Tag Archives: Turkey

Hundreds go on trial for failed coup in Turkey

More than 200 suspects have gone on trial accused of plotting and orchestrating last year’s failed coup in Turkey. The defendants were paraded into a purpose-built courthouse one by one, and each suspect was handcuffed and flanked by two security guards. They were surrounded by dozens of protesters who waved Turkish flags and brandished signs demanding they receive… Read More »

Migrant crisis: EU ‘to back’ visa-free travel for Turkey

The European Commission will give conditional approval for Turks to travel without visas to Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, sources have told the BBC. Visa liberalisation was offered in return for Turkey taking back migrants who crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece. But Turkey must still meet EU criteria, and the visa deal needs approval by the European Parliament… Read More »

Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under new EU deal

The first migrants to be deported from Greece as part of a controversial new EU plan to tackle the migration crisishave landed on Turkish soil. Three boats carrying 202 people departed in the early hours of the morning from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios. Migrants on board the first ferry were escorted ashore by Turkish police… Read More »