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Austrian Far-Right Leader Likens Turkish Coup to Reichstag Fire

VIENNA, Aug 6 – Turkey’s failed coup and President Tayyip Erdogan’s subsequent purges of state institutions are reminiscent of the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany and its use by Hitler to amass greater power, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party said. The blaze in the German parliament building in 1933 was portrayed by the

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Germany’s Merkel Tells Erdogan Turkey Needs Strong Parliament

ISTANBUL, May 23 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she had told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that his country needed a strong parliament and voiced concern over the Turkish parliament’s decision to strip lawmakers of immunity. The move by the parliament, in a final vote last Friday, is likely to sideline the pro-Kurdish

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EU to Propose Visa-Free Travel for Turks May 4 if Terms Met

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS, April 20 – The European Union’s executive said on Wednesday it will propose on May 4 granting Turks visa-free travel to the bloc from late June — if Ankara meets the remaining conditions. A first European Commission report on implementation of last month’s EU-Turkey agreement to curb migration said good progress

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