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Turkey’s coup holds lessons for the region By Shadi Hamid On a Friday night, just a day after a horrific attack in Nice, France, that had taken the lives of more than 80, rumors of a military coup in Turkey began to spread. It was a reminder that even the most unlikely things can happen in a

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Merkel Tells Erdogan Death Penalty Not Compatible With EU Membership

By Michael Nienaber and Andrea Shalal BERLIN, July 18 – Turkey cannot join the European Union if it reinstates the death penalty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone call on Monday, a German spokeswoman said. Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004, allowing it to open EU accession talks the

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“No Excuse” for Turkey to Abandon Rule of Law: EU’s Mogherini

By Alastair Macdonald and Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, July 18 – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the Turkish government on Monday against taking steps that would damage the constitutional order following a failed weekend coup. “We were the first… during that tragic night to say that the legitimate institutions needed to be protected,” she

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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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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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France Says Syrian Refugee Intake Insufficient, Vows to Double Efforts

PARIS, April 5 – France acknowledged on Tuesday that its intake of Syrian refugees had been slow and insufficient, but vowed to double efforts to meet commitments in light of a deal agreed between the European Union and Turkey. Under a pact criticised by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, Ankara will take back all

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EU-Turkey Migrant Scheme Could Start Sunday: EU officials

By Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 18 – A plan to return all irregular migrants arriving on Greek islands back to Turkey could take effect on Sunday if EU leaders strike a deal on Friday with the Turkish prime minister, senior EU officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned overnight that any delay

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