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European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2016

The closure of the Balkan route has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece with nowhere to go. Smugglers who once profited from sneaking migrants deeper into Europe are now offering a new service: A way back to Turkey. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Disaster in the Making': The Many Failures of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

'Disaster in the Making': The Many Failures of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2016

Many viewed it with skepticism from the start and now, the Brussels-Ankara refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Refugees are being locked up in Turkey and it looks as though the best educated Syrians are not being allowed to continue to Europe. more... Comment ]

Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2016

The conflict between Europe and Ankara over visa freedoms for Turkish citizens is escalating and Chancellor Merkel's refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Neither side is willing to back down. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Big Prize: Europe At Odds over Visa Freedom for Turks

Erdogan's Big Prize: Europe At Odds over Visa Freedom for Turks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2016

Brussels is likely to open the door for visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, even if Ankara doesn't fulfill all the conditions imposed. Many in Europe are concerned that it could trigger a wave of new refugees from Turkey itself. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2016

An insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan by German comedian Jan Böhmermann has set off widespread anger among German-Turkish people. But why is the community so attached to the Turkish president? By Serdar Somuncu more... Comment ]

Kurdish Opposition Leader Demirtas: 'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

Kurdish Opposition Leader Demirtas: 'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2016

Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas, 43, says that his HDP party wants a cease-fire in the ongoing battle between Turkish troops and Kurds in southeastern Turkey. But, he says, Turkish President Erdogan isn't willing to listen. Interview Conducted by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Erdogan and the Satirist: Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

Erdogan and the Satirist: Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2016

With his insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan, Jan Böhmermann has triggered an affair of state. Now, Chancellor Merkel has elected to allow legal proceedings against the German comedian. What, though, was Böhmermann's intent? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Insulting Erdogan: Merkel Falls Flat over a Satirical Poem

Insulting Erdogan: Merkel Falls Flat over a Satirical Poem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

A satirical poem targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become an affair of state. Chancellor Angela Merkel's handling of the crisis has been abysmal and shows that she is losing her grip on power. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. By Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]



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