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Turkey coup: military seize power from Erdogan

Turkey’s PM has denounced an “illegal action” by a military “group”, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital, Ankara. Binali Yildirim said the military action was not authorised but it was not a coup. He said that the government remained in charge. Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet ...

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Turkey’s Growing Influence over Islam in Austria

The Berlin-based expert on Turkey, Ralph Ghadban, warns that the Islam being preached in Turkish-controlled mosques in Europe is a “Sharia Islam with strong Turkish-nationalist overtones” that calls for a “strict separation from Western individualistic values.” In February 2016, the University of Vienna published study which found that Islamic kindergartens in the capital are dominated by “intellectual Salafists and political ...

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Austria warns it will LEAVE EU if Turkey wins controversial Brussels bid

Far-right party leader Norbert Hofer said Turkey joining the bloc could be the game changer that forces Austrians to call for an EU referendum in a bid to break away. He said: “I believe that people are able to learn, that political structures are able to develop, and that Austria will contribute to making Europe better. “There is one exception, ...

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Can Turkey Assimilate Its Refugees?

The neighborhood of Bağlariçi is some six miles north of Ankara’s city center. Like most of its suburban quarters, its apartment blocks and high streets are neither distinct nor very old. Superficially, the neighborhood is a testament to the city’s rapid growth over the last decade. Recent events, however, have shown that Bağlariçi is emblematic of a profound new trend ...

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Inside the Islamic Global Jihad May 19, 2016

Main events of the week This week, ISIS suffered two additional blows in the strategically important Iraq-Syria-Jordan tri-border area. On May 17, 2016, the Iraqi Army announced the liberation of the city of Rutba, located near the tri-border area on the Baghdad-to-Damascus highway. Previously (May 13, 2016), the Al-Tanf (Al-Walid) border crossing between Syria and Iraq, near the tri-border area, ...

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No Future for EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

“It can be expected that, as soon as Turkish citizens will obtain visa-free entry to the EU, foreign nationals will start trying to obtain Turkish passports … or use the identities of Turkish citizens, or to obtain by fraud the Turkish citizenship. This possibility may attract not only irregular migrants, but also criminals or terrorists.” — Leaked European Commission report, ...

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Turkey – 30 children raped in “model” refugee camp

The Turkish newspaper, BirGün, is reporting that as many as thirty Syrian refugee children have been raped in the Nizip refugee camp, not far from Gaziantep, Turkey. The perpetrator of the violence against 30 children is believed to have been a cleaner – referred to by the newspaper with the initials EE – who has been arrested. Beyond the horror ...

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Erdogan seeks injunction against German media boss for backing Böhmermann

A lawyer for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he was seeking a preliminary injunction from Cologne’s Regional Court against Mathias Döpfner. Attorney Ralf Höcker said he took the step because the Axel Springer chief had repeated an accusation of bestiality contained in Jan Böhmermann’s poem. Höcker said the Cologne court had already gagged a filmmaker who made a ...

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Bulgaria tо Return Migrants to Turkey from June 1

Bulgaria will be able to send back migrants who have crossed its border with Turkey illegally from June 1, according to the protocol signed between Sofia and Ankara on Thursday. The country is the first among EU member states to sign the protocol, which sets procedures for sending refugees back to Turkey. “The most important thing is that we are ...

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BRUSSELS’ decision to fine countries €250,000 for every refugee they refuse to admit has been blasted as BLACKMAIL

Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have all lashed out at the decision, which will leave countries who wish to control their own borders with bills of hundreds of millions of euros. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the plan, which was announced today, was a “dead-end street.” He said: “Regarding the fines proposed by the European Commission, it is blackmailing.” Polish ...

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