We want it all: Turkey will ask for the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas..

Turkey to become 16th Largest World Economy in 2014

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk| Turkey was the 8th fastest growing economy during 1994-2009 time frame at an average annual rate of 6.2% and Real GDP growth was 250% and will make Turkey the 16th Largest World Economy by 2014 with 1.13 trillion dollar national income per year.

A Christian Orthodox Bishop celebrates mass inside the crypt ...

A Christian Orthodox Bishop celebrates mass inside the crypt of Saint Nicholas church in Bari last year. Turkey will ask for the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas, who Father Christmas is modelled on, from their display in Italy, local media has reported.(AFP/Mario Laporta)

Belgium's Prime Minister Yves Leterme (L) shakes hands with ...

Belgium’s Prime Minister Yves Leterme (L) shakes hands with Turkey President Abdullah Gul during their meeting in Ankara December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout

More ‘comfortable’ after Ergenekon probe, Patriarchate calls for dialogue
Today’s Zaman
?Before the arrests related to Ergenekon, Kemal Kerinçsiz was holding demonstrations right here to discredit the patriarchate,? Dositheos Anagnostopulos

Turkey’s new face (Al-Ahram Weekly)

from Yahoo news
Turkey is a country with many wishes, some of which are contradictory. It wants to become a full EU member but is keen on ties with the Middle East and Central Asia. It wants a stable home front as a means of gaining acceptance in Europe, but it is hesitant to resolve the Kurdish issue.

Turkey Carries Out Multidimensional Foreign Policy, Babacan

Turkey expects new negotiating chapters with the EU to be opened during Spain EU Presidency

Labor slams Lieberman over comments against Turkish mediation – Israel News, Ynetnews

In response to FM’s call for direct talks with Syria ‘without mediators, definitely not Turkish ones,’ Labor members say he is harming Israel’s interests. Barak: Turkey one of most important countries in Middle East”

Ambassador Tan: The right choice for Washington


The government has not let things linger too long since the resignation of Nabi Şensoy as the Turkish ambassador to Washington and has quickly found a person to replace him. Currently serving as the deputy undersecretary of foreign affairs, Ambassador Namık Tan will become the next Turkish ambassador to the US.

Why is Namık Tan being sent to Washington? – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Belgium’s Prime Minister Yves Leterme (L) and Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I pose for the media after their meeting at the Fener Patriarchate in Istanbul December 30, 2009.REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Bartholomew is crucified and Erdoğan suffers from Hellish torture (2) by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

Turkey has simply followed the Progress and Union Party?s (Ittihat ve Terakki) policy of getting rid of non-Muslims from Turkey, which started when the Ottoman Empire was falling apart at the beginning of the 20th century.

A new foreign service for the new year


The new European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, certainly has many challenges ahead of her. While everyday EU foreign policy business — the Middle East, Russia, the Balkans, etc. — will always take up a lot of her time, she will also have the added challenge of kick-starting the EU?s brand new European External Action Service (EEAS), which came to life following the implementation of the long-awaited Lisbon Treaty.

Switzerland spoiled Turkey?s EU dream – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

‘Turkey’s ideal goal is to facilitate peace with all neighboring countries’


ANKARA (A.A) – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday the Turkish government’s ideal goal was to facilitate peace with all neighboring countries as the continuation of the “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” principle.
Speaking at a press conference to make an assessment of developments in 2009, Davutoglu said that relations between Turkey and the United States gained new momentum with the beginning of the Barack Obama term in Washington, D.C.

The Quote of the Week: ISRO/USAK Report on Settled Foreigners in Turkey

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey


There are many scholarly researches on settled migrants, in several Mediterranean countries like Spain, Greece, Italy and Malta. Yet, the issue remains relatively untouched in the case of Turkey. The project entitled ?Integration of settled foreigners in Turkey with the Turkish community: issues and opportunities? is a significant contribution to the literature in this regard. The research focuses on retired migrants settling in Turkey and primarily deals with the reasons for migration to Turkey in older ages; general characteristics of these elder migrants such as gender, education level and the country of origin; and lastly the relations of these newcomers with the local community.

1 thought on “We want it all: Turkey will ask for the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas..

  1. Happy New Year Erkan.
    Regarding 16th largest economy: with a growing population this means that the grown per captiva will only slightly grow to 14.000 USD which is still 1/3 of EU average and behind Romania for example. 2009 was in particular for Italy, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Turkey a bad year. Hope 2010 will be better. Only with a stable political climate there will be significant grow.

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