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Row over Armenian massacre

The European Parliament has called on Ankara and EU members to acknowledge the Armenian massacre of 2015 as genocide. The pope has also described it as genocide. What approach to dealing with historical crimes can lead to reconciliation?

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 16. October 2015

Holocaust not more important than Armenian genocide

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that denying the Armenian genocide is not an incitement to racial hatred and should therefore not be punishable by law. With their decision the judges are making awkward comparisons, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger complains: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Monday, 27. April 2015

Armenians isolate Turkey with genocide debate

German President Joachim Gauck and Russian President both used the term genocide on April 24, marking the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. For Turkey this represents a diplomatic fiasco, the liberal paper Hürriyet Daily News concludes: » more

Lidové noviny Blog - Czech Republic | Friday, 24. April 2015

Don't take criticism of Ankara too far

The mass murder of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was without doubt genocide, but unlike with the Holocaust, making its denial a punishable offence makes no sense, the conservative daily Lidové noviny believes: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 23. April 2015

Genocide highlights danger of nationalism

French President François Hollande will take part in the commemorative ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the genocide in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The ceremony should also send a political message, the left-liberal daily Libération comments: » more

Zeit Online - Germany | Wednesday, 22. April 2015

Genocide debate just term fetishism

Speaking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the telephone, the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has protested the use of the word "genocide" in a resolution to be put to the Bundestag on Friday. Whether the word is used or not is of secondary importance at this stage, political scientist Burak Çopur writes in a commentary for the liberal web portal Zeit Online: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 22. April 2015

Armenians to blame for 1915 massacre

The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Monday expressed his condolences to the descendants of those killed in the massacre of the Armenians in 1915. The conservative daily Hürriyet, by contrast, has no time for stories of persecuted Armenians and barbarous Turks: » more

T24 - Turkey | Tuesday, 21. April 2015

History fabricated and distorted in Turkey

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç announced on Monday that Turkey had never committed genocide, also not against the Armenians in 1915. His statement doesn't come as a surprise, journalist Hasan Cemal writes in the liberal online paper T24, adding that after all Turkish history books are silent on this and other subjects: » more

Star - Turkey | Monday, 20. April 2015

Genocide conspiracy aimed at weakening Turkey

The European Parliament passed a resolution last week calling on Turkey to recognise the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. The pro-government daily Star is scandalised: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 17. April 2015

Armenian genocide still continues

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already described the European Parliament's resolution on the Armenian genocide as "irrelevant". His words show that the mentality in Turkey hasn't changed in the slightest, columnist Yetvart Danzikyan complains in Agos, the weekly of the Armenian minority: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Friday, 17. April 2015

Denmark not obliged to recognise Armenian genocide

Denmark's social-liberal foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, has come under fire after describing the massacre of the Armenians in 1915 as a "tragic event" rather than genocide. The liberal daily Berlingske defends the minister: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 16. April 2015

Don't trivialise terms like genocide and torture

Pope Francis has denounced the genocide of the Armenians and the European Court of Human Rights has condemned Italy for torture at the G8 summit in Genoa. The increasingly frequent use of these terms risks trivialising their significance, the left-leaning daily La Republicca points out: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 15. April 2015

Pope Francis has given Armenians a voice

With his statements on such a politically sensitive issue Francis has given the Armenians' suffering the attention it deserves, writes the left-liberal daily El País. ... » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 15. April 2015

Another argument against Turkey's EU accession

Ankara's unwillingness to recognise the massacre of the Armenians as genocide provides a good opportunity to rule out EU membership for Turkey, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera believes: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 15. April 2015

Christians were not the only victims

The pope's comment on the genocide of the Armenians overlooks the fact that Muslims were also victims of massacres by Russians at the end of the Ottoman Empire, writes the liberal English-language Hürriyet Daily News: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 14. April 2015

Pope's comments on genocide inappropriate

Pope Francis called the massacre of Armenians in 1915 genocide on Sunday, prompting a wave of criticism in Turkey. The conservative daily Milliyet finds the pope's words uncalled-for, but also criticises Turkey's heavy-handed diplomacy: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, 14. April 2015

Geonocide denial blocks Turkey's path to EU

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused the pope of "contributing to the growing racism in Europe" after Francis described the massacre of Armenians a century ago as genocide. Unfortunately, coming to terms with the past remains an alien concept in Turkey, which is thus blocking its own path towards Europe, the Catholic daily Avvenire counters: » more

Contributors - Romania | Sunday, 12. April 2015

Vladimir Tismaneanu on forgetfulness of the Armenians' holocaust

Pope Francis described the killing of 1.5 million Armenians in the First World War as "genocide" in Rome on Sunday, drawing harsh criticism from Turkey. The pope's speech was courageous, historian Vladimir Tismaneanu writes on the Romanian blog portal Contributors: » more


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