Mevlüt Çavuşoglu, the first Turkish PACE president

Wikipedia site  for Mr. Çavuşoğlu

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu before a meeting in Istanbul, January 30, 2010. REUTERS/Anatolian News Agency/Salih Zeki Fazlioglu

Eyebrows raised as Turk gets top European job


On 25 January, the 318-member PACE elected Mevlüt Çavuşoglu as its new president at the opening of its plenary session in Strasbourg (25-29 January). Çavuşoglu is the first Turk to hold the office since Turkey’s accession to the Council of Europe in August 1949.

New PACE president Çavuşoğlu has an urgent duty


The interview in Today?s Zaman (Jan. 29) with the new president of the Venice Commission could not have been more timely. Gianni Buquicchio conveys a very clear, strong message to lawmakers and the government of Turkey on where the heart of the problem — the ?mother of all troubles? — is

Turkey-Armenia: Who will be the loser?

Those who opposed the ?Armenian initiative? from the very start of the process, never expecting to see any results from it, are now saying this in the wake of the recent ?protocol crisis?: ?It is simply not possible to come to an agreement with Armenia.

Turkish PM criticises French president ? EU Business News –

Euronews TV in Turkish

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk The Euronews TV channel will start broadcasting in Turkish as of January 30.

Turkish state-run TRT said in a statement on Friday that a ceremony would take place in Istanbul on Saturday for opening of the Turkish-language news channel. Lyon-based Euronews already broadcasts in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian for 24 hours a day. Founded in 1992 in Lyon as a European Broadcasting Union initiative, Euronews beams out into 293 million households in 150 countries by cable, satellite and terrestrial 24 hours a day with more than 400 staff from different nationalities.

Arınç hails Euronews’ Turkish broadcasting
Today’s Zaman
The İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO) held a ceremony in İstanbul to pay tribute to those who contributed to Euronews’ broadcasting in Turkish.

?Euro-Turks: A Bridge or a Breach between Turkey and the EU??

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World

Excerpt from Ayhan Kaya & Ferhat Kentel (2004) ?Euro-Turks: A Bridge, or a Breach, between Turkey and the European Union?? RESEARCH REPORT:A Comparative Research of German-Turks and French-Turks, Istanbul Bilgi University, Centre for Migration Research.

This research in progress has several findings. Some of the findings are listed below: Euro-Turks have constructed reflexive identities in a way that contributes to the redefinition of Europeanness, Germanness, and Frenchness. It has been explicated in the report that the Euro-Turks have individually and collectively (through new form of communitarianism) constructed their identities in interaction with majority societies.

UN chief optimistic over Cyprus

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says “a solution is possible” ahead of a fresh round of talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus.

Turkish foreign policy: An emerging regional actor? ? Interview with Mr. C. Candar, Senior Columnist, Radikal Daily

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