Turkey: Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

By Eurozine News Item

To coincide with Turkey’s status as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008, Eurozine publishes articles from "Varlik" magazine’s 75-year anniversary anthology. The texts display many of the concerns that continue to occupy Turkish writers today. Also: Turkey in the Eurozine archives


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Prominent Turkish writer questions relevance of EU

The European Union does not contribute to world peace, said prominent Turkish writer Yaşar Kemal, in an interview with German daily Neue Osnabrucker. Kemal, who gave the interview

Murat Belge at Frankfurt Bookfair 2008 – The Kurdish issue
Oct 14, 2008 Kurdish Aspect covers issues related to Kurds and Kurdistan within the larger context of Middle Eastern concerns. The website offers readers

Intellectuals rule Turkey’s self-image at fair (News Feature)

The Associated Press: Pamuk, Turkish president open Frankfurt book fair

Letter from Berlin: A Turk at the Top – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

By Michael Giglio

Politician Cem Özdemir is set to soon become Germany’s first national party leader of Turkish descent. As head of the Green Party, he will break through a glass ceiling that still persists for most of the country’s estimated 2.5 million ethnic Turks."

Interview: Cyprus welcomes end of ‘war games’ with Ankara

Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias told EurActiv he was "happy" that Ankara accepted his proposal to cancel military exercises that take place annually on both sides of the divided island, sparking recurring tension in the Aegean.

Turkey apology over prison death

Turkey’s justice minister issues a rare apology over the death of a human rights activist allegedly beaten by prison officers.

19 suspended in torture death inquiry

In a move welcomed by critics, the justice minister apologized yesterday to the family of Engin Ceber, a leftist activist who allegedly died due to injuries sustained in a beating by police and prison guards.

Cyprus ‘under Europeans’ radar’

Cyprus is not much on the radar of the average European, even though it is one of the most significant wedges between Turkey and the European Union, according to several prominent

Cypriot reunification will take courage, vision and patience

There has been a lot of negative talk in the media recently over the sluggishness of the talks between Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and their apparent unwillingness to find compromises.

Turks swell with pride at Frankfurt literature show – Feature : Europe World

From public enemy to Turkey’s national hero – Europe, World – The Independent

Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk was persecuted in Turkey. Now he is a global ambassador for his homeland. Boyd Tonkin meets him

The route that takes an enemy of the state on to the global stage as a national icon can be as short as the flight from Istanbul to Frankfurt. This week, Turkey is enjoying its status as ‘country of honour’ at the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair. The programme, backed by the government in Ankara, began with an address by a writer who knows that parts of his country’s armed forces once plotted to assassinate him."

Turkish Novelist Denounces Government at Book Fair – NYTimes.com

Rescuing Pamuk while ignoring Dink

By SABAH, ERGUN BABAHAN

Clearly, the identities of suspects and victims are important for police. In this case, a suspect is thought to be a part of the Ergenekon gang, his telephone calls are taped and listened to, and it is revealed that he is preparing an assassination attempt against Orhan Pamuk.

Rocard, l’Europe et la Turquie

Nonfiction.fr, jeudi 25 septembre 2008

Riva Kastoryano *

La Turquie, oubliée par l’Europe, poursuit son émancipation dans le Caucase et le Moyen Orient tout en essayant de maintenir une stabilité dans sa politique intérieure. Michel Rocard, dans son dernier ouvrage, Oui à la Turquie, vient rappeler que le débat ne devrait pas être clos en Europe , que les questions posées par cette candidature sont toujours valables et doivent être débattues. Son ultime souhait serait que “la présidence française [soit] l’occasion rêvée de dire Oui à la Turquie”.

« L’Occident veut le partage de la Turquie »

Sud Ouest (France), 10 octobre 2008, p. 4

Recueilli par Hélène Rouquette-Valeins

Ancien recteur et président de l’université d’Istanbul, le professeur Bülent Berkarda était hier à Bordeaux où il intervenait à l’Académie nationale des sciences, belles-lettres et arts sur le thème de la Turquie et l’Europe.

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