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Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2017

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe, Fidelius Schmid and Alfred Weinzierl more... Comment ]

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2017

Turkey is divided ahead of a key constitutional referendum to grant President Erdogan more power. So too is Germany's Turkish population. Officials are concerned that violence could be the result while ordinary Germans are unable to understand how anyone could support Erdogan. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Perfect Storm: Netherlands Dispute Gives Turkey Perfect Election Fodder

Erdogan's Perfect Storm: Netherlands Dispute Gives Turkey Perfect Election Fodder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2017

Ankara is piling on in its dispute with the Netherlands after the country refused to allow key government members to hold political rallies in the country over the weekend. Turkey is calling for retaliation in the "harshest ways" and President Erdogan has found the perfect election issue. By Maximilian Popp in Istanbul more... Comment ]

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2017

Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

Turkey's hardline approach to German journalist Deniz Yücel has created considerable pressure for the government in Berlin, with Erdogan's statements over the weekend further exacerbating the situation. Still, the Turkish leader isn't as strong as he appears to be. By Maximilian Popp, Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Turkey: The Absurd Trial of Journalist Ahmet Sik

Erdogan's Turkey: The Absurd Trial of Journalist Ahmet Sik

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2017

Turkish investigative reporter Ahmet Sik once uncovered the practices employed by the shadowy Gülen sect. Now, he is on trial for being an alleged member of the movement. The case highlights the capriciousness of the Turkish judiciary under Preident Erdogan. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2017

In the wake of purges ordered by President Erdogan following last summer's coup attempt, a number of Turkish NATO officers have applied for asylum in Germany. The issue is a highly sensitive one -- also for Chancellor Merkel, who is visiting Turkey today. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Now Hiring: Purges Have Weakened Once Mighty Turkish Military

Now Hiring: Purges Have Weakened Once Mighty Turkish Military

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2017

Mass firings after last summer's failed coup attempt have created widespread anxiety inside the Turkish military. A weakened army and the loss of high-ranking officers is becoming a problem for NATO. By Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Refugees in Crisis : The Death Strip at the Turkish-Syrian Border

Refugees in Crisis : The Death Strip at the Turkish-Syrian Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2016

Assad and Russia are destroying Aleppo and tens of thousands of Syrians have left the city as they search for safety. But under pressure from Europe, Turkey has sealed off its border to Syria. Those who try to cross often don't survive. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp at the Border between Syria and Turkey more... Comment ]

Turkish Crackdown: A German Football Player Stands Up to Erdogan

Turkish Crackdown: A German Football Player Stands Up to Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2016

German footballer Deniz Naki played in the Bundesliga before joining Turkey's unofficial Kurdish national squad, becoming a hero for many Kurds struggling under President Erdogan's violent repression. But now his political statements have attracted the attention of Turkish authorities. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]