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Turkey’s Homework on Minority Rights

from Bianet :: English
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calls Turkey for a series of measures regarding religious minorities to be implemented throughout the coming twelve months. A progress report is expected by February 2011.

Eyebrows raised as Turk gets top European job

from EurActiv.com
The election of a Turkish member of parliament as president of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) triggered nervous reactions from the Kurdish, Armenian and Cypriot sides, a round-up of the international press shows.

Council of Europe: time for Pan-European consolidation by MURAT DAOUDOV

In the coming two years, three key decision making bodies of the Council of Europe (CoE) will be headed by ?non-European Union? Europeans: the Norwegian secretary-general, the Turkish Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) president and the Committee of Ministers? chairmanships consecutively assumed by Switzerland, Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine. What does this mean for Europe?

News.Az – Dutch minister compares Turkey’s EU accession to end of Cold War

Turkey-Armenia Deal Threatened – WSJ.com

Turkey asks for guarantee from Bern, Washington on behalf of Armenia – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

The new Turkish president of the Council of Europe

from Blogactiv

Here is an article from the Turkish daily news (a turkish site in english where I post […]

Europeans confused about Turkey accession

from EurActiv.com
A new survey reveals that 47% of Europeans back Turkey’s EU accession and 47% are opposed to it. But when the same respondents were asked how would they vote in a referendum on Turkey’s membership, 52% say that they would vote against it and only 41% in favour.

Israel: Turkish leader fuels anti-Semitism – washingtonpost.com

Turkey’s Mevlut Çavuşoğlu elected PACE President – Politics – Panorama | Armenian news

by Turkish Digest

“1st part of the 2010 Ordinary Session is due 25-29 January 2010. Electing a new PACE President is to be one of the Session priorities. The only candidate proposed Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, a member of Turkey?s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been elected PACE President on 2-year term, taking over the President-in-Office Lluis Maria de Puig.”

Another day, another billion Euros

by MICHAEL KUSER
The French don?t want Turkey in the European Union, and they don?t want French jobs moving to Turkey, either.

Renault Pledges to Keep a French Factory Busy

from NYT > Turkey by By DAVID JOLLY
Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Renault, met with French officials to address concerns that the carmaker was intent on sending jobs to Turkey.

Çavuşoğlu: We will adopt the Council of Europe?s perspective

by ALİ ASLAN KILIÇ
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, deputy from Antalya for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), will be given the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in a ceremony to be held tomorrow.

‘Turkey belongs in Europe’ (Straits Times)

from Yahoo news
BERLIN – EUROPEAN Union president Spain feels that Turkey belongs in the 27-country bloc, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said in an interview published on Sunday. Mr Moratinos said negotiations to admit candidate Turkey could be successfully completed if it met the so-called Copenhagen criteria – covering such areas as democracy, human rights and the rule of law – which is …

Spain champions Turkish membership in EU ‘family’

Turkey Doth Protest Too Much?

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

Today’s Zaman has an interview today with Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Armenian Center for National and International Studies, about the new tension between Turkey and Armenia over their recently signed normalization accords. Giragosian has some fairly tart things to say about Ankara’s criticism of the language used in the Armenian Constitutional Court’s recent decision to accept the accords.

The Quote of the Week: ?Domestic Politics&Controversy over EU Membership in Turkey? by Prof. Ziya Onis

by Changing Turkey

Excerpt from Ziya Onis (2009) ?Contesting for the ?Center?: Domestic Politics, Identity Conflicts and The Controversy over EU Membership in Turkey?, Bilgi University European Institute Working Paper No: 2 EU/2/2010, [online]: http://eu.bilgi.edu.tr/docs/working%20paper2_101209.pdf

[One million Turks to Jerusalem] What should the next step in Turkish-Israeli relations be? by MEHMET KALYONCU

There seems to be no end in sight for the bumpy ride in Turkish-Israeli relations. A crisis between the two countries recently caused by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon?s attempt to humiliate Turkey?s ambassador to his country not only strained already bitter relations between Israel and Turkey but also signaled a major characteristic change in bilateral relations.

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