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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The EU should change its Turkey strategy as it can longer “shrug” at Ankara’s behavior, European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn told Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published late on Aug. 21.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Aug. 21 that Berlin and the rest of Europe should support the “democratically minded” majority of Turks who do not back President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in a dramatic hardening of Germany’s position towards Ankara.
Spanish authorities were officially notifying European police yesterday of the identity of the driver who ploughed his van into crowds in Barcelona to enable the launch of a Europe-wide manhunt
BERLIN - Reuters
A Syrian refugee family in Germany has named their newly born baby girl Angela Merkel Muhammed out of gratitude to the chancellor for her open-door asylum policy in 2015, hospital officials said.
The suspect in last week’s stabbing attack in Finland that left two people dead and eight injured was identified in court documents on Aug. 21 as 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah.
MADRID - Agence France-Presse
The four remaining alleged members of a terror cell that carried out deadly twin attacks in Spain arrived in a Madrid court on Aug. 22 where they will be grilled by a judge, after eight other suspects were killed.
BELGRADE, Serbia - The Associated Press
The entire staff of the Serbian Embassy in the Macedonian capital has been withdrawn for urgent consultations in Belgrade in a move that has further strained relations between the Balkan neighbors.
PRISTINA - The Associated Press
Bajram Rexhepi, Kosovo’s former prime minister and interior minister, has died in a hospital in Turkey following a stroke. He was 63.
BARCELONA / HESLINKI
Brief-stricken Spain and Finland paid homage on Aug. 20 to victims of terror assaults, as investigators turned their focus to Moroccan suspects in separate probes
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the release of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and criticized Turkey for "abusing" Interpol.
BERLIN – Agence France Presse
A Spanish court on Aug. 20 granted conditional release from custody to German-Turkish writer Doğan Akhanlı a day after police detained him over Ankara’s request, his lawyer has said