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Britain officially triggers Article 50 to leave EU

Britain officially triggers Article 50 to leave EU

The UK has formally handed in its notice to the European Union. British EU envoy Tim Barrow delivered a letter by hand to the European Council this afternoon, triggering Article 50 which starts the formal divorce process …

 Ankara urges EU to mind its own business

Ankara urges EU to mind its own business

European Union should not to interfere in a referendum in Turkey expected on April 16 on changing the country's constitution, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. He added that Europe should "mind its …

Inside the key dynamics of Turkey’s economy: Ankara at the crossroads

Inside the key dynamics of Turkey’s economy: Ankara at the crossroads

Spiking trade with the EU was a key ingredient to the Erdogan boom years

Europe opens doors for Georgia

Europe opens doors for Georgia

Today, the visa-free regime for Georgian citizens to the European Union comes into force: now, biometric passport holders from Georgia will be able to visit the EU countries with a short visit without visas and move freely in the Schengen …

Erdogan: Turkey may hold EU accession referendum

Erdogan: Turkey may hold EU accession referendum

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey may hold a referendum on whether to carry on with negotiations about joining the European Union, Al Jazeera reports. Speaking at a Turkish-Anglo …

EU leaders sign Rome declaration and proclaim a ‘common future’

EU leaders sign Rome declaration and proclaim a ‘common future’

The 27 leaders of the European Union signed the Rome Declaration on Saturday, proclaiming, “Europe is our common future,” even as a series of crises have badly weakened efforts to unify the continent and Britain …

EU summit kicks off in Rome

EU summit kicks off in Rome

Leaders of 27 European Union countries, not including the UK, are meeting in the Italian capital to celebrate 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. The countries will sign a new declaration to honour the 1957 treaty, which paved the way …

Merkel acknowledges mistakes of the EU

Merkel acknowledges mistakes of the EU

The European Union made a lot of mistakes many times, but now it's time to correct them, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with Italian state channel. She arrived in Rome for the celebration of the 60th …

How much Europe can Europe take?

How much Europe can Europe take?

Either political integration catches up with economic integration, or economic integration needs to be scaled back

Kvirikashvili to celebrate visa waiver for Georgia in Athens and Brussels

Kvirikashvili to celebrate visa waiver for Georgia in Athens and Brussels

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will travel to Europe to celebrate visa waiver the right of visa-free movement for Georgians across the EU. He said at today’s Government Meeting that it is important …

 Steinmeier: Erdogan jeopardizing Turkish-EU ties

Steinmeier: Erdogan jeopardizing Turkish-EU ties

Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier used his first speech as president on Wednesday to warn his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he risked destroying everything his country had achieved in recent …

 Erdogan calls on EU to respect human rights

Erdogan calls on EU to respect human rights

Europeans across the world will not be able to walk the streets safely if they keep up their current attitude towards Turkey, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara. "If Europe continues this …

The West#039s desperately needed reset with Turkey

The West's desperately needed reset with Turkey

The West must acknowledge that what Mr. Erdoğan represents will be part and parcel of Turkey's future

Erdogan: EU no longer be able to threaten us

Erdogan: EU no longer be able to threaten us

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that after an April referendum Turkey will no longer be threatened by the European Union membership process. The President said that Turkey will no longer be …

European Union turns 60 this week

European Union turns 60 this week

The biggest threat facing the EU is not collapse but paralysis as its institutions are in urgent need of reform

 EU Commission: no alternatives to EU-Turkey migrant deal exist

EU Commission: no alternatives to EU-Turkey migrant deal exist

The EU-Turkish migrant deal is not perfect and its implementation continues to be difficult but there are no viable alternatives to it, the Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas said. …

Brexit to begin on 29 March

Brexit to begin on 29 March

Britain's government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, the UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be …

 Juncker: Brexit to bring love back to EU

Juncker: Brexit to bring love back to EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries following the United Kingdom out of the EU because Brexit will show them “it’s not worth leaving”.  Asked …

EU leads covert war with religions, Ramzan Kadyrov says

EU leads covert war with religions, Ramzan Kadyrov says

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, today criticized the decision of the European Court of Justice on the right of employers to prohibit workers from wearing any clothing that demonstrates their religious affiliation. As the Chechen leader …

A challenging issue: The EU-Turkey refugee agreement

A challenging issue: The EU-Turkey refugee agreement

The agreement has turned the Greek islands into an “open-air prison”

Will Iran have its first conservative president since 1989?

Will Iran have its first conservative president since 1989?

A new conservative front representing several parties is giving Rouhani a run for his money

Ankara’s role in global stability

Ankara’s role in global stability

The early 21st century has been marked by the rise of new players who are increasingly demonstrating their independent capacity to affect politics around the globe. Turkey has become a formidable growth zone that has attracted the attention …

Second wind for Scottish independence

Second wind for Scottish independence

When in 2014 the majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK, it seemed that the supporters of Scotland's independence failed, and their recover will not be soon.

Letter bomb at IMF#039s Paris office injures female employee

Letter bomb at IMF's Paris office injures female employee

A female employee of the International Monetary Fund was injured today when a letter bomb posted to the world lender's Paris office blew up as she opened it, Reuters reports. The explosion was caused by a homemade device, the head …

Russia-India rail link could undermine Suez Canal#039s importance

Russia-India rail link could undermine Suez Canal's importance

Expanding transport networks in Central Asia will help shape global routes

Turkey notifies UN of international law breaches by Netherlands

Turkey notifies UN of international law breaches by Netherlands

Turkey’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday notified the global body of what it said were international law violations committed by the Dutch government. Amsterdam breached the Vienna Convention on consular and …

Lukashenko: EU needs to be preserved

Lukashenko: EU needs to be preserved

Belarus seeks to prevent the breakup of the European Union, the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders. "Lately, I have been calling for the …

 Omer Celik: time has come to reassess migration deal with EU

Omer Celik: time has come to reassess migration deal with EU

Turkey's minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik said he believed the time has come for Turkey to reassess its migration deal with the European Union. Celik said that Turkey has fulfilled all of its obligations regarding …

Tensions rising between Turkish, European leaders before elections

Tensions rising between Turkish, European leaders before elections

The Netherlands is heading for a nationwide vote Wednesday, with concerns about Muslim immigration a central issue

 Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijani-EU deal supposed to be comprehensive

Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijani-EU deal supposed to be comprehensive

The partnership agreement, which will be signed with the European Union, will cover many spheres, including the economic cooperation, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with members of the Movement of the …