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JOOST LAGENDIJK – Cypriot shrewdness and European shortsightedness

They again managed to manipulate European decision making. As on many previous occasions, Greek Cypriot representatives were able to decisively influence the opinion of a European Union institution on a Cyprus-related issue. Last week the European Parliament (EP) was scene to yet another successful attempt to hijack the EU and make the long-term interests of the union and its member states subordinate to the self-interest of the divided Mediterranean island. What happened?

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Dreams fading over Cyprus

?The procedure used was a disgrace for the EP,? wrote Joost Lagendijk in this paper a couple of days ago, commenting on its scandalous decision to block further the Direct Trade Regulation (DTR), which was meant to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, as a means to facilitate a fair and speedy settlement on the island?s negotiating communities under the auspices of the United Nations.

Turkey’s relationship with west on the line in European missile defence negotiations

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s government has been told that its relationship with the West could be seriously damaged if it rejects Nato’s request to house part of a £165 million ballistic missile-defence shield that is being built to protect Europe from nuclear attack.

EU enlargement: Turkey must do more to

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk
EU enlargement: Turkey must do more to protect basic freedoms
[DICO] Commission: Subcommittee on Human Rights
Press release 20101027IPR90474

A good Turk in Europe is an unintegrated one! by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

Disgracefully, Turkey’s EU bid is going nowhere soon | Martin Kettle | Comment is free | The Guardian

Turks? integration problem in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, cannot simply be the problem of the Germans or Europeans. It is also a problem created by Turks in the homeland, who never imagined that a person can very well be a Turk and Muslim and perfectly integrated into European society at the same time, as we see is true for Turkish MPs in European parliaments.

Turkey accuses Dutch PM of discrimination | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

“Turkey’s government accuses Prime Minister Mark Rutte of discriminating Turks in the Netherlands for opposing cabinet ministers with a dual Dutch-Turkish nationality.

Turkey Ends Cooperation With Mossad

Istanbul ? PNN ? Turkish news media reported today that Turkish intelligence agencies stopped exchanging information and performing joint operations with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. Image The report came from the Turkish newspaper Sabah on Monday. Israeli officials have not confirmed or denied the allegations and the prime minister’s office declined to comment.”

Gaza flotilla was ‘Turkish provocation’, Livni tells enquiry – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

?Shift the axis but don’t exaggerate?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Europeans are not uncomfortable regarding Turkish foreign policy but are suspicious. They are curious where this change will end.

TURKEY: Ankara suspicious that Israel’s security behind U.S. push for regional missile shield

from Yahoo news
Is the United States using NATO to protect its special friend in the Middle East: Israel? That’s what Turkey suspects may be behind a U.S.-led push for an anti-missile defense system in Turkey, intended to ward off an Iranian attack….

Turkey: One foot in the Middle East, one in Europe | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today’s News from Egypt

Pax Ottomana?

The Mixed Success of Turkey’s New Foreign Policy
By Hugh Pope
November/December 2010

HUGH POPE is Turkey/Cyprus Project Director for the International Crisis Group and the author of Dining With al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East.

European Court Decision on Turkish Headscarf, Revisited

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Leyla Şahin v. Turkey was a 2005 European Court of Human Rights case brought against Turkey by Leyla Şahin that challenged a Turkish law which bans wearing the Islamic headscarf at universities and other educational and state institutions. The verdict upheld the Turkish law with 16 votes to 1. While recognizing the Turkish state?s right to intervention, the court concluded that in a democratic state, such intervention is acceptable. The lawyer and rights activist Fatma Benli has published a book that analyzes the case and its effects on local judicial outcomes in Turkey.

EU official ‘pleased’ with Turkey’s HSYK election

from Hurriyet Dailynews
EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule has said he is pleased with the conduct of the recent HSYK elections in Turkey.

Turkey?s Rapidly Rising Currency Has Downside

from NYT > Turkey by By LANDON THOMAS JR.

The lira?s strength is a point of national pride, but a rapidly growing current account deficit, diminishing tourism and other signs show it is taking a toll.

EU enlargement: Turkey must do more to protect basic freedoms

Turkey steps out

Ankara?s foreign minister applies Western ideas, and the West doesn?t like it.

ANKARA Davutogluism is a mouthful. It?s not going to make Fox News any time soon. But if I could escort Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers and a few bigoted anti-Muslim Europeans to a single country illustrating how the world has changed, it would be the home of the Dword, Turkey. ”

Israel PM praises troops who raided Gaza flotilla

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Israel’s leader praised on Tuesday the naval commandos who participated in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May that drew international condemnation.

Civil liberties could harm Turkey’s EU bid – UPI.com

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