Turkey Barring Israeli Military Flights From Its Airspace

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and JACK HEALY
The new measures were part of the diplomatic fallout over Israel?s deadly raid last month on a Turkish ship.

Israeli plane barred from Turkey

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey blocked an Israeli military flight from Turkish airspace, in apparent retaliation for Israel’s raid on a Gaza aid convoy.

“An Undeclared Crisis”

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

I have a piece up on the Eurasianet website that takes a look at the ongoing evolution (devolution?) of the Turkish-American relationship, from “strategic alliance” to “model partnership” to the next, yet-to-be named stage. From the article:

Turkey officially demands Gaza aid ships back from Israel

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey has formally demanded that Israel return a Turkish aid ship that was raided by the country almost a month ago.

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and ...

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) and his wife Emine Erdogan (L) stand with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper (R) at the G20 Summit in Toronto, June 26, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Jim Young

Turkish prime minister meets Obama at G-20 summit

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed Saturday a wide range of issues during a meeting at a G-20 summit.

US to Turkey: ‘If you love me, then prove it’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Obama administration’s top diplomat for European affairs warned Turkey that it needed to better demonstrate its commitment to partnership with the West.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – Turkey, the G-20 and self-confidence

It?s been more than two years since Turkey became a proud member of the G-20, the club comprising the largest and most developed economies in the world. This membership means a lot for a country like Turkey where people used to suffer from an inferiority complex.

No non-Muslims in EU-bond Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s chief EU negotiator has announced a decision to use the term ‘different belief groups’ instead of ‘gayrimüslim’ (non-Muslim) in official EU correspondence.

ABDULLAH BOZKURT – Grilling Israel at the Council of Europe

Turkey?s intense lobbying at the Council of Europe has paid off, and Israel was harshly condemned at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a 47-nation intergovernmental organization and Europe?s largest.

Turkey: Klaus Klipp?s interview

1.  Could you explain the mission of AER?
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the independent network of regions in wider Europe. Regions are the second level of governance in a country, in Turkey these are Special Provincial Administrations (İl Özel İdareleri).

A professor that becomes a propaganda spokesperson:

Dani Rodrik: ?Turkey is no longer [a] liberalizing, emerging democracy?

from Blogactiv by admin

Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University?s Kennedy School, was born in Istanbul. He writes:
I no longer recognize Turkey, the country where I was raised and spend most of my time when I am not teaching in the U.S.
It wasn?t so long ago that the country seemed to

Turkey to open new chapter in EU membership talks

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey expects the next EU chapter of negotiations to open at a conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

Iceland and Serbia on the Way of the EU, But Turkey?

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

Fatma Yilmaz-Elmas, USAK Center for EU Studies

The European Union has recently engaged with an economic crisis on the one hand and political elections in member states – the results of which indicate a far-right trend mostly due to the economic crisis – on the other hand. However, it seems that the EU also has a different issue on its agenda. Whereas the implementation of the recently passed Lisbon Treaty has not shown its “innovative face” yet, the EU is in taking steps to a new enlargement. As part of this, the EU has decided firstly to remove the barriers to Serbian candidacy status and secondly to start membership negotiations with Iceland.

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