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Turkey attacks Kurds and IS

Following the bomb attack in Suruç Ankara has launched military strikes against the IS terrorists and the outlawed Kurdistan People's Party (PKK). What strategy is Turkey pursuing in the crisis-stricken region?

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 26. August 2015

Ankara needs stability now more than ever

Nothing would be better for Turkey now than domestic stability, as the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad reminds us: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 26. August 2015

AKP must now cooperate with the enemy

The fact that the only partner for a caretaker government is the left-wing pro-Kurdish HDP poses a dilemma for Prime Minister Davutoğlu, the liberal Hürriyet Daily explains: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 12. August 2015

Turkey surrounded by terrorists

The Turkish government is currently having to fight three radical groups, the liberal English-language daily Hürriyet Daily News observes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 11. August 2015

Turkey shaken by terror attacks

Nine people died in a series of attacks in Turkey on Monday. The government has blamed most of the violence on the banned Kurdish Workers' ... » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

Parties must go back to the negotiating table

The escalating violence in Turkey can only be solved politically, according to the conservative daily die Presse: » more

T24 - Turkey | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

PKK has learned nothing

The renewed PKK terror is a huge disappointment in view of the growing respect for the Kurdish movement around the world, journalist Metin Münir writes in the liberal Internet paper T24: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

Erdoğan banking on chaos

President Erdoğan has no problem with Turkey sinking into chaos, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 9. August 2015

Turkish attacks on PKK only help IS

Almost 400 members of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party have been killed since the start of Turkey's attacks on PKK positions in northern Iraq two weeks ago, according to official statements. Ankara's agression is short-sighted and benefits only the IS terrorist organisation, the conservative daily The Times warns: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Friday, 7. August 2015

PKK could call a ceasefire

The co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, has been in Brussels since Wednesday talking to Kurdish politicians with close ties to the PKK and EU representatives about a ceasefire in Turkey. The pro-government daily Sabah explains the reasons for this initiative: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 5. August 2015

No one talking about election in Turkey now

Three soldiers were killed in attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Şırnak province in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday. The news of new attacks on a daily basis is making people forget the election result of June 7, the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet complains: » more

Star - Turkey | Monday, 3. August 2015

HDP must force PKK to lay down arms

The co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey, Selahattin Demirtaş, called on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish state. The pro-government daily Star says words won't be enough: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Wednesday, 29. July 2015

Erdoğan fights IS military more consistently

The US and Turkey have agreed on a joint strategy in the fight against the IS. The US can now use Nato's İncirlik base for air strikes, which will boost the alliance's strike force against the IS, stresses the liberal-conservative daily Berlingske: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Friday, 31. July 2015

Ankara's hypocrisy provokes PKK terror

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has killed at least 12 Turkish police officers and soldiers in the last week, according to media reports. This is hardly surprising given that despite all its promises the AKP government has made barely any concessions to the Kurds in recent years, points out the liberal Hürriyet Daily News: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 29. July 2015

AKP clinging to power

The ruling AKP is looking to regain its government majority by fighting the terrorist group "Islamic State" and the PKK, Mustafa Balbay, a columnist and MP for the opposition party CHP, writes in the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet: » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Washington needs Ankara and the Kurds

The US government on Tuesday recognised the Turkish air strikes against the PKK as an act of self-defence and described the PKK as an aggressor. This stance will put Washington in a dilemma, the liberal daily Phileleftheros warns: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Erdoğan exploiting fight against PKK

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially declared the end of the peace process with the Kurds on Tuesday. For him, the fight against the PKK is a political manoeuvre, explains the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more - Germany | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Turkey using Nato for its dirty work

Nato failed to discuss Turkey's attacks on PKK targets at its meeting, criticises the website of the public broadcaster » more

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

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Ankara's fight against PKK not legitimate

The Americans and Europeans must make it clear to Ankara that the demands of the PKK are in no way comparable with the atrocities committed by the IS, urges the daily newspaper La Libre Belgique: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Erdoğan wants to stoke anti-Kurdish sentiment

Despite all appearances Ankara hasn't changed its strategy against Islamist terror, the liberal Newsweek Polska magazine argues: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

HDP must confront PKK

The leader of the Turkish pro-Kurdish HDP party, Selahattin Demirtaş, on Monday accused the Turkish government of having halted the peace process with its military strikes against the PKK. The HDP must now clearly distance itself from PKK violence in order to save this process between Ankara and the Kurds, explains the conservative daily Hürriyet: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Saturday, 25. July 2015

Nato needs clear Turkey strategy

In the fight against the IS Nato must establish a clear stance towards its member Turkey, demands the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in the run-up to Tuesday's talks: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Sunday, 26. July 2015

Erdoğan preparing for fresh elections

Turkey's attacks on PKK targets are all down to election tactics, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Monday, 27. July 2015

Ankara playing with fire

Turkey's decision to attack the terrorist group IS as well as the PKK is highly questionable, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter finds: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Monday, 27. July 2015

PKK exploiting power vacuum after election

The PKK announced on Saturday that the ceasefire that has been broadly observed since 2013 has lost its relevance in the wake of the Turkish military's attacks on PKK targets in northern Iraq. In recent days the southeast of Turkey has seen repeated attacks, for which the PKK has partly claimed responsibility. It's no coincidence that the PKK has ended the peace process while the coalition talks are underway, the pro-government daily Sabah comments: » more


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