An EU-Turkey Reset

Never have the European Union and Turkey needed one another more, and yet rarely have they been so distant. The EU should redouble its efforts to revitalize the relationship, strengthening both its criticism of Turkey’s democratic backsliding and the credibility of the accession process.

Turkey and EU agrees to update Customs Union

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and the European Union have quietly decided to upgrade the Customs Union which, in the long run, might serve to stop “corruption allegations” and also boost the country’s competitiveness

Journalist sentenced to prison, as houses of two colleagues raided for insulting Erdoğan

A journalist in southern Turkey has been sentenced to a five-month suspended prison sentence, while the houses of two more journalists from the same city have been raided by police

The houses of two journalists in southern Turkey have been raided by police for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter, while another journalist has testified in Istanbul for committing the same alleged crime in his book
The head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s AKP has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Erdoğan

Top judicial body launches probe into raid on Turkish military’s top secret room

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has granted permission for a legal review of the 2010 raid on the room where the Turkish military’s top secret documents were held.

A foundation named after Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a young student who died after being fatally beaten during last year’s Gezi protests in Eskişehir, was opened in the southern province of Hatay on March 18, on his 21st birthday.

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey says gov’t threatened it due to actions during Gezi

The foundation has claimed that state institutions issued financial threats against it

“Demonstration Penalty” Cleared After 10 Years

Following an ECHR ruling that their rights were violated, a retrial of 9 defendants who were jailed for attending a protest in the southeastern district of Cizre ended with an acquittal.

President Erdoğan’s food analyzed in palace and abroad, says his doctor

All food and meals are analyzed before being served to Erdoğan in the palace, according to his personal doctor

President Erdoğan to pay sculptor compensation over ‘freak’ comment

A court has ordered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to pay 10,000 Turkish Liras to the artist responsible for a sculpture in the northeastern province of Kars, which he had demanded the removal of and described as a ‘freak.’
According to Worker and Health Occupational Safety Assembly, at least 81 workers died on the job across Turkey in the month of February.

Police informs prosecutor one year after Berkin Elvan’s death

The Istanbul Police Department has finally sent the identities of the policemen suspected of shooting dead Gezi protest victim Berkin Elvan, a full year after the 15-year-old passed away following 269 days in a coma.

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