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Turkey Discussing ‘Countermeasures’ Against Germany After Armenia Vote: Official

ISTANBUL, June 15 – Turkey is discussing countermeasures against Germany after its lawmakers voted to label the 1915 mass killings of Armenians an act of genocide, a Turkish official said on Wednesday, adding Berlin should distance itself from the resolution. German lawmakers this month voted overwhelmingly to endorse the resolution, infuriating Turkey, which rejects the

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Outlook: Brexit Vote

The Brexit Vote is around the corner; Keep an eye on everything BY Noureldeen Al Hammoury In a few weeks, until Britons will vote on their country’s future relationship with the European Union (EU). The decision is set not only to affect the United Kingdom (U.K.) but also Europe and the world for years, if not

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EU Budget Lost Nearly Billion Dollars to Fraud Last Year

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, May 31 – Nearly $1 billion of European Union funds were given out to fraudulent claimants last year, with the biggest concentrations of suspected false claims in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, data from EU investigators shows. In an annual report published on Tuesday, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) concluded that 888

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#Cringin’: British Youth Unimpressed With Pro-EU Campaign Video

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, May 25 – A campaign video urging young Britons to vote to stay in the European Union in a June 23 referendum backfired on Wednesday, with young people taking to Twitter in droves to denounce it as patronising. To a soundtrack of thumping dance music, the video shows images of young

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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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British Celebrities Back Remaining in EU in Letter to Newspaper

LONDON, May 20 – British actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Helena Bonham Carter are among more than 250 celebrities from the arts world who have signed a letter urging Britons to vote to remain in the European Union. Some of Britain’s best-known artists, musicians and writers are also signatories to the letter

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Merkel’s Coalition Partner Accuses Her of About-Turn on Refugees

BERLIN, May 14 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner accused her of doing an about-turn on her refugee policy since she opened Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants in September. German Vice Chancellor and Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that Merkel had made the right decision to

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Turkey Refuses to Change Terrorism Law in Stand-Off with EU

ANKARA, May 11 – Turkey refused on Wednesday to make changes to its anti-terrorism laws demanded by Brussels, hardening Ankara’s position in a stand-off with the bloc over dealing with militants, migrants and travel. EU officials and rights groups have accused Turkey of using the broad anti-terror legislation to crush all dissent – though Ankara

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Erdogan Reaffirms EU Membership as Turkey’s “Strategic Goal”

ANKARA, May 9 – Membership of the European Union remains Turkey’s strategic goal and a deal to liberalise visas for Turks visiting the bloc should accelerate the accession process, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. His written statement appeared to be an attempt to clarify Ankara’s position days after Erdogan said Turkey would not make

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