Nacho Sanchez Amor, the European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey, has said the new indictment against jailed philanrophist Osman Kavala "without any real evidence is outrageous." He said it "disdains" a European Court of Human Rights ruling that called for Kavala's immediate release. Amnesty International called the indictment "absurd."
Turkey's Central Bank announced that the real effective exchange rate (REER) of the lira hit the lowest level in 27 years, as souring relations between Ankara and Brussels added to the country's geopolitical woes, bringing lira to 7.88 against the dollar. The Central Bank's real effective exchange rate index sunk to 62.21, dropping by 1.59 points and falling below the former record low it observed during the 2018 Pastor Bronson crisis.
Last week's European Union summit decisions were not sufficient to overcome problems in relations between Turkey and the block, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 6.
The European Commission said on Oct. 6 that Turkey has experienced considerable backsliding in democracy, citing "excessively" centralized presidential power as one of the reasons. The Commission also said that the Turkish gov't was undermining its economy and destroying independent courts, leaving Ankara's bid to join the EU further away than ever.
Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh war must irk NATO the most among the conflicts in the mix it has to deal with. This is because it has to do with its very original task of dealing with “the Russian threat.”
Turkish vessel Yavuz left the area where it was operating southwest of Cyprus and reached Turkey's coast, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data showed on Oct. 5. Welcoming the news, a spokesman for the EU executive, the European Commission, said: "The departure constitutes another welcome step towards de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean and we hope for similar and further moves in this direction."
French President Emmanuel Macron on Oct. 2 said intelligence reports had established that 300 fighters from "jihadist groups" in Syria had passed through Turkey en route to Azerbaijan. Macron said that "a red line has been crossed" and demanded an explanation from Ankara.
Ankara remains unaffected by the European Union's talks of sanctions over Turkey's activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, an anonymous official told Reuters. EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock early on Oct. 2 and assured bloc member Cyprus it would punish Turkey if it continued operations in disputed waters.
Turkey and Greek Cyprus, sharply at odds over rights in the Mediterranean, made competing claims on Sept. 30 for support from the European Union. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey expected the EU to continue the positive momentum gained from diplomatic efforts to establish dialogue with Greece, while Greek Cyprus - a bloc member - called for solidarity and action against Ankara.
Turkey's Central Bank unexpectedly hiked interest rates on Sept. 24, triggering an improvement in the lira's value against the dollar. The Turkish Lira has sunk to record lows over the past month as Ankara's currency interventions proved futile.
Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks over their contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean after a four year hiatus. Ömer Çelik, spokesman for Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said preparations for the resumption of talks were under way and that the two sides were working on the parameters.
The special European Council meeting that was planned for Sept. 24-25 to discuss Turkey's drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, has been postponed to Oct. 1-2 after Council President Charles Michel went into isolation.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey recalled Oruç Reis from disputed waters to allow for diplomacy with Greece. "Let's give diplomacy a chance, let's put forth a positive approach for diplomacy. Greece should also positively meet this approach of ours, and let's take a step accordingly," Erdoğan said in Istanbul after Friday prayers. "This is why we did it," he added.
Members of the European Parliament have called on Turkey to "end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities" in the eastern Mediterranean in a press release issued on Sept. 17. MEPs said that Turkey should "refrain from violating Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters and stop nationalistic warmongering rhetoric."
European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said on Sept. 16 that nothing could justify Turkey's intimidation of Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean in a dispute over energy resources. "Turkey is and will always be an important neighbour. But while we are close together on the map, the distance between us appears to be growing," she said.