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EU Making “Serious Mistakes” Over Failed Turkish Coup: Turkish Minister

ANKARA, Aug 10  – The European Union is making serious mistakes in its response to Turkey’s failed coup and is losing support for EU membership from Turks as a result, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. In an interview with the state-run Anadolu agency, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia was not meant as

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Austria Threatens to Block Acceleration of Turkish EU Talks

VIENNA, Aug 7 – Austria’s foreign minister has threatened to block the expansion of negotiations with Turkey on its accession to the European Union, which could scupper a landmark migration deal between Brussels and Ankara. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s comments, published on Sunday, risk exacerbating a row between Austria and Turkey that flared last week

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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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EU’s Juncker Sees “Great Risk” to Migrant Deal with Turkey

ZURICH, July 30 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned that a deal struck with Turkey in March on handling a wave of migrants bound for Europe could collapse, he told an Austrian newspaper. “The risk is great. The success of the pact so far is fragile. (Turkish) President (Tayyip) Erdogan has several times

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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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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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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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