Turkey

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…

Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister…

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their…

The Spectator at war: Russia and Constantinople

14 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: The Spectator for the last twenty years has urged that the Russians are the…

Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at…

The Spectator at war: News of the week

3 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: THE most important event of the week has been the declaration of war on…