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Turkey opens environment chapter in EU accession talks

Turkey opens environment chapter in EU accession bid – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles as he briefs the media after an accession conference at the European Union Council headquarters in Brussels December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Croatia, Turkey one step closer to EU membership

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Progress made in some areas but both countries face problems opening certain chapters.

Turkey’s (from L) EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis, Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu listen to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at the start of an accession conference at the European Union Council headquarters in Brussels, December 21, 2009.

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Turkey agitated by patriarch (Kathimerini)

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The spiritual leader of the world?s Orthodox Christians has prompted a disagreement with the Turkish government after telling a correspondent of the respected CBS news show ?60 Minutes? that he feels as if he is being ?crucified? by authorities in Turkey.

Will Turkey?s efforts with Iran pay off or be blown off?

by Changing Turkey

By Stacy Maruskin (International Strategic Research Organization [ISRO/USAK], Turkey)

Last week?s meeting on Dec. 7 between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama seemed rather fleeting; it came and went without any exceptional developments or stern

Turkey's  Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, Turkey's ... Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, Turkey’s chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis, left, and Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt address the media after EU Turkey accession talks at the EU Council in Brussels, Monday Dec. 21, 2009.
(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Quest for regional power takes Turkey east (Middle East Online)

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Turkey?s drive towards East gathers steam amid growing frustration with European opposition to its EU bid.
Akcam: Beyond Roadmaps and Protocols: Obstacles and Opportunities in Turkey’s
Armenian Weekly
In January 2009, a government probe of an Ergenekon suspect turned up a hit list of five so-called ?traitors to national security.

by SEMIH İDIZ- MILLIYET
Some fronts of the government?s ?zero problems with neighbors? policy appear to have developed cracks in them. But this is not Turkey?s fault. The real problem derives from the Copenhagen criteria appearing to be too much for new EU member Bulgaria to handle.

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