As Turkey takes the reins of one of Europe?s top institutions, the Council of Europe, for a six-month term, representatives outline five main focus areas for their work: reform, reducing workloads, fighting discrimination, empowering institutions and facilitating the EU?s decision to join the European Convention on Human Rights
The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul (R), is seen through the glasses of former British Prime Minister John Major during a ceremony and reception in Whitehall in central London November 9, 2010. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth presented the President with the Chatham House Prize, which is annually presented to the statesperson deemed by members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul talks about the country’s investment climate, relations with the European Union and international trade. He speaks with Francine Lacqua on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.”
The European Commission?s progress report on Turkey, with its cautiously optimistic notes about advances in a number of areas, is bound to receive a lukewarm response at a time marked by waning enthusiasm for membership.
While there are many things the UK?s main political parties don?t agree on, Turkish membership of the EU is not one of them. Although Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party are somewhat Eurosceptic and opposed to many policies cooked up ?on the continent,? EU enlargement is supported whether the subject is Turkey, the Western Balkans or Ukraine.
I?m an enthusiastic supporter of the European Union membership process for Turkey and strongly believe this country deserves the democratic standards the 27-nation bloc espouses. Nobody can deny the partial but significant role the EU has played in Turkey?s progress on the path of democratization, rule of law and respect for human rights.
Turkey and Italy throughout history have constituted the two main pillars of peace and prosperity in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Rome and İstanbul have been the cradles of European civilization that originated in the Mediterranean area.
The EU will release its annual Progress Report on Turkey today. This report has been released by the European Commission since 1998 and reveals what Turkey has done and what it has not done towards its EU goal. It is a kind of Turkey photograph.
(BRUSSELS ) – Turkey won little encouragement Tuesday in its stalled bid to join the European Union as the bloc’s annual report notched up black marks on rights, politics and normalisation of ties with Cyprus.
from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Julian Borger
Meeting would be first encounter in over a year, during which time Iran’s relations with west have remained frozen
Iran last night proposed a meeting with world powers in the next few weeks in Turkey to discuss strategic differences in the Middle East ? but it was unclear whether Tehran was ready to negotiate over its nuclear programme.
A European Commission spokesperson said today (8 November) she was unable to confirm media reports about “secret negotiations” aimed at unblocking Turkey’s accession talks, in which Enlargement Commissioner ?tefan Füle reportedly played a central role.
Directeur d?un important centre de formation dans un quartier populaire de Berlin, il est un Allemand modèle. Les responsables politiques de tous bords, y compris Angela Merkel, lui rendent visite. Les médias l?interviewent. Même Barack Obama l?a invité à la Maison Blanche. Malgré tout, ce quinquagénaire se sent incompris. La raison ? ? Tout le monde me considère comme un Turc bien intégré, alors que je me vois comme un Allemand aux racines turques ?, explique-t-il dans son bureau rempli de distinctions officielles.