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Europe is asking Ankara to recognize the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other religious minorities
A ruling of the European Commission for Democracy says in fact that the title "ecumenical" Patriarchate of Constantinople is universally recognized and it does not understand the insistence of Turkish authorities in denying a historically established fact. Europe’s warning useful to Erdogan's in his battle to reform the constitution.
A "satisfied" Bartholomew I hopes for the reopening of the Halki School
For the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, the return of properties seized by the Turkish government is an act of justice and reparation for the illegal acts of the past. He has asked for further steps and Erdogan replied to him: This is just the beginning. Imminent reopening of the Theological School of Halki, closed by Ankara in 1971.
Ankara returns land confiscated from Halki Theological School
A large wooded area confiscated during the Second World War. It is the largest amount of land to be returned after the government's decision to restore property to non-Muslim foundations. The decision praised in the last article by Turkish journalist Mehmet Ali Birant, who died a few days ago. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I attended his funeral.
Despite Europe's request, Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom
The head of EU enlargement has said that the accession process of Turkey also depends on the Halki school, an institution for the formation of the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, closed since 1971. The government remains silent, while the debate grows in the media. The real issue is the recognition of the status of the Patriarchate.
Ecumenical Patriarch “crucified”
A statement by Bartholomew about the difficulties Turkish authorities create for the Christian Orthodox community provokes an irate response from Turkey’s foreign minister. Turkey continues to subordinate the reopening of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Halki to the opening of a mosque in Athens, Greece.
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Istanbul, historic visit of Turkish Deputy PM to Bartholomew I
It 's the first time a government official has been to the Fanar since 1952, when Prime Minister Menderes met Patriarch Athenagoras. There was some discussion of education for religious minorities and the issue of church property.
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