Another “long way” article and a foreign policy roundup

Analysis: It?s a long way to Copenhagen ? Turkey?s membership of and convergence with the European Union

by acturca

EurActiv, Friday 24 March 2006

In this CEPS policy brief, Willem Buiter, Professor of European Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, argues that, with the right institutions and policies, Turkey could become a true tiger economy. But with the institutions and policies of the second half of the 20th century, it could end up a mangy cat instead of a tiger. This policy brief is motivated by some rather optimistic official reports and especially by the World Bank?s recent Country Economic Memorandum for Turkey, ?Promoting Sustained Growth and Convergence with the European Union?.

Turkey?s EU Odyssey : 1964-?

by acturca

CROSSROADS-The Macedonian Foreign Policy Journal, n° 02/2007, pp. 191-193

Seyfi Taşhan *

Since the end of the First world War Turkey considered itself a European country and as such took place in almost every European international organizations. It became a member of the Council of Europe almost together with its founders in 1949; it became a European member of NATO and took part in the activities of all international organizations as a member of the European geographic area. In the same spirit when the Rome Treaty founding the European Economic Community was signed in 1957, Turkey did not long hesitate to apply for membership in this new European venture and applied for membership in 1959. Taking part in this new organization would, not only contribute to Turkey?s economic development but would enhance its security by creating stronger bonds with European member countries and would enhance credibility of the North Atlantic Alliance in so far as European commitment was concerned.

CDU is Turning Turk

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |Aygul Ozkan from Germany’s Christian Democratic Union has been named minister for social affairs in Lower Saxony, becoming the first Turkish-descent politician to win a ministerial post in a state in Germany.

Turkey’s transformation under the AKP (III) – Solidarity with anti-Western and Islamist regimes

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
If religion constitutes one part of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP’s, foreign-policy calculus, domestic aspirations are another.

Integration Boost: German State Appoints First Minister of Turkish Origin – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Turkey, leader of the Muslim world?

by acturca

The Globe and Mail (Canada), Monday, Apr. 12, 2010

Neil Reynolds

Political scientist George Friedman thinks so. When the next global war breaks out, he reckons, Turkey will join Japan to drive the U.S. out of the Middle East and the Pacific

In mid-March, Turkish President Abdullah Gul travelled to Cameroon for his country?s first trade mission to a central African nation. He got a warm welcome, The Economist reported. ?Turkey must reclaim its mantle,? one Islamic cleric told him, ?as leader of the Islamic world.? In this context, you?re not talking restoration of the Ottoman Empire ? you?re talking expansion. Although the Ottoman Empire embraced Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Sudan, it never reached central Africa. For its part, The Economist recognized the credibility of resurrected Turkish ambitions. African countries have bitter memories of Western colonialists and Arab slave traders, the magazine noted. In contrast, they regard Turks as enlightened and humane.

Turkey and the Middle East: ambitions and constraints

by acturca

Europe Report N°203 (International Crisis Group)                       Türkçe

Istanbul/Brussels, 7 April 2010

Turkey is launching initiative after ambitious initiative aimed at stabilising the Middle East. Building on the successes of its normalisation with Syria and Iraq, it is facilitating efforts to reduce conflicts, expanding visa-free travel, ramping up trade, integrating infrastructure, forging strategic relationships and engaging in multilateral regional platforms. For some, this new activism is evidence that Turkey is turning from its traditional allies in Europe and the United States. In fact, its increased role in the Middle East is a complement to and even dependent on its ties to the West.

Les nouveaux horizons de la diplomatie turque

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 21 avril 2010, p 17

Guillaume Perrier, Istanbul

Notre axe, c?est Ankara et notre horizon a 360° C ?, résume Ahmet Davutoglu. Nommé il y a moins d?un an, après avoir été le principal conseiller diplomatique du président, Abdullah Gül, et du premier ministre, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, depuis 2003, le ministre turc des affaires étrangères est l?architecte de la nouvelle diplomatie turque, à l?oeuvre sur tous les fronts. Il enchaîne les visites à l?étranger, multiplie les contacts et les médiations. Longtemps perçue sur la scène internationale comme un nain diplomatique, la Turquie revendique désormais une place parmi les puissants. ? Nous avons beaucoup de choses à dire. Les grandes nations vont nous entendre ?, avertit le ministre, qui a orchestré l?offensive.

Sarkozy stands between Turkey, EU (

MAIN FOCUS: A setback for Cyprus’s unity | 21/04/2010

from euro|topics

The Turkish nationalist Derviş Eroğlu won the presidential elections held in Turkish North Cyprus on Sunday. Eroğlu could block the peace negotiations with the Greek southern part of the island on which Turkey’s EU’s accession also depends, writes the press.

EU should seize chance for a breakthrough in Cyprus dispute

from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber

Nicolas Sarkozy n?ignore plus la Turquie

by acturca

Libération (France), 21 avril 2010, p. 12

Bernard Guetta

Il le murmurait il y a dix-huit mois, il le martèle aujourd?hui. Loin d?avoir abandonné cette idée, Nicolas Sarkozy croit plus que jamais nécessaire et possible d?organiser le continent européen en un « espace économique et de sécurité », unissant l?Union européenne, la Turquie et la Fédération de Russie.

Turkey Reawakening to Its Vast Iranian Ties

from NYT > Turkey by By SOUREN MELIKIAN
Recent sales of Islamic art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London reveal how Turkish interest in all things Ottoman has kindled a search into the shared cultural past of these two Islamic nations.

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