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#181 Yervant1

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:22 AM

I think ErDOGan went too far this time! It's backfire time finally Europe is waking up.

Saarland authorities of Germany to ban speeches of Turkish politicians

22:11, 14.03.2017
Region:World NewsTurkey
Theme: Politics
 
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Saarland authorities of Germany intend to prohibit foreign political propaganda activities, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 

The Prime Minister of the region Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer noted, that after the recent scandals in regard to the Turkish politicians in Germany and Netherlands, Saar authorities are "doing everything possible to prevent such events in their territory."

"Germany should not be a domestic place for political conflicts," said Karrenbauer. "A campaign that threatens the peace of our country, should be banned," she said. Saar, according to the Prime Minister, "will not be waiting until the authorities resolve the situation in the state, or when a decision is made at EU level on such a settlement."

"We do not want and cannot allow any comparisons of Germany with Nazi policy," Karrenbauer said. "We must send a clear signal, including to the entire European Union," she stressed.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:27 AM

Keep it coming, the emperor has no clothes for all to see. But than again Europe knew what Turkey was all about and turned a blind eye and empowered the goon. 

FARS News Agency, Iran

March 13, 2017 Monday



German MPs Call for Troop Withdrawal from Turkish Airbase amid Rally Row



TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of German MPs called for the withdrawal of
troops deployed at Incirlik airbase, amid a row with Turkey over its
presidential powers referendum.

The request by the German MPs comes as the country is flying
reconnaissance sorties from the Turkish base as part of the US-led
anti-ISIL coalition, RT reported.

Concerns over the presence of German airmen at the base, which is
located in Southern Turkey close to Syria, came from lawmakers of both
the ruling coalition and the opposition.

Florian Hahn, spokesman for security and foreign policy of the
Christian Social Union (CSU), said the Germans soldiers and officers
may become pawns in Turkish power games.

“Amid this heated atmosphere, it has become increasingly uncertain
that the Turkish government can and will guarantee the protection of
our soldiers in Incirlik,” he told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag
newspaper. He called on the government to stop investing in the
infrastructure of the airbase and transfer the Tornados stationed
there elsewhere.

The CSU is the Bavaria-based sister party of Chancellor Angela
Merkel's Christian Democrats, while similar concerns came from the
Left Party, the main opposition force in Germany.

“In light of the current developments in Turkey, it is overdue that we
withdraw our Tornado jets and Bundeswehr soldiers, as well as halting
the supply of weapons to Turkey immediately,” argued Left leader Sahra
Wagenknecht, as cited by Deutsche Welle.

The Green Party's Cem Ozdemir, an ethnic Turk and long-time critic of
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said withdrawing troops from
Turkey would send a clear message to Ankara, which is, according to
him, “in the process of losing the last remnants of respect towards
Europe.”

Several NATO allies have troops stationed at Incirlik, with Germany
maintaining a force of some 240. They are ensuring continued flights
of the German Tornado aircraft for reconnaissance missions in Syria
and Iraq, part of Berlin’s contribution in the US-led coalition
fighting terrorist group ISIL.

Germany is considering multimillion-dollar investment into Incirlik
for the long-term deployment of its troops there. Turkey is set to
benefit from the money, both because its base would grow and because
local contractors would be involved in the renovation.

Supporters of the idea of pulling out the Tornados from Turkey say
they could be stationed in Greece, Cyprus or Jordan and still
contribute to the anti-IS campaign. They also say Ankara already
played the Incirlik card last year, when it prevented German MPs from
visiting the base amid a row over Berlin’s formal recognition of the
mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman Empire rule as genocide.

The obstruction was apparently meant to express Turkey’s irritation
with the German parliament after it passed the genocide resolution. In
Germany, the parliament has strong oversight powers over the military,
which is meant to prevent executive abuse and is rooted in the legacy
of Nazi-era atrocities. Lawmakers have to sign off on any foreign
deployment of German troops and defense spending in other nations.

So far, the German government has brushed aside the calls to withdraw
from Turkey, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere saying that
German soldiers were there to “protect NATO interests, and therefore
our interests.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday spoke along the same
lines and suggested that Turkey and other allies should focus on
things that unite them rather than on those which divide them.

Tensions between Germany and Turkey have escalated as Ankara prepares
for a referendum in April, which seeks to give more powers to the
office of the president. The Turkish government is sponsoring a series
of rallies of Turkish citizens living in Europe, campaigning for their
votes in the plebiscite. In several European nations, including
Germany, this effort has been undermined by the cancelation of rallies
and bans on the public appearance of Turkish officials at campaign
events.

 



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:35 AM

1051656168.jpg Turkish Foreign Minister: 'Holy Wars Will Soon Begin in Europe'
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18:49 16.03.2017
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has claimed that there is no difference in the Netherlands between liberal and fascist politicians. His comments come despite Dutch PM Mark Rutte seeing off a challenge from the overtly anti-Islam candidate Geert Wilders in the Dutch election.

In the latest denigration of relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, Turkey's chief diplomat Mr. Cavusoglu has made an astonishing prediction: that political co-operation between Turkey and Europe is so poor, a literal clash of civilizations is on the horizon.

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"Now the election is over in the Netherlands… When you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist Wilders. All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin in Europe," Cavusoglu said.

His extraordinary forecast are the first official comments from Ankara on the Dutch election, which was seen as a barometer of populism in Europe.

The current Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, was victorious in the Wednesday, March 15 vote.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives 'high five' to children after casting his vote for the Dutch general election in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

However, clearly Mr. Rutte's success was not enough to placate the Turkish Foreign Minister.

Mr. Cavusoglu recently attempted to enter the Netherlands to attend a Turkish referendum expat rally campaigning to to grant Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers, but was denied entry by Mr. Rutte's government.

Mr. Cavusoglu's comments have been dismissed by many in Europe has incendiary and fanciful. However, a breakdown of the Dutch election results reveals that anti-immigrant populism in the Netherlands is far from defeated.

Rutte's governing VVD party lost 8 seats, while Geert Wilder's Freedom gained 5 seats, coming in at second place.

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Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders

It means that a Mr. Wilder's — a political leader who pledged to close all mosques and ban the Koran — still won enough support from Dutch citizens to achieve the second highest number of seats, with 20 MPs.

And even Mr. Rutte, who immediately proclaimed his win was a victory over the "wrong kind of populism," is no stranger to flirting with nationalist demagoguery.

 

In January 2017, in a blunt campaign poster, Mr. Rutte's face looked impassive above the words, "Act normal, or go away."

 

The controversial message was widely seen as an attempt to appeal to voters considering voting for Geert Wilder's overtly anti-immigration Freedom party, which had been running high in the opinion polls.

However, Mr. Rutte insisted that his campaign wasn't against immigration, but for an increased focus on the integration of migrants into Dutch communities.

The Netherlands is home to 400,000 expat Turks, many of who want to attend Turkish referendum rallies run by the Turkish authorities but have been unable to, due to the Dutch authorities.

This clash has been replicated in other European countries, including Austria and Germany, who have also been reluctant to allow Turkish rallies to take place.

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People shout slogans during a protest in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2017.

Turkish President Erdogan has reacted aggressively, dismissing European politicians across the continent as "Nazis" and "fascists."

On March 12, at a rally pressing for a yes vote in the upcoming Turkish referendum — which would significantly increase his own powers — Mr. Erdogan declared:

"I have said that I had thought that Nazism was over, but that I was wrong. Nazism is alive in the West."

For their part, senior European leaders have decried the Erdogan administration's use of language.

Former Prime Minister of Belgium, and senior EU negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, dismissed Erdogan as "cynical," citing the Turkish government's attempts to crack down on dissent, in the aftermath of the failed 2016 Turkish coup attempt.

 

Diplomatic ties have deteriorated so rapidly between Turkey and it's former European allies, that there are no signs of détente on the horizon. While a "holy war" being launched is unlikely, there are key geo-political issues that are now threatened as a result of the tit-for-tat debacle. 

 

Turkey is a key player in the EU's attempts to mitigate Europe's migrant crisis. A year on from the EU-Turkey deal, which blocked the flow of asylum seekers into Europe, the Turkish authorities have threatened to withdraw from the agreement.

No specifics have been given, with President Erdogan only warning that the Netherlands specifically will "pay the price" for poor relations.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 08:54 AM

 Erdogan urges for Turks to change the demographics of Europe by having five children

By Paul Antonopoulos  17/03/2017

 
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BEIRUT, LABANON (10:16 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the “injustices” imposed on expatriates there, RT reported.

“Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you,” Erdogan said in the city of Eskisehir on Friday.

This followed on from an earlier statement by the Turkish Foreign Minister who warned that ‘holy wars’ in Europe would begin soon.

Turkey has lambasted European countries for not allowing Turkish officials to speak to the vast Turkish community in Europe ahead of a referendum that will give greater power to the president.
 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:49 AM

Bulgaria president confirms Turkey involvement in upcoming parliamentary election
11:13, 18.03.2017
Region:World NewsTurkey
Theme: PoliticsIncidents
 
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The President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, has confirmed Turkey’s intervention in the forthcoming parliamentary election in the country.

“Turkey’s interference in our elections is a fact, and this interference is impermissible,” said Radev.

But he noted that, nonetheless, Bulgaria intends to maintain good neighborly relations with Turkey.

“The Bulgarian organizations and competent services are actively working to prevent any attempt of interference in the electoral processes of our country and in our internal affairs,” added the president of Bulgaria.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:52 AM

Associated Press International
March 18, 2017 Saturday 9:34 PM GMT


German FM: Turkey 'further away than ever' from joining EU

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press
BERLIN

BERLIN (AP) - Senior German officials cast doubt Saturday on Turkey's
chances of joining the European Union, amid growing tensions with
Ankara over human rights and Turkey's claim that it's being treated
unfairly by countries in western Europe.

In an interview published by Hamburg weekly Der Spiegel, Germany's
foreign minister suggested that for now the most that Turkey can hope
for is to one day achieve a "privileged partnership" with the bloc.

"Turkey is further away than ever before from EU membership," Sigmar
Gabriel was quoted as saying.

Gabriel said he was always skeptical of the idea of Turkish EU
membership. He told Der Spiegel that upcoming negotiations about the
EU's future relationship with Britain might provide a blueprint for
Turkey "in the long term."

Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary caucus leader of Gabriel's Social
Democrats, said Turkey's chances of joining the EU would be "gone for
good" if the country reintroduced the death penalty, as Erdogan has
suggested.

"(Erdogan's) announcement makes clear that he isn't interested in
joining at all," said Oppermann. "Erdogan is clearly on the wrong path
and he's harming Turkish interests."

Relations between Berlin and Ankara have soured recently over a German
Parliament resolution labeling the 20th century killing of Armenians
as "genocide," Turkey's crackdown on the opposition and civil society
following a failed coup last summer, and appearances in Germany by
Turkish officials campaigning for constitutional change in an upcoming
referendum.

A German satirist's poem poking fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and the arrest of a German-Turkish journalist in Istanbul have
further fanned tensions between the two countries.

Erdogan's call Friday for Turks living in Europe to have at least five
children, as a response to Europe's "injustices," has also angered
German nationalists - who responded by renewing calls for an end to
dual citizenship.

Ankara, meanwhile, has accused Germany of allowing the banned
Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, to hold rallies in Germany. Kurds
make up a sizable number of the over 3 million people of Turkish
origin in Germany.

About 30,000 Kurds gathered in the central city of Frankfurt on
Saturday to protest against the constitutional reforms sought by
Erdogan, which would give the president greater power. Dozens of
protesters unfurled banned flags of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah
Ocalan at the rally.






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