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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 ]


'Nazis, Spies and Terrorists': Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved?

'Nazis, Spies and Terrorists': Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2017

In recent months, relations between Germany and Turkey have reached a new low. After a series of escalating spats, tourism and investment in the country have collapsed. Will it finally drive Turkish President Erdogan to change course? By Katrin Elger, Maximilian Popp, Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Interview with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek: 'Germany is Being Irrational'

Interview with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek: 'Germany is Being Irrational'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2017

As Germany and Turkey struggle with the increasingly strained state of their relationship, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek stresses the two countries' longstanding friendship in an interview with DER SPIEGEL. He also says it is Ankara's duty to rid the state of terrorist elements. Interview Conducted by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

The recent arrest of German human rights activist Peter Steudtner marks a turning point in relations between Germany and Turkey. In an election year, the center-left Social Democrats want to see a tightening of sanctions, but Angela Merkel has declined. She wants to save the refugee deal the EU has made with Ankara. By Ralf Neukirch, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Erdogan at the G20: Turkey Against the World

Erdogan at the G20: Turkey Against the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2017

On the eve of the G20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs that he is interested in reconciliation with Germany. But he has driven away many of his other former allies as well. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


The Chronicle of a Long Night: Revisiting Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt

The Chronicle of a Long Night: Revisiting Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2017

Almost one year ago, a coup attempt took place against Turkish President Erdogan. Even today, it remains unclear who was behind the attempt to overthrow the government. SPIEGEL reviewed numerous documents to create a chronology of events, as they happened. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2017

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old. By Walter Mayr and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]