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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for (them)? If we have difficulty in obtaining any defense element from some places, if our initiatives are often frustrated by obstacles, what will we do? We will sort it out on our own.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
“They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for (them)? If we have difficulty in obtaining any defense element from some places, if our initiatives are often frustrated by obstacles, what will we do? We will sort it out on our own.” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking about Turkey. It’s one of the 794 quotes about Turkey you can find on this page. 416 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Soner Cagaptay

Part of the reason Erdogan is doing this S-400 deal is he's angry with the U.S. over the indictment of the former economy minister as well as continued U.S. cooperation with the YPG. He's using the S-400 as a lever, in terms of bargaining, to convince Washington to change its mind on a number of issues.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

The good relations Turkey has developed with Russia are not an alternative to the good relations it has with the West, they complement each other.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The ones who have been sentenced, who have been imprisoned, are not journalists. Most of them are terrorists. Many have been involved in burglaries and some have been caught red handed as they were trying to empty ATM machines.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction. Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government of even the opportunities it currently enjoys.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva Conventions.feedback

Pratyush Kumar

Look at Turkey, look at Japan, look at Brazil - look at multiple countries. In all cases there is a fine balancing act of co-opting the capabilities of both public and private enterprise.feedback

Ali Shamkhani

Any damage to this strategic principle (of Iraq's unity) would lead to the revision of and serious alteration in the existing cooperation between Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan region.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN. ESPN suspended a long-time anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network's public editor has said there is a perception that ESPN has become political and that it harms the network. This is clearly a political statement, they should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

Turkey's neighbors are not Luxembourg or Belgium but the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, so it is risky to promote jihad because of the region Turkey is in and the rising jihadist recruitment trend globally.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

This is no less than a revolution to alter public education and assure that a conservative, religious view of the world prevails. The reason Turkey is not Pakistan is that generations have been exposed to a secular public education. But for Erdogan, who comes from the other side of the tracks and feels religion was marginalized for decades, this is his revenge.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Those who are looking forward to their dreams of having an artificial state in Syria and Iraq should be well aware that any attempt that threatens our national security from inside and outside the country will be responded to immediately.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are going to discuss it during the (UN) National Security council meeting which we moved forward from (September) 27th to the 22nd. We are going to hold a cabinet meeting on the same day. Our stance will be discussed and the decision will be made. Thus Turkey will announce its ultimate position (on the referendum). This will also be an item on the agenda during my meeting with (US President) Trump.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

He still faces terrorism-related charges but is free. The judicial process is still ongoing in Turkey.feedback

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

In Turkey we are working with SNPTC. Hopefully we will have some news very soon.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Brexit is not the be-all-and-end-all, we will move on. Our union is not a state but it's still governed by the rule of law. And that rules out membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

A judicial investigation has been launched into those individuals who are responsible for these ugly scenes. They will be prosecuted for what they did.feedback

Matthew McConaughey

This new TV spot demonstrates the cool ease and authenticity of this brand. I met Wild Turkey's Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell years ago, and I immediately knew something was special about this brand – they're not afraid to do things the right way, even if that's not the easiest way, never changing the formula to follow consumer trends. And if you live your life with the same principles, Wild Turkey will find you.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They've gone crazy just because we made a deal on the S-400. What were we supposed to do, wait for you forever? We are taking and will take all our precautions and fend for ourselves.feedback

Gabriela Leu - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Sea crossing are dangerous and the fact people are putting children on these boats shows they have to be very desperate. People need more safe ways [in addition to the Turkey-EU deal] to get to Europe and because they don't have legal means they have to find new routes.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

No candidate is ready yet. But thereafter the European Union will be greater than 27 in number. Accession candidates must give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights utmost priority. This rules out EU membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

For some considerable time, Turkey has been moving away from the European Union in leaps and bounds. I appeal to the Turkish authorities: Release our journalists. Stop insulting our leaders by calling them fascists and Nazis. Europe is a continent of mature democracy. Those who knowingly offend it pull up all drawbridges. Sometimes I have the impression that there are those in Turkey who want to pull up all the drawbridges and later blame the EU for the failure of accession talks.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Our friends have already signed an agreement on the S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. Vladimir Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue. It's us who will make decisions regarding our independence. We are responsible over taking security measures for the defense of our country. We'll save ourselves if we face difficulties in procuring defense systems.feedback

Mark Sanders - NATO

No NATO ally currently operates the S-400. NATO has not been informed about the details of any purchase.feedback

Mark Sanders - NATO

It is up to Allies to decide what military they will buy. What matters for NATO is that the equipment Allies acquire is able to operate together. Interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to NATO for the conduct of our operations and missions.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia. A deposit has also been paid as far as I know. Nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic's independence principles or independent decisions about its defense industry. We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves – we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country.feedback

Erdem Gul - Cumhuriyet

Turkey holds a record, a record of imprisoned journalists, 170 journalists. Everyone who is not with the government is a terrorist in Turkey. They can accuse you of being in any terror organization. But it is journalism, freedom of thought and expression that are on trial.feedback

Erdem Gul - Cumhuriyet

It is journalism, freedom of thought and expression that are on trial.feedback

Yonca Sik

Ahmet always told me: 'Don't hope, they won't let me free.' But I think: why not? I will have hope. I will dream about your release, and I will make plans for our future.feedback

Octavia Spencer

I think women are sexy when they are confident. I think trying to wear nine inch heels and tights trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey, those days are gone [for me].feedback

Spyros Mantzos

A lot of people who might have gone to Turkey have come to buy in Greece. It seems a safer and friendlier prospect. The British, French and Belgians are our biggest buyers.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

For the moment, it is impossible to evaluate this within legal logic. I see this step against our former economy minister as a step against the Turkish Republic.feedback

Atilla Yesilada - Global Source

Erdogan and AKP will continue to claim this is another conspiracy against Turkey and that there is no basis for this case. But to do so they will have to start a campaign against the U.S…with consequences to bear.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

These moves are completely political. Something smells fishy behind this decision.feedback

David Lochbaum - Union of Concerned Scientists

Fukushima revealed a vulnerability. NRC ordered that vulnerability remedied. St. Lucie claimed to have remedied it. NRC claimed to have double-checked the remedy. And then rainfall reveals them both to be wrong.feedback

David Lochbaum - Union of Concerned Scientists

Fukushima dispelled that notion. Now, owners must stage sufficient equipment resources and associated staff to cope with challenges to all on-site reactors and spent fuel pools.feedback

Antonio Conte

First of all, I don't like to speak about players on other teams, it shows a lack of respect. About this issue I think it's ridiculous what I read, so I stop. Sometimes you are able to buy players, and sometimes not for many reasons, but I think the club tried to do its best. My focus is on English football, not Turkey. The transfer market is always a very difficult period for the coach. You wait for new players and sometimes you lose players. For this reason I don't love this period. For me if this period is short, that's good.feedback

Antonio Conte

There is no news about him. My focus is on English football, not Turkey. I think the club tried to do its best in the transfer market. Sometimes you are able to buy players, and sometimes not for many reasons, but I think the club tried to do its best. This question is very difficult to answer. I think we have to wait until the end of the season and we'll see. For sure the club tried to do its best in this window. Now the window is closed and its time to continue to work with these players and I'm very happy to work with these players that we have.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

This demonstrates the weakness that the U.S. has fallen into. You might be a great nation but to be a just state is something else.feedback

Haluk Yildiz

But then, they saw what happened when we leave these issues to others.feedback

Umit Karakas

German Turks no longer trust German parties as they used to because they don't get treated as equals.feedback

Detlef Pollack

The more [mainstream] parties distance themselves from Turkey, the less Turkish Germans will be satisfied with simply being unhappy about it in private and the more they'll start looking for political representation.feedback

Atila Karaborklu

When a foreign president pigeonholes 80 to 90% of German voters as Turkophobes, it is counterproductive. It only helps to increase prejudice and leads to divisions.feedback

Angela Merkel

The world does not sleep, the world is changing at a rapid pace. We do not want to end up as a technological museum, but rather as a frontrunner.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU must not be divided on this issue. That would greatly weaken Europe. We shall not forget them and will do everything, at all levels, to secure their release. Without me and without my party you couldn't have achieved anything in this parliament.feedback

Angela Merkel

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Angela Merkel

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned ... Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar.feedback

Angela Merkel

Turkey "is departing from all democratic practices at breakneck speed.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

This is not a legitimate prosecution. This is a politically motivated persecution that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There are some leaders we can achieve results with and some that we cannot. Not everyone has the same sensitivity. We will do our duty.feedback

Angela Merkel

People who don't have the right to be in our country should leave it – people have already been deported. It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

If German citizens whom are held in custody can no longer be assured that the German state can protect them in Turkey, because an autocratic ruler arbitrarily arrests people, then we have reached a point where Germany has to stop the accession negotiations.feedback

Angela Merkel

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks. Slashing pre-accession aid, I'm in immediately. There's no way talks for enhancing the customs union come into question. I do not intend to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey just because we're in an election campaign and want to show each other who is tougher. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

To get used to living in terror would be to give up our way of life. I don't think that one can solve this conflict without the American president … We need the USA as a force for peace and we have to do everything to get them on the right track.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't plan to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey because we have to outdo each other a little bit during the election campaign to see who is tougher.feedback

Kadir Onur Dincer

Skrtel has sometimes some arguments with referees but that is a normal thing in Turkey. Nobody will discuss that unless he gets a red card in an important game. If he does it more often, paradoxically, fans will like him more. Felipe Melo was the biggest idol in Galatasaray – he fought not only for himself but also for his club. And Skrtel seems to be very similar.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union.feedback

Luka Modric

FIFA showed they don't care about the players. The only thing that mattered to them was the match to be played. On Saturday, it was hard to play at that pitch but no one seemed to care. If they did care, they would have postponed the Turkey-Croatia game to Wednesday.feedback

Luka Modric

Last night we got information the match will not be played. Of course, you go to bed a little later and then in the morning, they woke us all up like they would in the army! Of course, we didn't have good preparation for the match.feedback

Luka Modric

On Saturday, I didn't want to play further and the referee told me he was against it from the beginning. During those 20 minutes, there were more situations for funniest home video than serious football!feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

If I become German chancellor, if the people of this country give me a mandate, then I will propose to the European Council that we end the membership talks with Turkey. Whether we can win over all the countries for this I don't know. But I will fight for this.feedback

Angela Merkel

Given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.feedback

Shaun O'Neale

When I was a kid, my parents would really never let me have the turkey leg. When I first got my first taste of freedom, I went straight for one of those turkey legs. It's one of those cave man moments.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

Certainly the Turkey deal is seen as a precedent to be followed by several European governments. We have to consider that there is no 'one size fits all' approach and we cannot apply past experiences to a situation like the current situation in Libya for example. Libya is in a situation of widespread human rights violations, affecting all parts of the population but particularly refugees and migrants.feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a mandate to expand the customs union in the current circumstances.feedback

Angela Merkel

We must see how things develop but we are calling now, very clearly, for the release of those who are imprisoned. Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey. We cannot solve everything at once, but I believe to do nothing is wrong. We cannot simply shut ourselves off.feedback

Angela Merkel

However much I would like good relations with Poland, we cannot just stand by and say nothing for the sake of peace and quiet.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location. The coalition has told Turkey to tell the rebels it backs there that firing on US-led coalition forces is not acceptable.feedback

Angela Merkel

With a view to the three million Turkish citizens in Germany we wish to have better ties with Turkey but it needs to coincide with the observance of constitutional principles and we do not see them in Turkey at the moment and that's why it is a very complicated phase in our relations.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Turkey is moving away from Europe. I believe that Mr Erdogan would like Europe to say that it wants to put an end to the negotiations so he can put responsibility on the European Union and not Turkey.feedback

Angela Merkel

LOOK BEYOND OUR OWN BACKYARD. Europe has not yet done its homework. We will only be able to live in prosperity and security if we look beyond our own backyard and take into account the economic development of our neighbourhood. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

Ercan Ayboga

This makes it easier for the government to push ahead with extremely controversial measures.feedback

Ercan Ayboga

The Tigris river basin is one of the last areas where a river runs freely in Turkey without having been dammed. The dam will completely destroy the river banks. The microclimate will change due to the dam, a phenomenon we have already seen after the dams on the Euphrates. The biodiversity will suffer; the rich variety of plant and animal life will be severely diminished.feedback

Ercan Ayboga

There has always been a serious lack of transparency and accountability. But now the Turkish government uses the conflict in the region and the state of emergency to speed up the project and to silence all opposition. Many locals are scared to protest now.feedback

Joe Dunford

We have done everything we can to address Turkish concerns, and I personally have made on the order of nine visits to Turkey to speak with my counterpart there. The Turks have indicated publicly that they don't like the fact that we armed the [largely Kurdish] Syrian Democratic Forces, so this issue has been a challenge and an irritant in U.S.-Turkish relations, there is no doubt about that.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

They continue to arrive, albeit in much smaller numbers, on the islands, across the Evros river, across our land border with Turkey, wherever they can. To say the crisis is over depends on the war [in Syria], on Turkey, on Europe. In Greece, we remain very concerned.feedback

Sama Danesh

I knew that Turkey was a major manufacturing base for big fashion brands, but I hadn't thought it could work for a small start-up. Fairly quickly, I found a factory on the outskirts of the city that seemed perfect. I put my life into storage and moved to Istanbul straight away.feedback

Ece Ege

Emotionally, Dice Kayek feels Parisian, but our craftsmanship is entirely rooted here. That has actually helped us in the last two years. Since we're in Turkey and can supply all of the raw materials and produce everything here, we've been able to keep the costs down despite the devaluation of the lira. It has actually become cheaper to make our garments, which we can then sell on in euros.feedback

Marc Pierini

In Turkey, there is a tradition where you score points if you tease allies. In my view, it's the wrong assumption, but never mind that. [Turkish] leaders dream of being the independent power with equal distance from the U.S., the West, the EU, Russia, Iran and so on, and playing their own power games. That's fine in principle, except that it's very difficult to achieve in the sense that Turkey's security is dependent on the West and NATO.feedback

Asli Aydintasbas

There's no great wall between Kurds in Syria and Kurds in Turkey. They are part of the same problem for Turkey and need to be dealt with accordingly.feedback

Aaron Stein

This was [the case with] Libya, Iraq, Iraq again, Syria … this complicates U.S. planning and drives down trust between CENTCOM and the Turkish government.feedback

Emre Sayin

Geopolitical developments have had a negative effect on our Turkish cruise revenues but the commercial sector has performed well.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I don't want the people here being set against each other. We stand for a democratic country, and we don't tolerate any external interference in our democracy.feedback

Dogan Akhanli

It is terrible because I thought that I was safe in Europe. I thought the Turkish arbitrariness and arrogance cannot reach Europe. They simply abuse international law, whatever it is good for. It has nothing to do with the rule of law.feedback

Dogan Akhanli

They didn't storm into the room, perhaps because I opened the door in my underwear and my wife was still lying in bed.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is not right and I'm very glad that Spain has now released him. We must not misuse international organizations like Interpol for such purposes. I still think my decision was right.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

I would say to Daesh fighters, you have no choice: Either surrender or die.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany... the Christian Democrats (CDU), SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey. Support those political parties who are not enemies of Turkey. I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

[T]he United States continues to advocate for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey. ... for liberty and with the persecuted, to use and implement appropriate tools in the United States foreign policy apparatus, including diplomatic, political, commercial, charitable, educational, and cultural channels, to promote respect for religious freedom by all governments and peoples. [W]e cannot ignore these conditions.feedback

William Spindler - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

There have been three main routes into Europe for many years, for decades: the central Mediterranean one, the eastern one from Turkey to Greece, and there has always been Spain. What is true is that when efforts are made to clamp down on one route, another tends to open up. We don't have any hard evidence. We could see an increase in the next few weeks.feedback

Elif Shafak

Coming from Turkey, seeing the experiences there, not only in Turkey, across the Middle East, the Balkans, for us for instance the word nationalism is, for me personally, has a very negative meaning because I've seen how ugly it can get, how destructive it can become, how violent it can become and how it can divide people into imaginary categories and make them lose that cultural coexistence.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

An agreement was reached to hold further high-level visits from now on. A series of activities will also be held to boost military cooperation.feedback

Yevgeniya Bakhcevanova

I was brought up on Tolkien and Robin Hood so I always wanted to shoot a bow.feedback

Adnan Mehel

It's growing. This is the oldest archery place in the world. Five hundred years ago, they did flight archery here, and here we are today!feedback

Salika Cakiroglu

Modern archery is like you're shooting a machine; with traditional, you feel it.feedback

Nicholas Danforth

Nicholas Danforth is a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Project.feedback

Dursun Ozbek

If he ever wants to return to Turkey, he will definitely be playing for Galatasaray.feedback

Simon Waldman

It could be the case that Turkey is playing what it thinks is kind of a clever game to get the U.S. hardware.feedback

Alexei Yerkhov

There is a very big murmur both in Washington and in Brussels on this issue.feedback

Marc Pierini

I think what we are seeing now is a destabilized leadership in Turkey trying to prove to the rest of the world they have options. They are displeased with the U.S. administration because of its support to YPG.feedback

Roman Schweizer - Cowen and Company

Is Turkey, a large and important NATO ally, moving way from NATO and more into the sphere of Russia. Is that a country that we want to be selling F-35s to? Somebody could ask that question at some point.feedback

Marc Pierini

Since the coup attempt, the destabilization is such that you can hardly find a direction that makes sense – at least from a European standpoint. It goes in all directions at the same time, and this is what is so deeply troubling.feedback

Jermaine Pennant

There were so many options. It was not only Hibs. I could have gone to Turkey, Cyprus, back to India, Indonesia. This was definitely not the only deal on offer. People wouldn't bat an eyelid if I went to the top division in Turkey or Cyprus but this is about the big picture. When I had the offer from Glenn Tamplin [Billericay's millionaire owner and now manager] I couldn't turn it down. There could be opportunities here to prepare for coaching or management.feedback

Sultan Mohammed

I could not fight them, and I could not stay there, so I took my entire family and escaped to Turkey. I fled thinking they won't do any harm to my son-in-law and my daughter.feedback

Bilal Mese - Milliyet

I re-evaluated my decision after talking to Lucescu. Footballers are needed for the honour of the national team.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

I think this is just the beginning of what I'm capable of in my career.feedback

Becca Stevens

They talked about the day they decided to leave. They could tell that story, heading out, and they did talk about how those life vests were a symbol of oppression in many ways. It wasn't a symbol of freedom. One of the women talked about the very first time she went and made it through to Turkey to get to Greece. They charged her 180 euros for the first life vest, and then the boat didn't even make it. She had to buy another vest and another vest. It was on the fourth time that she finally got it.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

It really did upset me a bit because I have always shown him massive respect and for him to mention my name in something fishy, as an IAAF favourite is unfair, I've been putting out great performances for the last two years now so I think I deserve way more respect from my competitors. I want to compete and I'm not here to make friends, so I learned a great lesson, to focus on myself and not letting negative things affect me.feedback

Paula Radcliffe

When you look at those [cheats] from 2012, then 80% of those come from four countries: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus. But only one of those countries has been banned. That has to go further.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

Every athlete is choosing their own way, nobody is pushing anyone to do anything the right way or the wrong way, you are responsible for your own actions.feedback

Nihat Zeybekci

It is no concern to Turkey if Caglayan acted against interests of other countries.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Germany is abetting terrorists. We gave (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel 4,500 dossiers, but have not received an answer on a single one of them. When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won't send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don't in Turkey?feedback

Botan English

Civilians were being moved out of the town and this father, with his son and daughter, stepped on a landmine. His leg was hanging off and his kids, who must have been about three and five, were badly injured. Joe was the only person on the scene with medical training and he tied up the man's leg and treated the kids' wounds before an ambulance arrived to take them to hospital. I'm sure they wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for Joe. I'm just happy that the restrictions placed on me have been dropped and that I can finally move on with my life.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? It's an enhancement, not a dilution of who we are.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

From Turkey to China, strongmen rewrite the past to suit their ends. But democracies are not immune to this revisionism. On 22 July, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán stood before university students and delivered a speech titled “Will Europe belong to Europeans?” It contained rambling passages about how a “Soros plan” was in place to bring in “hundreds of thousands of migrants every year – if possible, a million – to the territory of the European Union from the Muslim world”. The aim was to transform the continent into “a new, Islamised Europe”. This, Orbán argued, was what lay behind “Brussels’ continuous and stealthy withdrawal of powers from the nation states”. Orbán has form when it comes to this kind of paranoid vision. He’s an authoritarian populist who has made a habit of stoking xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment. He eagerly amplifies far-right conspiracy theories about the Christian majority being threatened by demographic “replacement”. His message isn’t just fake news about the present, however. It comes laced with historical distortion.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south we need to build more bridges and fewer borders. I promise I will play my part in helping to do exactly that.feedback

Mike Phelan - Manchester City

They were talking about crowded closed spaces, you know, potentially public transport, and so on. We have completely disrupted this plot so now not only have we stopped the [improvised explosive device] that we believed to go on the plane but we have also completely disrupted the intended chemical dispersion device and we believe we have got all the necessary components of that device as well.feedback

Matthias Zieschang - Fraport

Given the positive trends and very surprising run by the Russians to Antalya in the first six months, we are changing our guidance so that we now see potential of up to 24 million.feedback

Brian Malley

A time when people are particularly interested in finding something that's going to add color to their daily life.feedback

Becky Crumbley

All I knew to do was get down there and love on him and talk to him. I just keep reliving that moment–if I'd have been five minutes earlier and just got him out of there, maybe I could've doctored him instead of putting him to sleep. I could've at least loved him to death–literally.feedback

Holly Vaughn - Department of Natural Resources

Turkeys are extremely clever birds and are generally very wary when they perceive that something dangerous may be close by. This bird responded well to the perceived danger of the rocket net, but did not seem to perceive cars as a danger.feedback

Kim Gray

Now it's really calm. I think people feel like they had closure.feedback

Becky Crumbley

They just started bashing me. It was just a constant stressful thing the way they were attacking me over taking care of a wild turkey, so I left that group.feedback

Kim Gray

I can't explain the phenomenon. Why everyone–including myself–has spent and committed so much time and effort to a wild turkey. I don't think anyone's been able to identify what the magic glue was that held everybody together. It really became a tale of two cities in some ways.feedback

Larry Hoxey

You've got these critics who scoff and say 'We've got world hunger, we've got ISIS, we've got all kinds of things going on and you're getting all obsessed over a stupid bird?'. When you hear that, you hear a soul that is asleep.feedback

Brian Malley

There you have the human condition. Some people are saying 'What a community builder,' and then they're fighting over his remains, which is the most absurd thing.feedback

Larry Hoxey

That seems to be the new hobby of people is to become polarized. And that's exactly what's happened here. In deference to people on both sides of the issue, the turkey is the one who decided to own the intersection. No one forced it to do that. The turkey was its own worst enemy. It had a death wish, and it got it fulfilled, sadly.feedback

Larry Hoxey

I would like to join with all of you in keeping this goodwill alive. Because Whittaker has left us a gift. And some may scoff and some may judge, but I'm telling you, what is happening is real. You can feel it. You can't point to love…but you can sure feel it when it exists.feedback

Holly Vaughn - Department of Natural Resources

They did not want to unduly stress the bird, so after the second attempt, they let the turkey be.feedback

Becky Crumbley

We have no way to verify anything, but it all happened after these fights on the Facebook page.feedback

Brian Malley

Another factor was that if you didn't want to hit him, you had to watch out for him. He commanded your attention.feedback

Barbara Patton

I despised the silly arguments that erupted. None of it was so serious that it needed to be argued over. It wasn't brain cancer. So let's be a little kinder to each other.feedback

Kim Gray

I don't wax poetic about Whittaker. I just feel like he made me slow down and appreciate something unique for while we had him. That was unbelievable and lovely.feedback

Lori Clark

Whittaker didn't choose her–she fed him. Anybody can condition an animal with food.feedback

Becky Crumbley

My page will not be for bickering, I won't have it. If you don't support us and what we think is best for Whittaker, then go back to Kim's page.feedback

Becky Crumbley

I didn't have anybody to just call and say 'Do you want to do lunch?feedback

Wendy Welch

Though this is a unique thing for us, it's not for the country–as human development expands to decrease natural habitat, we're essentially forcing wild animals to make our neighborhoods their own.feedback

Li Ming

The coaching staff have been made aware of the issue and will prepare for all possibilities. The final decision will be made in two days.feedback

Li Ming

Our club did receive an offer from Trabzonspor but we rejected it without any hesitation. We have talked about it with Yilmaz and our president Zhou Jinhui also discussed the matter with him, hoping to persuade him to stay. Yilmaz said he wanted to stay and was unwilling to leave, but he was forced to deal with family issues. If he doesn't return [to Turkey], he will lose custody of his child. We are eager to help him but the lawsuit was filed in Turkey, there's nothing we can do.feedback

Li Ming

If Yilmaz has to quit for family issues, we won't make things difficult for his transfer. He is one of us, who has made a contribution to Guoan. We'll try to understand his grievances.feedback

Bahri Bayram Belen

We want freedom of thought and the press for our country, we want an impartial and independent judiciary and fair trials for our country. Without these, we cannot have a democracy.feedback

Mira Rojkan

It was just awful. They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. They wouldn't say who it was from. It is absolute nonsense. They arrested us on the beach while we were vacationing with my mother.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The rest are either terrorists, or they were carrying guns, or they robbed ATM machines. If I don't speak up right now, when will I use my privilege? When will be the right time?feedback

Aydin Engin

We're living day by day. Today we will make Cumhuriyet as best as it can be but we don't know about tomorrow.feedback

Aydin Engin

It was not very tough because it was in stages – six months here, one year here.feedback

Aydin Engin

Military judges, military prosecutors tried to work kind of within the law... now we don't have any of that anymore. The Cumhuriyet trial is not a legal trial it's a political trial.feedback

Frank Goeritz

And then we can continue our mission to bring them to a final destination.feedback

Amir Khalil

To go to the border to see how difficult it is, to make some tests, to bring one cage out - it is impossible. So to bring wild animals, it was a long, long way.feedback

Eric Margolis

We are waiting day by day now; we hope it will happen this week. People are literally risking their lives to go into a war zone.feedback

Eric Margolis

There was a wonderful man who went and fed them, and he took up collections from Aleppo, from people he knew, and he had just enough food to keep some of them alive.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

It would seem likely that the sharp fall in inflation that we expect over the next six months will open the door to monetary easing. We think this is most likely to happen right towards the end of the year.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

The statement accompanying today's decision... once again struck a relatively hawkish note. Our sense, though, is that this hawkish stance will not last for too much longer.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Looking at the results achieved so far, one thing is very clear: relocation works if the political will is there. What we need now is a final push to achieve our common goal of relocating the vast majority of the asylum seekers present and eligible in Greece and Italy by September.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Italy in particular is under enormous pressure and I call on all member states to further step up their relocation efforts from Italy. The EU won't leave countries with an external border alone and the commission will continue to ensure that all member states comply with their legal obligations when it comes to relocation.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

It does not matter whether it is journalists or activists. If on one side you have journalists who do their job well, with freedom, and on the other side of the so-called journalists who support a terrorist organisations, you have to separate them.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Cooperation and dialogue need to be sustained in concrete, positive steps in areas of rule of law and fundamental freedoms. Meeting "provided us the opportunity to discuss issues that are very high on both of our agendas in a very comprehensive manner that we spent many hours together.feedback

Osman Baydemir

Fascism can only be stopped through a democratic battle. This is what we're saying. We will be here for seven days, 24 hours a day. No violence, no animosity, we are just shouting that we have not given in to fascism.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This is a defining moment for civil society in Turkey and its a defining moment for the international community in its relationship with Turkey. These relationship need to change and our colleagues the human rights community in Turkey they need to be released and they need to be supported.feedback

Kadri Gursel

I find myself here before you, not because, while not being a member of a terrorist organisation, I knowingly and willingly aided a terrorist organisation, but because I am an independent, investigative and critical journalist.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

Life on the island is returning to normal. The infrastructure problems are being repaired.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

That is why member states have clearly stated that under the current circumstance the the opening of new chapters [in the accession negotiations] is not possible but they have clearly denied to suspend or terminate negotiations.feedback

Omer Celik

After the Brexit decision we are pleased to see the EU continues to be strong. It's our common future.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Clearly Turkey is and stays a candidate country. Many of our colleagues prefer to focus on the red lines. I prefer to focus on what we have in common.feedback

Manfred Weber

The EU has repeatedly extended its hand to Turkey through various initiatives but Turkish president Erdoğan has consistently spurned it. Turkey's accession to the EU makes no sense.feedback

Osman Baydemir

The blockade at this park is a sign of the real situation in Turkey... A political party that got 70 percent of votes (in Diyarbakir) cannot carry out its group meeting in the park.feedback

Rebecca Harms

It's clearly a political trial, it's to threaten independent journalists, especially ones like Ahmet Sik. He was one of the most known investigative journalists in Turkey and he is in prison because of his investigations and because of the quality of his articles and not because he is a terrorist.feedback

Anne Applebaum

If an illiberal government - democratically elected, but determined to change the rules - tries to do something unconstitutional, what can the public do? What can the political opposition do? This is a dilemma we now know from several countries - Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, and possibly soon Greece. The prospects are pretty gloomy, as I’ve argued before, for those who want to stay within the bounds of the law.feedback

Can Dundar

I´m proud of my friends in jail still resisting and defending the paper and their rights to express themselves and defending the truth.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

Israel's attitude over Al-Aqsa is wrong, unlawful and unacceptable. Israel's actions there violate both human rights and the freedom of religion and faith. We call on the international community to take a unified stance against Israel.feedback

Steven M. Ellis

The indictment seems to rely on reporting – they spoke to people or reported what they said. We see that claim as most suspicious.feedback

Akin Atalay

Cumhuriyet is not going to be scared, it is not going to stop. It never had any relationship with a terrorist group. Its only activity is journalistic.feedback

Akin Atalay

One aim is to silence Cumhuriyet or seize it. The second aim is to show other journalists their fate and in practice what will happen if they write what the government does not like.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

(The zloty) has reversed some of the losses seen late last week. Attention now will focus on these controversial laws going back to parliament, how they are redrafted and whether in their final form they will continue to cause alarm for investors and for the European Union.feedback

Chuka Umunna

There are members of the single market who are not members of the EU; Turkey is basically part of the customs union but not in the EU.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We must protect our citizens. However difficult the political relations between Germany and Turkey, one thing is clear: you, people of Turkish roots in Germany belong here with us, whether you have a German passport or not. We have always striven for good relations with Turkey, because we know that good relations are important for you (German Turks).feedback

Tobias Garnett

This trial offers the government another opportunity to change course in its campaign against Turkey's independent media. Journalism is not a crime. Prosecutors should stop dressing up legitimate criticism as terrorism and harassing journalists through the courts.feedback

Tobias Garnett

It's not just a struggle for free press. Our arrested colleagues are people of a high moral and intellectual calibre. It's for everyone who lost their jobs, those who have been on hunger strike. They're struggling for both of us. That's why I believe it's a new start.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes,'' he added.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

Are touring the island with their tour guides. We don't have a big problem. The ferry connection has been restored with the port of Kefalos and we are waiting as soon as possible to repair the damage at the (main) port.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As I said, we have the war to defeat ISIS in which many of those battle plans are being coordinated between the US, its coalition agreements, Turkey, some of the Syrian opposition and others. And it is being coordinated somewhat with the Syrian regime and the Russian forces to put pressure on ISIS to eliminate them. I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority is first the defeat of ISIS. Remove them from access to the Caliphate because that's where the threat to the homeland and to so many other homelands of our coalition partners is emanating from.feedback

Huseyin Gulerce

He is a wolf dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. He is obsessed with the idea that he is going to rule the world.feedback

Ali Ipek

For two years I've been trying to prove there is no Smurf Village in Ankara, because some idiot mentioned Smurfs in a report.feedback

Huseyin Gulerce

I think of Akin Ipek as one of Gulen's biggest victims. He is to be pitied. Gulen used him.feedback

Ali Ipek

It was something I could afford. There are a lot of small mines in Turkey. It cost $1 million.feedback

Ali Ipek

I was shocked and angry. But I thought they would leave after a couple days. There was no reason to stay.feedback

Ali Ipek

He didn't mind, he wasn't angry. I liked him very much. I saw him as a very reasonable, very logical person. He was trying to do what was right for the country – trying to join the European Union, talking about human rights.feedback

James Jeffrey

What I heard from people in business that I know is, Never get in a fight with a Gulenist company. They'll get the case in front of Gulenist judges and you'll lose no matter what the facts are.feedback

Ali Ipek

I have not committed one single crime in my life, not a traffic penalty.feedback

Jonathan Friedman - Stroz Friedberg

We've seen this new narrative about Turkey as it has taken an authoritarian turn. In boardrooms, the country is now a very hard sell.feedback

Ali Ipek

He was not reasonable anymore. I told him, Consider me your younger brother and let me tell you some truths. You need to look at the whole wall, not concentrate on one brick. I'll ask my columnists to be a little more polite, but we want people to be free to express their opinion. We promised them a free press.feedback

Ali Ipek

In mining, you need to explain what you are doing, you need to be transparent. I thought that instead of spending money on P.R., I would buy a newspaper.feedback

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