Category: EU

German Government Draws the Line

German Government Draws the Line

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought he could celebrate the first anniversary of the attempted coup by cementing his dictatorial rule at home and intimidating allies abroad, he made a serious miscalculation, which may end up costing more than he could have imagined. By exacerbating […]

Jean-Claude Juncker: Death Penalty Will End Turkey’s EU Bid

Jean-Claude Juncker: Death Penalty Will End Turkey’s EU Bid

By Nikolaj Nielsen BRUSSELS (EU Observer) — European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned against Turkey reimposing the death penalty. Juncker in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper has said the move would “slam the door to EU membership.” The comments follow statements over the weekend by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that he would not […]

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, […]