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Europe’s top diplomat urges Turkey to respect ‘democratic obligations’ following HDP closure case

The bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell has voiced the European Union's concerns over Ankara's decision to close the country's largest opposition party, namely the Peoples’ Democratic...

Kosovo opens its Jerusalem embassy, defying Erdogan

Kosovo formally established diplomatic relations with Israel on February 1, a connection that was brokered by American diplomats in the closing months of the...

Legal case over melee during Erdogan’s 2017 DC visit moving ahead

Legal proceedings against Turkish security officers continue to move forward in Washington DC, based on actions they were seen taking against protestors in video...

Putin, Erdogan launch construction of Russia’s Akkuyu NPP Unit 3 in Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined via videoconference on March 10 a ceremony commemorating the start of Unit 3...

Serbia donates vaccines and spreads goodwill in the region

Over the past few weeks, Serbia has donated thousands of much-needed batches of vaccines to the countries, spreading goodwill as well as a sense...

Disinformation and the efforts to counter its effects can undermine human rights

Disinformation is a phenomenon often thought of in relation to electoral interference, subversion of democratic processes or foreign state influence operations. While all of...

Is Turkey undermining the Washington Agreement?

In a deal brokered during the closing months of the presidency of Donald Trump, Kosovo and Israel agreed to establish diplomatic relations as part...

Turkish government moves to shut down liberal pro-Kurdish party

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plans to shut down the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the party's spokesperson said on Tuesday, state-owned...

UN’s Guterres to hold Cyprus talks in April

The United Nations on Thursday confirmed it will hold a five-party meeting in Geneva in April to examine the prospects of resolving the Cyprus...

Turkey starts exploration in the Aegean

Following the issue of an advisory note (Navtex) blocking an area in the Aegean between the Greek islands Limnos, Skyros and Lesbos from February...

EU voices concerns over Turkey’s continuing pressure against HDP

The European Union has voiced its concerns over Ankara's increasing pressure against the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), urging the country to safeguard its democratic system."The European Union...

Is Turkey Biden’s “ally from hell”?

Ten years ago, The Atlantic ran as its cover story a piece titled “The Ally From Hell”. The article followed the raid that killed al-Qaeda...

Good cop, bad cop? How the US and Europe want to deal with Erdogan’s Turkey

These are not good times for Turkey’s relations with the West. European diplomats in Ankara refer to a downward spiral to describe the relationship....

Turkey launches investigation into Dutch politician Wilders over Erdogan comments

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into remarks by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported on Tuesday. The investigation...

Kosovo elections chart a path for reform and regional stability

Kosovo’s February 14 election, the sixth for the country in 14 years, landed the opposition Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party in first place with 48 percent...

Turkey arrests hundreds over alleged PKK links in Iraq executions

Turkey on Monday announced the detention of more than 700 people over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), after it accused the group...

Gazprom’s TurkStream draws less heat than Nord Stream 2

Gazprom’s TurkStream natural gas pipeline to Turkey and Southeast Europe has drawn less opposition, certainly compared with the controversial Nord Stream 2 from Russia...

EU tells Turkey pandemic not an excuse to ‘silence critical voices’

Efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic should not be used as an excuse to "silence critical voices", Europe's top diplomat, Josep...

An advocacy for giving precedence to the EU’s Copenhagen Criteria in the Western Balkans

Among the precious little remaining friends of a quick EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans, the threat of non-friendly powers encroaching in the region...

Greece, Turkey to resume exploratory talks by early March

Greek and Turkish officials are likely to meet again at the end of Feburary or in early March in a bid to scout each...

Kosovo and Israel establish diplomatic relations

Kosovo and Israel signed an agreement on February 1 to establish diplomatic relations in a deal brokered in the closing months of the presidency...

A new dawn for Libya brings hope for regional stability

While it may seem as though only one subject has dominated the news for the past year, and our lives came to a very...

Karl von Habsburg: Speech on the future of Europe

The following speech was given on January 11 to honor the 60th birthday of Karl von Habsburg, the head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine...

A calmness of sorts in the East Med

With no exploration activities taking place, other than in Egypt, and Turkey refraining from provocations, the East Med is a sea of relative calmness....

Turkish FM Cavusoglu to visit Brussels for talks with EU, NATO

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is set to pay a two-day visit in Brussels on Wednesday, to hold meetings with EU officials and with...

Albania’s Rama cautiously balancing between Erdogan and Mitsotakis

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on January 7, and made a hastily arranged “private” stop,...

Erasmus and Brexit

No policy decision better encapsulates the entire Brexit process better than the UK's decision to withdraw from the Erasmus Programme. For those in Brussels,...

The global political game in the South Caucasus is finally settled

The regions of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, have now been finally liberated as a result of counterattacks by the Azeri Army against the Armenians...

Turkish students stage mass protest over appointment of Erdogan loyalist as university rector

The appointment of Melih Bulu, a person with close ties to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the rector of Bogazici University has...

Russia’s Gazprom begins gas supplies to Serbia, BiH via TurkStream

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on January 1 the company began supplying gas to Serbia, as well as to Bosnia and Herzegovina, via a...

Washington delivers a holiday sanctions snowball to Ankara and Moscow

Although already well understood by Moscow’s elite, tens of millions of Turkish citizens learned on December 14 what the American acronym CAATSA means --...

Secretary Pompeo lets Turkey know what Washington really thinks

In an exchange that warmed the hearts of all Greeks and Greek Cypriots everywhere and was reported as front-page news, US Secretary of State...

The Bulgarian hammer comes down

Firmly refusing to approve the negotiating framework for the “Intergovernmental Conference” required to launch North Macedonia’s EU accession process, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva...

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece join efforts to stop Turkish actions in East Med

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in Nicosia, Cyprus, on October 21 where they...

The Hague to assist Albania and Greece resolve maritime border

In an ironic twist of historical events, Albania and Greece jointly announced October 20 that they were requesting assistance from the International Court of...

Varhelyi refocuses on enlargement for Southeast Europe

EU Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi visited North Macedonia and Albania on October 6-7, meeting leaders in both countries as well as addressing parliaments....

Pompeo's Greece visit underlines Turkey’s isolation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Greece on September 28-30 with the objective of making it clear to Turkey that the Trump Administration...

Short Greece vacation for two Balkan leaders

Taking the opportunity to visit Athens in conference speaker mode, the leaders of Albania and North Macedonia paid stealthy visits to Athens September 15-16...

France steers EU attention to Greece-Turkey standoff in East Med

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a strong position in support of the rights of Greece and Cyprus, calling on Turkey to stop unilateral...

Athens pivots to Washington for help with Turkish provocations

In the latest sub-chapter of the seemingly never-ending dispute over energy exploration rights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Athens has again called for...

Greece-Egypt EEZ deal doesn’t sit easy with Turkey

Greece and Egypt signed a maritime border deal on August 6 with Turkey saying the deal falls in its continental shelf.Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh...

Cyprus moves ahead with LNG terminal works eyeing EU market

Natural Gas Infrastructure Company of Cyprus (ETYFA) has issued the Notice to Proceed to the Consortium that was awarded the construction works of the...

Could bad data be to blame for high coronavirus death toll

European countries saw some of the highest death told for coronavirus over the last month. Deaths in Italy have surpassed those in China many...

Iran claims 'terrorist' attack inside Turkey halts natural gas flow

Iran's natural gas exports to Turkey have stopped after a "terrorist" attack on a pipeline inside Turkey, an Iranian official said. "This morning, terrorists attacked...

Turkey suspends all international flights, expands restrictions

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has toughened nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, and called on Turks to 'show...

Turkey charges 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

Turkish prosecutors said they have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the...

In desperate times, EU approves new Balkan Enlargement steps

Moving on a trajectory that senior EU leaders publicly outlined at the Munich Security Conference in mid-February, the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) agreed...

Union for the Mediterranean calls for regional action to tackle water scarcity

In light of World Water day on March 22, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has called for regional dialogue to address common challenges...

Erdogan discusses Syria, migrant crisis with European leaders

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed the war in Syria's Idlib region, as well as the migrant crisis, with the leaders of...

Turkey, Russia carry out first joint patrol in Syria

Turkey and Russia have completed their first joint military patrol along a strategic highway in Syria's northwestern region. Under the recently agreed ceasefire, Syria’s president...

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