Thursday's newspapers mostly cover the meeting between Turkish, Greek prime ministers as well as police raids following Friday's Paris attacks


World Bulletin / News Desk

Thursday's newspapers mainly covered the meeting of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Ankara on Wednesday.

“Our cooperation can change the balance in Europe,” MILLIYET quoted Tsipras as saying.

According to the daily, Tsipras called on the EU to take responsibility for the migrant crisis and offer refugees legal assurances to dissuade them from using illegal means to enter Europe.

So far this year, more than 819,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean, according to UN figures, with more than 3,400 people having lost their lives or reported missing as they seek to reach the continent.

Approximately 400,000 arrivals by sea are Syrians fleeing a civil war that has claimed more than 250,000 lives and made the country the world's single-largest source of refugees and displaced people, according to the UN.

"Balances will change", was STAR's headline referring to the Tsipras's remarks that Turkey and Greece should cooperate to tackle the refugee issue, namely regarding the crossing of the Aegean Sea.

The newspaper said Davutoglu described Turkey and Greece as victims of the conflict in Syria “just like Syrian refugees”.

Davutoglu also criticized the UN Security Council for turning a blind eye to the plight of Syrians, the daily added.

HABERTURK's headline read: "Close meeting, friendship wind", referring to increasingly warming relations between both countries in recent years after decades of animosity.

Turkish dailies also covered the French police raid in the northern Paris suburb, following Friday's attacks that killed 129 people.

"The revenge of Paris" was VATAN's headline. MILLIYET went with "Manhunt in Paris" while BUGUN ran with the headline "No sleep for Paris".

Two suspects, including a woman with explosives, were killed at the end of a police raid at an apartment in Saint-Denis, a suburb in northern Paris, Wednesday morning.

Seven people were arrested during the operation, which lasted about seven hours.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's interview with A Haber and ATV channels was also covered by Turkish dailies.

AKSAM ran with the headline "We should synchronize". According to the daily, Erdogan said, with the new government, he and the prime minister should act together for the future of the country.

Turkey’s president on Tuesday officially asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government following the Nov. 1 general election.

The Justice and Development (AK) Party won the election with 49.5 percent of votes, claiming a majority in the Grand National Assembly.

"It is important to be synchronized," MILLIYET wrote.

Erdogan also spoke on the presidential system during the interview and said it was a “matter for the nation”, according to the daily.

The possible introduction of a presidential system in Turkey, which has had a parliamentary system since the early 1920s, is a controversial subject that was raised by Erdogan after he won the presidential election in August last year.

In domestic news, the Turkish dailies also covered the Istanbul court decision to appoint trustees more than 20 companies connected with Kaynak Holding.

CUMHURIYET used the headline "Trustees are in charge of Kaynak".

The daily said that, in accordance with a court order that came at the request of the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office, the court appointed trustees for 19 companies, a foundation and a union connected with Kaynak Holding on Wednesday.

The Istanbul-based holding is accused of providing financial support to what officials describe as the "Gulenist Terror Organization", the movement led by U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fetullah Gulen.

The Gulen movement is accused of plotting to overthrow the government by infiltrating state institutions, mainly the police and the judiciary.

On Nov. 9, a court in Istanbul ordered the arrests in absentia of Gulen.

HURRIYET also covered the same story and said the trustees entered buildings in the presence of police officers.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2015, 13:03