Posts Tagged ‘ahmet davutoğlu’

Finally an official EU center in Istanbul, Fitch increases Turkey’s ratings, Dutch MPs cancel trip

In Turkey in Europe, Turkish economy, Turkish foreign policy on December 6, 2009 at 00:31
The new EU Center in Beşiktaş. DHA photo
The new EU Center in Beşiktaş. DHA photo.
The EU Center will be jointly facilitated by the Turkish Ministry of State’s EU General Secretariat and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s EU Affairs Department. VIA


Istanbul Metro Station, Taksim: Turkish Conquest of Constantinople. Photo by Jenny White

(click here for the full NY Times article). FOUND IN: Ottomania: The Empire Strikes Back
Dutch MPs cancel trip to Turkey | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Disappointment in Turkey over cancelled trip

Turkish MPs are disappointed the Dutch parliament has cancelled a fact-finding mission about the country’s wishes to join the European Union, the NRC reports on Thursday.

Wilders and Turkey’s anti-democratization camp


Foresight analysis measures the potential impacts of foreign and domestic policy actions. For the purpose of writing this column I have chosen a number of Dutch and Turkish actors as part of a simulation exercise, and without meaning it to be derogatory in any way, have put them into a grid system of four adjacent boxes.

BB+ for Turkey

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

* Thanks to economic growth and tight fiscal policy, since the 2001 financial crisis, public sector debt has come down to manageable levels..
* Reforms and restructuring have strengthened the banking sector.
* Economic growth rests on more solid foundations, driven by a dynamic private sector, productivity gains, and higher value-added production.
* The prospect of economic convergence with the European Union, demographic dynamism, and the country’s pivotal regional position tend to enhance the Turkish market’s attractiveness.
* With its extensive external financing needs, the highest of all emerging countries, Turkey remains very dependent on capital markets.
* The sharp rise of foreign currency debt in the private sector has increased its exposure to exchange rate risk.
* The antagonism between the government and militant Kemalists remains a recurring source of instability. Read the rest of this entry »

Newsweek finally does some journalistic work on Turkey…

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on December 1, 2009 at 21:47
Newsweek seems to have stepped aside for the moment from what I would call Çağaptay effect. For a few years, Mr. Çağaptay with his secularist-Kemalist crusader ideology seemed to have dominated Newsweek’s look at Turkish politics. Now there appear two articles that discuss Turkey’s new foreign policy and its architect, Ahmet Davutoğlu. Finally, an innovative work…

Burhan Ozbilici / AP
Parliamentary Briefing: Davutoglu addresses lawmakers on plans to improve Turkey’s relations with Armenia and

Meet the Man Shaping Turkey’s New Diplomacy

What you need to know about the person shaping Turkey’s muscular new foreign policy. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey seems to have officially recognized Iraqi Kurdistan…

In TR-US relations, Turkey and Kurds, Turkey in Europe on November 1, 2009 at 01:00
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu releases a white ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu releases a white pigeon during the opening of the new Turkish Consulate in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousuly

Turkey: Time to Rebuild Middle East


Source: Turkish Daily Mail
Date: Saturday, 31 October 2009 0:24
Tags: Turkey and Middle East, Middle East, Kurd, Kurdish, Iraq

ARBIL – Turkey extended a regional peace drive to Iraqi Kurds when Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with top Kurdish officials in a landmark visit to Arbil.

“It is time for Arabs, Turks, Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis to rebuild the Middle East. Therefore, it is time for everyone to take brave steps,” Davutoglu told a joint press conference with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani late on Friday. Barzani praised Davutoğlu’s visit, saying it is even more significant now as the Middle East is passing through such a sensitive time.
Davutoğlu’s visit to Arbil, the first by a Turkish foreign minister, is a sign that a taboo maintained in Turkish foreign policy until recently is no longer in place.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani (R) holds a joint conference ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani (R) holds a joint conference with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Arbil, 310 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, October 30, 2009. Picture taken October 30, 2009. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Read the rest of this entry »

Israel helps Ayrılık to increase its ratings?

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on October 17, 2009 at 09:43

The photo below has to be included here. From the Turkey-Armenia game. As far as I understood it was an operation by Young Civilians.

In the crisis between Israel and Turkey it should be noted Israel reacted too much to a serial that was not popular at all. I haven’t heard anybody discussing Ayrılık episodes. And as far as I know the serial was not in the top 100 ratings list. Now I hear producers are happy that people will be curious and watch the serial. There had to be a stronger reaction to Valley of the Wolves movie who had a substantive anti-semitic emphasis in some parts. Ayrılık hadonce made it to popular discourse through what Zeynep Tokuş , an actress and former beauty pageant winner was wearing:

Zeynep Tokuş in veil for Ayrılık serial.

Zeynep Tokuş in veil for Ayrılık serial.

A roundup follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Who cares Sarkozy who doesn’t want Turkey as long as Turkey builds up new friendships in the region…

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on October 10, 2009 at 10:18

Hail to the Turkey-Armenia deal to be signed today.

After a drama, the deal is about to be signed right now…Yes, it is signed. Signatories are so tense, as if anything could happen…

Armenia-Turkey deal delayed over disagreements

A planned peace agreement between Turkey and Armenia to end a century of enmity hit a last minute snag over disagreements with statements to be read at the historic ceremony

A roundup as usual:

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