Prime Minister Erdoğan addresses a crowd in Konya during a rally for his election campaign. Todays Zaman

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Is ‘Papa’ still a father figure to Turks?

Six months ago, an odd falling out occurred between Turkey‘s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan ? who is standing for re-election next Sunday ? and one of his allies in the country’s media, Ahmet Altan, editor of the newspaper Taraf.

Peculiar because Altan, via his paper’s pages, has produced a steady stream of alarming stories that had handily bolstered Erdogan’s view of the threat posed to his government by some members of Turkey’s coup-prone military…………….

Turkish finance minister ‘unfollows’ Economist over pro-CHP article

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Finance Minister Şimşek has decided to ‘unfollow’ The Economist on Twitter because of an article the magazine published urging Turks to vote for the main opposition.

Turkey vetoes ex-Austrian foreign minister’s OSCE candidacy

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey has vetoed the candidacy of a former Austrian foreign minister to be the secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

 

Turkish FM warns Israel not to repeat last year’s flotilla ‘mistake’

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s foreign minister has warned Israel not to repeat the ‘same mistake’ with an aid flotilla set to depart for Gaza next month, referring to a fatal raid on a Turkish aid ship last year.

 

Mustafa Abdel Jalil meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil (L) meets Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

Encountering the EU’s counter trends

by HDN
As so many debate in Europe whether Turkey?s ‘axis is shifting,’ the old axes of the EU are straining at the leash.

EU Watch | Hey Waiter!

by M.A.M

From 2004 to 2011 it took 7 years and finally I feel that I got the style I want for EU Watch. What do you think?

 

Mavi Boncuk Visit MB Cartoons EU Watch

 

Pipelines in Turkey

by M.A.M

Turkey is located between Europe and the oil rich countries of the Middle East and the former Soviet Republics around the Caspian Sea. The country is surrounded by important oil producing basins and its territory is cut by a large network of oil and gas pipelines that supply Europe. She is an important ally for the western world and is the new ?energy bridge? between the west and oil producing countries. Turkey has very good relations with her neighbors and shares historical, cultural and religious ties with them.

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