From L: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a picture in Tehran. Iran agreed on Monday to ship much of its low enriched uranium abroad in a nuclear fuel swap deal backed by Turkey and Brazil but greeted sceptically by world powers seeking new sanctions against Tehran.? Read more »(AFP/Atta Kenare)
Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (L), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C), Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2nd L), Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hold their hands as sign of unity during the 32nd Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of G-15 in Tehran May 17, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
Pursuant to mediation by Turkey and Brazil, Iran declared on Monday its willingness to have uranium for a research reactor enriched abroad. Europe’s press is sceptical about Tehran’s sincerity in the nuclear compromise.
At a meeting in Tehran on Monday, Turkey and Brazil reached an agreement with Iran to ship 1.2 tonnes of Iranian low-enriched uranium to Turkey, in exchange for 120kg of highly-enriched nuclear fuel bars for the Islamic Republic?s scientific programmes. The swap would be monitored by the UN?s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and, likewise, Tehran would be entitled to send inspectors to oversee the exchange.
Top news: In a surprise agreement negotiated by Brazil, Iran agreed to ship much of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey. The deal is similar to one negotiated with Western countries last October, but could now complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to ratify international sanctions against Iran.
by Natalie Martin. PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University.
The decision by the EU to open accession talks with Turkey was one of its ?most controversial ever? (Schimmelfennig 2008; 2009). Opposition to Turkish accession amongst public and elite opinion was high. So the obvious question to ask is why didn?t any member state veto proposals to offer Turkey accession status at the Brussels EU Council in December 2004?
Le Figaro (France), 15 mai 2010, p. 16
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Pour le directeur général de l?Ifri *, les Bric (Brésil, Russie, Inde et Chine) sont en train de constituer un nouveau mouvement non aligné qui conteste la suprématie occidentale. La mondialisation conduit à d?étranges recompositions qui, à l?avenir, pourraient avoir des effets inattendus dans la gouvernance mondiale. Ainsi n?a-t-on pas pris toute la dimension, dans les pays occidentaux, du phénomène des Bric. Cet agglomérat fort hétérogène comprend l?Inde et la Chine ? les deux géants de l?Asie -, la Russie à la recherche d?un nouveau souffle, ainsi que le lointain Brésil, comparable à la Russie par l?étendue spatiale et la population.
PapersIEMed (European Institute of the Mediterranean) No. 1, October 2007, pp. 16
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