Turkeys Foreign Minister Davutoglu speaks ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during the Leaders of Change Summit in Istanbul March 14, 2011. NATO member Turkey on Monday held out against growing international calls to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, saying such operation would be unhelpful and fraught with risk. “Military intervention by NATO in Libya or any other country would be totally counter-productive,” Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is the only Muslim member of NATO, told an international forum in Istanbul.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer

 

Turkey opposes NATO Libya intervention: PM

from Yahoo news
Turkey on Monday reiterated its opposition to NATO intervention in Libya, warning it would trigger dangerous consequences.

Looking at the world from Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The recent open blow on the opposition press in Turkey has forced the U.S. and the EU to finally ask the question, ‘To what extent will the AKP be sovereignty?’ 

Turkeys Prime Minister Erdogan makes the ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes the opening speech during the Leaders of Change Summit in Istanbul March 14, 2011. Any NATO military operation in Libya would be unhelpful and fraught with risk, Erdogan said on Monday as France tried to whip up support among Western powers to impose a no-fly zone.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Defence ministers Gonul of Turkey and Chacon ...

Defence ministers Mehmet Vecdi Gonul (L) of Turkey and Carme Chacon of Spain pose for a family photo following a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels March 10, 2011. NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday will discuss options to respond to the turmoil in Libya, including a possible no-fly zone, the officials said.? Read more » REUTERS/Thierry Roge

 

Throwing in the towel in EU-Turkey talks

by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
Should Turkey join the European Union now that the 27-member bloc is having a hard time coping with the aftershocks of the global economic crisis in the eurozone? Does it make any sense to be a member of the bloc that has been struggling to formulate a coherent foreign policy and security strategy amid opposing gravitational forces pulling from each side — from the Euro-Atlantic basin to continental Europe, from the Nordic bloc to the Mediterranean club? 

Two surveys: Turkish perceptions of Europe, European perceptions of Turkey

by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
The BBC has announced this year?s results of a public survey carried out annually since 2005 by international polling firm GlobeScan about public perceptions of foreign countries. The numbers concerning Turkey are quite surprising as Turkish people?s positive views regarding the US and the EU have literally jumped compared to last year. Even if the percentage of those who have negative views of these actors is more important than of those who have positive views, the change in perceptions is impossible to deny.

 

Anybody out there?

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
The European Parliament ?is concerned about the deterioration in freedom of the press ? calls on the Turkish government to uphold the principles of press freedom ? and points, in this context, to the essential role of the judiciary in protecting and enhancing press freedom, thereby guaranteeing public space for free debate and contributing to the proper functioning of the system of checks and balances; underscores the need for adoption of a new media law addressing, inter alia, the issues of independence, ownership and administrative control; decides to closely follow the cases of Nedim Şener, Ahmet Şık and other journalists facing police or judicial harassment.?

 

The idea of the ?Turkey model?

by ALİ BULAÇ
The social upheavals that have begun in the Middle East have brought the ?Turkey model? into the limelight once again. There is an obligation to critique this notion with a level head.

 

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Turkey’s Anti-European Rhetoric Challenges U.S. Policy

Ergenekon case through the eyes of Turkey’s European friends
Today’s Zaman
?The initial reasons why so many in Europe have supported the Ergenekon investigations and trials remain valid: to end the military guardianship system, to clarify who stood behind the political murders of the recent past, the judge in 2006,

The other Turkish model

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Through its intimidation and opaque media laws, the AKP is providing an excellent ‘model’ to others in the region, notably the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Armenia vs. Turkey: Time for Round Two

Le fameux « modèle turc » ? Encore un effort pour être parfait

Libération (France), 11 mars 2011, p. 24

Jean Marcou *

Nombre d?experts et de commentateurs se sont subitement entichés, ces derniers temps, du « modèle turc ». Même le Collège de défense de l?Otan le qualifiait récemment de « régime républicain et démocratique » et, tandis qu?ils renâclent plus que jamais à accueillir la Turquie dans l?Union européenne, des hommes politiques du vieux continent n?hésitent pas désormais à la montrer en exemple à des révolutions arabes qui souvent les inquiètent plus qu?elles ne les réjouissent.

Turkish-Israeli mistrust deepens

by LALE KEMAL
Paradoxically, Israel, which was eliminated from Turkey’s military satellite tender several years ago when it set a condition that the Turkish satellite would not be able to take high-resolution commercial photography of its territory from space, has now emerged as a key country standing as an obstacle before the realization of this project. This is because the Italian-led consortium that won the Turkish Göktürk satellite contract sought electro-optical cameras (EOC) from Israel. The cameras take pictures from space and provide sensitive intelligence information to the owner of the satellite. Israel has reportedly turned down their request.
Armenia has little influence on EU-Turkey relations – expert – aysor.am – Hot news from Armenia

Le processus d?adhésion de la Turquie « meurt sous nos yeux »

La Libre Belgique, 09/03/2011

Véronique Leblanc, correspondante à Strasbourg

Le Parlement européen examinait, mardi, l?état d?avancement des réformes turques. L?adhésion de la Turquie en dépend directement, peut-être trop.

Erdogan hopes Germany?s Turks can get him re-elected

Spiegel-Online (Germany), 07/03/2011

By Özlem Gezer, Maximilian Popp and Holger Stark

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is running for re-election in June, and is hoping that Germany?s large Turkish community can help him secure the votes he needs. But his request for electoral help from the German government has ruffled feathers.

Dominique Baudis : La Turquie pourrait jouer un rôle essentiel

Europolitique

11 mars 2011

Dominique Baudis, eurodéputé français du PPE, vice-président de la commission Affaires étrangères (AFET) du Parlement européen, président depuis 2007 de l?Institut du monde arabe à Paris, est partisan de relancer l?Union pour la Méditerranée (UpM). Dans cette interview accordée à Europolitique durant la session plénière du Parlement à Strasbourg, il va même plus loin.

Ankara est désormais incontournable

Courrier International (France), 3 mars 2011, p. 17

Star (Istanbul)

Les Européens et les Américains ont perdu leurs interlocuteurs dans le monde arabe. Seule la Turquie peut renouer le dialogue, estime un grand quotidien d?Istanbul.

Turkey uses economic clout to gain Balkan foothold

Associated Press Mon Mar 14, 2011

Dusan Stojanovic, Novi Pazar, Serbia *

The minarets and Turkish coffeehouses in this southern Serbian town are reminders of the Muslim empire that once shook Europe?s foundations by pushing armies all the way to the gates of Vienna.

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