Omer Celik

Turkey against 'privileged partnership' with EU

Turkey will not accept a "privileged partnership" with the EU, the country's EU Minister Omer Celik has said, Anadolu Agency reports. "If we are offered a privileged partnership, we will not even consider it, and …

 Celik: Germany can't dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister Omer Celik said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the …

Turkey threatens sanctions against Netherlands

Turkey will "surely have sanctions" against the Netherlands, the Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik said today without giving details, as a diplomatic row between the NATO partners over Ankara's political campaigning …

EU accused of double standards again

Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik criticized the “mixed” response given across the EU over the terrorist attacks in Turkey. "Why is it that when Turkey is attacked by ISIS, the Turkish …

Fire in Turkish dormitory kills 12

Twelve people, including eleven teenagers, were killed when a fire swept through a girls dormitory in the southern Turkish province of Adana on Tuesday. The fire, which broke out in a dormitory housing middle and high school students, …

Ankara in fury after Euro parliament vote

The Turkish government has reacted angrily to the European Parliament’s Nov. 24 overwhelming recommendation to freeze Ankara’s EU accession negotiations, with chief negotiator Omer Celik saying his government regards …