The European Union Commission will add a last minute amendment to its annual progress report to include criticisms of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
The European Commission’s latest annual report on Turkey is striking for its kind words on Turkish foreign policy and its harsher language on internal Turkish political developments. It describes progress in some areas towards meeting the criteria for joining the European Union, and little or no progress in others.
Cyprus’ rival leaders resume talks on re-unifying the island, amid growing public pessimism that there could be a positive outcome.
Turkey should set up children’s courts in every province and a children’s ombudsman to uphold children’s rights, a priority set by both the United States and European Union, said a top EU official.
As Turkey’s European Union journey continues down a seemingly never-ending road, now is the time for it to pick up the pace in its reform process, according to a European policy expert,
Jacques Barrot, the European Commission’s vice president for justice, freedom and security, made a statement largely covered by the Turkish media. According to him, Turkey was very reluctant to discuss a particular subject during a meeting in December 2006.
The European Union, which has made great contributions to democratic progress in Turkey, insists on sticking to its position on certain issues. To see this, it is enough to take a look at the progress report published by the European Commission every year in November.
Toward the end of every October, Turkish intellectuals whose faces are turned toward the West have been consumed in recent years by a mixed feeling of hope and concern.
Let me approach my topic for this week from a cross-cultural perspective. There was a saying when I was younger that Belgium was probably Europe’s most boring country.
If there is one constant of Turkish foreign policy, it is that Ankara puts the nation’s interests first and foremost, which occasionally discomfits neighboring countries and allies, who believe that their perceptions and interests should have more impact on policy formation than is often the case.
Just imagine a Turkey like this: The president of Turkey officially invites the highest religious leader or authority in the world who is Muslim, Sunni and even non-Turkish, for that matter, and welcomes him with a state ceremony.
Some Turkish journalists are thinking that the executive branch of the EU is on a daily base busy with Turkey if there are no other candidate countries or other issues to be solved than Turkish membership. Wrong!
If you read the headline ‘Europe Union breaks its silence’ then you would expect something spectacular regarding something what’s going on in Turkey. Wrong. The EU simple published their annual report about candidate country Turkey.
Here the article and below some excerpts from the report:
The European Commission is preparing to issue a progress report on Turkey on Nov. 5. In fact, the main points of this report have already been leaked to the media.
Recently the Left group in the European Parliament organized a conference in İstanbul titled "Turkey on the Way to Europe." I was asked to deliver the opening speech in the morning session, which focused on political parties and the Turkish reform process.