FP roundup: ‘Secret’ talks with Israel, that everybody knows, New chapters opened in the EU negotiations etc

Turkish Foreign Policy continues to surprise many as they are determined to think in old terms. Turkey does not aim to leave its place in “Western” world. She just diversifies and empowers its role. Thus, she can still continue to talk to Israel and she will…

Israel PM seeks to soothe hardline FM  over Turkey ...

Israel’s Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer, seen here in May 2010, has long advocated good ties with Turkey. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting his hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a bid to mend ties after sidelining him in talks aimed at ending a crisis with Turkey.? Read more (AFP/File/Karim Jaafar)

Turkey reveals details of covert meeting with Israel

from Yahoo news
Turkey has told Israel what it must do to mend ties damaged after the recent storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Turkey says Israel must apologise, pay compensation, agree to a UN inquiry and lift its blockade of Gaza.

Despite Raid, Mostly Business as Usual for Israel and Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By DINA KRAFT
The investment and trade that continue beneath the surface are reminders of the deep and interconnected ties that Turkey and Israel have forged over the years.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – A ?secret meeting? everyone knows about

News about ?secret? talks between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer have resounded both in Turkey and Israel.

Fixing One Leak, Springing Another

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

While reporting for my recent Eurasianet story about the current strained state of Turkey-U.S. relations, one Washington analyst told me he believes that the tension between Turkey and Israel has now seeped into the relationship between Ankara and Washington.

No Obama influence on Turkey-Israel meeting, FM Davutoğlu says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
This week’s secret talks between Turkish and Israeli officials were unrelated to PM Erdoğan’s meeting with President Obama, FM Davutoğlu said late Thursday.

Why Obama needs Erdoğan and Netanyahu to get along

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The United States is still on the brink of a once-in-a-lifetime economic depression, or so says economist Paul Krugman in his recent column for the New York Times.

Turkey inches forward in EU bid

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey is due to open a new chapter in its negotiations to join the EU, but a dispute over Cyprus means other chapters are blocked.

The flame of Turkey?s EU membership bid burns ever lower

from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber
Turkey?s bid to join the European Union is expected to make a little progress today.  I stress ?a little?.  In most respects, the cause of Turkish membership of the EU is in worse shape than at any time since EU governments recognised Turkey as an official candidate in 2004. The progress, minimal though it is, takes the form of an agreement by […]

Keeping the EU process alive

Turkey?s negotiation process with the EU is going very slowly, it stumbles and stalls from time to time.

EU and Turkey accession talks advance at snail’s pace

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Spain scores last minute goal for Turkey, official says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
An official compared the EU’s opening a new accession chapter with Turkey on the last day of the Spanish presidency as “Spain’s kicking a last-minute goal for Turkey.”

Les Turcs sortent le grand jeu

by acturca

Le Vif / L?Express (Belgique), 25 juin 2010, p. 74

Dominique Lagarde

Ankara se comporte désormais en puissance régionale, quitte à se démarquer de ses alliés traditionnels. Parmi ses priorités, la défense de ses intérêts économiques.

L?aura grandissante du « modèle turc »

Israel and Turkey hold secret talks

from FT.com – World, Europe
The discussions are the first such dialogue since bilateral ties between the two countries were shattered by the Israeli raid on an aid convoy to Gaza in May

Jeux géostratégiques à la frontière orientale de l?UE

by acturca

Le Jeudi (Luxembourg), 24 juin 2010, p. 41

Jean Portante

La Turquie s?éloigne-t-elle de Bruxelles? pour mieux s?en rapprocher?

Lasse de la fine bouche qu?on fait dans les capitales européennes, la Turquie menace de tourner le dos à l?Union et de se rapprocher du monde arabe. L?affaire de la flottille humanitaire arraisonnée par Israël lui en a offert un prétexte de plus. La levée partielle du blocus de Gaza envisagée par Israël la conforte. Alors, que faut-il craindre le plus: Ankara à l?intérieur ou à l?extérieur de l?Europe?

Turkey?s economy: breakneck or broken neck?

by istanbulnotes

There has been a degree of confusion over the pace at which Turkey?s economy is expanding. This follows the release of national accounts data on Wednesday and I?d like to see whether I can shed a bit of light on the underlying position that the new GDP figures reveal. I?m not going to drill down into the individual GDP components (although this is where the real nuance lies). I just want to try to clear up the basic question of how fast the economy is growing according to the numbers released this week.

Turkish Chief Negotiator Meets Member of Eu Reflection Group in Istanbul
Journal of Turkish Weekly
Turkish State Minister and chief negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis met with Kalypso Nicolaidis, a member of EU Reflection Group, in Istanbul on Friday

ABDULLAH BOZKURT – The EU process matters

I was in Brussels last week to follow an intergovernmental conference between the European Union and Turkey which marked the opening of the 13th chapter, on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy. The Turkish delegation was led by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and included Egemen Bağış, a state minister and Turkey?s chief EU negotiator, and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker.

FISCHER: Who ?Lost? Turkey?

from Project Syndicate by Joschka Fischer
When, after Turkey voted at the UN against new sanctions on Iran, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates harshly criticized Europeans for having contributed to this estrangement, his undiplomatic frankness caused quite a stir in Paris and Berlin. But Gates hit the nail on the head.

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