German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
The latest arrests of regime-critical journalists in Turkey are a gross violation of modern democratic principles. Effective help can only come from one place, says Baha Güngör.
Trials against reporters and Turkish soccer fans follow on the heels of a crackdown this weekend on Turkish media critical of President Erdogan. Observers are worried about where the state is headed.
The European Union and the United States have condemned a series of police raids in which journalists and executives were arrested in Turkey. They were seen as targeting opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Federica Mogherini, the EU's new foreign policy head, will hold talks in Turkey on the "Islamic State" and Russia. Her trip is scheduled one week after Vladimir Putin visited the transcontinental republic.
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