The Guardian (UK), Monday November 10 2008
Turkey’s bid to join the EU offers Europe the choice of embracing its internal diversity or resorting to an insular idea of itself
Drowned out by the acclamation for the Obama victory last week, the European commission quietly released its progress report (pdf) on Turkish accession to the EU. While it welcomed Turkey’s economic performance and the progress it had made strengthening its legal system, the commission’s message was that there was a lot done but a lot still to do.
Since the AKP assumed power in 2002, Turks have heard nothing positive about the West from their leaders.
By Soner Cagaptay | NEWSWEEK
The Spectator (UK), Wednesday, 12th November 2008
It was Kylie Minogue who made me think Turkey and Europe might just about be ready for each other. There was the pop poppet — well, life-size images of her — flaunting her curvaceous clunes at shoppers in the Agent Provocateur lingerie outlet at Istanbul’s Kanyon Mall.
It should be much more apparent to European diplomats today, that the relative leniency with which the European Union is approaching the Erdogan government’s sins against democracy and human rights, is being used to the advantage of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP."
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday (12 November) urged the EU to speed up accession talks with Turkey, pledging that the next EU presidencies would be more committed to that goal than Turkey-critic France.
Ibon Villelabeitia , Reuters
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
ANKARA – Turkey risks seeing its dream of European Union membership vanish unless it urgently pushes reforms, but to rebuild trust between the two sides EU members must send a clear message that Ankara’s bid is not doomed."
Published by Ozgur Tore
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Turkey’s Office of Culture and Information confirms its presence again this year at GLOBE 2009, with a 144 m2 stand, and various exhibitors ready to present the latest news and programs for the coming summer season."