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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 ]

Overflowing Camps: EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Dying in the Greek Islands

Overflowing Camps: EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Dying in the Greek Islands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Ever since the failed military putsch in Turkey, the number of refugees making the trip across the Aegean to Greece has been rising again. The camps on the islands are full and the EU-Turkey deal is in danger of collapse. By Eren Caylan, Giorgos Christides and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2016

Despite the Turkish President's crackdown on opponents in the wake of the failed coup attempt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for strong continued ties to the country. It may be the only way to preserve the EU's crucial refugee deal. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

A Deadly Rivalry: Erdogan's Hunt Against the Gülen Movement

A Deadly Rivalry: Erdogan's Hunt Against the Gülen Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked a witch hunt against suspected backers of a prominent Islamist cleric. But were Fethullah Gülen's supporters really behind the country's recent coup attempt? By Onur Burçak Belli, Eren Caylan and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


The Fractures: How To Counter the Attack on Democracy

The Fractures: How To Counter the Attack on Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2016

In these days of terrorism, a coup attempt and deep polarization in the world, it is time to take stock and find the right response. Intellectual and moral arrogance will get us nowhere. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of last week's failed coup to consolidate his power. As the country slides into a dictatorship, there is a lot at stake for the West. But the effects in Turkey itself promise to be far greater. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]