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Kurds on the advance

Kurdish troops are recapturing entire regions from the IS terrorists in Syria and Iraq, and in Turkey a pro-Kurdish party has gained seats in parliament for the first time. Are the Kurds establishing themselves as a regional player?

Blog Adevărul - Romania | Monday, 27. July 2015

Nato will forget Kurds' efforts

Nato members are convening for an emergency meeting at the request of Turkey this Tuesday. They will discuss the country's recent air strikes against the IS and the Kurds. The Kurds will be the losers in the end, journalist Mircea Barbu writes on the blog of the liberal conservative daily Adevărul: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, 21. July 2015

Kurds are key in fight against IS

Ankara must finally recognise that it has been fighting the wrong people, writes the centre-left Tages-Anzeiger: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 22. July 2015

Reach out to PKK

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan must bite the bullet and finally start working together with the banned Kurdish People's Party (PKK), the conservative daily La Vanguardia urges: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Monday, 20. July 2015

Kurdish issue must be resolved diplomatically

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that the pro-Kurdish HDP party had ties to the terrorist organisation PKK, and that for this reason he didn't recognise the joint peace process between the HDP and the ruling AKP party. This stance will hardly resolve the Kurdish problem, comments the liberal online paper Radikal: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Thursday, 2. July 2015

Kurdish fight for freedom in Syria a lie

The Syrian-Kurdish militia YPG last week recaptured a number of cities on the Turkish border from the IS troops. But in reality the campaign is a cover for a strategy aimed at maintaining the Assad regime in power, the pro-government paper Sabah comments: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 1. July 2015

Turkish buffer zone in Syria unrealistic

After a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday, pro-government media in Turkey have reported on plans by Ankara to establish a buffer zone in Syria. This option is unrealistic, the liberal Internet paper Radikal believes: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 30. June 2015

West must stop warmonger Erdoğan

The National Security Council in Ankara on Monday discussed the possibility of Turkey sending troops into neighbouring Syria. The general staff of the Turkish army however rejects President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's intervention plans. The West must not stand by and watch while Erdoğan plays with fire, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau admonishes: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Monday, 29. June 2015

Anti-Kurd coalition will bring war to Turkey

According to media reports Ankara is planning a military operation in the Turkish-Syrian border region. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had previously announced that he would do everything possible to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state in northern Syria. If the AKP forms a coalition with the extremist-right MHP it will be a declaration of war against all Kurds, the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet warns: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Friday, 26. June 2015

Kobane easy prey for IS

Months after being driven out of Kobane, Islamic State fighters have apparently returned to the northern Syrian border city and are attacking it again. The Kurds fighting against them say that the IS units gained access to the city via Turkish territory. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes complains that the IS had an easy time of it: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Turkey must not undermine victories against IS

US-backed Kurdish units have conquered an army base held by the IS terrorist organisation in the north-east of Syria. The fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees the Kurds as a threat and accuses the US of colluding with terrorists is all the more worrying, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Monday, 22. June 2015

Kurds' growing power a challenge for Ankara

The fact that the Syrian border town Tal Abyad is now under the control of the PYD, the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is a cause of concern for the Turkish government. The liberal online paper Radikal points out the link between the developments in Tal Abyad and Turkey's domestic politics: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 17. June 2015

Erdoğan's hatred of Kurds further isolates Turkey

Kurdish fighters on Tuesday recaptured the Syrian border city of Tal Abyad which had been held by the IS. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned that this created a new threat on the Syrian-Turkish border. Didn't he perceive the IS fighters as a threat, the liberal online paper Radikal asks in surprise: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

US wants to weaken Turkey with Kurds' help

The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia scored a victory against the IS in the strategically important city of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border on Monday. At the same time another wave of Syrian refugees arrived in Turkey. This is the result of the strategic alliance between the US and the Kurds in the region who want to destroy Turkey's influence, the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak warns: » more

Zaman - Turkey | Thursday, 11. June 2015

Kurdish issue will be resolved in parliament

A high-ranking member of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Tuesday contradicted HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş's statement that Turkish voters had also given their vote to his left-wing, pro-Kurdish party. This conflict is unnecessary because since the parliamentary elections the PKK no longer has any say on the Kurdish issue, the Islamic-conservative daily Zaman points out: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

HDP must not concentrate only on Kurds

The leader of the left-wing pro-Kurdish HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, has promised not to put his voters to shame after the party's success in Turkey's parliamentary election. By this he means those who voted for the HDP to put a stop to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ambitions, the Kemalist daily Sözcü writes and appeals to the HDP to keep its promise: » more

Al Arabiya - United Arab Emirates | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Global perspectives: Ankara's Syria policy won't change

The speculation about whether the election results in Turkey will change the country's attitude to the war in Syria is unfounded, journalist Dawood Al-Sherian writes on the website of the Dubai broadcaster Al-Arabiya: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Coalition between AKP and CHP makes sense

After the Islamic-conservative AKP fell short of a governing majority in Turkey's general elections on Sunday, the process of forming a coalition could prove difficult since all the opposition parties ruled out the idea of a coalition with the AKP before the elections. The most likely candidate would be the social democratic CHP, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 8. June 2015

Breakthrough for the Kurds

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been punished for his arrogance, the centre-right daily Corriere della Sera writes in delight at the outcome of the Turkish elections: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 8. June 2015

Uncertainty on Europe's southeastern front

Turkey is facing a period of political uncertainty that could have repercussions for all Europe, the business paper De Tijd comments: » more


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