Category Archives: Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey may hold Brexit-like referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday it would be “easier” if the EU blocked Ankara’s bid to join the bloc, suggesting he could even hold a referendum on the matter. It was the latest barb in the bitter dispute

Saudi airport deal: Turkey’s TAV says local partnerships help business take off

The CEO of Turkey’s TAV Airports, which recently won a deal to expand and operate an airport in Saudi Arabia’s western port city of Yanbu, has said working with a local partner is key to boosting business. The Yanbu airport,

UK push for trade with Turkey concerns lawmakers

Britain risks looking as though it has put defense and trade ties with Turkey ahead of human rights concerns as it pushes to secure a closer relationship with Ankara, a committee of lawmakers said on Saturday. The warning comes as

Erdogan: Turkey will review EU ties after April referendum

Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. In an interview

Turkish soldier killed by sniper fire from Kurdish-controlled Syria

A Turkish soldier was killed by a sniper shot from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled part of northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said on Wednesday. The soldier was killed in the Turkish border province of Hatay. The shooting came

Shares in Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, TAV fall on US, British restrictions

Shares in Turkish Airlines, budget airline Pegasus and airports operator TAV fell on Wednesday after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on flights from destinations including Turkey. Turkish Airlines was down 2.26 percent at 0714

Turkey arrests 3 Lebanese-German citizens with ‘links’ to Berlin attacker

Turkey arrested three German citizens of Lebanese origins, suspected of having links to the slain perpetrator of an ISIS attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last year, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. Police detained the three men identified

Lebanese diva Nicole Saba accuses Turkish singer of plagiarism

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Lebanese singer Nicole Saba has many fans across the Arab world. This was evident when it was revealed that a famous Turkish singer had plagiarized Saba’s song, reported news portal Bitajarod. Turkish

Another Turkish rally possible in Germany before referendum, Erdogan spokesman says

There is a possibility that Turkish ministers could plan another rally in Germany ahead of an April 16 referendum on changing the constitution, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Sunday, a move that could further heighten tension with Berlin. Turkey

Istanbul: ‘Major’ terrorist attack thwarted

Turkish police reported that it had arrested two suspected ISIS loyalists on Thursday who were planning on committing a “major attack” similar to the Istanbul restaurant attack that happened early New Years’ day. Istanbul police raided a suspected ISIS cell

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses EU of launching anti-Islam ‘crusade’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s president on Thursday accused the EU’s top court of starting a “crusade” against Islam after a ruling allowing European companies to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf. “The European Union’s court, The European

Turkey may cancel migrant readmission deal with EU, says foreign minister

Turkey may cancel a migrant readmission agreement with the European Union, and is also re-evaluating a $6 billion refugee deal with the bloc, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview late Wednesday. Cavusoglu’s remarks came at a time

Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic ties with Netherlands

Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented Turkish ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, the

Turkey’s Erdogan says apology from Netherlands not enough, attacks Merkel

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a diplomatic row with the Netherlands could not be dismissed with an apology and warned of further possible measures, after Ankara suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Dutch. Incensed by Dutch and German

Denmark calls on Turkish PM to delay planned visit

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke on Sunday called on his Turkish counterpart Binali Yilirim to delay a planned March visit because of “tensions” between Ankara and the Netherlands. “Such a visit could not take place in light of the current

Turkey formally protests minister’s treatment in Netherlands

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Netherlands’ top diplomat to formally protest its treatment of a Turkish minister in that country over the weekend as well as what it said was “disproportionate” use of force against demonstrators in a

Dutch PM defends expulsion of ‘undesirable’ Turkish minister

Mark Rutte

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Sunday stood by his government’s decision to expel a Turkish minister, saying she had been an “undesirable” visitor to The Netherlands. “What happened yesterday is totally unacceptable,” Rutte told the public NOS broadcaster, after Turkey’s

Turkey promises harsh retaliation after Netherlands bars ministers

Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways” after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated. President Tayyip Erdogan said “Nazism is

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