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Turkey asks Germany for help if EU bid stalls (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan asked visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday to help Turkey if its bid for EU membership becomes deadlocked, most probably because of a dispute with Cyprus.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R), accompanied ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R), accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, (2nd R) breaks a cigarette after talking to a Turkish woman (L) after the Turkish-German Business Forum at the Ottoman-era Ciragan Palace in Istanbul March 30, 2010. Erdogan, who is leading the anti-smoking campaign in Turkey, advised the woman to give her up smoking.REUTERS/Engin Cepel/Handou

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Turkey's Prime Minister  ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a news conference in Ankara March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Germany repeats offer of privileged EU partnership to Turkey (Press TV)

from Yahoo news
Only days after Turkey snubbed Germany’s proposal for “privileged partnership” with the EU instead of becoming a full member, German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeats the offer to Turkish officials.

Angela Merkel?s ?Privileged Provocation? in Turkey

Spiegel Online (Germany) 03/30/2010

By Ralf Beste and Daniel Steinvorth in Ankara and Daryl Lindsey in Berlin

Chancellor Merkel?s meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan in Ankara on Monday was anything but harmonious. Merkel may have attempted to smile the troubles away, but the rift between Germany and EU-candidate Turkey is growing. Commentators say Germany must finally provide an honest answer to Ankara: Yes or no.

BITTE LERNT DEUTSCH!

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

BITTE LERNT DEUTSCH! Learn German” says Minister of State Böhmer and CELEBRITIES LAUNCH NEW INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN. “Out with it. Get in the life “- with this slogan and with the newly established” Germany Integration Foundation will help new immigrants find their way in Germany and as quickly as possible and learn the German language. Here are the two Turkish faces from this campaign: Ozcan Mutlu, [1] Politician and Nilgun Kayapinar[2], Graphic designer.
Mavi Boncuk |

Can Turkey fulfill its trans-Atlantic promise? (The Japan Times)

from Yahoo news
WASHINGTON ? The Turkey that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits this week is a very different place from the Turkey that began European Union accession talks five years ago. For, with those talks seemingly going nowhere, Turkey has begun to broaden its international horizons. Indeed, Turkish foreign policy is now far more proactive and multidimensional than at any period since Kemal Ataturk …

DOĞU ERGİL – Angela Merkel?s visit

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany paid a two-day visit to Turkey amid rising tension that was born of her refusal of Turkey?s full membership in the EU and her Turkish counterpart?s bold answers, such as accusing her of ?harboring hatred toward Turks.?

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Merkel softens her stance on Turkish education in Germany

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s remarks prior to German Chancellor Angela Merkel?s visit to Turkey, calling for the establishment of Turkish high schools in Germany, was one of the most important agenda items during the chancellor?s two-day visit.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – Germany-Turkey: a key relationship

by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
Statements made before Chancellor Angela Merkel?s visit to Turkey have created the impression that there were numerous disagreements between the two countries. In fact, the basic bilateral problem is nothing other than Germany?s negative attitude toward Turkey?s accession to the European Union.

AMANDA PAUL – Ali Babacan visits Brussels

Last week Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ali Babacan visited Brussels. It was his first trip to the EU capital in some time, as since taking on his new position, he spends most of his time in Ankara.

Turkey, EU Sign Civil Aviation Agreement

Armenians will complain about Turkey – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkey, the eternal European Union candidate? (Baltic Times)

from Yahoo news
Egemen Bagis is the current Minister for EU Affairs and is chief negotiator for Turkey in its attempts to get into the EU. He has a difficult mission: it will have taken 50 years of negotiations for Turkey, if accepted, to achieve full EU membership.

PM says Turkey has no healthy info from EU on Nabucco progress [ WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS ]

Turkey Knocks: Will EU Let It Enter?

The Wall Street Journal (USA), March 30, 2010 (extract)

By Patience Wheatcroft

Turkey?s desire to join the European Union has the virtue of being consistent. It was in 1987 that the country first applied to accede to the EU, and it has been knocking on the door ever since.

The new Ottomans

Management Today (UK), April 2010, p. 44

Jonathan Head

For decades, Turkey has been shaped by the west ? culturally, politically and commercially. Now the Islamist government is revitalising the economy and re-engaging with eastern neighbours Prosperity is making it a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, says Jonathan Head.

Turkey will not be lost to the West

Qantara.de (Germany) 31.03.2010

Hüseyin Bağcı

The shift in Turkey?s foreign policy orientation towards the Middle East has raised fears that the country could turn away from the West. In his essay, Hüseyin Bagci, professor of international politics at the Technical University of Ankara, explains that despite appearances, the USA and the EU remain Turkey?s most important partners

Interview With Expert on Islam in Europe: ‘The Role of Imam is Different in Germany’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

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