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New road map will give fresh momentum to EU–Turkey ties - Hurriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit to Brussels was positive because both Turkey and the EU decided to maintain dialogue, said retired ambassador Ünal Çeviköz. The road map endorsed by the two sides could give a new momentum to Ankara's rocky ...and more »

Turkey making itself at home in Syria - Al-Monitor

Turkey is looking less like a visitor in northern Syria as it sets up more permanent facilities and resettles Turkmens in certain areas. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi. Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head toward ...and more »

Turkey says focal point in EU dialogue should be membership talks - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey “wants to leave tension with the European Union behind,” but the focus of dialogue with the bloc should be on the axis of opening new accession chapters, government spokesperson and Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmuş has stated. “We have not given up the ...and more »

Turkey, EU to kick off bilateral agenda in June's political dialogue meeting - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey and European Union will focus on upgrading Customs Union and the migrant deal, according to an agreed 12-month road map on the bilateral ties, with the first gathering to be held on June 13 for political dialogue meeting at the level of ...and more »

Russia eases Turkey sanctions but won't budge on tomatoes - Nikkei Asian Review

ISTANBUL -- Russia has lifted some of its economic sanctions against Turkey, but it refuses to budge in one area: tomatoes. The sanctions began after Turkey downed a Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015. Russian President ...and more »

Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for 'putschists' - EURACTIV

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan leaves after a ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. [Etienne Laurent/EPA]. Comments Print Facebook LinkedIn Google + Twitter WhatsApp Email. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told ...and more »

Erdogan moves to ban word 'arena' from sports stadiums as un-Turkish -

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has launched a crackdown on the word “arena”, calling on sports stadiums to stop using the word because it is un-Turkish. Stressing the need for Turkey to develop its “own language”, Mr Erdogan said last week ...and more »

Turkey Escalates Crackdown on Islamic State - Voice of America

Turkey has intensified its crackdown on Islamic State-associated militants since the deadly New Year's Eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub that was claimed by IS, according to officials and analysts. Data gathered by the private Turkish firm S ...and more »

Turkish opposition calls for Syrian Kurds to break with PKK - Middle East Eye

Turkey's main opposition party has called on the Syrian Kurds to disaffiliate themselves from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) so that Turkey could begin a process of opening relations. Ozturk Yilmaz, deputy chair of the Republican People's ...and more »

Main opposition CHP offers non-PKK path for PYD relations - Hurriyet Daily News

If the Democratic Union Party (PYD) condemns the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it may provide a way for Turkey to open a channel with the group that is cooperating with the U.S. in Syria, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP ...and more »