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Erdogan threatens to open Turkey borders to migrants

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP |  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Friday to open Turkey’s borders to allow migrants to reach the EU, in a move that would tear up a landmark deal that has reduced the flow. Erdogan’s comments, some of his toughest in recent times against the European Union, …

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EU Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

Strasbourg, France | AFP | The European Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has already dismissed the vote as having “no value” as it is non-binding, and as most …

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Turkey and the EU: The end of the road?

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to call a referendum on the future of Turkey’s EU membership bid, while Brussels accuses Ankara of “backsliding” on key commitments. After an already exhausting process of over half a century, could this finally be the end for the …

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Obama warns against ‘crude’ nationalism

Athens, Greece | AFP | US President Barack Obama issued a warning against “crude” nationalism as he kicked off his last foreign tour Tuesday with allied nations on edge after Donald Trump’s shock election win. Speaking in Greece, Obama called the NATO alliance “absolutely vital” to US interests and stressed …

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EU announces $85million for South Sudan crisis

The European Commission will provide €78 million ($85m) in emergency aid to help those affected by the South Sudan crisis both within the country and in the region. Over one million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighbouring countries, with the number expected to grow. There are currently two million …

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UK says Brexit timetable ‘unchanged’ despite shock ruling

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday told European leaders that her March deadline for triggering Brexit negotiations “remains unchanged” despite a court ruling that she first needs parliament’s approval. May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the …

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Britain could hold second EU vote, says ex-PM Blair

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be “very, very tough” as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood. He called on fellow “Remain” supporters to “mobilise and to …

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