The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calls Turkey for a series of measures regarding religious minorities to be implemented throughout the coming twelve months. A progress report is expected by February 2011.
The election of a Turkish member of parliament as president of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) triggered nervous reactions from the Kurdish, Armenian and Cypriot sides, a round-up of the international press shows.
In the coming two years, three key decision making bodies of the Council of Europe (CoE) will be headed by ?non-European Union? Europeans: the Norwegian secretary-general, the Turkish Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) president and the Committee of Ministers? chairmanships consecutively assumed by Switzerland, Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine. What does this mean for Europe?
A new survey reveals that 47% of Europeans back Turkey’s EU accession and 47% are opposed to it. But when the same respondents were asked how would they vote in a referendum on Turkey’s membership, 52% say that they would vote against it and only 41% in favour.
“1st part of the 2010 Ordinary Session is due 25-29 January 2010. Electing a new PACE President is to be one of the Session priorities. The only candidate proposed Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, a member of Turkey?s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been elected PACE President on 2-year term, taking over the President-in-Office Lluis Maria de Puig.”
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, deputy from Antalya for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), will be given the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in a ceremony to be held tomorrow.
BERLIN – EUROPEAN Union president Spain feels that Turkey belongs in the 27-country bloc, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said in an interview published on Sunday. Mr Moratinos said negotiations to admit candidate Turkey could be successfully completed if it met the so-called Copenhagen criteria – covering such areas as democracy, human rights and the rule of law – which is …
Today’s Zaman has an interview today with Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Armenian Center for National and International Studies, about the new tension between Turkey and Armenia over their recently signed normalization accords. Giragosian has some fairly tart things to say about Ankara’s criticism of the language used in the Armenian Constitutional Court’s recent decision to accept the accords.
Excerpt from Ziya Onis (2009) ?Contesting for the ?Center?: Domestic Politics, Identity Conflicts and The Controversy over EU Membership in Turkey?, Bilgi University European Institute Working Paper No: 2 EU/2/2010, [online]: http://eu.bilgi.edu.tr/docs/working%20paper2_101209.pdf
There seems to be no end in sight for the bumpy ride in Turkish-Israeli relations. A crisis between the two countries recently caused by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon?s attempt to humiliate Turkey?s ambassador to his country not only strained already bitter relations between Israel and Turkey but also signaled a major characteristic change in bilateral relations.