Category: EU

Erdogan’s Referendum and Germany’s Dilemma

Erdogan’s Referendum and Germany’s Dilemma

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator FRANKFURT, Germany — Turkish citizens who went to the polls on April 16 were saying “yes” or “no” not only to a new constitution but to the future of relations with Europe. This was the interpretation offered at a public debate organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a […]

Turkey Blocks NATO Partnerships in Row with Austria

Turkey Blocks NATO Partnerships in Row with Austria

BERLIN (Telegraph) — Turkey is blocking NATO cooperation with more than 40 partner countries in a diplomatic row with Austria, it has emerged. Austria has been prevented from taking part in exercises or future operations with the alliance despite the fact it has more than 400 troops serving alongside NATO forces in Kosovo. Other partner […]

Armenia’s Heart: Poems … and Nothing More

Armenia’s Heart: Poems … and Nothing More

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator GYUMRI — Anyone who knows anything about Armenians is aware of the special role their language plays in their history and culture, and nowhere is this more obvious than in their rich poetical tradition. In Germany, this tradition is not unknown; in the 1970s and 1980s, through cooperation between […]

Malta’s PM under Pressure from MEPs over Corruption Claims Tied to Azeri First Family

Malta’s PM under Pressure from MEPs over Corruption Claims Tied to Azeri First Family

VALLETTA, Malta (Guardian) — Malta’s embattled prime minister, Joseph Muscat, is facing a growing rebellion in Brussels, where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are openly calling for his departure amid a growing corruption scandal involving his wife, a Panamanian shell company and alleged payments from the president of Azerbaijan’s daughter. The Mediterranean island state’s presidency […]

Armenian, Irish Aviation Authorities Negotiating Direct Flights

Armenian, Irish Aviation Authorities Negotiating Direct Flights

YEREVAN (ARKA) — Arsen Poghosyan, deputy head of the General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia, received on May 16 a delegation headed by Ireland’s aviation head Eamonn Brennan. The press office of Armenia’s civil aviation department the parties discussed cooperation prospects and the possibility to establish direct flights. On October 23, 2013, the Armenian […]

OSCE to Shut Office in Yerevan

OSCE to Shut Office in Yerevan

YEREVAN — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) and Special Representative on the South Caucasus Kristian Vigenin (MP, Bulgaria) expressed regret about the announcement this week that it had not been possible to reach agreement to extend the mandate of the OSCE’s Office in Yerevan, […]

Turkish Referendum: The Price of Winning

Turkish Referendum: The Price of Winning

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The “Yes” vote in the Turkish referendum may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not only was the reported margin in favor of the constitutional changes far slimmer than Erdogan’s AKP party and pre-election polls had expected, with only 51.4 […]

Turkey vs. Europe: Any Lessons?

Turkey vs. Europe: Any Lessons?

By Raffi Bedrosyan Last week, for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, one of its ministers was declared persona non grata — an undesirable alien — and deported from Netherlands, a state which is a NATO ally of Turkey. Again, for the first time, the Turkish foreign minister was told not to […]