Tagged: Turkey

Turkey reacts sternly to Greek Aegean islet plan

In a stern statement late Thursday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu offered Ankara’s first official response to an initiative by Greece’s Deputy Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios for economic development on 28 uninhabited Aegean islets. “We have declared several times that we will not accept possible de facto circumstances that were created by Greek policy […]

The Turkey tutorial to fear

Turkey is sinking ever deeper into trouble at home and abroad. The dangers it faces concern not only its own people, its social cohesion and territorial integrity, but also provide lessons for the rest of the world. The first concerns the ease with which an elected government can slide into authoritarianism when it undermines institutions; […]

Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey murdered in shooting

The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been shot and killed while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital. Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Mr Karlov was taken to hospital to be treated, where he later […]

Hard to comprehend Greek court decision regarding 5 Turkish officers, says Turkey

Turkey was demanding the extradition of the eight Turkish military men who fled to Greece following a failed coup in July, the spokesman of Turkey’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ambassador Huseyin Muftuoglu, said Friday. Responding to a question regarding a Greek appeals court’s dismissal of Turkey’s request for the extradition of five of the eight […]

Athens keeps low profile in face of Erdogan rhetoric

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calls for a review, albeit a partial one, of the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 which set the borders of Greece and Turkey, his use of nationalistic rhetoric and Turkey’s military buildup has raised concerns in Athens. However, the government is reportedly keen on keeping a low profile as it seeks […]

Concern in Athens as MEPs vote to freeze Turkey accession talks

There were concerns in Athens Thursday over the possible repercussions of growing tensions between the European Union and Turkey after EU lawmakers called for a temporary suspension of accession talks with Ankara. The biggest fear is that the rift could lead to the collapse of a deal between Brussels and Ankara to crack down on […]

Cyprus president urges Turkey to help reunification talks

Turkey’s input will be pivotal in overcoming key obstacles preventing a deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus, the island’s president said Friday ahead of crucial talks in Switzerland next week. Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, says he and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have made significant progress on numerous issues making an envisioned federation workable. […]

Police officer killed in Turkey

A police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday, security sources said. The bomb, planted by militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was detonated near the district governor’s office, the security sources said. […]

Turkey ‘must meet conditions’ for visa-free travel, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that Turkey must fulfill all 72 preconditions before the European Union grants visa-free travel to its citizens. “These 72 conditions have not yet been met, and of course we will insist that agreements are honored by our side and Turkey,” Merkel told private TV network RTL. Turkey has warned […]

Turkey requests return of 8 officers who fled to Greece

Turkey has made a formal request to Greece for the extradition of eight Turkish officers who fled to the neighboring country after last month’s attempted coup, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday. A Justice Ministry file had been delivered to Greece requesting the officers’ return over charges that include breaching the Constitution through the use […]

Turkey formally requests extradition of putschist officers

Turkish authorities have formally requested that Greece extradites the eight Turkish officers who are accused of participating in the recent failed coup against President Erdogan. The prosecutor in Istanbul informed the Ministry of Justice, which in turn has passed on the formal request to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After escaping to Greece, the […]

UNHCR speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the EU-Turkey deal

The head of the UNHCR’s European office Vincent Cochetel expressed his doubts and concerns over the EU-Turkey agreement on immigration, following the failed coup in the country. In an interview for Agence Europe, Mr. Cochetel speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the agreement, since after the failed coup the Turkish officials who acted as […]

Erdogan announces sweeping overhaul of Turkish military

Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the looming overhaul in an interview broadcast by the Turkish TV channel A Haber on Saturday. The changes will significantly affect military education, as all of Turkey’s military schools will be shut down and replaced by a National Defense University that will supply high-skilled military specialists to all three branches […]

Turkey recalls officials from Greek islands

Turkish officials stationed on Greek islands overlooking the implementation of a migrant relocation deal between the European Union and Turkey were ordered to return to Turkey a week ago, sources said. According to the sources, Turkish authorities informed their Greek counterparts that the officials were being recalled from eastern Aegean islands because their passports had […]

Military staff officer of Turkish Embassy to Greece arrested in Turkey

A military official serving in the Turkish Embassy to Greece was arrested in Turkey after being charged with participating in the failed military coup to overthrow the Erdogan government last Friday. According to sources, the major sergeant, who was reportedly the assistant of the Turkish military attache of the Embassy, was on holidays in Turkey […]

Athens says it backs ‘democratically elected government’ in Turkey

Athens backs the “democratically elected government” in Turkey, government spokesperson Olga Gerovasili said early Saturday following the attempted military coup in the neighboring country. Gerovasili added that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday. Meanwhile in a message on his Twitter account, […]

Erdogan reasserts control as Turkey coup bid falters

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey Saturday after a coup bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. After hours of chaos and violence unseen in decades, Erdogan ended uncertainty over his whereabouts, flying into Istanbul airport in […]

Turkey: Erdogan denounces coup attempt

Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks. More than 90 people were killed in violence that erupted late on Friday after a faction […]

Authorities arrest 29 suspected of smuggling 600 into Greece from Turkey

Greek authorities have arrested 29 people, including a policeman, suspected of participating in two smuggling rings taking some 600 migrants into Greece from Turkey. Police said Wednesday the suspects were arrested following a months-long investigation. The police officer was suspended pending an investigation, while those arrested include two men who police suspect were the heads […]