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Turkey, Europe’s future

The Guardian (UK), Monday November 10 2008

Adam Hug

Turkey’s bid to join the EU offers Europe the choice of embracing its internal diversity or resorting to an insular idea of itself

Drowned out by the acclamation for the Obama victory last week, the European commission quietly released its progress report (pdf) on Turkish accession to the EU. While it welcomed Turkey’s economic performance and the progress it had made strengthening its legal system, the commission’s message was that there was a lot done but a lot still to do.

Soner Cagaptay on Turkish Anti-Americanism | Newsweek International Edition | Newsweek.com

Since the AKP assumed power in 2002, Turks have heard nothing positive about the West from their leaders.
By Soner Cagaptay | NEWSWEEK

Are the Turks ready to be part of Europe ? Brussels says no but Kylie says yes

The Spectator (UK), Wednesday, 12th November 2008

Eric Ellis

It was Kylie Minogue who made me think Turkey and Europe might just about be ready for each other. There was the pop poppet — well, life-size images of her — flaunting her curvaceous clunes at shoppers in the Agent Provocateur lingerie outlet at Istanbul’s Kanyon Mall.

EU silent despite AKP’s mounting sins

It should be much more apparent to European diplomats today, that the relative leniency with which the European Union is approaching the Erdogan government’s sins against democracy and human rights, is being used to the advantage of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP."

Turkey says it will not be a member of the EU "at all costs"

euronews | Ethnic Turk politician to head German Green Party

Italy wants to fast-track Turkey’s EU membership

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday (12 November) urged the EU to speed up accession talks with Turkey, pledging that the next EU presidencies would be more committed to that goal than Turkey-critic France.

Turkey And EU In Trade Row Over Boron – Eurasia Daily Monitor

TURKEY’S EU DREAM

Ibon Villelabeitia , Reuters
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ANKARA – Turkey risks seeing its dream of European Union membership vanish unless it urgently pushes reforms, but to rebuild trust between the two sides EU members must send a clear message that Ankara’s bid is not doomed."

FTN – Turkey at Globe2009

Published by Ozgur Tore
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Turkey’s Office of Culture and Information confirms its presence again this year at GLOBE 2009, with a 144 m2 stand, and various exhibitors ready to present the latest news and programs for the coming summer season."

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