Austria–Turkey relations

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Austrian–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Austria and Turkey


Embassy of Austria in Ankara

Austrian–Turkish relations are relations between the Austria and the Turkey and their predecessor states.

The Habsburgs and the Ottomans[edit]

From the middle ages until the twentieth century, today's Austria and Turkey were the core regions within much larger empires. Austria was the seat of the House of Habsburg and Turkey was ruled by the House of Osman (also known as the Ottoman Dynasty). The Habsburg and Ottoman states were both large multi-ethnic conglomerations sustained by conquest. These rival empires waged frequent wars against each other over control of much Central Europe and the Balkans.

During its peak, the Ottoman Empire threatened to conquer the Austrian capital of Vienna twice: in 1529 and 1683. After the second Ottoman defeat at Vienna and the end of the Great Turkish War in 1699, however, the Habsburgs gained the upper hand, and captured Hungary and Croatia from the Ottomans. After these gains, Austria was no longer able to advance into the Balkans, because of the rival influence of Russia, in a stalemate and dispute known as the Eastern Question. While Ottoman control in the Balkans declined, the Austrians were not able to annex any new territory until Bosnia in 1908, and even that caused a diplomatic crisis (the Bosnian crisis). In the interim, Russia had helped several nationalities in the Balkans to rebel against the Ottomans and create separate nation-states in the Balkans. After the culmination of all the changes from the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829) to the Balkan Wars (1912–1913) the Austrian and Ottoman empires no longer bordered each other. This allowed both to join the Central Powers as allies during the First World War. The defeat of the Central Powers lead to the overthrow of both monarchies.

Austrian and Turkish republics[edit]

Austria currently has normal relations with Turkey. However, there are some minor complications. Austria, which has approximately 250,000 Turks living there (about 3% of Austria's population), has been at the forefront of blocking Turkey's accession to the European Union.

Accession of Turkey to the European Union[edit]

On 10 November 2010 relations between the two countries were excessively tensed after Turkish ambassador in Austria accused public and political elite of xenophobia in Austria and called international organisations which locate their buildings in Vienna to relocate in another country. The Freedom Party called for suspending diplomatic relations and for stopping EU accession talks with Ankara. There were calls for Austria's diplomatic relations with Turkey to be severed, as accession of Turkey to the European Union is intended to be suspended after European Union has rightly agitated Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation's links, friendships and then, enemies and the effect of Turkish society and horror through the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's effects and scaremongers across Turkey against the European Union.[citation needed]

In December 2017, Turkey accused the incoming Austrian government, for discrimination and racism, after its program would not agree to Ankara joining the EU. In addition, Turkey slammed the EU for not condemning the Austrian government program. Also, the Turkish foreign ministry accused the incoming government of “dishonesty,” and warned that the program would bring Austria “to the brink of losing Turkey’s friendship” and be met with “the reaction that it deserves.”[1]

See also[edit]


  • Armour, Ian D. (2007). A History of Eastern Europe 1740-1918. Hodder Arnold. ISBN 0-340-76040-0.
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