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Turkey and Europe

from FT.com – World, Europe
This is a chance for the EU to revitalise relations with a country where Islam and democracy cohabit. Both sides would benefit from reviving talks

France breaks Turkey?s EU deadlock

from FT.com – World, Europe
Laurent Fabius tells his Turkish counterpart Paris has agreed to resume accession talks, a move that marks a warming in ties between the two countries

France says ready to unblock EU entry talks with Turkey on regional policy

from Yahoo News Photos
PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Tuesday it was ready to unblock EU membership talks with Turkey on the subject of help for EU regions, marking an improvement in relations between the two countries since the arrival of President Francois Hollande last year. Turkey began talks on joining the European Union in 2005 but has only completed one of the 35 policy areas, or “chapters”, every candidate

Le Parlement européen soutient le processus de paix entre la Turquie et le PKK

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne


Le processus de paix, dit “processus d’Imrali” vient de recevoir le soutien clair et massif du parlement européen. Le commissaire européen à l’élargissement  Stefan Füle s’est dit prêt à apporter son soutien à ce processus qu’il a qualifié d’ “historique”.

Re-Betting on Turkey

by Acturca
Memorandum (The Brookings Institution) February 8, 2013 By Kemal Kirişci * During his second term, President Obama has the opportunity to re-invested in the U.S.-Turkish relationship, focusing on a long-time U.S. ally. Kemal Kirişci wrote this memorandum to President Obama as part of Big Bets and Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book.

Frustrated Turkey still wants EU entry, but maybe not euro

from Yahoo news
LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey is committed to joining the European Union despite mounting frustration over decades of talks on the issue, but has little appetite for adopting the euro currency, a senior Turkish official said on Wednesday. In a speech in London, Turkey ‘s chief negotiator on EU accession said it was time the EU made up its mind on whether Turkey can join the 27-member bloc, and said .

Drawing parallels: The Turkish model

by Acturca
Daily News Egypt, Tuesday February 12, 2013 By Ceylan Ozbudak * « A?ish! Horreyyah! Adala Egtema?iya! » Who can forget the thrilling chant of the Egyptian people, as they cast off the oppression of Hosni Mubarak and demanded « bread, liberty, and social justice » in 2011? Even as the Brotherhood denies that tourism is wilting on the vine

Turkey?s Iraq Challenge

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, February 12, 2013, 4 p. Hasan Kanbolat * The problems between the Iraqi central government and Turkey are due to several factors: Ankara?s stance against Maliki?s bid for the post of prime minister after Iraq?s elections, Turkey?s protection and hosting of Hashimi, Turkey?s close relations with the Kurdistan

Erdogan Syria Policy: Wrong from the Start
Al-Monitor
The fact is that previous Turkish governments did, of course, have relations with the Arab states, including Syria, even when its regime was harboring Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party and Turkey’s most wanted man for more than a

Turkey and Iran: From an Ambivalent Honeymoon to Divorce?

by Acturca
Iran Pulse (ACIS) no. 55, 3 February 2013 The Alliance Center for Iranian Studies (ACIS) Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak * In December 2012, the Turkish media announced the Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedinejad had cancelled a one day visit to Konya to mark the 739th anniversary of the passing of the great Sufi mystic Mevlana Celaleddin

Le rêve arabe de la Turquie brisé par la crise syrienne

by Acturca
Les Etudes du CERI n° 188, novembre 2012 Centre d?études et de recherches internationales (Sciences Po) Bayram Balci * Pour des raisons aussi bien idéologiques que pragmatiques, le gouvernement AKP arrivé au pouvoir en novembre 2002 a progressivement engagé la Turquie dans une ambitieuse politique de rapprochement avec le monde musulman, plus particulièrement arabe.

Iran edges Turkey in regional influence

by Acturca
Gulf News (UAE) February 11, 2013, p. 34 By Osama Al Sharif * Tehran remains under sanctions and is backing an international pariah in Syria, but by keeping all its options open, it ensures all sides have to negotiate with it. In the race between Turkey and Iran to expand regional influence and boost international

Turkologist: Policy of containment towards Turkey has come to an end

by Acturca
ArmInfo (Armenia) January 13, 2013, Yerevan The policy of containment towards Turkey has come to an end. France was one of the key initiators of that policy. The situation will finally clear up within a 1.5 year and we will be able to speak on the given topic more substantially. Ruben Safrastyan, Professor, Director of [

Turkey and the EU

by Acturca
Financial Times (UK) Thursday, February 14, 2013, p. 8 Editorial Both sides would benefit from reviving accession talks. If France?s decision to start dismantling roadblocks to Turkey?s membership of the EU, erected by Nicolas Sarkozy before he lost the presidency to François Hollande, is genuine, it is an overdue step towards sanity in managing a

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