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Merkel Does Not See EU Expanding Membership Talks with Turkey

BERLIN, Nov 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey

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Don’t Underestimate EU Warnings on Membership Talks, Juncker Tells Turkey

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 – Turkey should heed European Union warnings over halting membership talks and carry out reforms demanded by the bloc, the president of the European Commission said on Saturday in a newspaper interview. Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday’s vote by the European Parliament to suspend talks with Ankara should not be underestimated because, although

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Hackers Attack EU Executive but no Data Breach -spokesman

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 – Hackers attacked the European Commission’s computers on Thursday, flooding the EU executive’s servers with digital service requests, but while connection speeds were affected, there was no data breach, the Commission said. “Yesterday afternoon the Commission was targeted by an attempt to saturate our internet connection,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a

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Fed Up With EU, Erdogan says Turkey Could Join Shanghai Bloc

ISTANBUL, Nov 20 – President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Sunday as saying that Turkey did not need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations. NATO member Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU look more remote than

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EU Plans Online Screening for Visa-Free Travellers

BRUSSELS, Nov 16 – Millions of tourists and business people visiting Europe will have to complete a 5 euro ($5.35) online security check before arrival if an EU plan to tighten controls on foreigners who do not need visas wins approval. The system, which the bloc’s executive European Commission is expected to back on Wednesday,

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EU Puts Syrian Central Bank Governor Under Sanctions

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Nov 14  – The European Union extended its sanctions on Syria on Monday, banning the country’s central bank chief and its finance minister from travelling in Europe and freezing their assets in a further step to isolate President Bashar al-Assad. The decision to target Central Bank Governor Duraid Durgham and Finance

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EU Split Over How to Handle Post-Coup Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Nov 14  – The European Union was divided on Monday on how to handle Turkey over its crackdown on alleged supporters of a failed July military coup, with Austria leading calls to suspend Ankara’s EU membership bid and Britain firmly in favour of maintaining ties. As the 28 EU foreign ministers

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EU Calls on Turkey to Save Democracy, Increasing Criticism

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Nov 8  – The European Union issued a strong new call on Turkey on Tuesday to resume political dialogue with opposition groups and safeguard its democracy, describing recent developments as “extremely worrying”. The statement, issued a day before an annual EU assessment of Turkey’s progress on meeting criteria for EU accession,

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Britain’s M&S to Close Stores as Profits Fall

By James Davey LONDON, Nov 8 – Britain’s Marks & Spencer said it would shut about 30 stores at home and 53 abroad, with its new boss seeking to revive the retailer by focusing more on food and less on its struggling clothes and homewares ranges. The retailer, whose shares have fallen 22 percent so

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