Erdogan continues to hunt for possible "coups". At the same time, the European Court of Human Rights has condemned Turkey. The news ticker.
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19:42: For the first time in four years, high-level representatives of the EU and Turkey are meeting to form an Association Council to discuss the future of mutual relations (09.00). At the Brussels meeting, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu participates from the Turkish side. The EU is represented by the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn. The last association council took place in 2015.
Turkey has been associated with the European Union since 1963 through an association agreement and, since 1999, has also been a candidate for EU membership. However, the accession talks have been suspended due to the mass arrests following a failed military coup in Turkey in 2016. One of the topics covered is the EU Customs Union with Turkey, which was concluded in 1995. In reality it should be expanded, but even here there are talks due to the situation in Turkey on ice.
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"Bad face": Lindner asks for a drastic action against Erdogan Turkey
17:06: FDP leader Christian Lindner called for a general travel warning for Turkey due to the dispute over accreditation for journalists. "In dealing with German journalists, Turkey shows the ugly face of the Islamist presidential dictatorship, which no longer respects our European rules and values," said Lindner the "Tagesspiegel" (Friday). "Therefore, the Foreign Office must now make a general travel warning." If President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to put his political opponents at the airport, Europeans could no longer move freely and impartially, he said.
The press service in Ankara had recently reported to ZDF journalist Jörg Brase and the newspaper "Der Spiegel" Thomas Seibert and the non-permanent journalist of the NDR Halil Gülbeyaz, without providing explanations, that they should not receive a new press ticket. Brase and Seibert had to leave Turkey. Brase again approved the press card, Seibert no. Other journalists still do not have a work permit.
These were the news from Turkey and Erdogan from March 13th
1:00 pm: After the accident of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia, Turkey has blocked its airspace for passenger planes of this type. The ban on 737 Max 8 and Boeing 737 Max 9 models, said the transport ministry in Ankara, according to the state news agency Anadolu on Wednesday. Cars without passengers on board, ie transport flights, are excluded.
Already on Tuesday, the semi-state airline Turkish Airlines had declared that it would discontinue the use of the Boeing 737 Max until further notice. The airline claims to have twelve aircraft of the type in its fleet.
11:15: The organization Reporters Without Borders (ROG) welcomed the reversal of Ankaras in the case of correspondent ZDF Jörg Brase and at the same time called for "fair" treatment for all journalists. He was pleased that the work permit for Brase is now released, said Istanbul ROG expert Erol Önderoglu, on his organization on Twitter on Wednesday. Now he expected an "objective and fair procedure and treatment" of Tagesspiegel correspondent Thomas Seibert and other journalists who had not received press cards.
The NDR journalist Halil Gülbeyaz, who was also denied accreditation, told the German news agency that the return announced by Brase was a "positive development", but that one should not distinguish between journalists . "It is a matter of principle. Or it is a free press or it does not exist," he says. He hopes that Turkey will change its mind.
10.04 clock: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intensified his rhetoric against the opposition before the important local elections in Turkey in late March. In a speech in the capital Ankara on Wednesday, he accused the four main opposition parties of working with terrorist organizations. The parties have tried to "smuggle" supporters of the Gülen terrorist movement and the PKK of the Kurdish Workers' Party banned in the communities, said Erdogan. He listed the largest opposition party CHP, the pro-Kurdish HDP, the national conservative Iyi party and the Islamist party Saadet, calling it a "band of four".
Erdogan maintains the opposition near terrorist organizations. His attacks are usually focused on the HDP that Erdogan considers the extension arm of the PKK. The party definitely rejects it. The movement around US preacher Fethullah Gülen blames the Turkish leadership for the 2016 coup attempt.
In the municipal elections of March 31st, among other things, the mayors of the cities and municipalities are determined. In Ankara and Istanbul, the conservative Islamic party AKP has been the mayor for more than ten years. A defeat for the AKP in these cities would be a loss of face for Erdogan, who is also the leader of the AKP party. The election is also an important moral test for Erdogan after the presidential and parliamentary elections in June and at a time of economic crisis.
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Turkey condemned by the European Court of Human Rights: limited freedom of expression
News of March 12, 17:37: Since the former owner of a pro-Kurdish newspaper was excessively punished, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Turkey. Although he was eventually acquitted, the complainant Ali Gürbüz inevitably was censored for fear of condemnation, the Strasbourg court said today. Turkey has violated the human right to freedom of expression. The Turkish state now has to pay Gürbüz 3500 euros as compensation (complaint number 52497/08 and others). However, the verdict can still be challenged within three months.
Gürbüz now lives according to the court in Germany. He owned the now closed pro-Kurdish newspaper "Özgür Gündem". The document has several leaders of organizations that Turkey classifies as terrorist groups. The criminal proceedings against Gürbüz were initiated seven times, regardless of the content of the articles, as the court points out. These were insignificant messages like Christmas wishes and not invitations to violence. Coercive measures automatically initiated against media workers are incompatible with the right of the public to be informed.
The ZDF correspondent Jörg Brase receives the work permit
17:24: Turkey now allows ZDF correspondent Jörg Brase to work in the country. Ankara is now ready for credit recently denied, ZDF said Tuesday on its homepage. The journalist himself wrote on Twitter, now he would get a press card. "I'll be back in Istanbul in the next few days," he wrote.
Erdogan chases more "suspected terrorists"
8.35: Turkish prosecutors have issued about 60 additional research mandates for alleged terrorist suspects in connection with the 2016 coup attempt. According to a report by state-run news agency Anadolu, raiders in eight provinces have searched 58 agents of police. Some have already been arrested. The suspects are accused of links with the movement of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen – in particular "the infiltration of state institutions". The government blames Gülen for the coup attempt.
In the endless succession of manhunts, arrests and arrests, the government is focusing heavily on the army and the police. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu recently said that over 15,600 soldiers have been removed from work today. About 360 were reinstated after the investigation.
06:31: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the participants of a great march on the occasion of International Women's Day in Istanbul of a lack of respect for Islam. The protesters did not respect the call to prayer, he said at a campaign meeting in Hakkari, south-east Turkey, on Monday. He also said: "They wanted to shake the country before the elections". Local elections are scheduled for the end of March.
Erdogan's remarks may have been a response to highly criticized events on Friday evening when the Istanbul police stopped the great peaceful demonstration for women's rights near Taksim Square with dispersed barriers and tear gas. The police operation arrived unexpectedly. In recent years, the authorities had allowed the march even during the state of emergency after the 2016 coup attempt. The police had banned it this time, however, just before.
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News from Turkey from March 11th
12.41 clock: The German government protested Monday that several German correspondents in Turkey did not receive additional work permits for the moment. "For us, this refusal of accreditation is incomprehensible," government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin said. Take note with regret and misunderstanding that two journalists had to leave. The issue was not resolved with the departure. "We will continue to represent their interests," said Seibert.
00:34: Following the withdrawal of the accreditation of two German journalists, the European Commission has called on the Turkish government not to hinder the work of foreign journalists. "We expect the Turkish authorities to ensure that press freedom is respected," a spokeswoman for EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said Monday. Media freedom is the basis for a functioning democracy. The Commission is following the procedure closely.
Turkey rejects German journalists: AKK doubts the partnership with Erdogan
11:39: Due to the dispute over accreditation for German journalists, the CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer sees little chance for Turkey to move closer to the European Union. "We have always claimed to see a special partnership with Turkey," said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday Welt.deHowever, due to the decision of the Turkish authorities not to accredit independent journalists, Turkey is moving away from this process.
"That's why, if this behavior goes on, you really have to talk about if it really makes sense to carry on a process that sends a very clear signal from a partner who doesn't have much, if any, value, that we support in Europe, actions.
Journalists fight with Turkey – Özdemir: "No one is safer"
10.37 clock: After the refusal of the Turkish authorities to extend work permits to several German correspondents, Bundestag member Cem Özdemir (Alliance 90 / The Greens) warns against traveling to the country. "No one is safe in Turkey, neither Germans nor non-Germans. This is a capricious state", said the former national leader of the Greens on Monday on Deutschlandfunk.
Ankara has harshly criticized Özdemir. "Erdogan has largely synchronized the Turkish media. And now of course the international media market is off."
Turkey: Merkel's spokeswoman speaks of "escalation"
9.11 clock: The Turkish economy fell into recession at the end of 2018. According to reports from the Ankara statistical office, economic output (GDP) in the last quarter decreased by 2.4% on a quarterly basis. quarterly. The decline follows a minus sign in the third quarter of the revised 1.6 (initially 1.1) percent. Analysts expected development. According to a common definition, Turkey has slipped into a phase of economic recession.
07:11: On Sunday, the Federal Foreign Office strengthened travel and security information for Turkey. It may not be excluded that the Turkish government will take further action against representatives of the German media and civil society institutions, "he says now. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) told the Tagesspiegel Sunday: "Keeping journalists at work is incompatible with our understanding of press freedom".
Maas said Sunday evening in the ARD that the federal government wants to make it clear "that anyone coming to Turkey or flying, could expect that he will be held responsible, if he, in any form, in Germany publicly or through social networks, too much critical of the Turkish government ".
Seibert said: "The attempt by the German government to speak with Turkey and take it to a moderate line behind closed doors on this difficult problem can now be considered a failure." The escalation in relations with the German media "reached a point where the federal government can do nothing but act more strongly.
The leader of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, told the "Tagesspiegel" (Monday) that it was "state arbitrariness". SPD president Andrea Nahles spoke of "a regression relevant to Turkish-German relations". Even the leader of the European People's Party, Manfred Weber, called the refusal of accreditations unacceptable. "This shows once again that the country moves away from the EU. Turkey does not adapt to the European Union," the CSU politician wrote on Twitter.
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16:51: The Zoff for the expulsion of German journalists from Turkey could have a legal following. The ZDF is preparing a lawsuit against the refusal of accreditation, announced the Intendant Thomas Bellut in a statement published on Sunday.
The designation that Brases described as incomprehensible. "The correspondents should be intimidated with it," Bellut said. "We will not be impressed by this. Turkey is an important country for Germany and we will continue to speak impartially, objectively and even critically from Turkey and Turkey."
Still anger over Erdogan: German journalists leave Turkey – warns the Foreign Ministry
16:35: New blow for Turkish-German relations: the two Turkish correspondents of the ZDF and the Tagesspiegel he left the country on Sunday after the Turkish government withdrew their accreditation. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has called the refusal of the print media for correspondent ZDF Jörg Brase and "Tagesspiegel" journalist Thomas Seibert "unacceptable". His ministry has reinforced travel advice for Turkey and warned of the threat of arrest.
Brase and Seibert have announced that they will continue to report on Turkey. "I think Turkey's decision is doing more damage than ZDF or me," Brase said in Istanbul. The Turkish government has managed to get its hands on the national media in large part, now they try it with the international media, criticizing the corresponding ZDF. "But we shouldn't be intimidated by this."
According to Turkish law, Brase and Seibert had to leave the country ten days after refusing their application to extend the print media. They expressed misunderstanding over the decision of the Press and Information Office and announced that they would continue reporting on Turkey. Neither was they given a reason, nor in any way violated the regulations, Brase said before leaving the ZDF studio in Istanbul.
Brase and Seibert said that the Turkish press officer in Berlin had called in their editorial and made an offer: if they sent another correspondent, his application would be examined. The editors would have refused. In addition to Brase and Seibert, the NDR reporter Halil Gülbeyaz was deprived of accreditation at the beginning of March. Several other German journalists are waiting for an answer.
Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Increases Travel Tips for Turkey – No Work Permits for German Journalists?
Update from 10 March to 11.23 clock: Following the decision of the Turkish authorities not to issue new work permits to several German correspondents, the Federal Office of Foreign Affairs has strengthened the travel and security information for Turkey. It may not be excluded that the Turkish government takes further action against representatives of the German media and civil society institutions, "he says now.
In his notes, the Foreign Office (AA) now also refers to statements made by the Turkish government at the beginning of March: those who participated abroad in meetings of organizations classified as "terrorists" and who wanted to spend their holidays in Turkey be arrested at the entrance. "It must be assumed that non-public comments in social media will also be forwarded to the Turkish law enforcement authorities, for example through anonymous complaints," reads the AA website.
Before the elections: supporters of the opposition held – German journalists from the direct country
Update from 9 March to 19:20: Even German journalists have no difficulties in Turkey: they have been expelled from the country after they have not yet received a new press card. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in particular has criticized the withdrawal of the work permit for several German journalists in Turkey. "That the German correspondents cannot freely follow their work in Turkey is unacceptable to us," Maas wrote Saturday in the Twitter text messaging service. The minister said the Tagesspiegel was "incompatible with our understanding of press freedom" if journalists were prevented from working.
Among other things, the Turkish authorities had not issued new press tickets for the current year to Istanbul director ZDF, Jörg Brase, and correspondent Thomas Seibert, who among others reported for "Tagesspiegel". This is a prerequisite for foreign journalists working in Turkey. According to "Tagesspiegel", therefore, Brase and Seibert should leave Turkey on Sunday.
Citing government circles, the "Tagesspiegel" reported that Germany considered an affront that several German journalists were practically forced to leave the country. The issue will not be left alone, but will be discussed again and again in talks between representatives of both countries.
A total of about 80 foreign journalists in Turkey await the new accreditation two months after the end of the old press at the end of the year, according to informed sources. Among them are many Germans. The press card is usually the prerequisite for obtaining a residence permit.
The Foreign Office strengthened its security advice for Turkey on Saturday. Referring to the withdrawal of accreditations, he states that it cannot be excluded that "the Turkish government will take further action against the representatives of the German media and civil society organizations".
Turkey: the followers of the opposition arrested after a raid
Update from March 9th to 11:37 am: According to media reports, Turkish security forces arrested seven members of the HDP in a raid on a headquarters of the pro-Kurdish opposition party. The accident occurred on Friday evening in the city of Diyarbakir, in the south-east of the Kurd-dominated country. The HDP members are still in custody, a spokeswoman for the HDP said on Saturday at the German news agency.
The people involved participated in a hunger strike in solidarity with the detained HDP Leyla Güven policy, according to reports. Güven went on a hunger strike on November 8th. With the action he wanted to support also the imprisoned founder of the Kurdish worker party banned PKK, Abdullah Öcalan.
"We will continue our resistance anyway," MP HDP told Diyarbakir, Musa Farisogullari, to the parliamentarians. He accused the Turkish police of using violence against members of his party and damaging windows and doors. The Diyarbakir police did not comment on the incident at first.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government believes the pro-Kurdish HDP is the extended arm of the PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization in Turkey and the EU. The HDP denies it.
The Istanbul police interrupt the unauthorized gathering of Women's Day with tear gas
22:42: Istanbul police used tear gas against an unauthorized demonstration during World Women's Day. Security forces in protections also threatened protesters with dogs on the central Istiklal Street on Friday, according to an AFP correspondent. Many of them fled to the side streets.
The protests had been peaceful during the previous year, the authorities had issued a ban on demonstration on the main commercial street of the city just before the march. However, thousands of women gathered there to protest against their rights and against violence.
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The area was full of police officers building barriers around the central Taksim square. "C & # 39; is a system, c & # 39 is a state that is afraid of us," a woman shouted over the barrier. Thousands of protesters were finally allowed to protest on a small piece of road. They were then trapped between two police barriers and gradually dispersed using tear gas.
Women's rights activists have repeatedly accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government of not having done enough to combat violence against women. The topic was focused on the day before World Women's Day, when a trial began against the famous actor Ahmet Kural, who allegedly beat his partner, the Turkish pop singer Sila.
Women's Day demonstrations also took place in the capital, Ankara, where several hundred women protested. "The men kill and the state protects the killers," some of them shouted.
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