander of NATO that Moscow may be assisting the Taliban as the insurgents fight U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
It is unacceptable that Germany, an ally of Turkey, has passed a veto on arms exports to Turkey, the defense minister said March 23.
In his first public speech, as reported on March 22, new German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier directly criticized Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, asking him to stop “jeopardizing everything” that he has built “with others” so far.
Norway’s ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry after Norway granted asylum to five former Turkish military officers allegedly linked to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) after the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt, a ministry spokesperson said on March 22.
Israel has criticized recent comparisons of the current German government to the Nazi regime, implicitly referring to recent comments from Turkish government officials.
The United States banned laptops, tablets, cameras and similar electronic devices aboard planes from 10 cities in eight countries on March 20.
Four Turkish soldiers who were on duty with NATO, as well as a military attaché, have been granted asylum in Norway following their application after the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, triggering a strong reaction from the Turkish government
Turkey has summoned the German Embassy’s Chargé D’Affairs to its Foreign Ministry in reaction to the German Federal Intelligence Service’s (BND) statements that they have not been convinced the Fethullahist movement was behind the July 2016 coup attempt
In his first speech as president, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier has issued a stark warning to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying he risked destroying everything his country had achieved in recent years and damaging ties with its partners
Germany has rejected an unusually high number of requests for arms exports to Turkey in recent months due to mounting concerns about deteriorating human rights in the NATO country, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on March 21
Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on March 22 after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament
As the spring equinox starts with March 21, which is celebrated as the ancient new year under the name of Nevruz or Newroz in many eastern cultures, preparations are about to be completed for a major offensive on the Syrian city of Raqqa, which has been under occupation by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since January 2014.
Category: ARIANA FERENTINOU
The war of words between Ankara and Western Europe during the past weeks has shifted our attention from another longer war of words: that between Ankara and Athens, with its latest phase having started with the case of the eight Turkish officers accused of taking part in the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, who escaped to Greece
Category: GWYNNE DYER
The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won – thanks largely to American military help in Iraq’s case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria. Yet Russia and the United States are not allies in the Middle East. At least not yet
In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Bruno Kahl, the chief of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, said on March 18 that the Turkish government had “failed to convince” them that the U.S.-based Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen was behind the coup attempt of July 15, 2016
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 20 that her demand that Turkey cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies “without ifs or buts,” and pointed to a government threat last week that it could prevent Turkish politicians from entering the country.
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