They again managed to manipulate European decision making. As on many previous occasions, Greek Cypriot representatives were able to decisively influence the opinion of a European Union institution on a Cyprus-related issue. Last week the European Parliament (EP) was scene to yet another successful attempt to hijack the EU and make the long-term interests of the union and its member states subordinate to the self-interest of the divided Mediterranean island. What happened?
EU enlargement: Turkey must do more to protect basic freedoms
[DICO] Commission: Subcommittee on Human Rights
Press release 20101027IPR90474
Disgracefully, Turkey’s EU bid is going nowhere soon | Martin Kettle | Comment is free | The Guardian
“Turkey’s government accuses Prime Minister Mark Rutte of discriminating Turks in the Netherlands for opposing cabinet ministers with a dual Dutch-Turkish nationality.
Istanbul ? PNN ? Turkish news media reported today that Turkish intelligence agencies stopped exchanging information and performing joint operations with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. Image The report came from the Turkish newspaper Sabah on Monday. Israeli officials have not confirmed or denied the allegations and the prime minister’s office declined to comment.”
Gaza flotilla was ‘Turkish provocation’, Livni tells enquiry – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
The Mixed Success of Turkey’s New Foreign Policy
By Hugh Pope
HUGH POPE is Turkey/Cyprus Project Director for the International Crisis Group and the author of Dining With al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East.
Leyla Şahin v. Turkey was a 2005 European Court of Human Rights case brought against Turkey by Leyla Şahin that challenged a Turkish law which bans wearing the Islamic headscarf at universities and other educational and state institutions. The verdict upheld the Turkish law with 16 votes to 1. While recognizing the Turkish state?s right to intervention, the court concluded that in a democratic state, such intervention is acceptable. The lawyer and rights activist Fatma Benli has published a book that analyzes the case and its effects on local judicial outcomes in Turkey.
Ankara?s foreign minister applies Western ideas, and the West doesn?t like it.
ANKARA Davutogluism is a mouthful. It?s not going to make Fox News any time soon. But if I could escort Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers and a few bigoted anti-Muslim Europeans to a single country illustrating how the world has changed, it would be the home of the Dword, Turkey. ”