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Refugee deal with Ankara?

The EU wants to cooperate more intensely with Turkey on the refugee crisis. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has come under fire for his brutal policies against the Kurds, the press and freedom of expression. How far can Europe go to oblige him?

Radikal - Turkey | Friday, 8. January 2016

Ankara can't trust EU's promises

Turkey's Minister of European Union Affairs, Volkan Bozkır, demanded on Thursday that the European Commission keep its promises of resuming the country's accession negotiations and visa-free travel for Turks. It will be a while before the EU makes good on the deal, the liberal online paper Radikal suspects: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 8. January 2016

EU kowtowing to Turkey for fear of refugees

European diplomats are warning that Turkey could slide into civil war in view of the fighting that has gone on for weeks between the military and the outlawed Kurdish PKK. The EU must not ignore the situation, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau warns: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 1. December 2015

New EU accession prospects for Turkey

In exchange for stepped-up border protection, the EU has offered Ankara to open a new chapter in its accession negotiations. Turkey is still a long ... » more - Greece | Monday, 30. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Juncker's surrender to Ankara

The agreement reached between the EU and Turkey on the refugee question completely ignores the interests of Greece and Cyprus, the online portal argues: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 30. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: EU buying its way out of solidarity

The EU and Turkey agreed at a special summit on the weekend to cooperate with each other in tackling the refugee crisis. Turkey has undertaken among other things to tighten its border security. In return the EU has pledged to revive the EU membership negotiations and abolish the visa requirement for Turkish citizens in autumn next year. The agreement has a bitter aftertaste, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger observes: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, 19. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: EU can't buy solution to refugee crisis from Turkey

After a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu on Wednesday in Ankara, the two leaders stressed that while their countries are bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis, it can only be solved internationally. The conservative daily Milliyet agrees: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Monday, 9. November 2015

Autocrats in Ankara convenient for the EU

The EU Commission has put off publishing its report on the state of human rights in Turkey, which normally comes out each year in October. It's no surprise that the EU didn't want to voice criticism in the run-up to the Turkish elections, the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet surmises: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 2. November 2015

Europe secretly glad AKP has won

Europe is secretly relieved about the victory of Erdoğan's AKP, the centre-right daily Corriere della Sera observes: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 20. October 2015

The West must not criticise Turkey

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with the Turkish leadership on Sunday the conservative daily Hürriyet criticises the negative coverage in the German media and calls for more reserve on their part: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 19. October 2015

The wrong time for the EU to embrace Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday promised the government in Istanbul financial aid and accelerated visa-free travel if Turkey cooperates more closely with the EU on solving the refugee crisis. In view of current developments in Turkey the timing couldn't have been worse, the conservative daily the Financial Times comments: » more

Main focus of Monday, 19. October 2015

Merkel makes concessions to Turkey

Visiting Istanbul on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Turkey financial assistance and accelerated visa-free travel provided the country cooperates more closely with the EU ... » more

T24 - Turkey | Monday, 19. October 2015

Erdoğan exploiting the EU's problems

Erdoğan will exploit the refugee crisis for his own ends, the liberal online paper T24 writes commenting on Merkel's visit to Istanbul: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 19. October 2015

Merkel forges ahead

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had no choice but to make overtures to Turkey, the business paper De Tijd comments: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 19. October 2015

Europe must not leave Berlin on its own

Angela Merkel's mission in Turkey would be less complicated if she could rely on more support from the rest of Europe in the refugee crisis, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny admonishes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 19. October 2015

Deal with Ankara could be costly

Under more pressure on the domestic front than ever before, Merkel may be forced to make concessions to Turkey, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 16. October 2015

EU and Turkey agree on refugee action plan

The EU and Turkey have agreed on an action plan for reducing the number of refugees arriving in the EU. Ankara is to improve its ... » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 15. October 2015

Turkey not a safe country of origin

After the attacks on demonstrators, the curfews and the violence against journalists in recent months upgrading Turkey's status to a "safe country of origin" would be wrong, comments centre-left daily Der Standard: » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Thursday, 15. October 2015

Athens's sovereignty violated yet again

The EU Commission has worked out a plan of action with Turkey to resolve the refugee crisis. The Turkish and Greek coastguard services are to jointly patrol the eastern side of the Aegean Sea, with EU border protection agency Frontex coordinating the operations. In its online edition the liberal daily Proto Thema denounces this as a violation of Greece's sovereignty: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 14. October 2015

Exodus from Europe: Merkel goes to Erdoğan as supplicant

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Turkey on Sunday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on the war in Syria and the refugee crisis, among other topics. She has a difficult mission, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Tuesday, 6. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Turkey can't hold back migrants

Even if Turkey steps up its border protection in exchange for the EU financing its refugee camps it won't stop refugees from reaching Europe, the liberal daily Taraf believes: » more

Simerini - Cyprus | Wednesday, 7. October 2015

Cyprus: EU losing leverage against Ankara

According to reports in Turkish media, during his visit to Brussels President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demanded among other things concessions in the dispute over divided Cyprus in return for taking care of refugees. The conservative daily Simerini has no hope that the EU can still act in Nicosia's interest on the issue of Cyprus: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 6. October 2015

Europe must keep up pressure on Kurdish issue

Europe may need Ankara's help to manage the flood of refugees but it must keep up the pressure on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the Kurdish issue, the conservative daily Die Presse urges: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Tuesday, 6. October 2015

EU just using Erdoğan

The EU is only making overtures to Erdoğan because this serves its own interests, writes the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak commenting on the Turkish president's visit to Brussels: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 5. October 2015

Why should Ankara help the EU?

The EU has been stalling on EU membership for Turkey for ten years now, the liberal daily Jutarnji List points out, and asks why the country should help out in the refugee crisis under these circumstances: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 5. October 2015

EU and Turkey need each other

Ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Brussels the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger urges the EU to make overtures to Turkey: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 5. October 2015

Erdoğan as Europe's dubious saviour

The timing of the EU's knock on Turkey's door couldn't be better for the Turkish president, writes the centre-left daily Der Standard. "Four weeks before fresh parliamentary elections in Turkey that are supposed to correct the bad results of the ruling party, Tayyip Erdoğan is paying a visit to Brussels. He wants visa exemption for Turks, new chapters to be opened in the membership talks, and money. But above all he wants pictures for the Turkish media: » more


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