Syria: A bloody tracer of Trump – Putin rapprochement

Moscow, Kremlin, 9.8.2016. President Vladimir Putin of Russia (on the right) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow. Russia was the first foreign country Erdogan visited after the attempted coup of July last year. (9 August 2016. Foto: Turkish Presidency work).

Despite the dreadful fact that the fighting and the bloodshed continues on many spots on the ground, the Astana agreement for a truce in Syria backed by Russia, Turkey and Iran seems to present a good chance for peace. Last Tuesday, the above three foreign powers and their proxies implicated in the Syrian civil war, […]

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

Bilateral meeting European Union-Turkey at the G20 Summit in China. From left to right: Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President. Shoot location: Hangzhou – China. Shoot date: 04/09/2016. Copyright: European Union.

The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the presence of the US led coalition forces at the key air […]

Fear casts again a cold, ugly shadow over Europe; Turkey sides with Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (second from left), federal cabinet ministers and leading members of Berlin's government visited the scene at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, where the deadly truck attack on a crowd at a Christmas market took place and laid one white rose each as a tribute to the victims of last Monday’s carnage. Foto: Bundesregierung/Kugler.

The deadly attack in a Berlin Christmas market and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, may not be closely connected or plotted by related terrorist circles, but they aim at the same target; to terrify entire populations and block what could lead to a solution in the Syrian mess. Add to that the […]

A shortened EU Summit admits failures, makes risky promises

European Council, Brussels 15/12/2016. From left to right: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Brita Haj Hassan, Mayor of East Aleppo. Understandably, after the fall or the liberation of East Aleppo, Hassan is a mayor without a city. Shoot location: Bruxelles – Belgium. Shoot date: 15/12/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Last Thursday, 15 December, the cut down to one day European Summit, confirmed that Europe continues on the wrong path. The 27 + 1 leaders acknowledged the complete failure of key policies regarding Syria and Turkey and kept making promises to Ukraine and Georgia they cannot honor. Unfortunately, Brussels refuses to learn the lessons still […]

Turkey’s Erdogan provokes the US and the EU by serving jihadists and trading on refugees

Donald Tusk President of the European Council (on the left), meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, in Ankara. Presidential Palace. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Service. Snapshot from a video).

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, after having declared war against the political, judiciary and civic structures of his own country, employs the same belligerent tactics in the domain of foreign policy. He now threatens to send to Europe 3 million refugees and immigrants who are stationed in Turkey. True, more than three million people, […]

How will the EU face the migration crisis when the Turkish threats come true?

Plenary session week 47 2016 in Strasbourg - EU-Turkey relations
Johannes HAHN, Member ofthe EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Date: 22/11/2016
Location: STRASBOURG
Copyright: © European Union 2016 - Source: EP.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 24 November calling for the negotiations to be suspended between the EU and the Turkish government until the latter ends its suppressive and dominant response to July’s failed coup. But this decision has triggered immediate reactions by the Turkish and European sides. While the president of Turkey threatens to […]

The migration crisis is slowly melting the entire EU edifice

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, gave a press conference on progress under the European Agenda on Migration.
Date: 28/09/2016
Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont.
© European Union  , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Georges Boulougouris

Last Sunday Hungary voted against the EU mandatory migration plan of accepting 1,294 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece but the referendum’s outcome was considered invalid because it didn’t reach the required threshold of 50%. Hence, it has no legal consequences and Hungary is obliged to follow the EU rules, which implies that the member […]

The impossible end of the war in Syria

Spring 2015, Nuclear negotiations in Lausanne. From left to right: Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, John Kerry US Secretary of State, Philip Hammond, then Brithish Foreign Minister and Sergeï Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services. Shoot location: Lausanne, Shoot date: 29/03/2015).

The United States and the Russian governments without the slightest remorse announced that it was with their guns the Syrians have been killing each other for the last six years. This is the translation in plain English of last weekend’s news, which is that Washington and Moscow agreed on a truce in Syria, after very […]

Will Merkel ever steer the EU migration Titanic and restore her power in Germany?

Ms Angela MERKEL, German Federal Chancellor.
Location: Brussels - BELGIUM 
Date: 29/06/2016.
© European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

Angela Merkel’s meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the sidelines of the 11th G20 Summit held in China on 4-5 September was crucial for her political future. The German Chancellor and her party seem to be losing ground, particularly in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania due to their migration policies. The Christian Democratic Union of Germany lost 4 […]

Is it just visa-free travel that Erdogan demands from the EU to not break the migration deal?

From left to right: Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, Turkish President.
Location: Istanbul - TURKEY. Date: 04/03/2016. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service.
© European Union, 2016.

Last Monday Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, mentioned in the German newspaper Bild that Turkey is most likely to step out of the refugee deal signed with the EU last March unless the latter provides to the Turks visa-free travel to the bloc in October. These comments come only a few days after the Turkish […]