Category: Europe

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — In the late 19th century, the cliché phrase making the rounds of the imperial palaces in Europe, was that the Ottoman Empire, a creature in which they all had their vested interests, was the sick man of Europe. The means the Great Powers devised to cure […]

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 […]

Turks ‘Detached from Reality’ Says EU’s Donald Tusk

Turks ‘Detached from Reality’ Says EU’s Donald Tusk

BRUSSELS (BBC) — Turkey is “completely detached from reality” in calling the Dutch fascists, European Council President Donald Tusk has said, the BBC reports. His remarks come amid a row between Turkey and European nations over campaigning for a Turkish referendum. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Dutch government of being “Nazi remnants”. He was infuriated […]

EU, Armenia Seek Closer Ties

EU, Armenia Seek Closer Ties

YEREVAN — On March 21, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yerevan, representatives of Armenia and the European Union signed an agreement for closer ties. Representing the Republic of Armenia were Garen Nazarian, Deputy Foreign Minister and Trade lead negotiator Garegin Melkonian, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments […]

Azerbaijan Blocks OSCE Truce Monitors in Karabakh

Azerbaijan Blocks OSCE Truce Monitors in Karabakh

BAKU (RFE/RL) — Azerbaijan has made clear that it will not allow the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to deploy monitors on the Armenian-Azerbaijani frontlines around Nagorno-Karabakh. “In the absence of withdrawal of the Armenian troops from the occupied territories, such a deployment would lead only to further consolidation of the status […]

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Few could have imagined the depth to which relations between Germany and Turkey have sunk over the past weeks. No matter how accustomed one has become with outrageous statements issuing from Ankara, who could have predicted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would accuse the government […]

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

BERLIN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president, the BBC reports. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. Turkey has urged Germany not to grant asylum to any military […]

Poland Welcomes Promising Armenian Vocalist

Poland Welcomes Promising Armenian Vocalist

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator WARSAW — “Incredible Lusine Arakelyan gave a great New Year’s concert at the Warsaw concert hall in front of 1,200 guests. Her beautiful voice and great musical experience are unforgettable. The audience gave her several standing ovations. The orchestra conductor also praised her voice and performance.” This is […]