TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MARCH 13

Turkish dailies covered the funeral ceremonies of eight victims of Germany apartment fire, Turkish PM Erdogan's illness, Turkey's soccer team Galatasaray's earning of a quarter final berth, Sweden's promise of support to Turkey's EU accession bid and the likely release of Turkish civil servants kidnapped by PKK.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MARCH 13

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All of the Turkish dailies covered the funeral ceremonies of eight Turks, who lost their lives in an apartment fire in Germany. "Heart-wrenching Return", headlined daily TURKIYE and added, a Turkish family who had migrated to Germany in the scope of having a "better life", returned to Turkey in coffins. Funeral ceremony for 7 children and their mother was held in Backnang, Germany and their bodies were taken to Turkey on Tuesday. Seven children -between the ages of 6 months and 17 years- and their mother lost their lives in an apartment fire which broke out in Backnang city of Germany on Sunday.

Turkish dailies also covered the health of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Prime minister who caught cold will rest at his home", stated daily ZAMAN and noted, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan cancelled all his programs scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday as he caught a cold. Erdogan spoke to reporters after going through a medical examination and said that he was okay and he was advised to rest at home to recover."
"Galatasaray in quarter final", headlined daily CUMHURIYET and covered the success of Turkey's Galatasaray football team who earned a quarter final berth when they toppled Tuesday Schalke 04 of Germany 3-2 (4-3 on aggregate) in an away game in Gelsenkirchen in the second leg of the round of 16 in UEFA Champions League.
Daily HURRIYET covered the highlights from Turkish President Abdullah Gul's Sweden trip where Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt spoke at a joint press conference with Gul and stressed that Sweden fully supports Turkey's EU membership. Daily headlined, "Sweden's promise of full support for Turkey's EU bid" and quoted Swedish PM Reinfeldt as saying, "We believe that today strategic and economic value of Turkey's membership is more than ever."

Lastly, some of the Turkish dailies covered the likely release of Turkish civil servants kidnapped by terror organization PKK. Daily SABAH stated that families of kidnapped public servants were waiting to see their son, father and brother in tears and asking for terror to end. Moreover, daily noted, civil servants were expected to enter Turkey from southeastern Habur border post.

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