Secret EU report claims Erdogan plotted purge before coup

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey planned to purge opposition forces in the military before July’s attempted coup, according to a secret EU intelligence report. The European intelligence contradicts the Turkish government’s claim that Fethullah Gülen, an exiled cleric, was behind the plot to overthrow the Turkish government. The report...

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Almost 79,000 Syrian Children educated in Turkey refugee school

The Turkish refugee camp teaches children from Syria to help integrate into society, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told state-run Anadolu Agency. Currently, Turkey is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees worldwide, and have spent more than $20 billion to $25 billion in their care. Veysi Kaynak said 13,600 teachers,...

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EU to give debit cards to refugees

Refugees in Turkey are to receive debit cards as part of a multi-million euro aid deal with Ankara aimed at slowing the flood of migrants into Europe. The scheme is set launch next month with one million of turkey’s nearly three million refugees, most of whom are fleeing Syrian, expected...

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Turkey-EU migrant deal under threat

Turkey-EU migrant deal under threat

Turkey may have to rescind its migrant deal with the EU if it cannot secure visa-free travel, according to Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.  Ankara’s migration deal with Europe has today been called into question after the Turkish government accused the EU of delaying the payment of the €3 billion...

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EU releases €1.4 billion for Turkey to care for Syrian refugees

The European Commission has released €1.4 billion to help Turkey to care for its population of Syrian Refugees, specifically financing health and education. Delivering on its commitment to “speed up the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey”, the newly released funds now bring the Commission’s total up to...

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

EU Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs, in a debate with the co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, on Tuesday 14th June, said that “if Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to...

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

EU Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs, in a debate with the co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, on Tuesday 14th June, said that “if Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to...

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EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

Europe’s MEPs have criticised the Turkish parliament’s decision to remove the immunity from prosecution of 138 of its members, saying that the decision “undermines the rule of law.”   In a debate with Johannes Hahn, EU Enlargement Commissioner, EU MEPs described the decision as “an attempt by Turkey’s President Erdoğan...

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Fallon overboard in the Aegean

A NATO mission countering illegal people trafficking in the Aegean Sea has cut the number of migrants arriving on Greek islands in April to less than 50 per day.   NATO ships – including vessels from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – have been alerting Greek and Turkish coastguards to migrant...

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