Helene Flautre describes How the EU Has Impeded Judicial Reform in Turkey…

Helene Flautre: How the EU Has Impeded Judicial Reform

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

Helen Flautre, Co-Chairwoman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee

Assessing the status of accession negotiations in an op/ed published in Today’s Zaman, Helene Flautre strongly criticizes the European Council’s failure to release the results of the European Commission’s screening of Turkey’s judiciary, which contains the details of steps Turkey needs to take to align its judiciary with EU standards laid out in the the EU acquis’ chapter on the judiciary. Justice Minister Sadullah Erin criticized the EU’s inaction when he spoke before the European Parliament last month. From Flautre’s column:

Roadblocks to Judicial Reform

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

Prime Minister Erdogan announced last Sunday that the contents of the mini-democracy reform package will be released to the public and introduced to parliament by the end of the month. The prime minister presented the package as in line with the EU harmonization process, arguing the reforms are necessary to secure Turkish accession. He also said the Turkish public should get used to referenda, re-stating the AKP’s plans to take the package to a public vote once it is voted down in parliament.

European Court of Auditors Assesses Pre-Accession Monies

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

This is past due in terms of posting, but it is relevant to EU accession monies finding their way to Turkey through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) (2007-2013) and the Turkish Pre-Accession Assistance (TPA) (2000-2006) monies. On January 13, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) released a report on both pre-accession assistance schemes. From EurActiv.com:

Rule of law, ‘Ergenekon’ and membership negotiations
Today’s Zaman
No doubt ?Brussels? is closely monitoring the ?Ergenekon? probe and the ongoing trials. The European Commission and the European Parliament made mention of

ECHR Rules on Greek Cypriot Property Claims

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

Turkey’s Nuclear Iran Problem

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The German Marshall Fund has just posted a new briefing by its astute Turkey analyst, Ian Lesser, about the difficult choices Ankara will have to make regarding the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons. From his piece:

What?s really behind Foreign Policy?s coup ?argument?? by EMRE USLU

Foreign Policy (FP) is one of the few respected journals that covers political issues from around the world. On Feb. 25, FP published an ?argument? on Turkey, ?What?s Really Behind Turkey?s Coup Arrests?? by Soner Çağaptay that claims to unveil the truth behind Turkey?s coup arrests.

The crisis in Turkey? by JOHN L. ESPOSITO

In the past week, several alarmist pieces, including Soner Çağaptay?s ?What?s Really Behind Turkey?s Coup Arrests?? and Daniel Pipes? ?Crisis in Turkey,? have warned of a mortal crisis that threatens Turkey?s future and its relationship with Europe and the US.


from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Dr. Hatice Yazgan has been working on Turkey-EU relations, EU Policy making and some EU policies for nearly 10 years both as an EU expert and academic. She is PhD graduate of Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations. She is also a member of the Scientific Research Project team on ?Public Opinion and Turkish Foreign Policy? conducted by ATAUM which you can find some details below.

(Research team is headed by Ataum Director Prof. Çağrı Erhan and the other members are Erhan Akdemir and Utku Kırlıdökme.)

The AKP Will Remain a Western Ally

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Why the U.S. should hail the Islamists.

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Ten economies are becoming the new locomotive for the global economy By Martin Walker Senior Director of A.T. Kearney?s Global Business Policy Council.

TÜSEV’s Cengiz Looks at Associations Law

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

Orhan Kemal Cengiz
PHOTO from
Today’s Zaman

The Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV)’s Orhan Kemal Cengiz has authored a report on the continued difficulties faced by associations as a result of the Associations Law. Despite a drastic overhaul of the law in 2004 at the height of the EU-inspired reform process, significant hurdles continue to encumber the opening, operation, and efficacy of civil society organizations in Turkey. From Today’s Zaman:


from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Dr. Maria Ruxandra Stoicescu ? independent consultant and researcher based in Geneva, Switzerland. Graduated

from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development. PhD thesis: ?Liminality in International Relations. A discursive analysis of three cases: Romania,Turkey, Ukraine?. Radio Segment on World Radio Switzerland, International Relations Uncovered.

CHANGINGTURKEY: Could you tell us a bit about your recent/forthcoming publications dealing with Turkey? We would be particularly happy to hear about your new article ?Representing Liminality: Images, Metaphors and Subject Positions?.

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