President Gül at the UN summit

At the U.N., Turkey Asserts Itself in Prominent Ways

from NYT > Turkey by By MARK LANDLER
The General Assembly often serves as a stage for ambitious countries to project a new image, and Turkey has grabbed that opportunity with vigor.

Talks with main Turkish opposition now easier, says German politician

from Hurriyet Dailynews
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

Peres and Gül did not meet at the summit..

Turkey?s Abdullah Gul cancels meeting with Peres reportedly over flotilla

from Yahoo news
Turkey?s president canceled a meeting with Shimon Peres because Israel has not apologized for the flotilla incident, the Israeli president told reporters.

AFP: Israel’s Peres refuses to meet Turkish president

After the Referendum: Turkey Headed Toward EU Membership

from Atlantic Community RSS-Feed
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.

Turkish conditions for meeting unacceptable, Israeli president says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
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: Cyprus Issue Hinders EU Accession Process

from Bianet :: English
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.

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust – World – Barroso: Cultural differences hurt Turkey’s European Union plan

Turkish opposition party develops roadmap with European Socialists – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Sümela and then Akdamar: What?s next?

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.

Turkey says Germany and France threatened by EU bid

from Yahoo news
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.

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