What you need to know about the person shaping Turkey’s muscular new foreign policy.
Turkey’s foreign minister discusses his country’s expanding role as a regional power.
The new issue of Newsweek has an interesting article looking at how Turkey is filling the vacuum created by the United State’s misadventure in Iraq. “….in terms of regional influence, Turkey has no rival,” in the post-war environment, the magazine says. “The country’s stern-faced prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is working to consolidate that strength as he asserts Turkey’s independence in a part of the world long dominated by America.” (You can read the full article here.)
Last week I attended a workshop in Berlin organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German social democratic research foundation, titled ?Quo Vadis Turkey? Turkey’s European and Foreign Policy Today.? …………(07.09.2009 by Sahin ALPAY, Columnists TodaysZaman)
I just finished reading the Independent Committee on Turkey’s report on Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. The Committee consists of European elder statesman who support Turkey’s membership and are alarmed by the “vicious circle” of events that is jeopardizing Turkey’s EU prospects.
For the complete report from TIME Magazine click on this linkFifty Years On, Turkey Still Pines to Become European – Leo Cendrowicz
This summer, Turkey celebrated a dubious anniversary: it was 50 years ago that the country first asked to join the European Union ? or, as it was then known, the European Economic Community. Half a century on, Turkey is still waiting to be let in. In that time, other countries have joined, expanding the once six-member European club to 27. But even the most optimistic scenario says Turkey is unlikely to be part of the E.U. for at least another decade.Turkey’s leaders say they remain committed to their bid, however long it takes. But patience might not be enough, according to a report published Sept. 7 by a panel of European grandees. Chaired by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator, the Independent Commission on Turkey says some E.U. leaders are mining popular fears over the specter of Turkish membership. “Attacks on the E.U.-Turkey process [have become] a proxy for popular concerns about immigration, worries about jobs, fears of Islam and a general dissatisfaction with the E.U.,” the report says. “Negative statements by some European leaders … and obstacles put in the way of the negotiations have all but derailed the process.”