Erdogan's Endgame: Turkey's All-Powerful President Grabs for More

Erdogan's Endgame: Turkey's All-Powerful President Grabs for More

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2018

The elections in Turkey on June 24 will determine President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's future and his legacy. He is currently at the zenith of his power and is looking to add even more. But he remains desperately afraid of losing it all. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2018

Turkey has barricaded its border to Syria with the help of funding from the European Union. There are few options left for Syrians trying to flee the brutal war in their home country and those who do risk death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2018

Journalist Deniz Yücel was held without charges in a Turkish prison for 367 days. This is the inside story of how he survived his time in jail, tested the patience of German negotiators and ultimately forced President Erdogan to bend. By Matthias Gebauer, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2018

By invading Afrin, one of the last unscathed regions in Syria, Turkey is trying to prevent the creation of a Kurdish state. The U.S. is looking on powerlessly while Russia is rubbing its hands in glee. Ultimately, the true winner might be Bashar Assad. By Christian Esch, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape. By Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2018

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


An Agent from Ankara: Did Turkey Plan To Kill Kurdish Official in Germany?

An Agent from Ankara: Did Turkey Plan To Kill Kurdish Official in Germany?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2017

An espionage trial in Hamburg is raising questions about the Turkish government's intelligence activities in Germany. It has shed light on a murky world in which Ankara may even be trying to eliminate its political opponents. By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]

Freedom of the Press and Expression in Turkey: We Must Remain Defiant

Freedom of the Press and Expression in Turkey: We Must Remain Defiant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2017

For 200 days now, Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel has been held in jail in Turkey. But the madness won't become routine just because time has passed. An Editorial By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2017

With the Turkish president firing away at Germany at will, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel recently announced that Berlin would take a tougher stance. It hasn't happened. Indeed, Germany may soon have to cough up significant amounts of money for Ankara. By Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Open Season: Erdogan Supporters Attack Turkish-German Politicians

Open Season: Erdogan Supporters Attack Turkish-German Politicians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2017

German politicians with Turkish roots are often insulted and berated on the campaign trail. But xenophobes aren't always to blame. Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan see them as traitors and try to intimidate them. By Katrin Elger and Maria-Mercedes Hering more... Comment ]