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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U. – The New York Times

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil. BRUSSELS — Europe’s effort to stand up to Russia and Vladimir V. Putin, its president, is being slowed by two strongmen leaders insisting on the priority of their national interests and playing …

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Turkish Foreign Minister Faces Tough Questions in Washington – VOA

Istanbul — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is due to meet Wednesday in Washington with Secretary of State Antony Blinken — the latest step in the process of repairing ties between the two NATO allies. The Turkish diplomat will have tough questions to answer when it comes to Turkey’s efforts to veto bids by Finland and …

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Why does Turkey oppose Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership? | Al Jazeera

Sweden and Finland’s historic bids to become NATO members have hit a roadblock after top Turkish officials took a tough stance against a Nordic expansion of the transatlantic alliance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Swedish and Finnish delegations “should not bother” to travel to Ankara after Stockholm announced the two countries would …

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Turkey continues to play hard ball over Sweden, Finland NATO membership – Al-Monitor

Turkey’s Islamic-leaning Justice and Development Party government is demanding that both countries end their arms embargoes on Turkey over its military intervention in 2019 against the Kurds in northeast Syria. Tensions within NATO over Turkey’s demands for concessions from Finland and Sweden in exchange for backing the Nordic states’ membership of the Western alliance show …

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Turkey Becomes an Oasis for Russian Exiles – VOA News

Turkey is one of the few countries where Russian airplanes can fly and Russian passport holders can enter without visas, making it a prime destination for Russians seeking to escape both Putin’s crackdowns and the effects of economic sanctions. For VOA, Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul. Source: Turkey Becomes an Oasis for Russian Exiles

The sorrowful dominatrix: cartoonists Steve Bell and Martin Rowson on drawing Angela Merkel | The Guardian

‘She turned out to be interesting rather than easy’: Steve Bell Sixteen years is a very long time in politics, and since 2005 we’ve had Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron (and Nick Clegg), Theresa May and Boris Johnson – while the Germans have just had Angela Merkel. It usually takes time to get the …

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Turkey opens new dispute over sovereignty of east Aegean islands | Al Jazeera

Turkey for the first time disputes Greece’s sovereignty over its east Aegean islands which were meant to remain demilitarised. Athens, Greece – As NATO confronts Russia over security in Europe, renewed tension between Greece and Turkey is gnawing at the alliance’s eastern heel. In letters sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last July and September, …

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