EU Minister Egemen Bağış has said Turkey needs to be “encouraged” to reopen the Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary in Istanbul
Turkey defended its decision to acquire its first long-range anti-missile system from China
Syrian Foreign Minister has said the Geneva peace conference “cannot succeed” unless regional countries like Turkey refrain from arming the rebels
There was some hope that the 50th anniversary of the EU Turkey Association would coincide with a judgment of European Court of Justice favorable to Turkish citizens whishing to travel visa free to the EU. Alas, the contrary occurred when the Court in its long awaited Demirkan ruling marred the already gloomy ‘festivities’ marking the anniversary of Europe’s oldest association with a third country.
By Thomas Vandamme
In practical terms, the judgment confirms German legislation that obliges Turkish nationals to obtain a visa before traveling to Germany to receive services there. The rules of the EU-Turkey Association (in their current state) do not cover that situation and therefore do not protect Turkish citizens from such impediments, even if they are newly introduced (in fact, German legislation only started to impose such visa requirements on Turkish nationals after 1980).
Washington is concerned about the involvement of the Chinese winner of a recent Turkish defense contract in nuclear technology
The head of the United Nations refugee agency said the nations had agreed to make special efforts to resettle refugees fleeing the civil war.
Turkey is highly likely to sign a deal to co-produce its first long-range anti-missile system with a Chinese firm in six months, a senior defense ministry official has said
Sebbene il primo ministro turco Recep Tayyip Erdoğan abbia ben mosso l’alfiere delle riforme sullo scacchiere bicromo della politica turca, la partita è lunga, imprevedibile e tutta ancora da giocare.
Dalle ceneri delle proteste di piazza Taksim, con il pacchetto di “riforme di democratizzazione” presentato il 30 settembre, il governo gioca a sorpresa la pedina meno visibile, quella al fondo dello scacchiere. Con una sola mossa cerca di ricalibrare gli equilibri dell’intero gioco.
Note franco-turque (IFRI) n°9, septembre 2013 English Note du Cerfa n°105 Dorothée Schmid * Les relations entre l’Allemagne, la France et la Turquie ont longtemps fonctionné sur un mode strictement bilatéral, avec une intensité, un style et des domaines de coopération différents