Tag: Turkey

Turkey wants ‘no permanent enmity’ with neighbors

New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he wants to have no permanent tensions with the country’s neighbors after serious ruptures with Israel, Egypt, Russia and Syria in recent years, in comments published Friday.   Yildirim, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in May took over the premiership from Ahmet Davutoglu who had spearheaded a policy of aggressively projecting […]

EU, Turkey coming closer to completing agreement

European Council President Donald Tusk told Bild that the EU is moving forward in its efforts to allow Turkish citizens to enter without obtaining a prior visa.   “The negotiations will certainly last until October but we’re getting ever closer,” he said, after insisting that the EU will not give in until “they have fulfilled all of […]

Istanbul bombing another sign Syria, Iraq war spreading to Turkey

The war raging in neighboring Syria and Iraq continues to destabilize Turkey as spillover violence and increased fighting with the Kurds risks plunging the country into deeper instability.   “Turkey is the new target of the proxy wars, especially when the latest developments in north Syria and southeastern Anatolia are taken into consideration,” Prof. Mehmet […]

Terror strikes Turkey again: Police station car bomb attack ‘wounds many’

Two police officers were killed and many people wounded in a car bomb attack on a police station in the southeastern Turkish town of Midyat on Wednesday, local media said, a day after a bomb targeting police in Istanbul killed 11 people.   Hospital sources told Reuters more than 20 people including police officers and […]

Official: Israel, Turkey almost fully reconciled]

A government official has confirmed that the gaps between Israel and Turkey’s positions on reconciliation are shrinking, Kol Yisrael reports. He added that one or two further meetings are needed in order to bring the countries together.   Yesterday (Thursday), Construction Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said that Israel and Turkey are close to an agreement and […]

Turkey reconciliation deal ‘near completion’

An Israeli minister close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that nearly all outstanding issues for a reconciliation agreement with Turkey had been finalized by both sides.   “I’d say we’ve successfully finished dealing with 90 percent of the topics,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a radio interview.   Steinitz’s remarks were the latest […]

German Parliament Declares Armenian Deaths a Genocide, Angering Turkey

BERLIN — The German Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a symbolic but fraught resolution on Thursday declaring the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide, escalating tensions with Turkey at a diplomatically delicate juncture.   The Turkish government angrily denounced the vote as “null and void,” and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called his ambassador […]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no Muslim family should use contraception

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “no Muslim family” should practice contraception and urged women to have more children.   Speaking at an educational foundation in Istanbul on Monday, Mr Erdogan said: “I say this openly: We will increase our descendants, we will increase our population.’   “Family planning, birth control, no Muslim family […]

Turkey visa deal could attract ‘criminals or terrorists’, European Commission warns

Terrorists and criminals are “expected” to seek Turkish passports in a bid to reach Europe by exploiting the visa deal with the EU “as soon as” it comes into effect, a European Commission report has warned.   The visa waiver programme, which will enable some 75m Turks to enter the Schengen zone for up to […]

President Erdogan criticises West for prioritising gay and animal rights over refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lambasted Western countries, claiming they care more about gay and animal rights than the fate of Syrian refugees.   Speaking at a ceremony in north-west Turkey on Friday, Mr Erdogan accused the West of possessing a mindset “remnant of slavery and colonialism”.   Mr Erdogan said: “Shame on those […]