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Germany says: Turkish think tank SETA disseminating pro-AKP propaganda in Europe – Turkish Minute

[…] According to DW, the German government also stated that a SETA report titled “International Media Outlets’ Operations in Turkey” that was published in July 2019 served to pressure the Turkish government’s opponents.[…]

[…] The SETA report, which analyzed foreign news outlets’ coverage of the July 2016 coup attempt and the AKP’s subsequent crackdown, drew strong criticism from journalists, press unions, foreign media outlets and critics, who accused the pro-government think tank of profiling journalists through methods used by the Turkish police for gathering intelligence.

The German government also revealed in November 2019, in response to a parliamentary inquiry questioning the financial sources of SETA, that the foundation was funded mainly by the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and former Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak. […]

Germany trains its own imams to cut risk of extremism – Independent.ie

At Friday prayers, the area around Berlin’s Sehitlik mosque can seem like a forgotten corner of Istanbul. It’s not just the traditional Ottoman mosque, complete with dome, twin minarets and pierced screens, or the fact that many of the older faithful greet each other in Turkish. Even the sermon, as it crackles over the loudspeakers, …

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Greece: An Unknown Site of the Holocaust – Deutsche Welle (Translated from german)

The war crimes of the Nazis in Greece are hardly present for most Germans. A memorial in Münster is now providing information about Greece’s victims’ villages and cities of martyrs during World War II. The occupation of Greece by the German Wehrmacht (1941-45) and the question of reparation for the crimes committed at the time …

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German Citizens Do Not Know About Nazi Crimes In Greece – Greek City Times

The issue of reparations still haunts Greek-German relations, often bringing back dark memories of German occupation, the mass executions and the Holocaust. “Contrary to what many Greeks believe, only a few in Germany and Europe know about the martyrdom villages and cities of Greece”, explained Babis Karpouchtis from the University of Jena. “The massacres and …

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Maas rejects Greek call for arms embargo against Turkey – ekathimerini.com

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Mass rejected on Monday Greece’s request to impose an arms embargo on Turkey amid the ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. “I do not find the demand of an arms embargo against Turkey strategically correct. It is not easy to do this against a NATO partner. We saw that NATO ally …

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Populating Varosha is Verboten – Cyprus Mail

With evidence of compliance for 35 years there is no room left to argue that the obligation not to populate Varosha is not binding Last week Panayiotis Kouparanis reported from Berlin that legal advice provided to the German parliament suggested the UN Security Council prohibition on populating Varosha was not strictly binding as it was soft rather …

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Greece blasts Berlin for shunning plea for Turkey arms embargo – Politico

ATHENS — Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias accused Germany of failing to live up to its leadership role in the EU by rejecting pleas from Athens to impose an arms embargo on Turkey. “I really fail to understand Germany’s reluctance to use the enormous power of its economy to set a clear example to countries …

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Turkey blasts ‘unauthorised’ German search on Libya-bound ship – Daily Mail

Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an “unauthorised” search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. But the European Union’s Operation Irini — tasked with halting arms shipments to the strife-torn north African country — said it had made a “good faith” …

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Germany ‘concerned’ after Turkey orders halt to ship search off Libyan coast – POLITICO

The German government voiced concern after Turkey stopped the inspection of a suspicious vessel off the Libyan coast, which German forces had boarded as part of an EU-led arms control mission. On Sunday, the German frigate “Hamburg,” which is in the Mediterranean as part of the EU’s Operation Irini to enforce the U.N. arms embargo …

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Ankara sanctions loom ahead of EU summit – Arab News

Brussels is unlikely to step back from its threat to impose curbs following Turkey’s insistence on carrying out drilling in disputed zones During a visit earlier this week condemned as “provocative and illegal” by the Cypriot government, Erdogan called for a “two-state” solution in Cyprus ANKARA: Turkey is facing a renewed threat of EU sanctions over …

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How key is Turkey? – New Europe

The customs union has been key to Turkey’s economic successes and the country’s modernization. The EU is Turkey’s largest import and export partner. However, the country has been facing a severe currency crisis, soaring inflation and interest rates in recent time. With the severe plummeting of the Turkish lira in its value, so has Erdogan’s approval rating. As Turkey seeks to further antagonize Europe, the EU can use its leverage and cancel the customs union.

Turkey remains a key player in the Middle East, but it is not key to Europe’s economic growth. The EU can no longer tolerate Turkey’s blackmail, terror facilitation and insulting rhetoric. Therefore, the EU should support the French and Greek calls to suspend the EU’s customs union with Turkey and show it means business – or rather – no business until Turkey changes its belligerent tone and aggressive behavior.

Merkel: A decision will be made at EU summit about Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean activities – Bianet

European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the future of the bloc’s relations with Turkey at their summit next month, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (November 19). Speaking at a press conference following a video conference of EU leaders, Merkel said the meeting was largely focused on the coronavirus pandemic and disagreements over the EU …

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