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German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind #Turkey coup attempt

German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind #Turkey coup attempt

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer’s failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey’s failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 […]

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EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have […]

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#EUTurkeyDeal: One year on IRC say ‘temporary’ deal is eroding rights of asylum seekers

#EUTurkeyDeal: One year on IRC say ‘temporary’ deal is eroding rights of asylum seekers

The EU-Turkey deal has turned Greece into a testing ground for European Union policies that are eroding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and expose people to risk and abuse, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and Oxfam said today. The humanitarian agencies warned the deal is causing human suffering and should […]

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#CrimeanTatars demand human-rights protection from UN

#CrimeanTatars demand human-rights protection from UN

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group located in Crimea, have called on international law in hopes of putting an end to human-rights violations they have been suffering from the one-man governed Mejlis led by Mustafa Dzhemilev, writes Olga Malik. In February, 2017 the non-governmental organization Kyrym movement appealed to the UN with the request to recognize […]

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#Turks ‘detached from reality’: EU’s Donald Tusk

#Turks ‘detached from reality’: EU’s Donald Tusk

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Turkey is “completely detached from reality” in calling the Dutch fascists, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. His remarks come amid a row between Turkey and European nations over campaigning for a Turkish referendum. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Dutch government of being “Nazi remnants”. He was infuriated when a minister was […]

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#Turkey: EU says Venice Commission comments on concentration of powers raise serious concerns

#Turkey: EU says Venice Commission comments on concentration of powers raise serious concerns

We have taken good note of the Venice Commission’s Opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 21 January 2017. Following the tensions of these last days between Turkey and some EU member states, it is essential to avoid further escalation and find […]

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Dutch police expel #Turkish minister as ‘Nazi remnants’ row escalates

Dutch police expel #Turkish minister as ‘Nazi remnants’ row escalates

| March 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Turkish authorities have sealed off the Dutch embassy and consulate, sources at Turkey’s foreign ministry have said, in the latest incident in a tit-for-tat row between the two countries over Turkish campaigning in Europe. Turkey also closed off the residences of the Dutch ambassador, charge d’affaires and consul general as tensions between the Nato partners escalated after […]

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