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EU-Turkey ties at turning point, EU’s top envoy says

Duvar English The European Union’s relationship with Turkey is at a turning point, the bloc’s top diplomat said on Sept. 15, urging Ankara to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country. … Continue reading

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Turkish Interior Minister targets Constitutional Court President after top court permits inter-city marches

Duvar English Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has targeted Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan during a speech over the top court’s decision to cancel a provision in the Law on Demonstrations and Public Meetings (Law 2911) which said “demonstrations and marches … Continue reading

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Turkish main opposition deems return of Oruç Reis vessel to base ‘a compromise’

Duvar English Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has deemed the return of seismic research vessel Oruç Reis to waters near the southern province of Antalya “a compromise.” The CHP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) has also called on the … Continue reading

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Turkish main opposition headquarters to work virtually starting on Sept 14 due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Duvar English Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will be temporarily shutting down its Ankara headquarters due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the party announced on Sept. 11. “Considering the increasing number of cases and the state of … Continue reading

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A third of forestland in Black Sea province of Ordu to be allotted to mining activities

Duvar English  Hundreds of mining sites around Turkey placed on tender A third of the forestland in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Ordu is slated to be allotted for mining activities.  According to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ordu … Continue reading

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On the Erdoğan-Macron spat

French President Macron’s Turkey strategy is “win-win” on his behalf. “Win-win” is perfectionism and more often than not, no diplomatic henceforth political solution is perfect. Mr. Macron’s message without exactly uttering those words is that Turkey is not part of … Continue reading

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Turkey’s main opposition CHP calls for investigation into 2007 plane crash in Isparta

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has submitted a parliamentary motion demanding an investigation into a plane crash in southwest Turkey in 2017, ANKA news agency reported on Sept. 3. An Atlasjet plane crashed on a rocky mountain … Continue reading

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CHP chair says jailed Kavala, Demirtaş ‘will wear prison time as badge of honor’

Duvar English Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that Selahattain Demirtaş, the jailed former co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and renowned civil activist Osman Kavala are behind bars in an unlawful way. Council … Continue reading

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Turkish districts join Istanbul municipalities’ banter on who has best views

Duvar English Approval ratings for Turkey’s mayors from main opposition CHP climb in first year in office Two Istanbul district municipalities got into a brawl about who had better views on Sept. 5, but the joke quickly escalated into a … Continue reading

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Fire destroys Europe’s largest migrant camp on Lesbos, forces thousands to flee

Reuters Thousands of migrants fled fires early on Sept. 9 that tore through an overcrowded camp under coronavirus lockdown on the Greek island of Lesbos, but there were no reports of any casualties. A migration ministry official said the Moria … Continue reading

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Main opposition CHP spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19

Duvar English Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesperson Faik Öztrak has announced that he contracted the novel coronavirus. Öztrak, 66, said that he is in good health and entered home quarantine. The CHP spokesperson also asked everyone who … Continue reading

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‘Turkey-Cyprus dispute holding up EU’s Belarus sanctions’

Reuters Erdoğan warns EU to ‘behave responsibly’ in Eastern Mediterranean European Union sanctions on Belarus are being delayed by a separate dispute between Cyprus and Turkey over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, four EU diplomats said, in the latest sign … Continue reading

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Macron says EU wants to reengage a dialogue with Turkey over Eastern Med crisis

Duvar English / Reuters After a summit of Mediterranean leaders, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe wants to renew dialogue with Turkey amid heightened tensions over the Eastern Mediterranean. Erdoğan warns EU to ‘behave responsibly’ in Eastern Mediterranean … Continue reading

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Turkey remains off EU’s safe travel list amid COVID-19 outbreak

Duvar English Turkish citizens are set to be banned from Europe –again– as the EU has reviewed its list of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel. Turkey excluded from EU’s coronavirus ‘safe’ travel list again In their … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog imposes a five-day blackout on opposition Tele1 TV channel

Duvar English Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has slapped Tele1, an opposition TV channel, with a five-day black screen broadcast ban over statements critical of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit II. The Ankara Third Administrative Court … Continue reading

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Ankara Mayor Yavaş calls on 565 NGOs to prepare municipality budget together

Duvar English Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has called on 565 non-governmental organizations to prepare the municipality’s budget together. “Let’s prepare our 2021 fiscal year budget together. Share your suggestions and thoughts on sharing resources and the projects you need resources … Continue reading

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Main opposition asks who profited from currency speculation over Erdoğan’s ‘good news’ announcement

Duvar English A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has said that Turkey’s state-owned banks have sold a significant amount of dollars after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement of “good news” last week and asked who bought these dollars. … Continue reading

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Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu describes Gezi as ‘one of the most important struggles of Turkish history’

Duvar English Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has said that Turkey’s 2013 Gezi Park protest movement was “one of the most important struggles of the Turkish history.” Thousands mark Gezi Park protests on seventh anniversary İmamoğlu made the comments on Aug. … Continue reading

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EU preparing to sanction Ankara as Merkel says bloc obliged to support Greece on Med issue

Duvar English / Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Aug. 28 that all European Union countries have an obligation to support Greece in its dispute with Turkey over claims to energy resources in the region. The chancellor added that she had … Continue reading

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Turkish pro-gov’t foundation to shut some dorms over shrinking of funding by opposition

Duvar English A foundation close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will reportedly be closing down 25 of its dormitories due to financial struggles. The Service for Youth and Education Foundation of Turkey (TÜRGEV) has been struggling financially … Continue reading

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