Tag 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

The Middle East’s role in Turkey-EU relations

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz Is Turkey part of Europe or the Middle East? This question has become something of a cliché, with the answer usually solely about geography and lacking a clear explanation. Geographically, Turkey stands in between the two

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

What is in the offing for Daesh in Syria?

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis There is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but it is not clear how soon the end of the tunnel will be reached. Russian, Iranian and

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

Crimea Crisis can be turned into an Opportunity

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya Crimea is a peninsula of utmost geopolitical and strategic importance, dominating virtually the entire Black Sea. Together with the straits of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, it is one of the most critical points with regards

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

Next round of Syria peace talks in Astana scheduled in May

Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran issued a joint statement on the latest Syria talks in Astana and scheduled the next meeting in May, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kamaldinov said on Wednesday. The next round of talks will take

Turkey-EU ties held hostage to domestic politics

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz It was a tough weekend for Turkey and the EU. Tensions between them escalated after Dutch authorities barred a Turkish minister, who wanted to meet with Turks living in the Netherlands, from entering the Turkish Consulate

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

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