Mavi Boncuk: EU and "ahde vefa" [pacta sunt servanda]

EU and “ahde vefa”

The recommendation adopted by the European Commission on July 15 2009 allows the citizens of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia with biometric passports to enter the Schengen area visa-free from January 2010
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Pacta sunt servanda L./Ahde vefa TR /agreements must be kept ENG., is a basic principle of civil law and of international law.

( EU must explain this part to Turkey)

In its most common sense, the principle refers to private contracts, stressing that contained clauses are law between the parties, and implies that non-fulfilment of respective obligations is a breach of the pact. The general principle of correct behaviour in commercial praxis ? and implies the bona fide ? is a requirement for the efficacy of the whole system, so the eventual disorder is sometimes punished by the law of some systems even without any direct penalty incurred by any of the parties.

EU Places Early Member Candidates at Head of Line, Snubbing Turkey

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

The EU lifted visa restrictions Saturday for citizens from Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, even though these are in the early stages of the EU membership process, while not extending this Schengen privilege to Turkey, which began accession talks in 2005 and has opened 11 out of 35 chapters in its membership negotiations. Turkey protested and has asked to be included in the Schengen regime, pointing out that, of the Balkan states affected, only Macedonia has attained the status of EU candidate. Serbia has yet to submit a formal application and its entry has been stalled due to its failure to arrest ex-Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, who has been charged with war crimes in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.

Trust in EU drops in Turkey: Survey [ WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS ]

?EU will only lose by leaving us behind? ? Turkish PM – RT

EU Is A Strategic Target For Turkey, Davutoglu

Trend News: Turkey not to be EU member soon: Turkish expert

Interview: With the EU or Not, Turkey is European

* Interview on the Minaret Ban in Switzerland and Its Connection to Turkey-EU Relations

We talked about the future of Turkey-EU relations and the ban on minarets in Switzerland with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sedat Laciner, President of Turkey?s Ankara-based think tank USAK (International Strategic Research Organization).”

Swedish EU Presidency – Turkey and Croatia take further steps toward membership of the EU

Intergovernmental accession conferences at ministerial level are to be held with Turkey and Croatia on Monday 21 December in Brussels as part of the EU enlargement process. The meetings will be chaired by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.”

Period of qualified relations with the US


The last rendezvous of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with US President Barack Obama was the precursor of a new period in relations between Turkey and the US. While the two countries agreed on some points, they had different ideas on others. But this situation did not prevent relations from continuing strongly.

EU will lose if it leaves Turkey out (PanARMENIAN.Net)

from Yahoo news
“If the EU takes a final decision – not to accept Ankara in the European family, Turkey will take certain steps based on this decision,”, the Prime Minister of Turkey said.

The Orthodox Church: Turkish government seeks formulas to open Halki seminary

Afghan soldiers during military training ...

Afghan soldiers during military training at a Turkish commando training center in Egirdir, Isparta in southwestern Turkey, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. Dozens of Afghan troops are undergoing training on explosives, mountain climbing and guerrilla warfare at a Turkish commando training center. Turkey, NATO’s sole Muslim member, has refused to send additional troops to Afghanistan for combat operations but said it would increase training of Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

The Turkish-European Rift Widens

from FP Passport by David Kenner

While most of the media coverage regarding Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s trip to the United States has looked east, to Turkey’s burgeoning relationship with Syria and Iran, the real breaking news may concern Turkey’s faltering relationship with the European Union.

Yigal has too posts about recent “Turkish openings.”.
The Closing of the “Armenian Opening”?
The Closing of the “Kurdish Opening”?

These are not easy issues to open, there will be myriad ups and downs. I preserve my hope.
still, Armenia Threatens To Annul Agreements With Turkey – «???? ??????/???????????» ??????????

Has the initiative process ended?

Following the escalation of violence in Turkey over the past days, with sympathizers of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) and pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) taking to the streets to protest the prison conditions of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and the deaths of seven soldiers in a terrorist attack in Tokat on Monday, many think that the end of the road is in sight for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government?s Kurdish initiative.

The Turkey-Cyprus debacle


Earlier this week EU foreign ministers deliberated what to do about Turkey?s failure to extend the Ankara Protocol to Greek Cyprus. Given that Turkey has had three years to comply, the Greek Cypriots went into the meeting in a bullish mood insisting that the EU freeze all chapters in 2010 for Ankara?s non-compliance.

Turkey and Israel: Ends and Beginnings / ISN

Netherlands – Verhagen: no measures against Turkey for the time being

Interview With Dr. GEORGE CHRISTOU on Cyprus, Turkey and the EU

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

George Christou is an Associate Lecturer in European Politics, Department of Politics and international
Studies, University of Warwick, UK, and has previously held positions as: a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Policy, Northumbria University, UK (2004-5); a Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2003-4); and as a Lecturer in European Politics at the Department of Government, University of Manchester (2001-3). His main research interests include: the EU?s role in conflict resolution/transformation, with specific interest in Cyprus and more recently, the frozen conflicts in the eastern neighbourhood ;

Turkey and Israel: ends and beginnings,

from open Democracy News Analysis –

The states of Turkey and Israel have a lot in common, notwithstanding their many differences – in size, history, political background, social character, and religious composition:

European Literature Goes to Turkey

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |European Literature Goes to Turkey, Turkish Literature Goes to Europe

The Goethe-Institut Istanbul is very proud to be organizing, a large-scale, high-profile arts tour throughout Turkey and the EU from May 2009 until June 2010. Funded by the European Union?s Cultural Bridges program, the tour will bring 48 authors and countless musicians, photographers, filmmakers and artists from eight participating European countries (Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) to 24 cities throughout Turkey. They will be accompanied by a bookmobile containing the showcased literature, internet terminals and audiovisual resources.

Egemen Bağış on the BBC: ?HARDtalk?

It is not every day that a leading Turkish politician is a guest on the BBC?s television ?HARDtalk? show. Early this week Turkey?s chief EU negotiator Egemen Bağış answered questions from Stephen Sackur. The interview was held in Brussels and not in London or Ankara, perhaps a sign of a long-awaited EU rediscovery as implemented by the Turkish government.

Partial agreement between Obama and Erdoğan

If one were to scan through our newspapers right after the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Barack Obama, the headlines, written while the iron was hot, would suggest that the two leaders agreed on every topic. However, if the statements released after the meeting are evaluated from a more coolheaded perspective, it can be seen that this isn?t entirely true.

Ret. Ambassador İskit: Greek Cypriot block of Turkey?s EU talks is not well-intentioned

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
Retired Ambassador Temel İskit has said that Greek Cyprus’ announcement that it will block six chapters in Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union is not in good faith considering the ongoing negotiations between the leaders on the divided island.

Relations With Turkey Kindle Hopes in Syria

from NYT > Turkey by By ROBERT F. WORTH
For Syrians, the new relationship suggests an embrace of a more open society and holds the promise of a revitalized regional economy.

Syria, Israel and Sarkozy by ALİ YURTTAGÜL

I suppose there is no need to underline that Syria and Israel are determinative countries in the Middle East peace process.

Decoding Erdogan’s Washington Visit

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The German Marshall Fund has a new briefing out looking at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Washington. Written by Ian Lesser, a very astute observer of Turkish affairs, the briefing suggests that, “Overall, the experience has produced more open questions than answers regarding the future of U.S.-Turkish relations.”

European Parliament to question Bulgarian proposal for referendum on Turkish-speaking news programme

from ALDE News

Today in Strasbourg Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader, raised his concerns to parliamentary group leaders about plans in Bulgaria to hold a national referendum with a view to closing down a short news programme broadcast in Turkish for the benefit of the Turkish-speaking minority.  The initiative presented by the far right Ataka party was recently backed by Prime Minister Borisov and raises important questions about the country’s commitment to the protection of minorities since it became a full member of the EU in 2007.

Parliament worried about Bulgaria TV ban plan

Guy Verhofstadt, Liberal group leader in the European Parliament, voiced on Thursday (17 December) his concern over plans in Sofia to hold a referendum aimed at banning a short news TV programme aimed at Bulgaria’s Turkish-speaking minority.

4 thoughts on “Mavi Boncuk: EU and "ahde vefa" [pacta sunt servanda]”

  1. Erkan,
    I met with Sedat L. and the interviewer on several occasions: I nice try out, playing ping pong, but Europeans are sick and tired of the political Islam which Turkey doesnt want within its border but when Europeans are complaining about segretation between men and women, when Islamist laywers dont want to stand up for the judge, when a Christmas tree became a pool of obsession for devout Muslisms in Europe and therefore banned in many pubic spaces…then this has to be stopped. Sedat is a nice guy but dont know what works and live among ordinairy Europeans who welcomed people from Turkey.
    Second. I saw Bağis on HardTalk and he was threatening and scary. I know Klaus Jurgens since he wanted to write together with me about these kind of issues. He made some lame excuses in his article and therefore no ‘binding between hans and klaus’ but he was right in his last sentence.
    And last but not least: there is a difference between the Schengen acquis and the Copenhagen acquis. And why is Bosnia, Albania, Moldova etc. not complaining but Turkey? There are rules which cannnot be changed on the bazaar. I am sure that this is not the right signal, again, to the Muslim world, but who are dividing countries in Muslims and non Muslims aka infidels, kufars etc? Yes, the Muslism world and therefore they are accused of religious discrmination.
    See ya

  2. Dear Erkan Bey,

    thanks for all your work to bring relevant news about Turkey to a wider audience.

    With regards to a comment made by Hans I can only say that yes indeed we had a longer conversation over the phone more than a year ago but I never promised that I would actually ‘guarantee’ to write a joint article with him.

    Joint articles must be based on sharing of at least a few common points and as I am indeed in favour of Turkey joining the EU and hoping for that the EU grows up and is coming of age sometime soon I did not see too much common ground in penning a contribution together.

    Having said that I at all times defend and argue for an open debate – so perhaps Hans would wish to use this platform to continue discussing with me?

    All the best for the website and let me wish all your readers a peaceful 2010.


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