Turks may not particularly be upset or frustrated with the slow pace of negotiations as they observe the recent economic and leadership performance of the EU…


Turkish performance in EU talks casts pall over Europe Day

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Weak prospects for opening even one new chapter in Turkey’s EU accession talks are souring the festive atmosphere surrounding Europe Day.

EU On Mothers Day

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Family Feud on Mothers Day. This year’s Europe Day
[1]poster promotes what? People…places…Culture… Really? Nicely arranged lettere EU et the end of her ROPE.
Mavi Boncuk

ALDE raises issue of the role of women in EU-Turkey relations

from ALDE News

Diana Wallis MEPToday the ALDE group is organising a conference on gender related issues between the EU and Turkey – ‘ A 2020 Gender Perspective for the EU and Turkey’ on the initiative of two ALDE MEPs Diana Wallis (UK, Lib Dem) and Gesine Meissner (FDP, Germany) and with co-participation of TÜSIAD (The Turkish Industrialist and Business Association) and KAGIDER (the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Turkey). See attached programme.

EU would ‘lose credibility’ if it blocks Turkey entry

from Yahoo news
(BRUSSELS ) – Former Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzalez on Saturday warned that the European Union would “lose credibility” on the world stage if it backs down from a commitment to bring Turkey on-board.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Davutoglu shakes ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki before their meeting at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul May 7, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Executive Summary of the 1st exclusive Academic Workshop by ?Changing Turkey?

by Changing Turkey

We are pleased to share the executive summary of  our exclusive workshop ?Critical Reflections on Turkey-EU Relations?. The event was sponsored by Royal Holloway, Faculty of History and Social Sciences? (Faculty Initiative Fund). It brought together postgraduate researchers studying various aspects of Turkey-EU relations at British universities. The workshop participants included:

Turkeys President Abdullah Gul and Syrian ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (2nd R) pose with their wives Hayrunnisa Gul (L) and Asma (2nd L) during a welcoming ceremony in Istanbul May 8, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/ Osman Orsal

Change in Turkey driven by domestic forces, not EU

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
It has become standard for EU officials to say the reform process in Turkey has stalled, and that if things continue as they are, there will be no chapters left to negotiate.
Turkeys President Abdullah Gul rides Toyotas  ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul rides Toyota’s i-REAL personal mobility vehicle before the celebration ceremony of the Japanese-Turkish Friendship at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul May 3, 2010.? Read more »

REUTERS/Murad Sezer

No chapters may be opened during Spain’s EU term presidency

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The director general of the Spanish government for EU and Economic Affairs said no new chapters may be opened for negotiations with Turkey during Spain’s presidency.

Turkey stretches a hand to Greece

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

Greece?s unending anger over the economic crisis was visible again in what took place during May 1 demonstrations that turned into destructive urban warfare. It has shown what sort of risks the crisis creates within and how contagious it would be if it were to spill over to the other side of the Mediterranean ? to Italy and Spain.

Sarksyan and Erdoğan: What to do now?

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

After some ?ifs and buts? Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will be present in Washington, D.C., for the nuclear security summit and will use the occasion to intensely discuss where to go in the paralyzed ?normalization process? with Armenia.

My Dear Brother: Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago

Mavi Boncuk
My Dear Brother: Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago

1st May ? 24th July 2010
An unusual exhibition opening at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, ?My Dear Brother: Armenians in Turkey 100 years ago?, provides fascinating insights into the life of the Armenians living in the borders of modern Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century through a large collection of postcards of daily life and scenery from across the region. The exhibition of both enlarged images and original postcards was conceived and put together by Osman Köker, based on his book by the same name (Istanbul: Birzamanlar, 2005).

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Davutoğlu?s bold vision asserts a new foreign policy

There could not be a finer setting to discuss Turkish foreign policy than the one in Oxford. We spent the last weekend, a group of predominantly academicians, with some outside elements such as simple-minded journalists like myself, for an impressive ?tour d?horizon.?

The Cyprus Blues Again

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

Following the recent presidential elections in Northern Cyprus, there seems to be a fresh breeze of pessimism blowing out of the little island that couldn’t.

Waiting for the word in Armenia , Ara Iskanderian

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Ara Iskanderian

On Saturday April 24th, Armenian communities around the world will gather to remember the one and a half million victims of the Ottoman Turkish government?s systematic policy of deportation and extermination ? the Armenian Genocide. This year represents a particular landmark: the 95th anniversary of events that PM-to-be Winston Churchill labelled a ?holocaust?, and which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the modern Turkey, called ?a shameful act?.

Kemal Atatürk?s description provides the title for Turkish historian Taner Akcam seminal book on the subject. Akcam, a historian by profession, is one of a growing number of Turkish historians and intellectuals who have broached the issue of the Armenian Genocide and concluded that it was just that ? a genocide.

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