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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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Give Us EU Visa Freedom in Oct. or Abandon Migrant Deal: Turkey

BERLIN, Aug 15 – The European Union should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should be put aside, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper. Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe

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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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Brawls in Turkish Parliament Delay Legislation on EU Migrant Deal

ANKARA, April 28 – Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal with the European Union and parliament has been adjourned until Monday. Deputies threw punches, pushed and tried to restrain each other in the assembly late on Wednesday in a

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EU to Propose Visa-Free Travel for Turks May 4 if Terms Met

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS, April 20 – The European Union’s executive said on Wednesday it will propose on May 4 granting Turks visa-free travel to the bloc from late June — if Ankara meets the remaining conditions. A first European Commission report on implementation of last month’s EU-Turkey agreement to curb migration said good progress

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Turkey to Readmit More Migrants from Greece as EU Deal Faces Protests

By Orhan Coskun and Karolina Tagaris ANKARA/LESBOS, Turkey, April 5 – Turkey is ready to take another 200 migrants deported from the Greek islands on Wednesday, a senior government official said, as it presses ahead with a disputed EU deal aimed at shutting down the main route for illegal migration into Europe. A first group

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Migrants Sent Back from Greece Arrive in Turkey Under EU Deal

By Dasha Afanasieva and Karolina Tagaris DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Migrants sent back from the Greek island of Lesbos began arriving in Turkey on Monday under a European Union deal aimed at stopping the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. The first of two Turkish-flagged passenger boats carrying 131

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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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