Turkey, France to launch new talks to clear Ankara?s EU path

from Hurriyet Daily News
With Ireland having taken over the European Union term presidency on Jan. 1, a visible increase in contacts..

France vows to rekindle Turkey?s frozen EU bid

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey may soon come in from the cold in terms of its EU bid as its biggest skeptic, France, vows to lift blocks on its accession chapters

?Shanghai Five? did you say?

from Hurriyet Daily News
It is not clear if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is serious or just jesting when he intimates that Turkey.

Turkish President’s Letter To Bangladesh Denounced

from Global Voices Online by Rezwan
Last month [bn] Turkish President Abdullah Gül sent a letter to the president of Bangladesh. The main content of the letter was a request for ?clemency? of the accused Islamist leaders who are under trial for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. He wrote, if these leaders are punished, it might affect Bangladesh’s socio-economic advancement and cause social instability and bloodshed.

The Turkish-Israeli Relations in 2013: Modest Expectations

by Acturca
Middle Eastern Analysis (ORSAM) Vol. 5, No 49,  January 2013, pages 10-20 Dr. Can Kasapoğlu * The Turkish ? Israeli relations have never been perfectly stable throughout the history, and fluctuation between certain extremes has always been a characteristic factor. However, the flotilla incident caused an anomaly by inflicting deaths of Turkish citizens, and harming

Turkey?s boycott of the Cyprus EU presidency: Context, meaning and its consequences

by Acturca
EUC Working Paper (EU Centre in Singapore) No. 9, September 2012, 15 p. Loke Hoe Yeong * In 2011 Turkish officials began indicating their intention to suspend all contact with Cyprus?s presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), slated for the second half of 2012, given the issues surrounding the unresolved Cyprus conflict

Iran and the US Need a Middleman ­? or Two

by Acturca
Christian Science Monitor (USA) January 29, 2013 Mahsa Rouhi * As Iran and the US prepare for negotiations on Tehran?s nuclear program, both sides should consider turning to middlemen. Turkey and Japan are perfectly positioned as trusted intermediaries to build a proposal that has a better chance at success than anything by the ?P5+1.? This

Why Did Erdogan Shift Focus From EU to Shanghai Five?
Al-Monitor
And when Kilinc was detained, accused of being a part of the Ergenekon military plot to overthrow the government, it was said that the anti-West clique in the army was being weeded out. So what happened in the meantime that brought our prime minister

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