Turkish Airlines and Turkish Foreign Policy. A piece on similarities.

Plus, Mr. Cameron feels the heat after his pro-Turkey statements, and a new move from diasporic Armenians in US…

Turkey Flying High

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The Wall Street Journal’s Turkey correspondent, Marc Champion, has another great article out, this time taking a look at the spectacular recent growth of Turkish Airlines (THY) and how that is both mirroring and working hand-in-hand with Turkey’s rising political and economic ambitions.

Mixed messages for Turkey on EU membership

from Brussels Blog by Quentin Peel
Poor old Turkey has been getting mixed messages from European governments again, after visits by Britain?s David Cameron and Germany?s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, this week. The UK prime minister was very outspoken in his support for Turkish membership of the European Union. ?I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership,? he said. ?Together […]

Why Turkey sits outside the tent

from FT.com – World, Europe
It is not about prejudice. EU members have good reason to be cautious about Turkish accession, writes Christopher Caldwell

Is Turkey ready for EU?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
During an interview, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was asked: Is Turkey ready for European Union membership?

Why Turkey Still Gets a Cold Shoulder From the E.U.

from Yahoo news
As British Prime Minister David Cameron scolds the E.U. for not letting in Turkey, some say the nation itself is partly to blame

Cyprus negotiations continue to hold up Turkey?s EU talks

from European Voice – RSS – News & analysis
The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots will continue their talks on a political settlement in the autumn, but time may be running out.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – The anatomy of Turkey?s Iran policy (I)

What?s the main driving factor behind the US-Turkish disagreement about Iran? Much has been said about an Islamist tilt in Turkish foreign policy. Some call this an ?axis shift? ? a paradigmatic change whereby Turkey is slowly distancing itself from the West.

Turkey not ready for EU membership: Germany

from Yahoo news
(BERLIN ) – Turkey is far from ready for full EU membership but for economic and security reasons it is vital that Ankara be “on Europe’s side,” Germany’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – Turkey, the EU and the UK

Turkey?s relationship with the EU has reached an impasse because of the attitudes of some EU member countries that have developed the habit of vetoing everything concerning Turkey, including matters that have nothing to do with the Cyprus issue.

David Cameron Backs Turkey’s Bid to Join European Union

from NYT > Turkey by By STEPHEN CASTLE
David Cameron, the British prime minister, criticized opponents of Turkey?s membership in the European Union on a visit to Ankara.

ANDREW FINKEL – Cameron comes to town

It was an astute reader who alerted me to the politically charged posters adorning İstanbul?s Fatih mosque. A poster vilifying Netanyahu appeared one day and was replaced the next with one of the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships that attempted to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

KLAUS JURGENS – David Cameron sets record straight: Axis shift in Europe, not Turkey

British Prime Minister David Cameron?s first stop on a week-long foreign tour was Ankara. While delivering a speech in the Turkish capital Tuesday morning, he very clearly expressed his support for Turkey?s European Union membership. He said he wanted to help pave the road from Ankara to Brussels. The question is: Can he convince his fellow EU heads of state and government on this matter?

Cameron visits Turkey

New British foreign policy is being shaped under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, who has just paid a visit to Turkey.

The Quote of the Week: ?Minority language rights in Turkey? by Ece Ozlem Atikcan

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World

Excerpt from Ece Ozlem Atikcan (2010) ?European Union and Minorities: Different Paths of Europeanization??, Journal of European Integration, volume 32, number: 4, pp. 375-392.

The Turkish Republic, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, adopted the French model of a unitary nation-state. The official citizenship policy suggests that anyone who lives within the borders of Turkey is a Turk, irrespective of his/her ethnic, linguistic or religious background. Within this framework, the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne shaped Turkish minority policy. This treaty classified people on the basis of religion, as Muslim vs. non-Muslim. Thus, only Greek, Jewish and Armenian communities were regarded as minorities; none of the Islamic groups such as Bulgarian Pomaks, Circassians, Arabs, Kurds or Bosnians were mentioned. No language other than Turkish could be taught at schools, the only exceptions being Greek, Hebrew and Armenian. All information and news were transmitted in Turkish (Yagmur 2001).

Anti-Turkey climate in the US congress

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
We will see if the AKP leadership offers any policy changes to recalibrate its expectations from the U.S. and Israel.

Experts skeptical about new Armenian-American lawsuit against Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Armenian-Americans file a federal lawsuit against two Turkish state-owned banks, T.C. Ziraat Bankası and the Central Bank of Turkey, but some international law experts say a local court cannot sue a state in this way. Others say there is a possibility for the court to accept the case

Turkey sued in California over Armenian genocide

from Yahoo news
Lawyers for two Armenian men have sued Turkey and two of its major banks, claiming they and others were victims of genocide and seeking what could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

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