People gather under The Eiffel Tower, lighted in the colours of Turkey as part of events marking the “Season of Turkey in France”, in Paris October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Turkey is counting on joining the European Union by 2015 to bolster both its and the EU?s global role, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Friday. ?Even 2015 is too late, not only for us, it will be too late for the EU as well,? Davutoğlu said at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
The Eiffel Tower is seen lighted in the colours of Turkey as part of events marking the ‘Season of Turkey in France’, in Paris October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Turkey-EU relations and Turkey?s candidacy for the EU once more find themselves positioned at a precarious strategic crossroad.
Review Article: Basak Taraktas (2008) ?A Comparative Approach to Euroscepticism in Turkey and Eastern European Countries?
Basak Taraktas (2008) ?A Comparative Approach to Euroscepticism in Turkey and Eastern European Countries?, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 16:2, 249-266.
Reviewed by Seckin Baris Gulmez
The Cyprus Problem: the ?perfect excuse? to derail Turkish membership bid? by Shyamal Kataria (Royal Holloway)
Despite all the challenges facing Turkish accession into the EU, it seems as though it will be the ?Cyprus Problem? that may prove to be the ultimate stumbling block to its entry with its inability to implement the ?Ankara Protocol? displaying testimony to that.
The International Crisis Group and its Turkey analyst, Hugh Pope, have had in recent years the thankless task of reminding the world (and the European Union, in particular) about the importance of solving the decades-old Cyprus problem. In a new report, ICG warns that time is really running out for a solution and that the island may be heading towards a permanent split. From the executive summary:
Turkish Foreign Policy after the end of Cold War ? from securitizing to desecuritizing actor by Paula Sandrin (University of Westminster)
PhD candidate at University of Westminster
Turkey?s current foreign policy, with its strong emphasis on good neighbourly relations and on the use of soft power, represents a significant transformation from the security-centered foreign policy previously conducted. Turkey is becoming a ?benign regional power? (Onis 2008). This distinct era in the conduction of external relations can be explained by the decrease of the role of the military in foreign-policy making, the prospect of membership of the European Union and the new vision put forward by the AKP (Justice and Development Party).
Aside from yielding interesting results, the German elections also signaled critical political shifts not just for the ruling power but in general as well.
German voters gave Chancellor Angela Merkel the green light for a second term on Sunday, along with a clear mandate to form a new government with the liberal Free Democrat Party (FDP). But just what exactly is the new government likely to do? Merlek has been quick to pour cold water on any idea of early tax cuts, ?I expect we?ll agree very quickly on tax policy, especially when you look at the leeway we have with the budget,? she is quoted as saying.
After German voters sent the Christian Democrats — led by Chancellor Angela Merkel — back to power with 13 more seats, it seemed appropriate to ask: In a secular country, what exactly makes it “Christian?”
A short documentary, Coffee Futures (Turkish title Neyse Halim Ciksim Falim) by Dr. Zeynep Devrim Gursel (University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology).
E. FUAT KEYMAN is professor of International Relations at Koç University/İstanbul. He is also the director of the Koç University Center for Research on Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). He works on democratization, globalization, international relations, civil society, and Turkey-EU relations. He has
Extracted from Gerard Delanty, ?Conceptions of Europe: A Review of Recent Trends?, European Journal of Social Theory, 2003, vol. 6, p.481.
A bit more to follow up my previous post about Turkey’s plans to purchase it’s first missile defense system (possibly American-made Patriots), a story which I think is going to develop in interesting ways, particularly in light of Iran’s recent missile tests and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Tehran.
First, from a new Eurasianet analysis piece of mine: