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Southern Gas Corridor is the missing piece of Azerbaijani Laundromat puzzle

The Azerbaijani regime wants to present a positive image in Europe because it needs support for its flagship project, write four campaigners. Plus Rebecca Gowland on British failure to crack down on those who exploit weaknesses in tax and governance laws<p>The Guardian’s Azerbaijani Laundromat …

Corruption

Turkey's New Alliances

When Turkey welcomed Iranian Chief of General Staff Mohammad Bagheri to Ankara in mid-August, it was the first time since the Iranian revolution of …

It's Official, Turkey Is Getting Russia's S-400 Air Defense System

The Turkish military does desperately needs its own long-range air defenses, but there are far more issues at play.<p>Vitaly Kuzmin<p>Turkey has reportedly …

Erdogan’s trip to India was anything but a Turkish delight

The first visit to New Delhi—from April 30 to May 01 2017—of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after winning formidable executive powers by scraping through in a referendum, was marred, predictably enough, by his unacceptable comment on Kashmir. Nonetheless, it was remarkable that the visit …

India

US to arm Kurdish fighters against Isis in Raqqa, despite Turkish opposition

The US considers the Kurdish-led forces a critical battlefield partner in Syria, but Nato ally Turkey calls them a terrorist group<p>The Trump administration has announced it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense …

Middle East

US decision to arm Kurds in Syria poses threat to Turkey, says Ankara

Erdoğan joins his prime minister and other government figures in condemning US decision before meeting with Trump<p>The Turkish government has criticised a US decision to directly arm Kurdish militants in Syria as a “threat to Turkey” – the first diplomatic scuffle between the two Nato powers since …

Middle East

Can Trump And Erdogan Agree To Disagree On Syria’s Kurds?

<b>Co-authored by Dr. Theodore Karasik</b><p><i>LobeLog originally published this article on May 4, 2017.</i><p>Turkey and the US share certain common interests in the Syrian civil war, from defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and checking Iran’s influence to calling for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish …

What's So Bad About Trump Calling Erdogan?

There’s a long tradition of the U.S. subordinating human-rights concerns to other interests. But there was something remarkable about the president’s move.<p>Just after Donald Trump grew disenchanted with Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president appeared to strike up a new fling with Turkish President Recep …

I Witnessed The Death Of Turkish Democracy Two Years Ago

The seeds were sewn for Turkey’s turn toward authoritarianism long before this latest “vote.”<p>Many pundits will take the results of the Turkish referendum this weekend and conclude that this was when the republic perished. They’re too late to this party. I got to see first-hand how Turkey was a …

Erdogan Is Dividing Turkey Against Itself

A demonize-and-polarize strategy has worked for the Turkish president in the past. But it may ultimately tear his country apart.<p>Since 2003, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been a guiding light for the ascendant global class of anti-elite, nationalist, conservative leaders. And all along, …

The Looming End To The Western-Turkish Alliance

The growing tension between Turkey and its Western allies, which was further heightened during the Obama administration, is narrowing the space for cooperation between the two sides and in fact is progressively worsening. Erdogan’s hope that he and President Trump would improve their ties as …

What you need to know about Turkey and the Trump administration

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went to Ankara on Thursday on a trip loaded with geopolitical significance.</b> …

South Asia

US-Turkey deal on ISIS assault? Why that's a tough sell for Tillerson.

On the secretary of State's agenda in Ankara Thursday is the Raqqa, Syria, offensive. But his real challenge is Turkey's disappointment that Trump's …

Lawyers for detained German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel to take case to Ankara top court

Laywers for detained German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel have lodged an appeal against his arrest with Turkey's Constitutional Court. Yucel's …

Turkey’s Dangerous Path Away From Democracy

Authoritarian leaders have long appreciated the power of fanning fears of real or perceived enemies to garner popular support. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is good at this. He has exploited a conflict with Kurdish insurgents and a failed coup to win elections and wage a brutal crackdown …

North Africa

Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation

War of words between neighbours prompts defence experts to express fears of accident in region spiralling out of control<p>Fears of tensions mounting in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean Seas reignited after the Turkish president raised the prospect of a referendum on accession talks with the EU …

Europe

The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

But it's also eerily familiar.<p>ISTANBUL ― Flying back to Istanbul after a warm week in Britain ― where it felt liberating to be away from the constant political chatter back home ― I came to the shocking realization that the Netherlands, of all things, had been dominating Turkey’s news cycle in my …

Special Forces

Donald Trump: Germany Owes 'Vast Sums Of Money' To NATO, U.S.

His demands came the morning after he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.<p>Germany owes NATO “vast sums of money” and must pay the U.S. more for the “powerful, and very expensive” defense it provides, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday.<p>Trump complained in his first tweet about “fake news,” …

Donald Trump

Dutch-Turkish row: Why is president Recep Tayyip Erdogan obsessed with Nazis?

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused two of Europe’s governments of fascism in as many weeks.<p>Amid the mounting row with the Netherlands, the Turkish leader told a crowd that the Dutch government was “Nazi remnants, they are fascists”.<p>He added: “I said 'I thought Nazism was over,' but …

Turkey’s Relations With Europe Sink Amid Quarrel With Netherlands

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s quarrel with Europe worsened over the weekend after the Turkish president accused the Dutch government of Nazism, and Turkish politicians were barred or disinvited from events in two European countries, amid tensions ahead of a tight referendum on a new Turkish …

North Africa

Turkey threatens to pull out of migrant deal as Dutch row intensifies

Threat comes as Dutch ambassador banned from re-entry by Ankara and President Erdoğan repeats nazism jibes after pleas from Brussels to tone down language<p>Turkey has suspended high-level political contacts with the Netherlands and threatened to re-evaluate a key deal to halt the flow of migrants to …

Human Rights

Erdogan Calls Dutch ‘Nazi Remnants’ After Turkish Minister Is Barred

PARIS — The Dutch government on Saturday intensified a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and its NATO allies in Europe by refusing to let the Turkish foreign minister fly into the Netherlands to campaign on behalf of a referendum that would augment the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of …

North Africa

Dutch police expel Turkish minister as 'Nazi remnants' row escalates

Mounted police disperse pro-Erdoğan crowd in Rotterdam after family affairs minister was barred from rally and escorted to German border<p>Turkish authorities have sealed off the Dutch embassy and consulate, sources at Turkey’s foreign ministry have said, in the latest incident in a tit-for-tat row …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

U.S. Should Stay Out Of Syrian War

President Donald Trump instructed the Pentagon to develop a strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Apparently one of the options is introducing U.S. combat forces to confront ISIS. A Marine Corps artillery battery has just gone in, and more troops could follow. Expanding the U.S. mission would be an …

Putin deepens Middle East influence with Kremlin summits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Leaders of Turkey and Israel find themselves inside the walls of the Kremlin in the next two days as President Vladimir Putin tries to entrench Russia's resurgent role in the Middle East.<p>Putin's interests hardly coincide with those of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or Israeli Prime …

Middle East

Arrival of US troops intensifies struggle for influence in Syria

Move into north of country comes as Turkey, Russia and Syria also stake claims to dictate assault against Isis in Raqqa<p>US forces have rolled into northern Syria to keep the peace between two allies that have fought each other for a week, further complicating Washington’s battle against Islamic …

Middle East

Turkey's Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more U.S. support | Reuters

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey has lost momentum in the war for northern Syria as the United States draws on Kurdish allies in the assault on Islamic State-held Raqqa, but Ankara is still pressing Washington for a deal that allays its fears of Kurdish ascendancy.<p>Syrian Kurdish groups meanwhile …

Middle East

U.S. Puts Troops on the Ground in Syria to Blunt Turkish Campaign

The U.S. and Russia have found themselves teaming up for the first time in the war in Syria -- against a country both call an ally: Turkey.<p>The U.S. …

Middle East

Mr. Erdogan’s Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has gall. He has jailed tens of thousands of people, shuttered more than 150 media companies and called a referendum in April to enlarge his powers. Yet when local authorities in Germany, for security reasons, barred two Turkish ministers from campaigning …

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