An Interview on Turkey-scepticism in the EU (in Turkish)

Brazil, Turkey, Iranian officials meet

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 25 (UPI) — Foreign ministers from Iran, Brazil and Turkey met in Istanbul in an attempt to restart stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, officials said. Iran – Turkey – ISTANBUL – Middle East – Nuclear program of Iran

Turkey, Brazil urge Iran to be flexible at nuclear talks

from Yahoo news
Turkey and Brazil’s foreign ministers urged Iran on Sunday to be flexible and transparent in dealings with the West over its nuclear programme as they held talks with their Iranian counterpart.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) welcomes his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki before their meeting in Istanbul July 25, 2010.? Read more »

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Interview with Seckin Baris Gulmez on Turkey-scepticism in the EU (in Turkish)

by Changing Turkey

On 18 June 2010, the official Turkish TV channel TRT TURK conducted an interview with Seckin Baris Gulmez, the co-editor of ?Changing Turkey in a Changing World? on the rising Turkey-scepticism in the EU. Gulmez claimed that intensifying Turkey-scepticism in different segments of the European society stands as an important stumbling block against Turkey?s EU membership bid. Therefore, other than fulfilling the Copenhagen Criteria, Turkey must also invest in resolute policies to mitigate this scepticism if it truly wants to be an EU member in the foreseeable future.

Ashton chats with Davutoglu and Bagis after the ...

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton (C) chats with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and Turkey’s State Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis (L) after the Turkey-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue meeting in Istanbul July 13, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey: The sentinel swivels

from – World, Europe
Turkey: Long the west’s most reliable Mideast ally, Ankara insists it is not turning its back by cultivating other ties ? but the push for regional leadership carries risks

Turkey Criticizes House Committee Vote on Armenian Killings

Foreign Min Ahmed Davutoglu of Turkey says that vote by House Foreign Affairs committee condemning mass killing of Armenians early in last century as genocide will damage ties with Obama administration and set back reconciliation efforts between Turkey and Armenia
Turkey's first drone airplane called Anka or ...

Turkey’s first drone airplane called Anka or Phoenix is seen during a roll out ceremony at the TAI – Turkish Aerospace Space Industries Inc., near Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 16, 2010. Anka, is a surveillance craft able to fly for 24-hour stretches over the rugged mountains where Kurdish rebels are waging a deadly insurgency.? Read more » (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey Is Vital To The European Union

from Blogactiv

Ümit Boyner, President of TÜSİAD, discusses the progress being made by Turkey and the importance of EU Turkey relations to the European Union. Ms Boyner was attending the European Business Summit in Brussels.

ALDE wishes to reinforce commercial ties between the EU and Turkey

from ALDE News

The European Parliament’s trade committee approved today an important non-legislative report by Metin Kazak (Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Bulgaria) on commercial relations between the EU and Turkey by a large majority, 23 for, 2 against and 2 abstentions.  The committee argues in favour of reinforced economic and commercial links between the EU and Turkey already cooperating since the 1996 Customs Union and who are faced with similar problems in terms of energy supply as well as the growing imbalance in their trade with China.

Day-trippers visit the the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, near the eastern Turkish city of Van June 27, 2010. Now a state museum, the Armenian church has become the latest symbol of the difficult reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey as the latter prepares to open the site for a one-day religious service next month. Muslim Turkey and Christian Armenia are bitterly divided over their troubled history and the border between them remains closed despite U.S.-brokered peace accords signed last year. Picture taken June 27, 2010. To match Feature TURKEY-ARMENIA/CHURCH/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas

[Freedom to make mistakes]Is Turkey?s Ahmet Davutoğlu infallible? by Mehmet Kalyoncu

Turkey’s foreign policy achievements in the last eight years have mesmerized most Turks and some outside admirers so successfully and raised their expectations so high that it has consequently and unfortunately diminished Ankara’s and, most notably, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s, freedom to fail, or freedom to make mistakes in either formulation or implementation of the country’s foreign policy.

Syrians? New Ardor for a Turkey Looking Eastward

from NYT > Turkey by By DAN BILEFSKY
Syrians? trek to Turkey for Western goods is the latest manifestation of growing ties that reflect Turkey?s drive to become a leader.

Turk-made minarets rise in European cities

from Hurriyet Dailynews

A craftsman from the northwestern province of Sakarya has begun exporting minarets to European countries

Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu shakes hands with ...

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervish Eroglu (L) shakes hands with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (C) and Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek (R) at the end of a military parade in Nicosia July 20, 2010. The parade is to mark the 36th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion sparked by a short-lived Greek inspired coup.? Read more »REUTERS/Andreas Manolis

Turkish investments surpass $620 million in northern Iraq

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Stronger diplomatic relations established between Turkey and northern Iraq have paved the way for Turkish companies to invest more in the region.

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