A top Turkish official says in the U.S. that Turkish firms are ‘free to make their own decisions’ about complying with sanctions aimed at cutting off trade with Iran over its nuclear program. Turkey has rebuffed a U.S. effort to persuade it to scale back its trade ties with Iran despite a persistent U.S. lobbying campaign this week in Washington and Ankara.
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen reiterated on Wednesday his support for Turkey?s ‘imperfect’ attempt with Brazil to negotiate a low-enriched uranium swap between Iran and the international community.
Before taking its modern aspect, as mentioned in Ottoman Travelbooks of the 18th century] the döner used to be a horizontal stack of meat rather than vertical, probably sharing common ancestors with the Cağ Kebabı of the Eastern Turkish province of Erzurum.
Mavi Boncuk |
How do you say Döner in German?
Hast du heute gedönnert? Did you get doner(ed) today. / Döner macht schöner/ Döner makes (you) Beautiful.
Under normal circumstances five years in politics is a rather long time. When it comes to Turkey?s EU accession talks, which began in earnest exactly 60 months ago, getting used to a somewhat more vague definition of time seems, unfortunately, to be more appropriate.
The other night I met with some old friends from Athens. Some of them are linked with the ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and keen followers of Turkey?s reshaping foreign policy. For years they have been sincerely engaged in overcoming obstacles which have made Greek-Turkish relations problematic in many areas.
Simon Tisdall has an interesting piece up on the Guardian website look at how Washington’s effort to create a NATO-led missile defense program in Europe is, “bringing longstanding tensions over European security into the open, to the potential advantage of Russia and Turkey, the maverick guardians of the EU’s eastern flank.” The full column can be found here.
Also of interest is a new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations that Tisdall links to, titled “The Spectre of a Multipolar Europe.” From the report’s summary: