Turkey would reject any offer of partnership with the European Union that falls short of membership, Ankara’s EU affairs minister has said, warning that the current impasse gave Turkey no reason to maintain its migrant deal with the bloc.
Russian military police stationed in the Afrin region of Syria have begun withdrawing before a potential military operation by the Turkish army, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported, in a development that comes only a day after key military and intelligence talks between the two sides in Moscow.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has proposed “making a presentation” for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the issue of the status of a number of Aegean islands that are disputed between Turkey and Greece.
Turkey will submit a position paper to launch a visa liberalization dialogue with the EU. The draft document has proposed to conduct the issue about the anti-terrorism law through the “formula of a working group between Ankara and the Council of Europe (CoE),” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Hürriyet Daily News on Jan. 18.
The Turkish Parliament on Jan. 18 extended the ongoing state of emergency in Turkey for another three months after ratifying a prime ministry motion.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has accelerated preparations for its 36th ordinary congress where changes within the organization are expected to be marked by a leadership race and changes in the party assembly.
Senior officials from Turkey and Germany kicked off two days of high-level meetings in Berlin on Jan. 17 to discuss security and counter-terrorism issues, including measures to be taken against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported, citing diplomatic sources.
The Constitutional Court has issued an explanation for its rejection of a local court’s demand to cancel a regulation in the Civil Servants Law banning Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) personnel from involvement in politics.