Tuesday, 18 February , 2020

EU-Turkey

Erdogan threatening Assad, Cyprus, Greece and EU!

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that his goal in Syria was to end the rule of Bashar Assad has caused consternation in the Kremlin, with officials saying it contradicted previous assurances and was out of sync with Moscow’s take on the situation.

Τurkey threatens Greece and EU with new wave of refugees

With relations with Europe rapidly deteriorating, Turkey is threatening to send upwards of 3,000 refugees per day to Greece in what intelligence officials in Greece described as “blackmail” against the European Union. According to details uncovered by Greek intelligence officials and published in The Times (of London), thousands of dinghies and motorboats

Brussels-Ankara: Turkish Elite trying to save what can still be saved

Suspending European Union membership negotiations would be the wrong signal for Europe to send Turkey. The move, set to be debated in the European Parliament, would eliminate what’s left of the EU’s leverage over Ankara and further erode the credibility of Turkish liberals, whose European-friendly narrative has already made them an endangered species.

Greece is not enough. They want Cyprus also. Why the EU...

By essentially denying the principle of popular sovereignty, it is also denying the principle of national sovereignty, the (relatively) independent character of the Greek state. Greece occupies a strategic place in the Eastern Mediterranean, on the route connecting Russia with the Mediterranean and Western Europe with the Middle East. Its independence was never completely tolerated by the British and then the American empires. Greeks were also suspected of leaning towards Russians, or at least this was the argument justifying the innumerable Western interventions in this country.

Turkish government shuts down important archaeological dig, apparently to punish Austria

A major archaeological project in Turkey that involves about 200 researchers has been shut down early, an apparent victim of international politics. The Austrian Archaeological Institute (AAI) in Vienna was notified last week by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism that its project at the ancient city of Ephesus near Selçuk, Turkey, would have to end immediately.

Not serious. Surreal confusion and the usual lies on Brexit and...

The chief adviser to Turkey’s President Erdogan has accused David Cameron of deserting Turkey in its quest to gain ascension to the European Union.

The Turkish Marine Le Pen

Meral Akşener relishes the idea that she frightens Turkey’s most powerful man. By  ZIA WEISE With a smirk, she lists headlines from pro-government newspapers painting her as a...

Cyprus sidelined as Brussels scrambles to save Turkey migrant deal

Turkey migrant deal. The European Commission has put new pressure on Cyprus in a bid to meet Turkish demands for quicker integration into the Brussels...

Towards “regime change” in Cyprus?

By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos It is usual in European politics those years, for people to vote one thing and their leaders to do another. This is...

Agreement on refugees. The view from Ankara

Here is an anthology of interesting publications in Turkey on the last agreement between Ankara and the EU. Murat Yetkin is representative of the...