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EU says presidential system hampers democracy in Turkey, membership talks at ‘standstill’

Duvar English The European Union’s executive has said membership talks with Turkey are at a “standstill,” citing eroding democracy and freedom of speech under the executive presidential system. The presidential system has centralized power in the hands of the executive … Continue reading

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Turkish gov’t to extend its crackdown on HDP to all opposition parties, says İYİ Party lawmaker

Duvar English İYİ (Good) Party lawmaker Hasan Subaşı has said that he believes the government will initiate a crackdown on all opposition parties like it did on the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), urging all parties in Parliament to stand up … Continue reading

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Turkish Lira’s value at lowest in 27 years

Duvar English – Reuters Turkey’s Central Bank announced that the real effective exchange rate (REER) of the lira hit the lowest level in 27 years, as souring relations between Ankara and Brussels added to the country’s geopolitical woes, bringing lira … Continue reading

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Top Turkish, Greek diplomats hold first meeting since crisis, agree on talks

Reuters The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met on Oct. 8 for the first time since their dispute over energy exploration and territorial rights in the eastern Mediterranean, and agreed to hold bilateral talks on the issue, Turkish Foreign … Continue reading

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Turkish Parliament speaker announces support for return of death penalty

Duvar English Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes death penalty should be reintroduced for certain crimes. “I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and … Continue reading

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Freedom of expression nonexistent in Turkey: German Foreign Ministry report

Duvar English Although the Turkish Constitution protects freedom of expression, citizens are not allowed to practice their right in reality, a report by the German Foreign Ministry said, Deutsche Welle reported on Sept. 30. Prison authorities in Turkey’s southeast ban … Continue reading

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Turkish Government sees EU summit as ‘a chance for reset’

Reuters Turkey sees a European Union summit this week as an opportunity to reset relations between them, but the bloc must produce specific proposals and a timetable to work on a roadmap together, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman said. Tensions … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Central Bank hikes interest rates unexpectedly, bumping up lira from record low

Duvar English – Reuters Turkish lira hits new record low against dollar as experts blame distrust for economy Turkey’s lira charged higher against the dollar on Sept. 24 as a result of the central bank’s surprise move to raise its policy rate, proving … Continue reading

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Turkey, Greece agree to resume talks after four years in Istanbul

Reuters Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks over their contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean after a four year hiatus following weeks of tensions that culminated in a collision between their warships. The talks, which broke off … Continue reading

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EU postpones Turkey summit after Council President Michel goes into COVID-19 quarantine

Reuters European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Sept. 24-25 until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said. Michel, who chairs … Continue reading

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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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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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‘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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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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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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Post-corona ‘normal’: Inaccessible Europe

Europe is inching back to “normal,” but what is the “normal” in post-corona times? Though curfews have been relaxed, small shops are getting back to business in some places, and schools are reopening in Denmark, Europe as we knew it … Continue reading

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Former EP Turkey rapporteur criticizes EU for failing to uphold 2016 migrant deal

Duvar English The European Parliament’s former Turkey rapporteur, Kati Piri, has criticized the European Union for failing to comply by a migrant deal it reached with Turkey in 2016. In a statement on Twitter on March 2, Piri indicated that the EU did … Continue reading

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EU foreign policy chief to visit Turkey for talks on Idlib, refugees

Duvar English The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, along with the EU commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic will pay a two-day visit to Turkey, Turkish Foreign Ministry said on March 3. In a statement, the ministry said the … Continue reading

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Head of EU delegation to Turkey says attack on Turkish soldiers ‘unacceptable’

Duvar English  Christian Berger, the head of the EU’s delegation to Turkey, condemned the attack on Turkish soldiers in Idlib and extended his condolences. “We share the deep sorrow of Turkey for the loss of its soldiers in Idlib. As … Continue reading

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Renowned novelist Aslı Erdoğan acquitted of terrorism charges in media trial

Duvar English / Reuters An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Aslı Erdoğan on Feb. 14 of charges of belonging to a terrorist group, in one of a series of cases that have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups … Continue reading

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