Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Turkey’s impressive democratization process began in late 1999 after the European Union approved Ankara’s full membership candidacy to the bloc at the historic Helsinki Summit. As a diplomatic correspondent who has been covering the troubled relationship between Turkey and the EU for more than two decades, I had the chance to observe all phases and all dimensions of this bitter process
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reintroduced a monitoring process for Turkey on April 25, citing “serious deterioration of the functioning of democratic institutions.”
Turkey will not wait at Europe’s door forever and is ready to walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview on April 25.
Some 1,120 people suspected of links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) were detained in simultaneous raids across Turkey on April 26, in an operation mainly targeting the structure of the organization within the police forces
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a phone conversation late on April 25, after the latter criticized Turkey for bombing Iraq’s Sinjar region and northeastern Syria earlier on the same day.
Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik has stated that developments that threaten global security necessitate a “reinforced relationship” between Ankara and Brussels.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has submitted a parliamentary question to demand answers from Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım over an investigation into seven abducted people
The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a leading member of the EU parliament responsible for dealings with Ankara said on April 26.
Turkey continued its strikes on outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria for a second day on April 26, while also responding to criticism from the United States
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has scheduled a meeting with the head of the Constitutional Court, Zühtü Arslan, daily Cumhuriyet has said.
Turkey hopes to sign a major defense export deal with Saudi Arabia, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on April 26, describing the potential deal as one of the biggest for the country’s defense industry.
May Day celebrations in Istanbul will be held in the city’s Bakırköy district this year after authorities again refused to heed workers’ demands to use Taksim Square, the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK) said on April 26.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Turkey has been saying for months that if the EU does not honor its commitment to lift the visa requirement for Turks, as agreed under the deal on illegal migration early last year, then it will default on its commitments under this deal
Unfortunately, we are living in a world where journalism is not getting more difficult but more dangerous – to the extent that journalistic associations have launched an award journalists working under difficult circumstances
The Turkish military has carried out air strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and northeastern Syria to prevent the group from sending weapons and explosives for attacks inside Turkey.
An Ankara court sentenced 18 people to life in prison for their involvement in the murder of four young people, including teenager Yasin Börü, during unrest in 2014 between supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Islamist Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR)
A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup attempt
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık is preparing to press legal charges against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Eren Erdem after the latter claimed that the minister met with a key figure in Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup attempt, Adil Öksüz, just a day before the putsch.
The European Union executive urged EU governments on April 24 to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that put Ankara’s stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage, with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn calling for a change of format in ties with Turkey.
French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron on April 24 took aim at the course Turkey has taken under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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