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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Earth to Erdogan – Handelsblatt Global

Earth to Erdogan

Recent arrests of human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director and a German citizen, have set Turkey on a collision course with the EU.

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Turkey Backs Down to Germany – Handelsblatt Global

Turkey Backs Down to Germany

The interior minister withdraws allegations that German companies were funding terrorism, but arrests of Germans may prevent a quick remedy.

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Passengers claim airline pilot was ′afraid′ to fly to Turkey | News | DW | 25.07.2017

Passengers claim airline pilot was 'afraid' to fly to Turkey

Angry customers stranded in southern Germany say that a flight from Stuttgart to Ankara was canceled because of political fears. The airline denies this, but some people are calling for a customer boycott.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Recep Erdoğan’s Arabian tightrope – POLITICO

Recep Erdoğan’s Arabian tightrope

Ankara looks to support Qatar without alienating Riyadh.

By Zia Weise

7/23/17, 10:01 PM CET

ISTANBUL — Diplomatic nuance may not be Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s strongest suit, but Turkey’s combative leader is trying to tread carefully in his current voyage through the Arabian Peninsula.

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View from abroad: Turkey’s increasing isolation - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

View from abroad: Turkey’s increasing isolation
Irfan HusainUpdated July 24, 2017

AS Turkey’s President Erdogan extends his purge, thousands have been locked up and await trial for their alleged role in last year’s attempted coup. Ten of them are German citizens who face terrorism charges. In today’s Turkey, any suspected links to the Gulenist movement are equated with terrorism. Thus, schoolteachers, university professors, civil servants, judges and prosecutors — apart from tens of thousands of police and military personnel — have been suspended, sacked or jailed.

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Turkey withdraws blacklist of German firms accused of financing terrorism – POLITICO

Turkey withdraws blacklist of German firms accused of financing terrorism

By Connor Murphy

7/24/17, 5:02 PM CET

Updated 7/24/17, 5:25 PM CET

Turkey formally withdrew a list of nearly 700 German businesses it had accused of having ties to terrorism, attributing the charges to a misunderstanding, a German government spokesman said on Monday.

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Europe’s Turkey woes – POLITICO

Europe’s Turkey woes

By Saim Saeed

7/24/17, 9:20 AM CET

The ongoing diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara continues, and much of the German press devoted front pages to the matter. Frankfurter Allgemeine quoted German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier saying, “To stop [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan is a question of self-respect.” Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on its front page that Erdoğan rebuffed German criticism and said Turkey is a “country of laws.” Right-leaning Die Welt led with: “The federal government should set a deadline for Turkey.” Leftist paper Die Tageszeitung led with an opinion piece on Turkish-Germans being made to feel unwelcome.

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Turkey’s eastward shift can be halted

Turkey’s eastward shift can be halted

Western re-engagement with Ankara brings benefits for Europe and the Middle East

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