The co-chair of the German Green Party, Cem Özdemir, a prominent politician of Turkish origin, praises opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as a modern and promising leader, saying he believes the CHP is returning to its social democratic roots, at least in rhetoric. ‘But we need to see actions too,’ he tells the Daily News
Paul-Robert Lookman: In last week’s referendum, a clear majority of Turkish voters accepted 26 reform proposals to improve democratic rule in Turkey. With a solution of the Kurd and Cyprus issues, this paves the way for Turkey to join the EU. This development should be applauded.
A planned meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Turkish counterpart was scrapped because of the Israeli leader’s refusal to apologize for the deadly commando raid on a Turkish-led flotilla.
Ahtissari from the Independent Commission on Turkey said that everybody in Diyarbakır wants violence to end. He urged to find a mediator and prolong the ceasefire. Aguirre argued that the right to education and publications in the mother tongue are legitimate demands.
Turkey is taking further steps, albeit timid ones, towards normalization each day. It is slowly and patiently unfolding the belts and Gordion knots of the strait jacket it had been forced to wear for about 100 years. As the country becomes more democratic, freer and civilianized, i.e., as the will of those in power begins to converge with the nation?s will, this normalization process will gain momentum.
Allowing Turkey to join the European Union would make the bloc more relevant but Germany and France feel threatened by the Muslim-majority nation’s bid Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Wednesday.