Tag: Turkey

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 […]

Turkey ‘needs to fulfil deal’ to gain visa-free EU travel

A deal to allow Turks visa-free travel within Europe will collapse if Turkey does not fulfil its commitments, the European Commission president has said. Jean-Claude Juncker said changes to Turkey’s laws on terrorism were one of a number of conditions that needed to be met for visa liberalisation. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to […]

Erdogan accuses allies of leaving Turkey alone in fight against Isis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused allies fighting the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria for not extending their support to his country, leaving them to combat the jihadists on their own. Speaking at a short film competition, Erdogan said: “They have left us alone in our struggle against this organisation [Isis] which is shedding […]

EU unsure how Turkish PM’s resignation will affect deal

The European Union’s Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, has commented on Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation. She says that the EU is uncertain how this move will affect its recent agreement with Ankara about refugees.   “It’s a bit too early to define if it will have implications and in that case of what kind,” Mogherini said during a […]

Turkish officials: Negotiations with Israel almost finished

Senior Turkish officials claim that the negotiations with Israel are almost finished, and that an agreement between the two countries will be signed within the next two months, Channel 10 reports.   The agreement is aimed to end the conflict between Israel and Turkey.   According to the report, Israel has agreed in principle to open […]

Erdogan raises price tag for normal ties with Israel: Cairo amity first

Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan has raised another large obstacle on the road to Turkish-Israeli reconciliation and normal ties. Saudi King Salman, who is visiting Cairo, confided to his host Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi that Erdogan had made it clear that he would not finally repair Ankara’s ties with Israel until Sisi came forward to […]

Atrocities in conflict mean we need the Geneva conventions more than ever

When world leaders meet in Turkey for the world humanitarian summit next month, a crucial issue on the agenda will be how to strengthen respect for the law of war.   This is something the world desperately needs.   Given the stream of images flashing across our smartphones or TV screens – of hospitals bombed, […]