Hadise Dum Tek Tek (Official Original Eurovision Song for Turkey)
As far as progress on Turkey’s EU bid is concerned, 2006, 2007 and 2008 were all lost years. Domestic difficulties and lethargy for anything EU related resulted in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) hardly lifting a finger on EU business.
Sencar, who has been conducting public opinion surveys for the last 10 years, shared the most striking results of polls they conducted throughout the year 2008. He said the Turkish public does not like to experience political crises in general. As for the Kurds of Turkey, he said that in reality, contrary to general belief, they do not want separation from Turkey.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has dealt a setback to government efforts to meet European Union accession requirements by annulling an important ombudsman law designed to hold public authorities to account. The law had been one of the few EU-mandated laws worked out and already in place. The court decision was on a case opened by former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in 2006.
Turkey’s president approved Wednesday the national program, a blueprint detailing the country’s short- and long-term commitments to the European Union."
As expected, the apology campaign initiated by a group of Turkish intellectuals who criticized the indifference and injustice to the massacres and sufferings of Armenian people in the events that took place in Ottoman territories in 1915 has sparked differing reactions.