The most critical norms that candidates for accession to the European Union must be committed to abiding by are the political criteria that address issues such as civil-military relations, human rights and the judiciary.
Turkey has long wanted to enter the European Union, but this week the European Union — or at least a little bit of it — is coming to Turkey.
A solution to the Cyprus issue is possible if the Turkish Cypriot side demonstrates equal goodwill and comes to the negotiating table with reasonable proposals, the Greek Cypriot president said in
Turkey needs comprehensive constitutional reform, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said yesterday in Brussels.
Turkey achieved partial success last year in meeting the European Union’s Maastricht Criteria for adopting the euro, according to a report released by the State Planning Organization,
Ian O. Lesser, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the US, has said Turkey’s foreign policy choice of engagement over priority setting is threatened by the changing world order, which, he states, will force Turkey to take sides and make some tough choices.
As is well known, Joseph Ratzinger had argued as a cardinal, before he was elected pope, that Turkey was not fit for Europe, that Europe did not share a common legacy with Turkey and that Turkey should seek its future in Islamic organizations instead of the Christian EU.
President Abdullah Gül went on a one-day visit to Baku to remove doubts in Azerbaijan his recent trip to Yerevan may have raised as well as to inform Azerbaijani officials about what transpired in Armenia.
President Abdullah Gül’s recent visit to Armenia was a necessity for a variety of reasons, among them that Armenian-Turkish relations have been poisoned by real and political feuds emanating from the dire conditions of the war years in the second decade of the 20th century.
[Is Situation Ripe For Peace Between Turkey And Armenia?] – [Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2008]
By Mardo Soghom
If the historic visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Armenia is followed by more diplomatic contacts and negotiations, it may prove to have been truly a far-reaching strategic event for the whole region."
A tale of experiences and impressions from Anatolia – a place where there are not just Arabs, and finding a symbol of the EU
At this point, Turkey is in the position of being enslaved to contradictions of its own creation.
Le Jeudi (Luxembourg), 11 septembre 2008
Les choses bougent en Turquie, et dans le bon sens. Deux événements le soulignent: le rejet par la Cour suprême de la demande d’interdiction de l’AKP et la visite du président turc en Arménie. L’été n’a pas été riche en signes encourageants sur le plan international. Alors profitons de cet air frais qui nous vient du Bosphore!
La crainte était forte au printemps 2008 de revivre des épisodes du passé récent de l’histoire turque. En 1996, le Refah, parti d’inspiration islamiste conduit par Necmettin Erbakan, avait gagné les élections. Onze mois plus tard, sous la pression de l’armée, il dut démissionner et son parti fut ensuite interdit. Motif: il portait atteinte à la laïcité constitutionnelle de la République.
MOSCOW — Russia’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has provoked an international crisis. It has also changed its relations with the European Union and the United States and destroyed the unipolar world order that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
At this point, the European Union for Turkey in fact means the Participation Partnership Document, which was presented to us by the Council of the European Union.
The recent crisis in the Caucasus has seen an upsurge of Turkish diplomatic activity in the region, including an initiative to launch a Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform and an opening up to Armenia.