by the way, European Foreign Ministers talked about Turkey recently…

EU ministers discuss relationship with Turkey

European Union foreign ministers met Saturday to discuss their vexed relationship with Turkey, a nation that is becoming a key player on the global stage even as talks to join the bloc languish.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Davutoglu takes ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) takes part in a family photo with European Union and candidate countries foreign ministers during an informal meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels September 11, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/Yves Herman

Kılıçdaroğlu familiarizes the CHP with the EU – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Turkish Immigration to Germany: A Sorry History of Self-Deception and Wasted Opportunities – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Ankara Concerned about Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti Controversy – – Sofia News Agency

From Tehran to Jerusalem

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

In recent months, the two most glaring trouble spots for Turkish foreign policy have been relations with Israel and Iran. In the case of Israel, it’s been the deterioration in relations that has caused trouble for Turkey, while in the case of Iran it’s been the improvement in relations that has proved problematic (at least in terms of relations with western allies). The International Crisis Group has a new report out that takes a clear-eyed look at Ankara’s relations with Israel and Iran and how the changes in those relations are fueling questions about in which direction Ankara is heading. Like other ICG reports, it also offers some very practical suggestions for everyone concerned about how to take things forward. From the report:

Turkey ‘not drifting closer to Iran’, analysts say – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Turkey, China to take centre stage in EU strategic debate

from Yahoo news
Brussels – Turkey and China are to take centre stage in an informal debate on European Union diplomatic strategy to be held by EU foreign ministers on Friday and Saturday, according to internal papers.

Turkey’s soap opera diplomacy in Bulgaria

from Turkish Images

Soap operas from Turkey are forging trust and curiosity among residents of Bulgaria, its long-time foe.

Mistrust between Bulgarians and Turks runs deep. The Ottoman Turkish Empire ruled over Bulgaria for some 500 years. Some still look back to 1876, when Ottoman forces committed atrocities against Bulgarians, before the country’s independence in 1908. Today, Matthew Brunwasser reports for PRI’s The World that many Bulgarians have begun to warm to Turkey’s influence because of a not-so-secret weapon: soap operas.
Turkish soap operas are hugely popular in Bulgaria today. One of the main Bulgarian channels shows Turkish soaps six and a half hours a day.

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