EU/Turkey

Turkey’s PM bans traditional May Day rallies on Taksim Square

The National 23 April 2014

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would not allow May Day gatherings on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged

 

29 Twitter activists go on trial in Turkey

Oman Observer 22 April 2014
By Oman Observer

ISTANBUL — The trial of 29 activists accused of inciting the public to break the law when they tweeted about the anti-government protests in Turkey last year began

 

Turkey No Longer Respects Europe

Gatestone Institute 20 April 2014
By Peter Martino

Last week, German politician David McAllister, the leading candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for next month's European Parliament election, had a message for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There is no room in the European Union, McAllister said, for "the Erdogan Turkey of 2014." The politician, whose father was Scottish, is the former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Germany's second largest state, and a heavyweight in Merkel's party.

 

A most weird new polarization in Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News 20 April 2014
By MURAT YETKIN

Turkey has been through a number of waves of polarization during the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) rule since 2002. For example, there was the polarization

 

Turkish foundation to build mosque in Cuba

World Bulletin 20 April 2014

Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) sent a delegation to Cuba to discuss building a mosque in its capital Havana. Having paid a visit to the Cuban department of

 

Turkey lobbying for UN Security Council seat

Al-Monitor 20 April 2014

Turkey has accelerated its diplomatic activity to be elected to a nonpermanent Security Council seat for the 2015-2016 term. As Turkey is competing with Spain and New Zealand

 

Islamists make their move in Kurdish problem

Hurriyet Daily News 20 April 2014
By ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ

As the government continues its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the decades-long Kurdish problem, Islamists made their move yesterday by announcing that a "Democratic

 

Erdogan Does Nothing But Make Mistakes

Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum 16 April 2014
By Safak Terzi

Daniel Pipes is one of the prominent conservative names in the United States. He is the founder of the Middle East Forum . … He is also one of the key individuals forwarding idea of the moderate Islam. We had a chance to evaluate recent developments in Turkey by phone with Mr. Pipes as he was in Paris on March 12.

 

Turkey to Build Special Prison for Gays

Halal Porkshop 16 April 2014

Justice Minister Bekir Bozda? has announced that a project to build exclusive prisons for gays is underway, sparking concern that such a measure will lead to profiling and expose LGBT

 

Neither Erdogan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

Hurriyet Daily News 16 April 2014
By Nervana Mahmoud

Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, has won in Turkey’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab

 

The inner workings of Gulen’s ‘parallel state’

The National 16 April 2014
By Piotr Zalewski

ISTANBUL // With nearly every one of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speeches, the list of invectives used to describe Turkey’s most powerful Islamic movement keeps growing. To the

 

Turkey 'aided Islamist fighters' in attack on Syrian town: report

Hurriyet Daily News 16 April 2014

Turkey facilitated an attack carried out by Islamist fighters against the Armenian town of Kasab inside Syria, eyewitnesses have told the Telegraph. According to the report,

 

Turkey not fit for EU for now, Germany's Turkish origin minister says

Hurriyet Daily News 15 April 2014

Turkey belongs in the European Union in the long term but not yet, according to Aydan Özo?uz, Germany’s federal commissioner for migration, refugees and integration and the first-ever

 

Turkey condemns “Armenian genocide” resolution in U.S. Senate

Indian Express 15 April 2014

Turkey condemned on Friday a U.S. Senate committee resolution branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War One as genocide and warned Congress

 

European Union concerned about rule of law in Turkey

Today's Zaman 15 April 2014

The Independent Commission on Turkey, a body supported by the Open Society Institute in Turkey, released its third report on Turkey's relations with the European Union on Monday

 

Turkish schools abroad victims of AKP-Gulen conflict

Al Monitor 14 April 2014
By Fehim Tastekin

The fate of the Gulen movement’s schools — located in over 160 countries — is being debated following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's declaration of war in the wake of the

 

Turkey's War Against Syria

AINA 14 April 2014
By Lionel Reynolds

In March 21st, thousands of Islamist fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front and the Saudi/Qatari backed Salafi Islamic Front seized the historic village of Kasaab.

 

Doctors who helped Gezi protesters face 6-year prison sentence

Today's Zaman 14 April 2014

Volunteer doctors who provided medical assistance to those injured during the month-long Gezi Park protests of last summer are facing prison sentences of up to six years for

 

Robert Fisk: Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model Middle East 'strongman' to tin-pot dictator?

Ammon News 14 April 2014
By Robert Fisk

Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to be one of Barack Obama's cuddliest allies. Religious but secular, powerful but democratic, independent but a reliable Nato chum, he was the kind of guy the

 

Turkey's prime minister says he'll pursue Twitter for 'tax evasion'

CNET 14 April 2014

Turkey's prime minister seems to still be looking for a way to silence Twitter in his country, saying in a televised speech Saturday that the microblogging service is a tax evader and that

 
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