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Turkey Lashes Out at Germany Over Allegations it Has Become Islamist “Hub”

ANKARA, Aug 17 – Turkey lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, saying that allegations that Turkey had become a central hub for Islamist groups reflected a “twisted mentality” that has been trying to target President Tayyip Erdogan. German broadcaster ARD this week published part of a confidential German government report, which it said marked the

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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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EU Set to Drive Forward Visas for Turks in Migrant Deal

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS, May 1 – Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle. The European Commission is set to declare

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Around 20 Syrians Readmitted to Turkey Under EU Migrant Deal

ISTANBUL, April 30 – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday around 20 Syrians had been readmitted to Turkey under an EU migrant deal designed to help stem migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea. According to the text of an address to the nation supplied in advance to the media, Davutoglu said that

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Merkel Arrives in Southeast Turkey to Ease Tensions of Migrant Deal

By Ercan Gurses and Andreas Rinke GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 23 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in a Turkish border province on Saturday to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as she works to ease tensions in the deal to tackle the migrant crisis. Prior to its enforcement almost three weeks ago, Merkel lobbied European

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Migrant Arrivals on Greek Islands Slow to a Trickle

ATHENS, April 6 – Arrivals in Greece of migrants crossing by sea from Turkey fell sharply on Wednesday, three days after an agreement came into force to seal off a route used by hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the past year. New arrivals on the Greek islands facing Turkey dropped to 68

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Anger Simmers as Greek Islands Adapt to Migrant Deal

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/LESBOS, Greece, April 6 – A day after Greece deported hundreds of migrants to Turkey under an EU deal meant to discourage others from making the same perilous journey to Europe, anger was simmering on Greek islands and asylum applications were piling up. Under the pact, Ankara will take

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EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 20 – They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an

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Europe’s Deal With Turkey Fails to Deter Migrant Attempts For Now

By Dasha Afanasieva and Melih Aslan DIDIM, Turkey, March 9 – Turkey’s coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara’s efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42

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