EU/Turkey

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

RIGHTS 19 December 2014

A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported

 

Erdogan’s regime becoming more dictatorship than democracy

Jerusalem Post 17 December 2014
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON

The oft-repeated Erdogan quote that analysts cite again and again bears repeating – that democracy is a train that you get off once you reach your destination. Turkish

 

Turkey's Erdogan battles 'parallel state'

BBC News 17 December 2014
By Mark Lowen

The voices sound crackly. "Are you at home, son?" "Yes." "They carried out an operation. Their homes are being searched now… take everything in the house

 

Turkey, EU in war of words over media raids

Hurriyet Daily News 17 December 2014

Ankara cannot accept "heavy criticism” from the European Union about mass detentions targeting the media, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuºoglu has said, accusing the EU of "not

 

Turkey Is Turning More Into A Tyrannical Antichrist State

Shoebat Foundation 16 December 2014
By Walid Shoebat

Can Turkey under Erdogan any longer be deemed a reliable western ally, especially after the raids against opposition journalists, ex-police chiefs and investigators highlight

 

Erdogan Tells EU To 'Mind Own Business' In Media Arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that weekend raids on opposition media outlets were in response to "dirty operations" by political enemies, and told the EU not

 

Concern about democracy and press freedom in Turkey

Deutsche Welle 16 December 2014

Trials against reporters and Turkish soccer fans follow on the heels of a crackdown this weekend on Turkish media critical of President Erdogan. Observers are worried about

 

NATO ally launches mandatory Islam training for 6-year-olds

WND 16 December 2014

NATO ally Turkey has defiantly responded to a European Court of Human Rights ruling that it must scrap its compulsory religious eduction by imposing mandatory Quran training on

 

EU says Turkish raids on media outlets go against European values

The Daily Star 15 December 2014

Turkish police raids on media outlets are incompatible with media freedom and run counter to European values, the European Union said in an unusually strongly worded statement

 

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

The Gatestone Institute 15 December 2014
By Uzay Bulut

The real question is: Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been "successfully" completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the

 

Turkey arrests: Raids target Gulen-linked critics of Erdogan

BBC News 15 December 2014

Turkish police have made at least 23 arrests during raids on a newspaper and TV station with close ties to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. Those detained are

 

State Department to Turkey: Protect Freedom of Speech

Israel National News 15 December 2014

The US State Department has called upon Turkey to protect freedom of the press and other democratic values in their response to the media aids and arrests that have been made

 

Turkey to open imam-hatip schools abroad

Daily Sabah 15 December 2014
By Safure Cantürk

The imam-hatip - literally imam and preacher - schools of Turkey, which focus on a curriculum with theological lessons, will be opened abroad for Turkish expatriates in other

 

Turkey's top cleric under fire for luxury Mercedes

i24 news 15 December 2014

Mehmet Gormez will soon be cruising in $435,000 vehicle, possibly funded by taxpayer money Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury

 

Hamas in Gaza and Turkey seeking to create terrorism in West Bank

The Jerusalem Post 15 December 2014

Hamas branches in Gaza and in Istanbul, Turkey, are seeking to orchestrate terrorist attacks in the West Bank, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday during a tour of the IDF’s Central

 

Turkey: Tv-drama and theatre directors arrested in crackdown

Arts Freedom 15 December 2014

"Scores of media figures” were detained in a police raid on 14 December 2014, reported Hurriyet Daily News. Tv-drama producer Salih Asan, director Engin Koç and scriptwriter

 

Turkey "Improves" Education

Gatestone Institute 12 December 2014
By Burak Bekdil

Systematic Islamist indoctrination in Turkey is becoming less stealthy. Education is the new battlefield. Turkey's government is pushing to advance its declared policy goal of "raising devout (Muslim) generations."

 

Britain presses Turkey over detention of suspected British jihadis

theguardian.com 11 December 2014
By Rowena Mason

Britain is requesting that its intelligence agencies are given more information on UK citizens when they are detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to join Islamic State

 

Two Turks

the Dry Bones Blog 11 December 2014
By Yaakov Kirschen

Two weeks ago he said that ""You cannot put women and men on an equal footing … it's against nature." Now President Erdogan says he'll introduce the compulsory teaching of

 

I'd welcome Turkey into the EU, says PM: Cameron says it remains 'long-standing goal' for country to join despite his drive to r

Daily Mail 10 December 2014
By Tamara Cohen

David Cameron wants Turkey to join the European Union, despite his drive to reduce net migration to tens of thousands. The Prime Minister said yesterday that it remained a