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As Germany keeps pressing Erdoğan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In his first public speech, as reported on March 22, new German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier directly criticized Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, asking him to stop “jeopardizing everything” that he has built “with others” so far.

Comment(s) 3/23/2017

Turkey doesn’t deserve to be so undesired

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The United States banned laptops, tablets, cameras and similar electronic devices aboard planes from 10 cities in eight countries on March 20.

Comment(s) 3/22/2017

Raqqa scenarios taking shape before major offensive

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As the spring equinox starts with March 21, which is celebrated as the ancient new year under the name of Nevruz or Newroz in many eastern cultures, preparations are about to be completed for a major offensive on the Syrian city of Raqqa, which has been under occupation by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since January 2014.

Comment(s) 3/21/2017

Ankara suspects German intel using Gülen network

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Bruno Kahl, the chief of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, said on March 18 that the Turkish government had “failed to convince” them that the U.S.-based Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen was behind the coup attempt of July 15, 2016

Comment(s) 3/20/2017

Antalya meet fails to convince US, Russia on Turkish role in Raqqa

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey failed to convince the United States and Russia to allow it to assume active participation in retaking the Syria town of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, on the condition of stopping collaboration with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), diplomatic sources in Ankara have told the Hürriyet Daily News

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

Enmity with Turkey worked for Rutte against Wilders

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Why can’t populist politicians do without enemies? Because they get better results with enemies.

Comment(s) 3/17/2017

Intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A Turkish proverb say, it’s better having an intelligent enemy than a stupid friend.

Comment(s) 3/15/2017

Ankara disappointed with lack of support

MURAT YETKİN writes:

At the same time as the European Union’s foreign and security representative, Federica Mogherini, and Expansion Commissioner Johannes Hahn were making a joint statement over the tension between Turkey and the Netherlands on March 13, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik was staging a press conference in Ankara.

Comment(s) 3/14/2017

Turkey has never been in this position before

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The tension between Turkey and European countries over allowing propaganda speeches for the April 16 referendum campaign reached a dangerous peak when the Dutch authorities barred a Turkish minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on the evening of March 11.

Comment(s) 3/13/2017

Journalists in jail and other rights issues in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Whenever the question is asked to Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ or EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik during their travels abroad, they give the standard answer that there is no journalist or writer in jail in Turkey for what they have written or said.

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