Turkey

Turkey faced with Greece’s EU membership and diaspora – eKathimerini.com

Last week, the Turkish minister of defense once again denounced what he perceived as Greek attempts to reframe Greco-Turkish disputes as wider disputes between Turkey and third parties, powerful countries or regional entities. Speaking during joint military exercises with the participation of Turkish and Azeri forces, Hulusi Akar called on Greece to “stop presenting Greco-Turkish …

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Erdogan threatens Mitsotakis – eKathimerini.com

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s habit of lashing out at foreign leaders, including Greek ones of course, is hard to understand sometimes; the Turkish president obviously feels that he is invincible and has the right to insult and threaten whomever he chooses. Kyriakos Mitsotakis became the most recent target of his ire, when, in a speech to …

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Thousands of lives ruined in continuing crackdown on Gülen movement in 2020: report – Turkish Minute

According to Human Rights Watch, the largest group targeted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan consists of people alleged to have links to the Gülen movement, a worldwide civic initiative inspired by the ideas and activism of Fethullah Gülen, a US-based Muslim cleric. According to a report by the Stockholm Center for Freedom, during the year …

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Erdogan’s lack of accountability risks Turkey’s security – The Jerusalem Post

At the end of 2013, there was a major corruption scandal in Turkey. We listened to a series of tapes over YouTube and although not much came out of it, there was one that I could never forget. A senior AKP member and a police chief were talking. The policeman was trying to explain that …

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US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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EU leaders must take ‘leap of faith’ to believe Turkey’s U-turn – Marc Pierini – Ahval

Former European Union ambassador to Ankara Marc Pierini spoke with Ahval’s Yavuz Baydar about Turkey’s bid for EU accession and the watershed moment for the country’s relations with its Western allies. Pierini addressed a number of issues in Turkey hindering the country’s decades-long EU bid and alienating Ankara from its Western allies. Turkey’s Court of …

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Open letter to EU’s Borrell: bitter joke or sheer disgrace? – Ahval

Dear Mr. Borrell, On Thursday, you received your dear friend Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with open arms in Brussels. You were the master of ceremonies. Normally for Turkey, a so-called “candidate country”, Çavuşoğlu’s host should have been Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement. But those days are long gone. Turkey was dropped from …

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Spanish Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean – Inside Arabia

Amid a period in which geopolitical tensions are heating up in the Eastern Mediterranean, Spain is stepping up its diplomatic efforts to lower the temperatures. As tensions between Greece and Turkey were heating up last summer, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya visited both countries’ capitals on July 27 and 28 and called …

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Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters off the small Greek island of Kastellorizo. Turkey and Greece—perennial …

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Turkey sovereign wealth fund turns into debt fund – report – Ahval

Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund has turned into the country’s biggest source of financing after the central bank’s foreign currency reserves turned negative, the trade deficit widened and revenue for the tourism industry slumped, Sözcü newspaper reported. The fund’s balance sheet took a big hit in 2019 and those financial problems intensified last year as it …

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Turkey not the same as in 2000 or 2016, Dendias says | ekathimerini.com

Ahead of the imminent exploratory contacts with Ankara, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview with Kathimerini that Athens will have a constructive disposition, but stressed he is worried that Turkey is neither the country of the early 2000s that harbored European ambitions nor that which engaged in these talks in 2016. “Of course, no one …

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A list of everyone President Erdoğan thinks are terrorists – Ahval

In Turkey it’s not very difficult to be labelled a terrorist by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or other members of the AKP government. You can be given this honour by signing petitions, protesting, being Kurdish, being a journalist, or even being an abstract financial force like inflation. Students are the latest group that President Erdoğan …

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