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Erdogan to Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish support for NATO bid after Stockholm protest
No Change in Austria’s Position on the Admission of Bulgaria in Schengen, Vienna promised EU Funding for our Border
There is no change in Austria's position on the enlargement of the Schengen area. This became clear after the visit of Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to the Bulgarian-Turkish border near Elhovo.
Austria will support Bulgaria's request for 2 billion, in front of the European Commission, to strengthen the security of our border.
Turkish Protesters Besiege Swedish Consulate Over Koran-Burning Stunt
Protesters in front of the Swedish consulate in Istanbul on Sunday chanted against Sweden and burned Swedish flags and pictures of the far-right Swedish-Danish politician Rasmus Paludan.
Paludan sparked anger in Turkey by publicly burning the Koran in front of supporters of his far-right Danish political party, Hard Line. He also has Swedish citizenship.
Greece, Turkey to go to the polls in sync
Erdogan announces Turkish elections to be held on May 14
Turkey's president has announced May 14 as the date for the country's next parliamentary and presidential elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who plans to seek reelection, made the announcement during a Saturday youth conference in northwestern Bursa province. A video of the event was released Sunday.
Austrian Chancellor Nehammer before his Visit: Austria won't Let Bulgaria into Schengen
There is no change in Austria's position on Bulgaria's accession to Schengen, the Austrian Chancellor announced before his visit to Bulgaria.
Karl Nehammer and Minister of the Interior Gerhard Karner arrive in Bulgaria today. They have a meeting with President Rumen Radev, with whom they will visit the Bulgarian-Turkish border together.
Turkey and the West: Who’s calling the shots?
Türkiye slams Sweden over anti-Islam, anti-Türkiye acts
Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and the Balkan energy race
Greece needs EU help to protect external borders, minister says
Protecting Greece's borders requires the support of the European Union, the country's Citizens' Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos told 27 foreign ambassadors during a visit in the northeastern town of Alexandroupoli, where he briefed them about the Akritas plan to protect the border with Turkey at Evros.
Turkey cancels Swedish defense minister visit after protest permit
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday that a planned visit by his Swedish counterpart to Ankara has been cancelled after Swedish authorities granted permission for protests in Stockholm.
"At this point, the visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson to Turkey on January 27 has become meaningless. So we cancelled the visit," Akar said.
Türkiye summons Swedish envoy over Stockholm's permission for Quran burning
Türkiye on Jan. 20 summoned the Swedish ambassador to Ankara over Sweden's permission for a planned burning of the Quran, Islam's holy book, near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.
Turkish foreign ministry officials told the Swedish ambassador, "we condemn this provocative action which is clearly a hate crime - in strongest terms."
Erdogan issues ‘crazy Turk’ attack threat
In the latest installment of threatening rhetoric, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Greece with a "crazy Turk" attack if it does not wise up.
Speaking at a rally in Istanbul on Friday, he said Turkey's Tayfun missile has scared Greece and stressed, "We are not so concerned about striking Athens as long as you [Greece] are smart."
Multiple elections in a cloud of uncertainty
As 2023 is a year of elections in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, it is useful to remember that we are now experiencing the calm before the storm. However great the tension between parties in each of these countries may seem today, the rivalry will keep intensifying, without any indication that the result of the elections will lead to any kind of normalcy.
Erdogan says Greek PM’s Davos comments inconsequential
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed comments made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Davos on Thursday as inconsequential.
"Mitsotakis can say what he wants, but his statements are not enough to change the fate of the region," Erdogan said on Friday. He did not clarify what he meant.