FP roundup: “Ankara mulls cutting political ties with EU if chapter vetoed

Merkel’s CDU reject Turkish membership in the EU in election programme

Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s CDU has rejected Turkish membership in the EU in their German election programme, saying it would ‘overburden’ the bloc.

Ankara mulls cutting political ties with EU if chapter vetoed

Turkey-EU relations could hit a new nadir if the opening of the ?regional policies? chapter is suspended by Germany and the Netherlands.

Germany’s Merkel ‘appalled’ by Turkey’s response to protests

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was shocked at Turkey’s tough response to anti-government protests but she stopped short of demanding that the European Union call off accession talks with the candidate country. “I’m appalled, like many others,” Merkel said of Turkey’s handling of two weeks of unrest that began over a redevelopment project in an Istanbul park

Turkey refugee ranking skyrockets within a year

Turkey moves from the 59th to the 10th most important refugee-hosting country in only one year

Russia defies world leaders over Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama sparred with Russia?s Vladimir Putin over how to end the war in Syria

Berlin goes slow on Turkey-EU talks, denies protest link

By Stephen Brown and Justyna Pawlak BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is dragging its feet over letting Turkey take the next step in slow-moving membership talks with the European Union amid widespread concern over Ankara’s tough handling of anti-government protests, EU officials said on Friday. Berlin has criticized Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s heavy handed response to two weeks of protests that

Turkey and Russia react with fury to G20 spying revelations

Ankara summons UK ambassador and says GCHQ allegations are ‘scandalous’ if confirmed

Turkey and Russia have angrily rounded on the British government and demanded an explanation following revelations that their politicians and senior officials were spied on and bugged during the 2009 G20 summit in London.


Füle and Erdoğan diverge over democracy (News)

As the most largest anti-government protests in Turkey?s recent past look set to enter a third week, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and EU Enlargement Commissioner ?tefan Füle sparred over the issue at a conference held in Istanbul on Friday (7 June).


“Continuer les négociations entre l?Europe et la Turquie”

Le Journal du Dimanche (France) 9 juin 2013, p. 13 Antoine Malo Le vice-Président du Parti socialiste européen, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, revient sur le processus d?adhésion d?Ankara à l?Union européenne alors que le pays a connu samedi sa neuvième journée de contestation. Un dialogue de sourds et une contestation qui ne faiblit pas. La Turquie a

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 200,000

ANKARA, Turkey, June 14 (UPI) — The number of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their homeland to Turkey has grown to more than 200,000, Turkish officials said.

Turkey urges stronger stance against Syria after US accusations of chemical weapon use

Turkey says a U.S. announcement that it has conclusive evidence..

British spying claims outrage Russia, Turkey

Russia, Turkey and South Africa expressed outrage on Monday over revelations that Britain and the United States spied on foreign delegates at G20 meetings in London in 2009.

Turkey summons UK charge d’affaires over spying claims

Turkey on Monday summoned Britain’s charge d’affaires to demand an explanation over allegations that Britain spied on Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek’s emails and phone calls during a G20 meeting in London in 2009.


Europe?s twin sisters

Russia and Turkey are both former imperial powers with one foot in Europe and one in Asia. Igor Torbakov argues that imperialism is still alive and well in both countries; even as they talk about modernisation, they seem reluctant to leave the past behind.

Iran’s president-elect Rowhani warns against foreign intervention in Syria

President-elect Hassan Rowhani expressed hope Monday that Iran can reach a new agreement.


Syrian crisis tops agenda of G-8 leaders in North Ireland

World leaders from the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan kicked off G-8..


Questioning the intelligence: Obama’s decision to supply arms to Syria

The red line threshold has finally been crossed ? but on unverified intelligence, encouraged by appetites for military intervention. It is Iraq all over again.

The White House?s announcement that forces loyal to Syria?s President Bashar Al-Assad have used chemical weapons against rebels in the country?s civil war has triggered anxiety in much of the international community. The prospect of stepped up US military involvement could intensify and prolong the civil war, considerably increasing the toll in terms of human misery and civilian lives. Humanitarian considerations are now being subordinated to US military and strategic self-interest.

Turkey?s purchasing power lags behind

According to the first preliminary estimates of the European Comparison Program for 2012.

Middle East ?elites?: Turkey?s say in diplomacy on the rise

According to a recent study, Turkey?s say in international politics is strengthening and it will be the most powerful state in the Middle East in 2023.

Essence of EU anchor for Turkish democracy

It was Mesut Yılmaz, the prime minister of the day, who declared that Turkey had suspended

Obama refuses to specify US aid to Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid.

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