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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crunch Time in the EU-Turkey Relationship - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Crunch Time in the EU-Turkey Relationship
Posted by: Marc Pierini Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In the past four weeks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has moved closer to an executive presidency and Turkey’s rule-of-law architecture has moved farther away from EU standards. Simultaneously, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced criticisms of Turkey’s policies, and Turkish leaders have responded with more threats to cancel the refugee deal Ankara sealed with the EU in March 2016. Because the Turkish president is going down the authoritarian road with new powers for himself and more restrictions on the rule of law, Turkey can no longer entertain the EU’s criteria, be they on visa liberalization or on accession.

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Ankara warns Berlin over Armenian bill - DIPLOMACY

Ankara warns Berlin over Armenian bill

ANKARA

Ankara has warned Berlin over a bill regarding the century-old killings of Anatolian Armenians during World War I, asking legislators not to jeopardize Turkish-German relations by passing a motion in the Bundestag on June 2 that declares the killings as “genocide.”

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Leadership row in Turkey's nationalist opposition helps Erdogan | Reuters

Leadership row in Turkey's nationalist opposition helps Erdogan

Turkey's nationalist opposition on Monday blocked a move by party dissidents to hold a special congress next month to try to oust its veteran leader, dragging out a dispute that is key to President Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions for greater powers.

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Turkey says it could seize IS stronghold with US - Europe - Stripes

Turkey says it could seize IS stronghold with US

ISTANBUL — Turkey's foreign minister says joint U.S.-Turkish military action could oust the Islamic State group from Syria.

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Turkey's Erdogan accuses Russia of arming PKK militants - The Express Tribune

Turkey's Erdogan accuses Russia of arming PKK militants

ANKARA:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the pro-government Star newspaper and other local media reported on Monday.

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Is the Cyprus crisis over? - YUSUF KANLI

Is the Cyprus crisis over?

“I won’t play… They have taken my toy.” The weeping of Greek Cyprus leader Nikos Anastasiades has been soothed for now and the two leaders will resume their social encounters by coming together at a June 2 International Children’s Day event at the Nicosia buffer zone with the participation of children and young people from the Greek and Turkish halves of the eastern Mediterranean island.

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It’s the Islam, stupid! - NEVŞİN MENGÜ

It’s the Islam, stupid!

Well actually it is not, at least not in the case of Turkey. Actually, political Islam died the day the Justice and Development Party (AKP) got elected. A discourse featuring fair prospects of “justice” turned out to be a version of authoritarian crony capitalism.

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Eyes in Turkey glued to price of US dollar - ECONOMICS

Eyes in Turkey glued to price of US dollar

Mustafa Sönmez - mustafasnmz@hotmail.com

With the formation of the Binali Yıldırım government, the foreign exchange rate and interest rates seem set to be given a new direction. The pulse of the new government, in the second half of the year, will be set by the price of the dollar. Both domestic risks and the risks in the Middle East, as well as the Fed’s stance, are determining the price of the dollar. The dollar, as a matter of fact, is the most important parameter affecting Turkey’s state of affairs.

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Fears for Turkish border as ISIS make HUGE gains | World | News | Daily Express

ISIS close in on Turkish border after series of deadly attacks
THE Islamic State has made huge advances along the Turkish border, raising fears that the potential EU member state could soon be under all-out attack.

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