Ambassador to Ankara summoned after Norway grants political asylum to Turkish officers allegedly linked to failed coup.
The German government has rejected several requests from Ankara for arms exports in recent months. The human rights situation in Turkey since the failed coup and the Kurdish-Turkish conflict have been cited as reasons for this. Normally, sales of arms to a Nato partner are approved as a matter of course. Berlin has discovered Erdoğan’s weak point, some media rejoice, while pro-government Turkish journalists see Ankara’s fight against terror as being thwarted.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will continue to call European countries “Nazis” as long as they continue to call him a dictator.
European Commission has summoned the Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the EU Faruk Kaymakçı and demanded an explanation about President Erdoğan’s statement “Tomorrow, no European, no Westerner can set a foot on the street peacefully and safely”.
Norway’s ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry after Norway granted asylum to five former Turkish military officers allegedly linked to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) after the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt, a ministry spokesperson said on March 22.
The European Commission said on March 23 it had summoned the Turkish ambassador to explain comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Europeans would not be able to “walk safely on the streets” if they kept up their current attitude towards Turkey.
Parliamentary elections will be held in Bulgaria on Sunday. Around 100,000 members of Bulgaria’s Turkish minority now living in Turkey are entitled to vote. The minority parties Dost and the DSP are said to have close ties to the Turkish government and Ankara has often been accused of trying to influence voting in Bulgaria, prompting close scrutiny of the two parties’ election campaigns by the press.
After the Turkish president accused Angela Merkel of using Nazi practices the latter has given up her reserved stance in the row over AKP politicians appearing at campaign rallies. Merkel said she would not allow all the taboos to be broken and indirectly threatened to ban campaign events in Germany. For many German journalists this still doesn’t go far enough. Turkish commentators, on the other hand, speculate that Berlin is pursuing a hidden agenda.
The promise came as a senior German politician said Mr Erdogan was no longer welcome in Berlin.

Austria moves to formally ban Erdogan from campaigning on its soil

Austria’s parliament is set to decide on whether or not to formally ban foreign politicians from campaigning on its territory. EURACTIV Germany reports

Reuters – Mar 22, 6:19 AM

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans across the world would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude. Turkey has been embroiled in a row with Germany and the Netherlands

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 22 that Europeans across the world would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude
In his first speech as president, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier has issued a stark warning to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying he risked destroying everything his country had achieved in recent years and damaging ties with its partners

Flynn affair exposes Turkey’s ‘sloppy’ PR efforts
Al-Monitor
Turkish officials have denounced the emails, which were illegally obtained by the Turkish hacktivist collective Redhack last October, as manipulated. Three Turkish journalists who either downloaded or reported on the contents of the emails were jailed

Merkel tells Turkey’s Erdogan to stop Nazi taunts

The German Chancellor says “all necessary measures” are being considered after Turkish president’s taunts.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 21 that Turkey may review relations with Europe after the April 16 referendum

A NASA Scientist Has Been Imprisoned in Turkey for 8 Months

A three-month investigation suggests the injustice surrounding Serkan Golge’s case.
A year after coming into force the refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey is once more in the media spotlight. Journalists discuss what the deal has achieved and describe Europe’s asylum policy as inhumane.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 20 that her demand that Turkey cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies “without ifs or buts,” and pointed to a government threat last week that it could prevent Turkish politicians from entering the country.

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Turkish security forces also caused 500,000 people to be displaced in a campaign of torture, rape and destruction, a new report says.
The Independent – Mar 22, 3:29 AM

Europeans across the world will not be able to walk the streets safely if they keep up their current attitude towards Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Turkey has been mired in a diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands after

 

The Guardian – Kareem Shaheen – Mar 23, 12:00 AM

Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other

 

Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign

President Trump’s first national security adviser, who resigned after less than a month, accepted more than $500,000 to investigate a Turkish cleric in Pennsylvania, documents filed this week show.
Turkish officials will not campaign for the charter referendum in the Netherlands and Germany amid the increasing tension
About 1.4 million German residents have the right to vote in an April 16 referendum in Turkey on whether to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.

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