Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia-minor. In a decisive but dividing referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. Erdogan’s divisive victory […]

Turkey’s opposition to formally seek annulment of referendum

Turkey’s opposition to formally seek annulment of referendum

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey’s main opposition party is preparing to formally appeal for the annulment of a referendum to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, while the country’s prime minister has called for the official results of the disputed vote to be respected. The secularist People’s Republican Party (CHP) […]

Turkey’s referendum could create ‘one-man rule,’ threatens EU ties

Turkey’s referendum could create ‘one-man rule,’ threatens EU ties

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began to set post-referendum strategy for the country after declaring a “clear victory” in the April 16 vote that gave him sweeping new powers but was also challenged as illegitimate by the opposition. Turkey’s Central Election Committee (CEC) on late April […]

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Special to WorldTribune.com Analysis by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Ankara There were, by the end of March 2017, growing indications that Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan had concrete plans to unleash a new wave of undocumented migrants into the European Union if he failed to win the absolute power he was seeking in the April 16, […]

Tillerson: U.S. no longer focused on Assad’s status which will be ‘decided’ by the Syrians

Tillerson: U.S. no longer focused on Assad’s status which will be ‘decided’ by the Syrians

by WorldTribune Staff, March 31, 2017 In a major policy shift from that of Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 30 said the U.S. will no longer demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad step down as part of a negotiated solution to the Syrian crisis. The “longer-term status of President Assad […]

Top Israeli: Erdogan’s ambitions, based on Muslim Brotherhood ideology, go beyond Turkey

Top Israeli: Erdogan’s ambitions, based on Muslim Brotherhood ideology, go beyond Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, March 16, 2017 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working against Western interests and pursuing a “neo-Ottoman empire using Muslim Brotherhood ideology,” a former Israeli defense minister said. Turkey under Erdogan is one of three “radical” elements seeking to expand their influence in the Middle East, along with Iran and jihadists such […]

U.S.-based aid group forced to shut down operations in Turkey

U.S.-based aid group forced to shut down operations in Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, March 9, 2017 An America-based aid group that was assisting Syrian refugees in Turkey has been forced to shut down its operations by the Ankara government. Mercy Corps, one of the world’s largest humanitarian groups, was informed by the Turkish interior ministry that it no longer had permission to work in Turkey, […]

Turkey, Russia, U.S. military chiefs hold talks on fight against ISIS

Turkey, Russia, U.S. military chiefs hold talks on fight against ISIS

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The chiefs of staff of the Turkish, Russian, and U.S. militaries are meeting in southern Turkey, amid progress made by a U.S.-led coalition in pushing Islamic State (IS) militants out of Syria. Hulusi Akar, Joseph Dunford, and Valery Gerasimov are likely to discuss in Antalya the […]

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 In a deal said brokered by Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have taken over frontline positions from a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria. The Syrian army took over the positions in the city of Manbij, where the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council had been fighting anti-Assad rebel forces backed […]

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

by WorldTribune Staff, February 27, 2017 Turkey has finished construction on more than half of its 511-kilometer (317 miles) security wall along its border with Syria. “The construction works are ongoing and we will complete it as soon as possible,” said Ergun Turan, president of Turkey’s state-owned housing agency TOKI. Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 […]

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