PM Cameron will travel to Turkey on Dec. 9 to meet President Erdoğan to discuss how to stop Britons crossing into Syria and Iraq to join up with ISIL fighters
Cameron says UK and Turkey working hand in glove to stop Isis fighters

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu accuses media of spreading ‘propaganda’ about foreign fighters crossing borders to SyriaDavid Cameron faced an awkward diplomatic encounter with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu last night as he promised to share high-level intelligence on Islamic State fighters but his counterpart hit out at foreign “propaganda” about them passing through Turkish territory.
David Cameron says the UK and Turkey are working “hand in glove” to prevent UK jihadists returning home after fighting in Iraq and Syri
The European Union is planning to express support for opening three chapters concerning judiciary, freedom and economy with Turkey

The European Union and Turkey have drifted apart on foreign policy and need greater “alignment” to tackle threats including Islamic State, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Monday (8 December).

Despite Turkey’s ‘very important contributions’ to the EU’s security and defense policies, the EU had not included Ankara in the decision making processes, Çavuşoğlu says
Mogherini says Turkey has signed up to less than a third of the EU’s foreign policy positions
Ankara has called on the EU to “make visible” the dialogue between Ankara and Brussels, by inviting Turkish leaders to EU meetings and taking them into EU family photographs.
EUCERS Newsletter, Issue 40, November/December 2014, pp. 10-12 European Centre for Energy & Resource Security (EUCERS ) – King’s College London By Slawomir Raszewski * The future of energy competitiveness and supply security in the European Union (EU) depend on external and internal policy developments. With internal energy market reform continuing, dynamics external to the
Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) Dec 8, 2014 By Pepe Escobar * The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago
The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) Tuesday, December 9, 2014, p. 5 By Emre Peker in Ankara, Turkey and Laurence Norman in Brussels Top officials from Turkey and the European Union on Monday pledged to improve cooperation amid new challenges posed by Russia’s confrontation with the West and the rise of Islamic State in Iraq
The Daily Telegraph (UK) Tuesday, December 9, 2014, p. 21 Shashank Joshi * Western leaders will be asked to pay a high price for Ankara’s help in crushing the jihadists. The last time David Cameron visited Turkey, four years ago, he declared that “I am here to make the case for Turkey’s membership of the
Any delimitation of the Mediterranean between Egypt and Greece will not be acceptable if it affects Turkey’s national interests, PM Davutoğlu has said.
EU and Turkey eye warmer relations

Europe in push to repair ties with Ankara
The United Nations peace envoy to Syria is holding talks with the Syrian opposition in Turkey to promote a cease-fire proposal for the northern city of Aleppo, opposition sources said on Dec. 8.

Energy-poor Turkey stands to benefit from Moscow’s surprise decision to drop the $45-billion South Stream natural gas pipeline project, analysts say. At the same time, it raises questions about whether Turkey will become a pawn in the broader energy contest between Russia and the EU.

 

Erdoğan says Ankara and Washington are ‘on the same page’ about equipping and training moderate Syrian rebels, but differences remain over the no-fly zone and safe zone issues

Israel filed a complaint with NATO in late November over Turkey’s role in supporting terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza. Specifically, Israel called out Turkey for harboring and supporting known Hamas officials. The complaint specifically mentions Saleh al-Arouri, the head of Hamas’s armed wing in the West Bank, who has lived in Turkey since 2010. Arouri also claimed responsibility for this summer’s kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, an abduction that helped spark this summer’s 50-day war in Gaza.

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