Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) welcomes his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki before their meeting in Istanbul July 25, 2010.? Read more »
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.
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’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)
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.
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
A craftsman from the northwestern province of Sakarya has begun exporting minarets to European countries
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