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Elif Sudagezer who is a former student of mine and who works for a best selling newspaper’s online site has written a piece on Mrs. Erdoğan’s visit to Brussels. Elif will be writing weekly roundups on Turkish popular culture though this her first piece is a different sort…

Emine Erdoğan watched a concert performed by Turkish pop star  Sertap Erener in Brussels on Friday.

Emine Erdoğan watched a concert performed by Turkish pop star Sertap Erener in Brussels on Friday. VIA

Currently, The Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s wife Emine Erdoğan is addressing a speech in a conference called ?The role of Turkish Women in Turkey?s EU processes which she joined with a huge group of Turkish business women to represent Turkey.

But there is a question to be asked here. Is that really that helpful to be in such a populist manner to improve and speed up the process of Turkey?s EU process in these uncertain conditions?

According to me, the possibility of early voting stimulates the government to create a ?too interested in important subjects like women and EU? image to alter the perception in that way.

Despite the fact that ?women? and ?EU? issues are really important to bring together, first of all each of them should be solved particularly to make the collage of the two issues more meaningful.

Also another question mark is in sample. Are these 300 women most appropriate sample to represent Turkish women and are they heterogeneous enough?

Moreover, according Milliyet newspaper ?Erdoğan will explain Turkish woman?. What does that mean? Will she give success examples in business life of Turkey? Will she talk about the social status of women or will she talk about the the innovation needed in legislation about women?

Most of the important issues aren?t discussed, but they seem to be discussed?

I hope 300 people return to Turkey not with smiling celebrity pictures but with the permanent strategic innovation steps and different discourses.

AMANDA PAUL – Bravo, Mrs. Erdoğan

At the end of last week Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s wife, Emine Erdoğan, came to Brussels. She was accompanied by a delegation of prominent Turkish women from all walks of life, including the wives of a number of Turkish ministers such as Esra Şimşek and Zeynep Babacan.

PACE slams Bulgaria over Turks

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, or PACE, has criticized Bulgaria for not displaying enough respect to the rights of Bulgarian citizens of Turkish origin.

Greek PM Papandreou meets Turkeys Deputy ...

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou (L) meets Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ali Babacan in Athens April 30, 2010.? Read more »

REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE)

Ankara in a stew over price of meat

from FT.com – World, Europe
Turkey is to relax import quotas to bring down meat prices as the cost has surged in the past year after it excluded agricultural produce from its customs union with the European Union

Constitutional reform and the EU negotiation process by Hélène Flautre

The economy, important developments in foreign policy, the European Union process, social issues and even the Kurdish initiative and headscarf issue, which were Turkey?s main agenda items in past years, have nearly dropped from the agenda.

Turkey’s foreign policy not exclusively focused on Europe anymore | Asia | Deutsche Welle | 26.04.2010

1-Foreign visitors to Turkey jump in March

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL, April 26 (Reuters) – The number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 17.13 percent year-on-year in March, official data showed on Monday, reinforcing expectations of a revival in tourism after last year’s recession. Tourism is an important source of foreign currency and accounts for about 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The number of foreign visitors rose to 1.415 …

Eroglu Victory in Northern Cyprus: What Should Be The Negotiation Dynamics?

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK

Fatma Yilmaz-Elmas, USAK Centre for EU Studies

Elections in Northern Cyprus, turning into a quasi-race between supporters of the negotiation process and those who are against either the process itself or the course of process, resulted at the first round on April, 18. Dervis Eroglu won the presidential elections with just over 50% of the total vote whereas Mehmet Ali Talat was defeated by taking 42.84% of the vote in contrast to his previous victory in 2005 with an average 55%.

Turkey’s Soft Power In The Arab World

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] About a month ago, I spent half a day with a group of journalists from Syria, who were visiting Istanbul for meetings with their Turkish colleagues. We contemplated on the historical ties between our countries, and spoke positively about our growing relations. During the lunch, one of the Syrian guests kindly posed me a personal question: “Which party are you from sir?” “Party?” I replied with another question, “You mean a political party?” “Yes, of course,” he explained. “For example I am a member of the Baath party.” Then I responded by telling him that I am not a member of any political party, and neither are other Turkish journalists. “In Turkey,” I explained, “we journalists might sympathize with parties, but we don’t become their members.”

USCIRF Again Designates Turkey a “Country of Particular Concern”

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 2010 annual report on the state of religious freedom in countries throughout the world and Turkey has again been named a “Country of Particular Concern.” Since the file on the USCIRF website appears to be somehow damaged, below are excerpts of reportage from Today’s Zaman:

EMRE USLU – Deep state ?welcomes? Barzani to Ankara

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has officially invited Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to Ankara, a move underscoring a rapprochement between Ankara and the Iraqi Kurds after years of tension over the presence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. ?He will visit Turkey at an appropriate time,? Davutoğlu told reporters.

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