Turkey fails to meet EU criteria in critical areas

The most critical norms that candidates for accession to the European Union must be committed to abiding by are the political criteria that address issues such as civil-military relations, human rights and the judiciary.


Turkey moving in right direction, toward EU by GRAHAM WATSON

Turkey has long wanted to enter the European Union, but this week the European Union — or at least a little bit of it — is coming to Turkey.

Cyprus peace underway

A solution to the Cyprus issue is possible if the Turkish Cypriot side demonstrates equal goodwill and comes to the negotiating table with reasonable proposals, the Greek Cypriot president said in

Constitution out of sync with EU

Turkey needs comprehensive constitutional reform, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said yesterday in Brussels.

Partial success in European criteria

Turkey achieved partial success last year in meeting the European Union’s Maastricht Criteria for adopting the euro, according to a report released by the State Planning Organization,

Turkey-EU Troika FMs meeting to be held on Sept 15th

Babacan says Turkey would make EU stronger (SETimes.com)

[MONDAY TALK]Lesser: Turkey to face tough foreign policy choices

By YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN

Ian O. Lesser, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the US, has said Turkey’s foreign policy choice of engagement over priority setting is threatened by the changing world order, which, he states, will force Turkey to take sides and make some tough choices.

Turkey heads to EU, what about CHP and MHP?

CENGİZ AKTAR

‘Conflict’ doctrine and EU membership

As is well known, Joseph Ratzinger had argued as a cardinal, before he was elected pope, that Turkey was not fit for Europe, that Europe did not share a common legacy with Turkey and that Turkey should seek its future in Islamic organizations instead of the Christian EU.

Gül’s visits to Yerevan, Baku harbingers of new era? by SİNAN OĞAN

President Abdullah Gül went on a one-day visit to Baku to remove doubts in Azerbaijan his recent trip to Yerevan may have raised as well as to inform Azerbaijani officials about what transpired in Armenia.

A foreign policy briefing

İLTER TÜRKMEN

Turkey’s stance on being Western

CENGİZ ÇANDAR

Opening doors and hearts (2)

President Abdullah Gül’s recent visit to Armenia was a necessity for a variety of reasons, among them that Armenian-Turkish relations have been poisoned by real and political feuds emanating from the dire conditions of the war years in the second decade of the 20th century.

Turkish Weekly Opinion – Armenia May Recognize Turkey’s Borders

[Is Situation Ripe For Peace Between Turkey And Armenia?] – [Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2008]

By Mardo Soghom

If the historic visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Armenia is followed by more diplomatic contacts and negotiations, it may prove to have been truly a far-reaching strategic event for the whole region."

Turkey and the Dervish’s Islam

A tale of experiences and impressions from Anatolia – a place where there are not just Arabs, and finding a symbol of the EU

Harmony with the EU can save us

By SABAH, MEHMET BARLAS

At this point, Turkey is in the position of being enslaved to contradictions of its own creation.

La candidature turque à l’Union européenne; Un été encourageant

Le Jeudi (Luxembourg), 11 septembre 2008

Georges Guisam

Les choses bougent en Turquie, et dans le bon sens. Deux événements le soulignent: le rejet par la Cour suprême de la demande d’interdiction de l’AKP et la visite du président turc en Arménie. L’été n’a pas été riche en signes encourageants sur le plan international. Alors profitons de cet air frais qui nous vient du Bosphore!

La crainte était forte au printemps 2008 de revivre des épisodes du passé récent de l’histoire turque. En 1996, le Refah, parti d’inspiration islamiste conduit par Necmettin Erbakan, avait gagné les élections. Onze mois plus tard, sous la pression de l’armée, il dut démissionner et son parti fut ensuite interdit. Motif: il portait atteinte à la laïcité constitutionnelle de la République.

Caucasian conflict improves Russia-Turkey relations by ALEXANDER KRYLOV

MOSCOW — Russia’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has provoked an international crisis. It has also changed its relations with the European Union and the United States and destroyed the unipolar world order that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Who opposes the national program, why?

By STAR, ESER KARAKAŞ

At this point, the European Union for Turkey in fact means the Participation Partnership Document, which was presented to us by the Council of the European Union.

Turkey’s new diplomatic confidence signifies changing role as regional power by DENNIS SAMMUT

The recent crisis in the Caucasus has seen an upsurge of Turkish diplomatic activity in the region, including an initiative to launch a Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform and an opening up to Armenia.

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