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Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say MEPs

The respect of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test for the state of the country’s democracy, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They assessed the results of last week’s fact-finding mission to Turkey by the committee chair and […]

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50 killed, 94 wounded in attack on wedding party in Turkey

The death toll from a deadly attack on a wedding party in Turkey has climbed to at least 50 people as another 94 people were wounded. According to the government officials in Gaziantep where the incident took place, an explosion targeted the wedding party at around 11pm local time on Saturday in the Akdere neighborhood […]

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WikiLeaks says to release documents on Turkey’s power structure

Today, 11pm Anakara Time, WikiLeaks releases part one of the AKP Emails. AKP, or the Justice & Development Party, is the ruling party of Turkey and is the political force behind the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Part one of the series covers 762 mail boxes beginning with ‘A’ through to ‘I’ containing 294,548 email […]

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President Schulz comments on latest developments in Turkey

The attempted coup yesterday evening in Turkey is shocking and I condemn it in the strongest terms.  Violence never leads to peaceful political transition and only deepens social divisions which are difficult to heal. However, the Turkish Government for its part must not use this occasion to breach democratic rule, restrict freedom of speech and […]

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UN officials condemn attempt to overthrow Turkish Government

16 July 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today condemned the attempt on Friday to overthrow the Government of Turkey. “I strongly condemn the attempt from groups in the armed forces to overthrow the Government of Turkey and express my sincere condolences for the lives lost during the coup attempt,” said […]

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Foreign Office advises Britons in Turkey to stay indoors

There has been large scale military action in Turkey, with the military deployed to the streets and widespread reports of gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul. The situation now appears quieter in Istanbul, and the bridges across the Bosphorus are re-opening. But there are reports of tank fire and small arms fire in Ankara. […]

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

If Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to be granted an EU visa-free regime, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday in a debate with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). They also voiced solidarity […]

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Commission makes immediate proposal to implement EU-Turkey agreement: 54,000 places allocated for resettlement of Syrians from Turkey

Following Friday’s agreement between the European Council and Turkey, the Commission is adopting a proposal to amend a Council Decision to relocate people in need for international protection from Italy and Greece. With this amendment, 54,000 places which were foreseen for relocations will now be available for the purpose of resettling Syrians from Turkey to […]

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Istanbul bomber identified as suspected IS member

The identity of suicide bomber who carried out the attack in Istanbul’s busy Istiklal Avenue on March 19 has been revealed as Mehmet Öztürk, a suspected Islamic State (IS) member. Öztürk’s father and brother were also detained by police in the aftermath of the attack. Born in 1992 in Gaziantep, Öztürk was sought as the […]

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MEPs demand details of the EU-Turkey deal and compliance with international law

MEPs demanded details on Wednesday of the deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that the international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on […]

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Turkey: Court Orders Release of Journalists

In response to the Turkish Constitutional Court’s ruling that the detention of journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül violated guarantees of freedom of the press and expression, Freedom House issued the following statement: “We welcome the ruling and applaud the Court for upholding the right of journalists to do their jobs,” said Mark P. Lagon, […]

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Bomb blasts in Ankara: we must stand together against terror – EPP Group

The EPP Group has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Ankara. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends; we’re on the side of the Turkish people”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, who was actually on an official visit to Ankara and was very close […]

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NATO Secretary General strongly condemns Ankara attack

I strongly condemn the terrorist attack which struck at the heart of Ankara tonight, targeting buses carrying military personnel‎. I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those killed and to the Turkish people. My thoughts are also with those who have been wounded. There can be no justification for such horrific acts. NATO […]

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Budget Committee members in Turkey to check use of EU refugee aid

An 11-member delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets has met in Ankara on Tuesday with Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek and other Members of the Government and of the Turkish Parliament to listen to their views on the challenges of the Syrian refugee crisis and the country’s actions and needs to cope with […]

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Predator crashes in southern Turkey

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — An Air Force MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area in southern Turkey at approximately 1:40 a.m. local time, Feb. 3. The initial assessment is that the aircraft experienced mechanical failure. An investigation is underway to determine the specific cause of the crash. No military members […]

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Erdogan vows no respite in Turkey’s war on Kurdish militants

Issuing a message for the new year, President Erdoğan expressed that we were entering the new year with new hopes and new excitements and said: “I wish the new year brings peace, health and prosperity to our august nation and the entire humanity.” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a message on the occasion of the […]

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