Greece returns 11 failed asylum seekers to Turkey

Greece returned to Turkey eleven migrants who did not qualify for international protection, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis announced on social media on Friday evening.

The group includes migrants from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, and Tunisia.

"We are speeding up procedures, implementing the new law we voted recently," he said in his comment.

Erdoğan receives head of European Council

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 11 received Charles Michel, head of the EU Council in Istanbul, according to diplomatic sources.

The closed-door meeting between Erdoğan and Michel was held at the Dolmabahçe Palace and lasted for nearly two hours.

Michel's visit marked the first visit to Turkey of the EU's new management since taking office last fall.

Liberation: Libya Is the New Frontier of Erdogan's Ambitions

A day after his visit to Tunisia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that in January next year, parliament would vote on a law allowing troops to be sent to Tripoli. For the Islamist leader, this is a way to expand his sphere of influence and assist the unstable Libyan government with national consensus, writes the French daily Liberation.

Turkish gov’t to submit parliamentary motion to send troops to Libya early January

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 26 announced that the government will submit a parliamentary motion to send troops to Libya in early January, when parliament re-opens.

"We will go to places we have been invited to. Since there is an invitation [from Libya] we will accept it", Erdoğan said.