Latest News from Turkey

Khashoggi's fiancee urges Washington to act on murder

Turkey's foreign ministry on June 19 called on all U.N. member states and international institutions to insist on carrying out the recommendations made in a report by a U.N. rights investigator on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Greece, Cyprus seeking EU summit support against Turkey

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads to Brussels on Thursday confident that the two-day summit of European Union leaders will agree to take specific measures against Turkey if it continues its "provocative" behavior within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Turning the Tables on Turkey’s Democracy

Following several turbulent years, which saw an escalation in domestic terrorism, regional security challenges, and an attempted coup in 2016, political pluralism and freedom of expression in Turkey have become increasingly constricted.

Former PM Pikrammenos to top ND’s nationwide list

Panagiotis Pikrammenos, a retired judge who briefly served as caretaker prime minister at the peak of Greece's economic crisis in 2012, is to top the nationwide party list of center-right New Democracy, ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis revealed Wednesday.

Katrougalos discusses Turkey with Bolton

Greece's Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos discussed with US National Security Advisor John Bolton about Turkey's drilling activities in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported Wednesday.

Defense min: Greece takes necessary action to address Turkish provocations

Greece, along with Cyprus, the European Union and other international actors, is taking all necessary action to address Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis said Wednesday.
He also spoke about the plan to reorganize the Armed Forces, noting their operational capabilities and dissuasive capacity.

Cavusoglu: Ankara seeks to defend Turkish-Cypriots’ rights in Cyprus’ EEZ

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean that Ankara's activity in the Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ] of the Republic of Cyprus aims to "guarantee that the rights of the Turkish-Cypriots are accepted by the Greek-Cypriot administration, Greece, the EU, and everyone else".

Cyprus’ implied threat of veto key in EU Council decisions on Turkey

The EU General Affairs Council's harsh warning to Ankara and its decision to ask the European Commission to review possible sanctions against Turkey in response to its violation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus was in part shaped by the implied threat by Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis that he would not sign on to the Council's conclusions on EU enla

European People's Party condemns Turkish East Med activities

New Democracy MEP Vangelis Meimarakis and his Cypriot counterparts, led by Lefteris Christoforou, secured on Wednesday the condemnation of the European People's Party of Turkish activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

Complaints filed over pushback claims at Evros border

The Greek Council for Refugees has filed a complaint with the Supreme Court in Athens over claims of violent pushbacks at the northeastern Evros border with Turkey.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the GCR said that its complaint includes a file of evidence supporting the claims of several migrants and asylum seekers who said they were forced back over the border into Turkey.

Editorial: Energy roles and obligations

Only dreamers could have really believed that drilling for and exploiting hydrocarbons would have been an easy affair.

Similarly, one must view as dreamers those who envision global energy roles and loads of revenues without fully assuming the responsibilities that these roles entail.

Ankara only seeking to protect Turkish-Cypriot rights, says FM

The "only thing" that Ankara wants with its recent activities in the Eastern Mediterranean is to "guarantee that the rights of Turkish-Cypriots are accepted by the Greek-Cypriot administration, Greece, the EU and everyone else," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by the state-run Anadolou Agency as saying on Wednesday.

EU exploring options over Turkey

Ahead of Thursday's summit in Brussels, the European Union is considering the imposition of sanctions on Turkey over its illegal drilling activities within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).