A top Turkish government official recently met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and told her the prosecution of Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab was “based on no evidence,” according to a court filing unsealed on Nov. 15.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again slammed foreign media outlets over what he described as “unprincipled behavior,” in a speech delivered at the opening of TRT World, a new Turkish state-run TV channel broadcasting in English.

Turkey ‘backsliding’ in bid to join EU, says Commission

The European Commission accuses Turkey of backsliding on rights, prompting an angry reaction.
Mavi Boncuk |

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT 

Turkey 2016 Report Accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions 2016 Communication on EU Enlargement Policy

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) has called on the European institutions to exert more pressure on Turkey, in face of further restrictions on freedom of expression and the press. EurActiv Germany reports.
The 2016 Turkey Report has stated that there are backslidings in freedom of speech, judicial independence and practice of democracy.
As to EU 2016 Turkey Progress Report, the Minister of EU Çelik has said “We don’t accept the expression that disproportionate force has been used in fight against PKK terror organization. This expression is a certificate of disgrace for EU institutions”.
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass did not have much to say yesterday when he met a group of journalists and academics to discuss the presidential election results, which ended in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump
Ankara reacted angrily on Nov. 9 to a harsh progress report by the European Commission on Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urging the European Union to make up its mind on Turkey’s accession bid immediately

AMBERİN ZAMAN @amberinzaman As across much of the globe Donald Trump’s stunning victory is eliciting mixed responses in Turkey. Pro-government commentators believe Trump will be better for Turkish US relations. They argue he will be less concerned about what the government’s critics view as the unraveling of Turkey’s fragile democracy. Many see parallels between Trump’s […]

The EU has said that Turkey has rolled back the independence of the judiciary, freedom of expression and other fundamental democratic standards, making its EU membership prospects ever more distant
Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of daily Cumhuriyet, was awarded honorary citizenship of Paris on Nov. 8. Dündar, who fled to Germany as an appeal against his conviction for revealing state charges is pending, was awarded the honor at City Hall for “distinguished services” by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a personal warning to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 8 saying that he would be held responsible if Ankara fails to meet EU criteria for granting Turks visa-free travel
It was an election where the American voters did not choose who they wanted more as president, but who they disliked less
The United States should not provide a safe haven for the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the failed July 15 coup attempt, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump has said
Mavi Boncuk |

November 08, 2016, 05:46 pm
Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support
By Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (R), contributor SOURCE

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (ret.) is the former director of Defense Intelligence Agency and the author of New York Times Bestseller “The Field of Fight.” 

U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence told daily Hürriyet on Nov. 9 that Washington’s new administration wanted to improve relations with Turkey and bring them back to their previous level

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