The recommendation adopted by the European Commission on July 15 2009 allows the citizens of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia with biometric passports to enter the Schengen area visa-free from January 2010
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Pacta sunt servanda L./Ahde vefa TR /agreements must be kept ENG., is a basic principle of civil law and of international law.
( EU must explain this part to Turkey)
In its most common sense, the principle refers to private contracts, stressing that contained clauses are law between the parties, and implies that non-fulfilment of respective obligations is a breach of the pact. The general principle of correct behaviour in commercial praxis — and implies the bona fide — is a requirement for the efficacy of the whole system, so the eventual disorder is sometimes punished by the law of some systems even without any direct penalty incurred by any of the parties.
The EU lifted visa restrictions Saturday for citizens from Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, even though these are in the early stages of the EU membership process, while not extending this Schengen privilege to Turkey, which began accession talks in 2005 and has opened 11 out of 35 chapters in its membership negotiations. Turkey protested and has asked to be included in the Schengen regime, pointing out that, of the Balkan states affected, only Macedonia has attained the status of EU candidate. Serbia has yet to submit a formal application and its entry has been stalled due to its failure to arrest ex-Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, who has been charged with war crimes in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.
* Interview on the Minaret Ban in Switzerland and Its Connection to Turkey-EU Relations
We talked about the future of Turkey-EU relations and the ban on minarets in Switzerland with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sedat Laciner, President of Turkey’s Ankara-based think tank USAK (International Strategic Research Organization).”
Intergovernmental accession conferences at ministerial level are to be held with Turkey and Croatia on Monday 21 December in Brussels as part of the EU enlargement process. The meetings will be chaired by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.”
The last rendezvous of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with US President Barack Obama was the precursor of a new period in relations between Turkey and the US. While the two countries agreed on some points, they had different ideas on others. But this situation did not prevent relations from continuing strongly.
Afghan soldiers during military training at a Turkish commando training center in Egirdir, Isparta in southwestern Turkey, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. Dozens of Afghan troops are undergoing training on explosives, mountain climbing and guerrilla warfare at a Turkish commando training center. Turkey, NATO’s sole Muslim member, has refused to send additional troops to Afghanistan for combat operations but said it would increase training of Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
While most of the media coverage regarding Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s trip to the United States has looked east, to Turkey’s burgeoning relationship with Syria and Iran, the real breaking news may concern Turkey’s faltering relationship with the European Union.
These are not easy issues to open, there will be myriad ups and downs. I preserve my hope.
still, Armenia Threatens To Annul Agreements With Turkey – «Ազատ Եվրոպա/Ազատություն» ռադիոկայան
Earlier this week EU foreign ministers deliberated what to do about Turkey’s failure to extend the Ankara Protocol to Greek Cyprus. Given that Turkey has had three years to comply, the Greek Cypriots went into the meeting in a bullish mood insisting that the EU freeze all chapters in 2010 for Ankara’s non-compliance.
George Christou is an Associate Lecturer in European Politics, Department of Politics and international
Studies, University of Warwick, UK, and has previously held positions as: a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Policy, Northumbria University, UK (2004-5); a Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2003-4); and as a Lecturer in European Politics at the Department of Government, University of Manchester (2001-3). His main research interests include: the EU’s role in conflict resolution/transformation, with specific interest in Cyprus and more recently, the frozen conflicts in the eastern neighbourhood ;
The states of Turkey and Israel have a lot in common, notwithstanding their many differences – in size, history, political background, social character, and religious composition:
Mavi Boncuk |European Literature Goes to Turkey, Turkish Literature Goes to Europe
The Goethe-Institut Istanbul is very proud to be organizing, a large-scale, high-profile arts tour throughout Turkey and the EU from May 2009 until June 2010. Funded by the European Union’s Cultural Bridges program, the tour will bring 48 authors and countless musicians, photographers, filmmakers and artists from eight participating European countries (Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) to 24 cities throughout Turkey. They will be accompanied by a bookmobile containing the showcased literature, internet terminals and audiovisual resources.
The German Marshall Fund has a new briefing out looking at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Washington. Written by Ian Lesser, a very astute observer of Turkish affairs, the briefing suggests that, “Overall, the experience has produced more open questions than answers regarding the future of U.S.-Turkish relations.”
European Parliament to question Bulgarian proposal for referendum on Turkish-speaking news programme
Today in Strasbourg Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader, raised his concerns to parliamentary group leaders about plans in Bulgaria to hold a national referendum with a view to closing down a short news programme broadcast in Turkish for the benefit of the Turkish-speaking minority. The initiative presented by the far right Ataka party was recently backed by Prime Minister Borisov and raises important questions about the country’s commitment to the protection of minorities since it became a full member of the EU in 2007.