Egemen Bağış, the chief negotiator, talks at Bahçeşehir U today after a protest by a group of leftist anti-EU students…
A positive signal from Germany, a supportive article from the Guardian (Keeping Turkey out of Europe), but a negative sign in Van Rompuy ‘s debut and a group anti-EU college students makes a fuss in Istanbul. A funny intervention by a Bulgarian minister against Turkey who is criticised in the end by his own government… A roundup.
EU concerned about verdicts on Tayyar and Baransu
Star daily columnist Şamil Tayyar received a 20-month suspended prison sentence in the waning days of 2009 over his book on Ergenekon, titled ?Operasyon
Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (R), leader of Germany’s liberal party, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), embraces Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis before their meeting in Istanbul January 8, 2010. Germany will not block Turkey’s bid to join the European Union but Ankara has yet to meet all the criteria for membership, Westerwelle said on Thursday. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Turkey?s friends in Europe have won an important argument. The governments of France and Germany have stopped advocating a ?privileged partnership? to replace the long-promised goal of European Union membership for Turkey.
Greek Orthodox pilgrim from Greece Ouzinos Panaiotis holds the wooden cross aloft from the waters of the Golden Horn water course in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Greek Orthodox men braved the cold winter weather to dive into Istanbul’s Golden Horn, in a race to retrieve the wooden cross, which was thrown into the water by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the World’s Orthodox Christians, in a traditional ceremony commemorating Epiphany. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
Bulgarian PM gives minister Bozhidar Dimitrov final warning after Turkey statements – Bulgaria – The Sofia Echo
Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov has warned Bozhidar Dimitrov, the minister for Bulgarians abroad, that a repeat of the behaviour that saw Dimitrov spark tensions by publicly threatening that Sofia would veto Turkey’s EU accession efforts would cost him his Cabinet job.”