Tag: Turkey

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, […]

Erdogan: Anti-Semitism is a crime, Islamophobia should be too

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with CNN ensured that Jewish citizens living in Turkey will be safe, and slammed European countries for not heeding his terror warnings.   When asked by CNN correspondent Christine Amanpour about the heightened threat towards Jews in Turkey, Erdogan firmly replied: “We have a very significant number […]

Netanyahu’s dilemma: Détente with Turkey or recognition of Syrian Kurds

Last Friday, April 1, President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan had his first encounter with a group of American Jewish leaders, at his request. The full details of its contents were hard to sort out because the Turkish translator censored his master’s words with a heavy hand to make them more acceptable to his audience. But Erdogan’s […]

Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey

“We are expecting violence. People in despair tend to be violent,” the leftist-led government’s migration spokesman, Giorgos Kyritsis, told the Observer. “The whole philosophy of the deal is to deter human trafficking [into Europe] from the Turkish coast, but it is going to be difficult and we are trying to use a soft approach. These […]

Turkey’s Erdogan sees positive outcome to talks with Israel next month

WASHINGTON – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he expected a meeting of Turkish and Israeli officials next month to yield positive results, after the sides collaborated closely following a bomb attack in Istanbul that killed Israeli tourists. The suicide bombing, blamed on Islamic State, that killed three Israeli tourists and an Iranian in […]