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’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 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.
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.
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 […]
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?
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.
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.
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.