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“Syria Talks Yield Plan for Broader Peace Conference as US, Russia starts third day of Syria talks… Syria updates…

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2013 at 14:12

US, Russia starts third day of Syria talks

The United States and Russia on Sept. 14 began a third day of talks to hammer out an agreement on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons
Morning Brief: Syria Talks Yield Plan for Broader Peace Conference

Syria Talks Yield Plan for Broader Peace Conference
Top news: The United States and Russia on Thursday kicked off discussions about a possible plan to bring President Bashar al-Assad‘s chemical weapons stockpiles under international control, with Secretary of State John Kerry emphasizing that the threat of U.S. military intervention was still very much alive. The plan, which originated as an offhand remark by Kerry and was seized on by Moscow, would require the Syrian regime to join the international Chemical Weapons Convention, declare its chemical stockpiles, and turn them over to the international community.

7 Things Putin Loves That America Really Is Exceptional At

Is the United States of America the greatest country on earth?

US, Russia agree plan on Syria’s chemical weapons

The United States and Russia have agreed on a proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after three days of talks with Russian counterpart
Playing Dice with God in the Middle East: The Putin Way

By Samson A. Bezabeh,

The World War II war time correspondent Emie Pyle once said that “there is no atheist in the fox hole”. What he meant does not only indicate the brutality of war but the honesty that can come out in war. In pronouncing these words, Pyle was pronouncing the truth about mankind, a deceptive being with layers of ideas. The whole thinking behind Pyle’s statement is that man need to be cornered to shade the various facades that he has adopted. As a Christian, the core for Pyle was the presences of God.

Border strife fuels Turkey anger on Syria

Ankara wants air strikes against Assad’s forces, paving the way for regime change, but commentators warn armed action could make matters worse

Syria isn’t Kosovo and this isn’t 1999. Not even close

Grasping at vague notions of Kosovo as a ‘good war’ may be expedient – any precedent will do in a pinch. But this comparison is inaccurate and dangerously misleading.

“The Balkans have long been the last surviving shred of happy-hunting ground for the adventurous,” a place for “the old-time happy-go-lucky wars”.  Saki (H.H. Munro), The Cupboard of the Yesterdays

Western leaders and their advisors have alighted on NATO’s 1999 attack on Yugoslavia as a precedent for military action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Among many others, Enver Hoxhaj, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, argues that the NATO campaign is a model for handling Syria in an article in Foreign Policy titled “It’s 1999 in 

Davutoğlu condemns executions by Syrian rebels, but warns of ‘propaganda tactics’

The Turkish FM has condemned the executions committed by al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel groups, but warned about attempts to delegitimize the opposition
UN says Syria chemical treaty application not complete

The U.N. has asked Syria for more information about its application to join the chemical weapons convention, holding up accession, a spokesman said
Turkey, Europe and the Syrian Crisis: What Went Wrong?

GTE Commentary (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No.8, 13 September 2013, 3 p. by Nathalie Tocci * Syria should have united, not torn, Turkey and Europe apart. It should have led both sides to work together, and through closer foreign policy coordination, possibly rebuild part of that long-lost trust that is badly needed to re-launch the broader
Hatay, Gezi, Syria and the anatomy of a multi-catastrophic war

Becoming more motivated in its anti-government movement, Hatay is nowadays risking becoming a sectarian spark

How Turkey went from ‘zero problems’ to zero friends

The Washington Post (USA) Thursday, August 22, 2013 By Piotr Zalewski, Istanbul Not so long ago, Turkey seemed to have found the elusive formula for foreign policy success. Its newly adopted philosophy, “zero problems with neighbors,” won praise both at home and abroad as Ankara reengaged with the Middle East following a half century of

Turkey must refocus on EU, top boss says

TÜSİAD’s Yılmaz seeks to put Turkey’s moribund EU accession process back on the front burner, saying it is absolutely critical for democratization
Varosha ‘non-starter’ for talks over Cyprus

The Turkish foreign minister turned down a proposal from the Greek Cypriot administration regarding the closed city of Varosha

Ankara isolé

Courrier international, no. 1193, jeudi 12 septembre 2013, p. 18       Türkçe Hasan Cemal, T24 (Istanbul) Lorsque l’AKP est arrivé au pouvoir , la situation était différente. En effet, au début des années 2000, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Abdullah Gül et

Smugglers carrying blue jerry cans on horses ride back to Syria along the wire fences after ferrying fuel smuggled into Turkey in Hatay province

Smugglers carrying blue jerry cans on horses ride back to Syria along the wire fences after ferrying fuel smuggled into Turkey from over the border in Syria, 2 km (1.2 miles) away from the Turkish Cilvegozu border gate, located opposite the Syrian commercial crossing point Bab al-Hawa in Reyhanli, Hatay province, September 8, 2013. Each night, fuel is smuggled into Turkey from over the border in Syria. The thousands of liters of diesel that make their way by cover of darkness to Turkey’s southern Hatay province are a financial lifeline for Syria’s rebels, as well as a source of income for Turkish middlemen. Much of the oil is sourced from Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor province, a region critical to the country’s overall output, which largely fell under the control of a network of tribes and smugglers earlier this year. Fuel is heavily taxed in Turkey, meaning the black market for illegal imports from Syria, however crudely refined in makeshift facilities, is thriving and sends cash ..

R2P – hindrance not a help in the Syrian crisis

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine has failed to build an international consensus for action to protect civilians in Syria. Worse, R2P’s implicit support for military action without UN authorization has contributed to the UN’s paralysis.

50 years of EU-Turkey relations: talk the talk and walk the walk

Uluslararası Politika Akademisi (UPA) 12 September 2013 Laura Batalla 12th September 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ankara Agreement, signed in 1963 in Ankara, hence its name. The agreement established an association between Turkey and the then European Economic Community (EEC) signaling the start of a long-standing close relationship. The Ankara Agreement provided the

Let the Blames Begin

Istanbul’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics was based on the city’s symbolism, and that wasn’t strong enough

Turkey – The New Ottomans (Part Three)

BBC (UK) Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Allan Little What is Turkey’s relationship with Europe, in particular with the Balkans, which were on the Western limits of the old Ottoman Empire? Turkish businessmen have been rapidly rebuilding their links with the Balkan states – and some saw this as a first step towards rebuilding of bridges

After the Boom: Risks to the Turkish Economy

Briefing Paper (Chatham House) Europe BP 2013/02, August 2013 Fadi Hakura * After a strong post-crisis recovery, Turkish growth slowed sharply to 2.2 per cent  in 2012. The success of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government has been rooted in economic prosperity, which will remain a central issue for his popularity.  Turkey’s economy has been boosted by

La Turquie espérait rebondir grâce aux Jeux

Le Monde (France) mardi 10 septembre 2013, p. SCQ4 Économie et Entreprise Claire Guélaud La Turquie ne bénéficiera pas de l’élan qu’aurait pu lui donner l’organisation des Jeux olympiques d’été de 2020 à Istanbul. Le Comité international olympique (CIO) a préféré, samedi 7 septembre, à cette candidature – la cinquième pour la Turquie -, celle

Iraq vows to reinstate relations with Turkey

Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement to reinstate bilateral ties, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi said

 

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US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan in letter to President Gül.. A FP roundup..

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2013 at 13:00

US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan’s ‘anti-semitic’ statements in letter to President Gül

Forty-six U.S. representatives have written a letter to Turkish President Gül criticizing some of PM Erdoğan’s statements which they described as ‘anti-semitic’

 

Erdogan Threatens to Settle Score With The Times

Al-Monitor

As I wrote that same month in the Weekly Standard, “At issue is the insinuation, laid out in US diplomatic cables purloined by Wikileaks, that Erdogan is corrupt.” One such cable, dated Dec. 30, 2004, was penned by former US ambassador to Turkey Eric

 

Erdogan threatens to sue UK’s Times

Turkey’s prime minister threatens legal action against the UK’s Times newspaper for publishing an open letter criticising his handling of recent protests.

US Senate discusses Gezi Park protests

The U.S. Senate discussed Turkey’s Gezi Park protests in a panel at the Committee on Foreign Relations on July 31.

 

The Egyptian coup is a warning to Turkey – but will Erdoğan listen? | James E Baldwin

Like the Muslim Brotherhood, Erdoğan’s AK party has alienated opponents. Ennahda in Tunisia shows a way forward for democratic Islamists

Post-bailout Turkish talks for Cyprus?

Cyprus’ Mavroyiannis, right, with EU’s Lewandowsky during last year’s budget talks

FM Davutoğlu holds talks with KRG PM Barzani over key regional developments

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu held a closed-doors meeting with Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government PM Nechirvan Barzani who is in Ankara for two days of talks

The fall and fall of the Turkish Empire

Why, the careful observer should ask, did the crowds in Istanbul, which gathered to protest the coup d’etat in Cairo

Israeli tourists surge 86 pct after apology

The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey increased by 86 percent from 7,369 to 13,713 in June compared to the same month last year

Turkey’s tourism income increases by 22.8 pct in Q2

Turkey’s tourism income reached $8.68 billion in the second quarter of 2013, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) announced

Syrian Kurds urged to rise up against jihadists

The People’s Defense Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has issued a call to arms to battle jihadists

Turkey at a Tipping Point: Why the EU Should Use Gezi to Rebalance Ankara’s Foreign Policy

PISM Policy Papers, No. 17 (65), July 2013 The Polish Institute of International Affairs by Pinar Elman * Protests that began over the re-development of Gezi Park in Istanbul and spread throughout the country mark a turning point not just in Turkey’s domestic policy but in its foreign policy, too. The protestors demand a pluralistic

Ankara to Barzani: We do not lend support to al-Nusra Front

Meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Turkish leaders assured that Turkey was not lending its support to the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria

 

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry coming with loaded agenda, EU hails adoption of law on foreigners.. A FP roundup…

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2013 at 20:54


Kerry to ask Ankara to join Middle East peace

from Hurriyet Daily News

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will stage his second visit to Turkey in two months this weekend.

Turkey and Israel Feel the Effect as Syria’s Civil War Fuels Tensions at Borders

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and RICK GLADSTONE

Turkey’s threat to prosecute or expel 130 refugees, and Israel’s growing concerns about injured Syrians coming across the border, are the latest signs of how Syria’s war has destabilized the region.

 

EU hails adoption of law on foreigners

from Hurriyet Daily News

The EU has welcomed Turkey’s adoption of a law on foreigners and international protection.

Ankara: Europol’s report ‘misleading’

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish capital has voiced regret over a recently released report on organized crime in Europe.

 

Eyeing EU, Turkey adopts migration and asylum law

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey, on a renewed push to join the EU, has adopted a long-awaited law to regulate..

 

Kerry coming with loaded agenda

from Hurriyet Daily News

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Istanbul for talks with his Turkish counterpart

Turkey dismayed at lack of US partnership on second nuclear plant: Minister

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey expected to form a partnership with the United States to build Turkey’s second planned nuclear plant, Energy Minister Tamer Yıldız said

 

Turkey: Does Ankara Hold the Key to Ending Cyprus Financial Woes?

by Acturca

EurasiaNet.org (The Open Society Institute) April 4, 2013 by Justin Vela * Turkey’s potential as a regional energy hub could help alleviate the financial turmoil hitting the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, analysts say. But before any steps are taken, Ankara would like to see movement toward a resolution of the decades-long conflict between Greek

 

Northern Cyprus sees hope in water pipeline

by Acturca

International Herald Tribune (USA) Thursday, April 4, 2013 By Erica Gies, Istanbul Economic link to Turkey viewed as solution even amid environmental fears. Even as the Cypriot government struggles to ward off financial disaster, the authorities in the northern part of the divided island are quietly pushing ahead with a project to link their territory

 

New Border Tensions Erupt in Syrian Conflict

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and RICK GLADSTONE; Sebnem Arsu reported from Istanbul, and Rick Gladstone from New York. Nick Cumming-Bruce contributed reporting from Geneva, Isabel Kershner from Jerusalem, and Neil MacFarquhar from the United Nations

Turkey’s threat to prosecute or expel 130 refugees, and Israel’s growing concerns about injured Syrians coming across the border, are the latest signs of how Syria’s war has destabilized the region.

Obama wants Kerry to pursue Turkish-Israeli mediation until full normalization

from Hurriyet Daily News

US President Obama has requested his secretary of state to pursue mediation between Turkey and Israel, the US State Department said.

Kerry Returns to Mideast to Bolster Israel- Turkey Ties

from Yahoo News Photos

Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East this weekend for talks with Israeli, Palestinian and Turkish leaders, according to a U.S. official.

 

Jordanians and Turks Are Focus of Syria’s Ire

from NYT > Turkey by By RICK GLADSTONE

President Bashar al-Assad’s government accused Jordan and Turkey of “playing with fire” by aiding Syrian rebels.

Turkish President Gül slams EU visa policy for Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Abdullah Gül criticized yesterday the European Union over its slow visa procedures

INTERVIEW- Turkey seeks deeper energy relationship with Iraq, Kurdistan

from Yahoo news

By Orhan Coskun ANKARA, April 4 (Reuters) – Turkey would play an active rolein any arrangement in Iraq under which crude oil export revenuesare shared between the central government and the northern IraqiKurdistan region, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday. Yildiz told Reuters in an interview Turkey stood ready tosupport an arrangement under which 83 percent of oil exportrevenue went .

 

Champions League 2013: European newspapers’ reaction

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk

Real Madrid’s rout of Galatasaray surprised no one in Spain and Málaga get grudging praise in Germany

 

 

Real Madrid v Galatasaray

Wednesday night’s trouncing in Madrid meant there was no David and Goliath story for the Turkish media to report on and Thursday morning belied a sense of mourning. Yet they do make every effort to excuse the defeat.

Turquie – Union européenne : sortir du numéro de clowns tristes

by Acturca

Libération (France) 3 avril 2013, p. 22                                                Türkçe Jean-François Bayart * En repoussant aux calendes chypriotes l’éventualité d’une adhésion de la Turquie, l’Union européenne (UE) a fini par créer une situation dont elle pourrait bien se repentir dans les prochaines années. Comme l’aurait pronostiqué, en février, Günther Öttinger, le commissaire européen à l’énergie

 

Turkey Takes Steps Toward Europe

by Acturca

The Wall Street Journal (USA) April 3, 2013, p. 5 By Emre Peker, Istanbul Ankara has taken steps to reaffirm ties with Brussels, despite angry rhetoric over a customs agreement with the European Union, in an effort to find shelter against troubling political and economic developments in its region. In an interview, Turkey’s Deputy Prime

Compensation talks with Israel to start next week: Foreign minister

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish and Israeli officials will start talks on compensation over Mavi Marmara raid next week

 

Shift of axis: What future PKK eyes in Syria, Iraq

from Hurriyet Daily News

With the Turkish government’s ongoing reconciliation efforts with the country’s Kurds, the latter’s leadership…

 

Turkey and Israel: A ‘what next?’ mindset

by Acturca

The Jerusalem Post (Israel) April 3, 2013, p. 13 By Can Kasapoglu * A Turkish academic asks what the two countries should do next Following the early signs of rapprochement between Turkey and Israel, analysts on both sides focused on why and how this was happening. Meanwhile, many columnists voiced their opinions about who should

Sultan Erdogan: Turkey ‘s Rebranding Into the New, Old Ottoman Empire

from Yahoo News Photos

In the eyes of secularists, the Europe-facing, Western-dressing, cocktail-toasting modern nation-state is being replaced by a religiously conservative one, headscarf by headscarf.

 

German Vice Chancellor to visit Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News

German Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Philipp Rosler will pay a visit to Turkey.

Turkey eyes end of Cyprus dispute amid push for EU entry

from Yahoo News Photos

Iraq PM softens tone on Turkey, says rapprochement welcome

from Hurriyet Daily News

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he would welcome rapprochement with Turkey, softening his hostile rhetoric fuelled by Ankara’s engagement with KRG.

White House confirms PM Erdoğan’s meeting with Obama on May 16

from Hurriyet Daily News

Washington confirmed today that US President Barack Obama will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Washington on May 16.

Turkey, UN plan ‘Retreat Center’ for mediation acts

from Hurriyet Daily News

Ankara is working with the United Nations to establish a “Retreat Center” in Istanbul, to be used for…

 

 

Erdoğan to be in US, Kerry to be in Turkey soon. A FP roundup…

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2013 at 21:42

Turkish PM Erdoğan set to embark on US visit on May 16

from Hurriyet Daily News

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s long-expected meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama will take place on May 16…

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) meets with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara April 3, 2013, in this photo provided by the Turkish Prime Minister’s Press Office. REUTERS/Yasin Bulbul/Turkish Prime Minister Press Office/Handout

Turkey brings a gentle version of the Ottoman empire back to the Balkans

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Michael Birnbaum

Growing presence in Bosnia has given Turkey an expanding field of influence in Europe

Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means. Two Turkish-run universities have opened in Bosnia’s Ottoman-influenced capital Sarajevo in recent years, bringing an influx of Turkish students and culture to a predominantly Muslim country still reeling from a brutal ethnic war almost two decades ago.

 

Turkey cautioned on PM’s visit to Gaza

from Yahoo News Photos

ANKARA, Turkey , March 29 (UPI) — An expected visit to Gaza by Turkey ‘s prime minister should be planned to avoid further dividing rival Palestinian factions, a Palestinian diplomat said.

 

Turkish Neo-Ottomanism is Threatened by Iran

Algemeiner

While Turkey is tied to the West through multiple institutions, like NATO, it is still ruled by the AKP party, whose ideology was described in leaked American diplomatic cables appearing in WikiLeaks from a few years back as “neo-Ottoman” — meaning it

Israël et la Turquie définissent les termes de leur rapprochement

by Acturca

Le Monde (France) mercredi 27 mars 2013, p. 4 Laurent Zecchini, Jérusalem Correspondant Un accord financier doit être trouvé pour dédommager les familles des victimes turques de l’assaut israélien contre le « Mavi-Marmara » Le dossier de Gaza en témoigne, le rapprochement israélo-turc sera long. Au lendemain d’un accord de normalisation, après trois années de

Turkish Cyprus sees way out of crisis

by Acturca

Financial Times (UK)  Tuesday, April 2, 2013, p. 6 By Joshua Chaffin in Nicosia Divided island. The south’s woes may drive the two sides towards a settlement and new opportunities, says Joshua Chaffin From his office in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, Hasan Gungor can almost watch the economic crisis unfolding across a barbed

A Turkey-Israel opening

by Acturca

International Herald Tribune (USA) Tuesday, April 2, 2013, p. 7 By Charles Kupchan and Soli Ozel * During his recent visit to Israel, President Barack Obama pulled off a major breakthrough in relations between Israel and Turkey. After forging very close ties during the 1990s, Jerusalem and Ankara have of late gone their separate ways.

A new equation needed in Eastern Mediterranean

from Hurriyet Daily News

There have been four major changes in politics in the last two years in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish Minister: Anatolia only feasible gas route for Israel, Greek Cyprus

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey is not indifferent toward Israel’s energy projects for transferring the Eastern Mediterranean natural gas and oil to the international markets, Turkish Energy Minister said.

 

Turkey thaw one of top goals: Israeli Deputy FM

from Hurriyet Daily News

Normalization of the ties with Turkey is one of the most pressing aims on the Israel’s agenda.

Syria- Turkey word war escalates

from Yahoo News Photos

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of not having said “a single word of truth” about Syria’s conflict, in an interview with Turkish media posted on the web.

Israeli thaw good for Turkish energy

from Yahoo News Photos

ANKARA, Turkey , April 3 (UPI) — An Israeli apology for the 2010 raid of a Turkish flotilla could lead to a strong energy relationship, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

Greek Cyprus crisis is chance to end division, says Turkish President Gül

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Abdullah Gül said the financial crisis in Greek Cyprus presented an “important opportunity” to end the division of the island.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to visit Turkey

from Yahoo news

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey on Sunday as part of a trip to Europe and Asia to consult allies on issues including Syria’s civil war, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday. Washington regards Turkey , which shares a 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria, as a pivotal player in backing the Syrian opposition and planning for an era after .

“188,387 Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey… A FP roundup…

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2013 at 23:16

Turkey denies reports of Syrian refugees’ deportation

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey has reportedly deported 600 Syrians staying at a refugee camp in the southeastern.

Turkey ready to negotiate two-state solution for Cyprus: Turkish FM

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey is ready to negotiate a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem

 

188,387 Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey ‘s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced number of Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey were 188,387 as of March 12, and total amount of money spent so far was 728.3 million Turkish Lira (TL).

 

Turkey is world’s rising brand: Deputy prime minister

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey is a rising brand in the world because it has kept its promises, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.

 

Turkey , Israel to work out compensation

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey ‘s deputy prime minister says Turkish and Israeli officials will meet next week to work out the amount of compensation to be paid to the victims of a raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turks and a..

 

Palestine ‘against’ Turkish PM Erdoğan’s visit to Gaza: Official

from Hurriyet Daily News

Palestine is opposed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intention to visit the Gaza Strip.

 

Turkey gas move piles pressure on Cyprus

from FT.com – World, Europe

Ankara set to bar Eni from Turkey projects if it proceeds with Cyprus gas exploration, saying Greek Cypriots have no right to assign island’s resources

 

No Accreditation to Turkey’s Media in NSU Trial

from Bianet :: English

Munich’s Higher Regional Court declined to reserve any courtroom seats to Turkey’s media in the hearing of National Socialist Underground, a neo-Nazi cell suspected for the murder of 10 people including 8 with Turkish roots.

The Syrian irony for Turkey

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Annalena di Giovanni and Foti Benlisoy

Before the uprising, Erdoğan and Davutoğlu tried to turn Damascus and Aleppo into safe market havens. Perhaps Turkey still expects eventually to have the lion’s share in a future reconstructed Syria, but the ruling AKP party may pay a high price for its regional policies.

Israel, Turkey Explore Energy Links

by Acturca

The Wall Street Journal (USA) March 27, 2013, p. A12 By Joshua Mitnick, Tel Aviv Israel’s apology to Turkey over a deadly 2010 raid will boost cooperation over Syria’s civil war, but it also has a compelling economic incentive: the possible export of billions of dollars of Israeli natural gas to Turkey and beyond, say

For Cyprus, a Sudden Need to Play Nice With Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By JAMES KANTER

The country’s sudden reversal of fortunes implies that self-reliant Cyprus may need to brush up on its own relations with Turkey to make its gas wealth a reality.

 

Verheugen: Europe cannot do it without Turkey

by Acturca

EurActiv.com, 28 March 2013 Interview by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye The European Union needs Turkey if it is to succeed as a global player, former Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen tells EurActiv. Günter Verheugen is a former Commission vice-president and enlargement commissioner. He was a speaker at the Future of Europe Stakeholder Workshop organised by the EurActiv

Making Sense of Turkish-EU Relations in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

by Acturca

GTE Policy Briefs (Istituto Affari Internazionali) n. 8, 28 March 2013, 5 p. by Bülent Aras * Both the EU’s recognition of the importance of its value system and Turkey’s rediscovery of its European component in its foreign policy identity have occurred during a period of radical transformation in the Mediterranean region. The Arab Spring

 

How Obama Brought Turkey and Israel Back Together

from Yahoo News Photos

Gaza flotilla apology may have ramifications beyond Israel- Turkey relations

from Yahoo News Photos

By Alex Traiman/JNS.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed Israeli policy last Friday, offering an apology to the Turkish people for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens aboard the armed.

 

Uneasy détente in Turkish-Israel relations

from Hurriyet Daily News

Almost three years have passed since a raid by Israeli soldiers on the Mavi Marmara ship on May 31, 2010.

Erdoğan doing everything to make Israel regret apology: Israeli far-right leader

from Hurriyet Daily News

The leader of Israel’s far-right Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennet, slammed Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments following Israel’s apology.

U.S. expert: Genocide denial undermines Turkey ’s moral authority

from Yahoo News Photos

“Instead of trying to reinvent history, Turkey ‘s Prime Minister Erdoğan can make history,” David L. Phillips said.

Will PKK Ceasefire Change Turkey ’s Regional Role?

from Yahoo News Photos

Copyright show:  No The March 21 ceasefire in the battle between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Turkish state offers Turkey not only the hope of peace after decades of bloodshed, but poses profound implications for the region at large. read more

Cyprus row axes Italy’s Eni from Turkish deals

from Hurriyet Daily News

Italian energy giant Eni feels the wrath of Ankara, as the company’s operations are suspended across Turkey…

 

S&P raises Turkey’s rating, hints amelioration if Kurdish issue solved

from Hurriyet Daily News

Standard & Poor’s upgraded Turkey’s credit rating from BB to BB+.

Turkish FM reveals secret diplomacy behind Israel’s apology

from Hurriyet Daily News

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu revealed March 28 the background of Israel’s apology to Turkey.

 

Cyprus’s economic woes could help resolve the island’s dispute | George Kyris

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by George Kyris

Greek Cypriots could now be forced round the table with their Turkish counterparts to discuss unification, thanks to the bailout

Revise Customs Union, or cancel it totally : Turkey tells EU

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey has urged the European Union to restructure the terms of the current Customs Union.

 

Global economy’s axis shifts from West to East: Deputy PM

from Hurriyet Daily News

The world’s economic balance has shifted from the West to the East because of the latest economic crisis, says Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan at the Uludağ Economy Summit.

 

Turkey cautioned on PM’s visit to Gaza

from Yahoo news

ANKARA, Turkey , March 29 (UPI) — An expected visit to Gaza by Turkey ‘s prime minister should be planned to avoid further dividing rival Palestinian factions, a Palestinian diplomat said.

What Is So Special About Russian–Turkish Economic Relations

by Acturca

Russian Analytical Digest (RAD), No.125, 25 March 2013, pages 5-10 Russia’s Relations with Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania By Natalia Ulchenko *, Moscow This article analyses contemporary Russian–Turkish economic relations. It considers the problems that the two sides are faced with, in spite of their steadily increasing bilateral trade volume and investment flows, and highlights the

To Cash In on Gas, Cyprus May Need to Sell to Turkey

by Acturca

The New York Times (USA) March 28, 2013, p. B4 By James Kanter, Brussels With its economy in tatters, Cyprus urgently needs to tap its natural gas deposits. But opening the spigot will force the easternmost member of the European Union to make the tough choices it has long been loath to confront.

Turkey and Israel Feel the Effect as Syria’s Civil War Fuels Tensions at Borders

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and RICK GLADSTONE

Turkey’s threat to prosecute or expel 130 refugees, and Israel’s growing concerns about injured Syrians coming across the border, are the latest signs of how Syria’s war has destabilized the region.

 

Editorial Board: Israel and Turkey let bygones be bygones

from Yahoo news

THE DARKENING situation in the Middle East has produced a silver lining. With Syria’s civil war intensifying and Iran showing no sign of slowing its nuclear program, Israel and Turkey have patched a nearly three-year-old rift. In a March 22 phone call stage-managed by President Obama , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the deaths

Gaza residents would be happy to see Erdoğan: Gaza Mayor

from Hurriyet Daily News

Gaza Mayor Refik Mekki dismissed any opposition to Turkish PM’s planned Gaza visit.

Palestine to ‘welcome’ Turkish PM Erdoğan to Gaza: Officials

from Hurriyet Daily News

Ankara has received no complaints relating to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s plans to visit Gaza, Turkish officials have said.

In Bosnia, Turkey brings back a gentle version of the Ottoman Empire

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means. Two Turkish-run universities have opened in Bosnia’s Ottoman-influenced capital in recent years, bringing an influx of Turkish students and culture to a predominantly Muslim country still reeling from a brutal ethnic war almost two decades ago. Read full article

Foreign Policy roundup: Turkey and Greece relations even more sweet as Greece offers support to Turkey ‘s 2020 Olympic bid

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2013 at 19:09

 

 

Greece offers support to Turkey ‘s 2020 Olympic bid

from Yahoo News Photos
ISTANBUL (AP) — Greece has offered its support to regional rival Turkey ‘s bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Turkey will be Europe’s strongest economy in 2050: Turkish President Gül

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey will become the first economy of the continent in 2050, the Turkish president said in a special interview with Swedish daily..

Turkey’s tentative EU springtime

from Yahoo news
The translucent white marble stairs and cream gilt and stucco ceilings of the ceremonial hall of Ankara’s new presidential palace rarely echo to spontaneous applause, but the words “Turkey will always be part of my heart” did the trick.

Turkey’s tentative EU springtime: EU Romance Rekindled

by Acturca
The Majalla (UK) 4 March 2013 Hugh Pope * The translucent white marble stairs and cream gilt and stucco ceilings of the ceremonial hall of Ankara’s new presidential palace rarely echo to spontaneous applause, but the words “Turkey will always be part of my heart” did the trick. The declaration came from a source to

Avoiding a Shrinking EU in an Expanding Planet: A Turkish Contribution to the Debate on Europe’s Future

by Acturca
Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) February 28, 2013 Bahadır Kaleağası * Global challenges are pushing the EU toward an unavoidable dilemma. The EU ought to expand to include new countries and reach a critical size that will let it weather the 21st century. However, the EU has to also be a

Athènes et Ankara : un réchauffement des relations

by Acturca
Les Echos (France) no. 21390, mercredi 6 mars 2013, p. 8 Dans la presse étrangère Jacques Hubert-Rodier Le réchauffement des relations entre la Grèce et la Turquie, a franchi un nouveau degré après la rencontre lundi à Istanbul du Premier ministre Antonis Samaras avec son homologue turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, estiment les journaux grecs et

Economic crisis; a curse or a blessing for Turkish-Greek relations

from Hurriyet Daily News
A recent statement by the Greek Foreign Ministry created a sort of “nostalgic” effect on me.

Où va la Turquie ?

by Acturca
Le Figaro (France) no. 21332, mardi 5 mars 2013, p. 14 Bibliothèque des essais Laure Marchand Au cours de ses cinq années à Ankara, Marc Pierini, alors chef de la délégation de la Commission européenne, était en immersion complète dans son objet d’étude. De 2006 à 2011, chargé de préparer l’intégration du pays candidat à [

‘My Turkey': Berlin, immigration and the amateur football scene

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Catherine Stupp
Berlin’s Turkish football clubs tell the tale of a local struggle for multiculturalism and integration, far away from the politics of migration.

Quote of the Week: EU Member States’ Perceptions on Turkey’s Accession to the EU

by Changing Turkey

A publication of the Center for European Studies, Middle East Technical University

Editors: Sait Akşit, Özgehan Şenyuva, Çiğdem Üstün

Christian Syrian Refugees Denied Support in Turkey

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
CHP member of parliament Safak Pavey recently returned from Syria where she and a group of Turkish lawmakers met with President Bashar al-Assad in an attempt to free foreign journalists believed held by his regime. Pavey crossed overland in Hatay and on her trip spoke with Syrian refugees. She learned that Christian refugees were being denied places in Turkey’s refugee camps; it is argued that this is for their own safety because of their association with the Assad regime. Instead Christian Syrians are left to their own devices without support and without being counted in the statistics of the displaced that now includes one in every ten Syrians. Christians make up nine percent of Syria’s population. In her press statement, Pavey recounts meeting a Christian family in Iskenderun that had escaped Syria several months ago but was not accepted into a refugee camp. Their money had run out and now they didn’t know what to do. The father, a man in his fifties, had run out of hope as well.

A Complicated Trio: Turkey , Cyprus and the EU

from Yahoo News Photos
Will Turkey finally be admitted to the EU or will the memory of Cyprus haunt the process?

Turkey says Syrian rebels at disadvantage as not properly armed

from Yahoo News Photos
Ahmet Davutoglu said he discussed the embargo barring delivery of all arms to Syria with Britain and Germany.

Turkey rejects ‘neo-Ottoman’ label

from Yahoo News Photos

ANKARA, Mar 4: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Sunday responded to the labeling of Turkey ‘s foreign policy as neo-Ottoman by asking why those who united European countries are not called “neo-Romans.”

 

Muddy Water: Greece, Turkey Spar Over Sea

by Acturca
The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) March 8, 2013, p. 1 By Alkman Granitsas and Stelios Bouras, Athens Greece has renewed its territorial claims over a broad swath of disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean where the indebted country hopes to find vast oil and gas deposits— a plan that risks sparking a confrontation with

UE/Turquie : Nouvelle collaboration scientifique entre l’UE et la Turquie

by Acturca
Europolitique (Belgique) 8 mars 2013 Par Marie-Martine Buckens Le Centre commun de recherche de la Commission européenne (CCR) et le Conseil turc de la recherche scientifique et technique (Tübitak) ont décidé de collaborer dans une série de domaines, dont l’environnement et le transport. L’annonce de la signature prochaine d’un protocole d’accord entre les deux instituts

UE/Turquie : La révolution ferroviaire turque est en marche

by Acturca
Europolitique (Belgique) 8 mars 2013 Par Markus Bernath La Turquie investit massivement dans sa plaque tournante des transports. C’est dans ce cadre que s’ouvre la foire EurAsiarail, le 7 mars à Istanbul. Les appels d’offres pour des lignes à grande vitesse dans 15 provinces du pays d’ici 2016 mettent en concurrence les constructeurs ferroviaires tels

Turkish President Gül includes minority leader on Sweden trip

from Hurriyet Daily News
In the first ever state visit by a Turkish head of state, President Abdullah Gül will..

Erdoğan, Zionism and Israel

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan was probably not aware that his condemnation of “Zionism” in a speech..

Turkish opposition CHP’s role on path to Syrian solution

from Hurriyet Daily News
In a surprise and highly secretive visit to neighboring Syria, deputies from Turkey’s main opposition CHP met with embattled and deeply isolated Syrian President..

After Merkel visit. Not much seems to change soon between Turkey and EU relations…

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 at 19:29



Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Altan Burgucu

Merkel backs ‘open-ended’ Turkey’s EU talks

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the European Union should move forward with its talks with Turkey about joining the bloc, but that she remains skeptical about the nation becoming a full member.

Merkel Raises Turks’ Hope Of European Union Entry

from NYT > Turkey by By MELISSA EDDY;
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has called for talks between Turkey and the European Union amid signals of decreasing resistance from her center-right party.

Merkel, Erdoğan cross swords on Cyprus (News)

from EurActiv.com

Angela Merkel knows about Turkey’s needs

from Hurriyet Daily News
German newspaper Bild am Sonntag published a poll on Sunday, hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s.

Turkey hopeful Merkel would “restore EU accession process”

from Yahoo news
ANKARA — German Chancellor Angela Merkel continues her visit to Turkey, where officials expect a confirmation of her promise to restore Turkey’s EU accession process.

What if Turkey surprises Merkel and Hollande with a Cyprus move?

from Hurriyet Daily News
There is no reason what so ever for German Prime Minister Angela Merkel..

Erdoğan and Merkel agree to disagree

from Hurriyet Daily News
Following hours of talks in Ankara, it became apparent in the joint press conference that German Chancellor Angela..

Merkel, Erdoğan duel over Cyprus for EU bid

from Hurriyet Daily News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support yesterday for reviving

Turkey ready to press reset button over Cyprus: EU minister

from Hurriyet Daily News
EU Minister Egemen Bağış called on Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

Cyprus remains stumbling block in Turkey’s EU ambition: Merkel

from Yahoo news
ANKARA (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was in favor of reviving Turkey’s stalled talks on its relationship with the European Union but a dispute over the divided island of Cyprus remained a stumbling block. Speaking during a two-day visit to Turkey, Merkel, who favors a “privileged partnership” for Turkey in place of full EU membership, said it would be right to

Cengiz Aktar: [Kıbrıs'ta] Çözümler er veya geç gündeme gelecek

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 at 13:16

Çözümler er veya geç gündeme gelecek Hükümetin 2023-2071 ufkunda Kıbrıs yok. Geçen hafta oraday … http://p.ost.im/p/dMYMkm

Turkey’s FP roundup: technical iran nuke talks, syria vs. turkey and probably a new crisis to happen between Turkey and France…

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 at 17:18

Hollande pushes new law to criminalise denial of Armenian genocide – FRANCE – FRANCE 24Technical Iran nuke tal … http://p.ost.im/p/ewmYFh

Cengiz Aktar: Sahipsiz Kıbrıs sorunu

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2012 at 14:26

Sahipsiz Kıbrıs sorunuKıbrıs sorununun 1974’te çözüldüğü farzedilir, mâlum. Böylece adanın … http://p.ost.im/p/e3PHJb

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