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Bulgarian voters from Turkey divert via Greece as ‘patriots’ again protest at Turkish border

By   /  24/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Politics, Social, TR Politics, TR Social, Turkey  /  No Comments

  Bulgarian passport-holders coming into the country to vote in the March 26 elections would now be coming via Greece instead of directly across the border because of planned blockades by Bulgarian nationalists, reports on March 24 said. The nationalist United Patriots coalition again staged blockades of Bulgaria’s border crossings with Turkey on March 24, […]

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Prosecutor-General: Bulgaria will not extradite border policemen wanted by Turkey on murder, manslaughter charges

By   /  22/03/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, Social, TR Politics, TR Social, Turkey  /  No Comments

  Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov said on March 22 that Bulgaria will not extradite to Turkey four border policemen wanted by Ankara on murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of a poacher. Tsatsarov said that according to the European Convention to which Turkey is a party, Bulgaria is not obliged to hand over the […]

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Tensions rise between Bulgaria and Turkey

By   /  18/03/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  No Comments

  Turkey’s intervention in the upcoming elections of March 26 in Bulgaria has caused a diplomatic incident between the two countries. Bulgaria called their Ambassador to Ankara Nadejda Neynski back to Sofia, for consultations according to turkish newspaper Hurriyet. The decision was taken based on information gathered concerning Turkey’s intervention in the country’s interior. Last […]

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Turkey continues to loom large in concerns about Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections

By   /  17/03/2017  /  BG Politics, Bulgaria, Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  No Comments

  Amid continuing controversy over concerns about interference by Turkey in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said that steps were being taken to counter such interference. Asked on March 17 what steps these were, he referred the question to Stefan Yanev, the caretaker deputy prime minister in charge of […]

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What’s next in the EU – Turkey standoff

By   /  17/03/2017  /  Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  No Comments

  “The European Union’s court, The European Court of Justice, my esteemed brothers, have started a crusade struggle against the (Muslim) crescent”. This statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a clear indicator of the political climate within the Turkish government concerning its relations with Europe. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that in […]

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Holland – Turkey diplomatic row intensifies

By   /  13/03/2017  /  Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  No Comments

  Holland’s decision not to allow Turkish ministers to speak in Rotterdam as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister’s and the Minister of Family Affairs’ persistence to travel to the country have blown out of control. Due to this situation serious incidents have erupted in Rotterdam, Dutch authorities have deported the Turkish minister and Erdogan […]

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Bulgarian President: More pragmatism needed in work of Southeast Europe Cooperation Process

By   /  08/03/2017  /  AL Energy, AL Politics, Albania, BA Energy, BA Politics, BG Energy, BG Politics, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Energy, F. Y. R. O. Macedonia, Headlines, ME Energy, ME Politics, MK Energy, MK Politics, Montenegro, Politics, RS Energy, RS Politics, Serbia, TR Politics, Turkey  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian President: More pragmatism needed in work of Southeast Europe Cooperation Process

  At a meeting with ambassadors from seven Balkan countries in Sofia on March 8, Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev called for more pragmatism in the work of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process and in the co-ordination of projects carried out with EU funds. The meeting, the first with this group of ambassadors […]

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Germany keeps its cool after Turkey Nazi accusations

By   /  07/03/2017  /  Headlines, Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  Comments Off on Germany keeps its cool after Turkey Nazi accusations

  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Erdogan’s Sunday accusations that Germany is using ” Nazi practices” to prevent Turkish leaders from campaigning there for a “yes” vote in next month’s referendum. “There is no justification for this statement. We have significant disagreements with Turkey on issues of freedom of the press, mass arrests and […]

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Opposition MHP leader backs Erdoğan on ongoing crisis with Germany

By   /  06/03/2017  /  Politics, TR Politics, Turkey  /  Comments Off on Opposition MHP leader backs Erdoğan on ongoing crisis with Germany

  Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has lent strong support to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the ongoing crisis with Germany, saying he would personally accompany the president in the event he decides to stage a rally in Germany. “If Mr. President decides to go to Europe, he is not alone in his […]

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Interior inistry: At least 1,300 suspects arrested in one week

By   /  06/03/2017  /  Politics, Social, TR Politics, TR Social, Turkey  /  Comments Off on Interior inistry: At least 1,300 suspects arrested in one week

  At least 1,300 suspects allegedly linked to terrorist organizations have been arrested in Turkey over the past seven days, the Interior Ministry said March 6. Among them were 920 suspected members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which is believed to have been behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. Some 45 of […]

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