It appears that both sides in the shotgun wedding that is the stalled Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process might be looking for a way out. Ankara has warned Yerevan, in fairly strong terms, that the conditions that the Armenian Constitutional Court has put on the historic accords are unacceptable and could jeopardize the process. Yerevan, meanwhile, is reminding Ankara that it is the one that put preconditions on the process, by linking it to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, and by letting the accords languish in parliament.
The first several years after a landmark agreement was signed between Turkey and Israel on military and defense industry cooperation in 1996 were quite beneficial for Israel in the sense that this cooperation gave Israel an important opportunity to tell its hostile Arab neighbors that this secular but overwhelmingly Muslim nation was Tel Aviv?s ally.
The Foreign Ministry’s move to shame Turkey’s ambassador over an objectionable TV program backfired, says Israel’s former envoy to Ankara. We ‘took a beating for it,’ says Alon Liel. Angry over a Turkish TV show that portrayed Israelis as ruthless killers, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkey’s ambassador to his office this month for a dressing-down.
Without Turkey bridging the gap between East and West on issues such as energy security, foreign policy and cooperation in the Middle East, the EU’s goal of exerting strong regional influence will be diminished, said Turkish Ambassador to Germany Ahmet Acet in a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv Germany.
Preemptive vetoes against Turkey’s EU accession stemming from regional tensions are unjust and its readiness to join the bloc should be based the country’s capacity to fulfil the requirements of the , Turkish Ambassador to Germany Ahmet Acet told EurActiv Germany in an interview.’acquis communautaire’
The European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) yesterday (19 January) agreed on a two-year programme of ?2.65 million to boost macro- and micro-prudential supervision in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Dear friends, I hope all is well in the Holy Land. Things are not too bad here in Turkey. Yet one thing that certainly does not look great is relations between our countries, which hit an ugly low this week. In fact, since the beginning of your government’s “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza, which happened a year ago, a continual war of words has been going on between your leaders and ours. But no war of words has ever helped anybody. So, as a humble commentator on Turkish affairs who would be happy to see better Israeli-Turkish relations, let me offer a few honest thoughts.
In my last column, I wrote about how Turkey and the Turkish media look at Iraqi Kurdistan in the view of the Turkish participants in ?The Role of Media in the Relations between Turkey and the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq? meeting organized in İstanbul on Saturday by the Medialog Platform, which is part of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV).
Note: In the first part of this article, the authors discussed the global tendency toward change in foreign policy, and within this context changes in Turkish foreign policy, especially as a result of new trends on the domestic front. Addressing the findings of a new survey conducted by the MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center to measure the Turkish public?s view of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), they noted striking support for the AK Party?s foreign policy changes, particularly those that evince changing attitudes toward neighboring Iran.