Turkey

Don’t panic! Turkey won’t be joining the EU anytime soon

16 June 2016 12:19

The Leave campaign sees the EU-Turkey accession talks as a reason to drum up fears about migration. In fact, it…

The Andrew Neil Interviews: George Osborne tried to deal with the Turkish question

8 June 2016 20:55

PODCAST: Listen to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss George Osborne’s performance: In a feisty interview with Andrew Neil, George…

President Erdogan’s views about women should terrify European feminists

7 June 2016 13:13

As I entered my 30s I remember thinking how lucky I was. I had a successful career, owned property and…

Vote Leave has brought out its Turkish weapon

6 June 2016 13:50

Vote Leave feel that they now have the momentum in this campaign. The three polls out today all have them…

Another week of EU dishonesty, reviewed

5 June 2016 13:30

After last week’s featherweight entrants, we were onto some seriously heavyweight fibs this week. In truth there were only two…

The Spectator podcast: Hillary’s America

21 May 2016 9:00

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The Spectator podcast: Hillary’s America

19 May 2016 7:56

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Boris Johnson wins The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition

18 May 2016 19:00

I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner of The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition, and here it…

The Spectator podcast: Erdogan’s Europe

6 May 2016 16:54

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What does Davutoglu’s resignation mean for Turkey and the EU?

5 May 2016 17:32

Ahmet Davutoglu’s resignation comes at a sensitive moment for the EU’s migration deal with Turkey. Why did the prime minister…

Don’t mention the poem! A tale from Angela Merkel’s Turkish trip

26 April 2016 12:58

It was all smiles for the camera as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU top brass visited Nizip refugee…

Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’

18 April 2016 18:46

Nobody should be surprised that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instituted effective blasphemy laws to defend himself from criticism…

Has Boris finally realised why Turkey shouldn’t join the EU?

18 April 2016 14:44

So good to see Boris Johnson making the obvious case for Brexit, namely that the Turks are at the door.…

Martyrdom: a new comic strip for Turkish kids

4 April 2016 15:58

Thrilling news arrives from Turkey, where it is being reported that a government body has issued comic books to the…

‘You even stop thinking of your own family’: meet the Isis fighters addicted to amphetamine

1 April 2016 17:49

‘We would fight them, slaughter them,’ Aadheen told me. ‘The moment we take a pill we would stop thinking about…

Cameron’s support for Turkey’s EU membership should worry us all

15 March 2016 16:05

David Cameron this morning claimed that people who wish to leave the EU are ‘taking a risk with people’s jobs,…

How would Turkey’s EU membership stem the flow of migrants?

9 March 2016 14:47

Stop me if I haven’t got this right. But as I understand it, as a result of the deal that…

Turkey’s assault on press freedom is the act of a dictatorship, not a democracy

5 March 2016 20:00

When Vice News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was detained by Turkish authorities last August, I wrote to a friend in Turkey…

When the EU is no longer able to bribe Turkey, the blackmail will begin

4 March 2016 16:11

As James Forsyth mentioned earlier this week, things could get much worse in Turkey. Indeed, they will. Europe’s hope that Turkey…

How the migrant crisis could get much worse

29 February 2016 18:43

Angela Merkel gave a defiant interview last night in which she defended her handling of the refugee crisis. She declared,…

National pride is blinding Turkey to the threat from Isis

14 January 2016 17:40

On Tuesday, Isis’s strategy in Turkey changed. Nabil Fadli, a 28-year-old Saudi national linked to Isis, blew himself up in…

Iran may have the upper hand in the Middle East’s power struggle

4 January 2016 19:44

It isn’t just Iran who have been angered by the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Protests have erupted in…

What’s the plan in Syria? Yesterday’s debate gave us few answers

3 December 2015 11:22

David Cameron may now have his bombing mandate, but he still has no strategy. The PM’s ‘hope for the best’…

The EU is sucking up to Turkey to help reduce migration – but it could seriously backfire

15 October 2015 17:10

You might have thought, mightn’t you, that a million arrivals in a year to a single European country, Germany –…

The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…