Tag: Turkey

Turkish parliament to vote on Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal

Turkeys foreign minister has said that parliament will approve a deal to normalize ties with Israel before it goes into its summer recess later this month, the Anadolou news agency reportedThursday.”I think we will finalize this work before the parliament goes into the summer recess,” Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as telling the state-run agency.In June, […]

Putin and Erdogan Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and the West, Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pledged on Tuesday to repair relations after nine months of open antagonism.   Although their meeting in St. Petersburg on Tuesday produced little beyond vows of friendship and cooperation, the symbolism of […]

Israel’s let-down: Putin-Erdogan hook-up with Iran

The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Their summit takes place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, concluding nine months of hostility between the two capitals that was sparked by Turkish jets shooting down a […]

Turkey: Erdogan threatens to block immigrants into the EU if visa deal doesn’t go through

“The European Union is not behaving in a sincere manner with Turkey,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented to French newspaper La Monde, noting that the EU was supposed to waive the need for visas from Turkish citizens since June 1   “If our demands are not satisfied then the readmissions will no longer be […]

Turkey’s Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt

President Tayyip Erdogan told a rally of more than one million people on Sunday that July’s failed coup would be a milestone in building a stronger Turkey, defying Western criticism of mass purges and vowing to destroy those behind the putsch.   The “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” at the Yenikapi parade ground, built into the […]

Christians pay price as Turkey turns to Islam after attempted coup

The attempted coup in Turkey sent shockwaves around the world. Here was a Nato ally, thrown into chaos overnight. MARCO GIANNANGELI in Istanbul uncovers how the power struggle has paved the way for a more extreme form of Islam to take hold. Amid the cacophony of police sirens, low-flying helicopters and rifle fire, there was […]

Turkey president prime minister issue direct orders to military commanders

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a new presidential decree Sunday that introduced sweeping reforms to Turkey’s military in the wake of a July 15 failed coup, bringing the Turkish armed forces further under civilian authority.   The decree, the third to have been issued after a three-month state of emergency was declared following the attempted […]

Turkey issues warrants for 47 journalists as Gülen urges US not to extradite him

Authorities in Turkey have issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists of Zaman newspaper, as the reclusive cleric accused by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of orchestrating a failed coup demanded the US resist demands for his extradition.   At least one journalist, former Zaman columnist Şahin Alpay, was detained […]

Erdogan shuts down 1,000+ private schools, 1,200+ charities, 15 universities

Turkey’s purge of Gulen supporters continued on Saturday with the closure of hundreds of private schools, charities and other institutions suspects of links with the US-based cleric. Ankara declared a state of emergency after a failed military coup. The decree issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is his first since the state of emergency was […]

EU Warns Turkey Over Death Penalty After Coup

Turkey has been warned if it brings back the death penalty all negotiations to join the European Union are off.   EU chief Jean Claude Juncker also said the country is in no position to become a member of the bloc “any time soon” following the attempted coup.   His comments come after Preisdent Recep Tayyip […]