Nothing happens except the Dutch loses…
Turkey has announced that a Dutch parliamentary delegation will not be welcome if it includes Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Turkish ministers and MPs will refuse to meet the entire delegation if Wilders is among them. A spokesperson for the Turkish foreign ministry says: ?This man has racist ideas. We fear his presence would overshadow the visit?. The popular Turkish daily Aksam was the first to report the news on yesterday: ?Tension over Mozart?, the paper?s headline read, apparently referring to the Freedom Party leader?s exotic hairdo.
Turkish government is embarrassed by the situation and already felt in the trap of Wilders in my opinion They realize that refusing to meet Wilders will allow the controversial politician to accuse Turkey of being undemocratic and unable to take criticism. However, the government fears a media hype would stir up the emotions of its Islamist supporters. Islamists many secularists in Turkey and Wilders are fighting against, how ironically?
ISTANBUL ? Turkey?s government is reconsidering the visit of a parliamentary delegation from the Netherlands early January, because Geert Wilders is a delegation member. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is undecided whether to allow PVV leader Wilders entry to Turkey or not. Daily newspaper Aksam put Wilders? proposed visit to Turkey on the
Israel’s Trade and Labor Minister, Benyamin Ben-Eliezer, just finished a three-day trip to Turkey, the first visit by a top Israeli politician since the downturn in Turkish-Israeli relations that followed the war in Gaza earlier this year. On the most basic level, Ben-Eliezer’s visit was a success. He met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Libya during Ben-Eliezer’s visit) and managed to avoid the fate of Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, who on a recent tour of the country’s Black Sea region was pelted with eggs and upbraided by every second-rate elected official he met with.
Israel’s Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (L) and Turkey’s Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul attend the Turkey-Israel economic commission meeting in Ankara, November 24, 2009.REUTERS/Stringer
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (R) and Israel’s Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer shake hands during their meeting in Ankara, November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout
The Zurich agreement of October 10, normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey after years of diplomatic void, was widely expected, but its reception has been mixed in Armenia and in Armenian diaspora communities all over the world, to say the least. It was mixed in Turkey, too.
Mensur Akgün: Recent media reports on Turkey’s alleged foreign policy fail to acknowledge major positive achievements on behalf of the AKP government, notably Ankara’s attempts at reconciliation with its neighbors. Western pundits should ask themselves what this “western identity” that Turkey is supposedly moving away from, really is.
?The Presidency of Council configurations, other than of Foreign Affairs, shall be held by Member State representatives in the Council on the basis of equal rotation, ?? says Article 16(9) of the Treaty on European Union, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty. The European Council, where the heads of state or government meet, has its own President ? Herman Van Rompuy ? under the Lisbon Treaty.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, right receives Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left during his visit to Tripoli, Libya Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.
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EU to ask Turkey to adopt a ?more European Iran policy? – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review AS IF EU HAS A SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ON IRAN:)