Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to "relaunch the Crusades." "They literally want to relaunch the Crusades. Since the Crusades, the seeds of evil and hatred have started falling on these [Muslim] lands and that's when peace was disrupted," he said.
Here we go again. Few spats and a couple of phone calls later, we are back at square one on the Erdoğan-Macron front. Or even worse perhaps this time around. Remarks by Erdoğan in which he questioned the mental sanity of his counterpart signal his desire to divert attention from domestic troubles.
Macron says “the EU is me” and Erdoğan says “Turkey is me”. Both are not totally false and yet neither is fully correct. At the same time, as Erdoğan dropped the full EU membership target a long time ago, he prefers something in between the Russian and the new British relationships with the EU.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has urged Turkey to ensure the immediate release of jailed businessman and human rights defender Osman Kavala pending the Turkish Constitutional Court’s forthcoming decision on his case. The Committee, tasked with monitoring the implementation of ECHR judgments, considered the Kavala vs Turkey judgment for the first time as Kavala completed 34 months held in pre-trial detention.
Now a new flaw has been invented in Turkey: not being happy enough with the President Erdoğan's announcements. The government finds an enemy to accuse of everything evil and bad.
Unsurprisingly, Biden’s remarks caused a minor earthquake in the Turkish mainstream. The opposition was forced to denounce Biden’s comments and explicitly state their disapproval of any sort of foreign interference in Turkey’s domestic affairs.
Zeitgeist Turkey | Episode 14: Ankara’s hardline domestic policies and the fate of relations with the West
Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki are joined by Robert Bosch Academy's Galip Dalay to discuss the impact of Turkish government's recent domestic policy moves on Ankara's international relations. They look for answers to whether there is any possibility that Turkey's relations with the West might change for the better any time soon.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 15 that companies involved in construction of the TurkStream pipeline will be subject to the U.S. penalties unless they stop their works. “It’s a clear warning to companies. Aiding and abetting Russia’s malign influence projects will not be tolerated. Get out now or risk the consequences,” he said.
As someone who experienced uprisings from the crisis in Argentina to Gezi, including Tahrir and Al Kasbah, the best “advice” that I can come up with is to remind Europe of her obligation to recognize the global uprising in the name of dignity, the word she was once so passionate about.
Şafak Göktürk writes: This pandemic will surely have an abiding significance beyond its pathology. Yet, it will more likely be owing to its role in sharpening public awareness about our already existing afflictions. Of all the leaders, worst performers turned out to be the populists.
Turks and Kurds are not exotic fruits that grow in faraway lands. As citizens of this country, namely the Republic of Turkey, they yearn for equality, justice for all, state of law, plurality, agency, effective administration through decentralization, secularism, better education and economy for their children, security.
Turkey's top statistical authority revealed that the country's fertility rate has dropped to an average of 1.88 kids for every woman between 15 and 49 in 2019. The number of live births per 1,000 persons in the population has dropped by nearly two thirds since 2001.
A recent report by a non-governmental fraud authority revealed Turkey to have the second highest amount of fraudulent business in Eastern Europe. With some 13 cases of fraud in the past year, Turkey lost first place to Serbia, where some 14 cases were recorded.
Some 3,614 Turkish citizens will be flown to Turkey from nine different European countries on 34 different flights until the end of the day, said Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu March 17.
The number of coronavirus cases in Turkey has risen to 18, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said early March 16. Of the 18 cases, seven were people who returned from European countries and three came from the U.S., Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.