TR foreign policy roundup: An anti-Turkish Pope, Turkey and Israel rapproachement, Racial harassment in Turkey etc

WikiLeaks cables: Pope wanted Muslim Turkey kept out of EU

from World news: Turkey | by Andrew Brown, Heather Brooke

Vatican diplomats also lobbied against Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and wanted ‘Christian roots’ enshrined in EU constitution

The pope is responsible for the Vatican’s growing hostility towards Turkey joining the EU, previously secret cables sent from the US embassy to the Holy See in Rome claim.

US embassy cables: Vatican softens towards Turkish EU bid

from World news: Turkey |

Thursday, 07 December 2006, 17:58

US embassy cables: Future pope objects to EU membership for Muslim Turkey

from World news: Turkey |

Turkey and Israel Seek to Repair Ties

from NYT > Turkey by By ETHAN BRONNER
Turkey has asked Israel to apologize ? or express regret ? for the killings of nine Turks during the flotilla raid in May.

Normal ties with Israel will open Turkey’s path

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The latest potentially positive stirrings between Turkey and Israel clearly provide some hope.

Turkey and Israel continuing talks on Gaza boat deal

from Yahoo news
CONTACTS ARE continuing between Israel and Turkey over a compensation deal for the nine Turkish activists killed in clashes when Israeli commandos intercepted the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla in May.

Turkey lauds ‘new page’ in ties with Israel, but still demands apology for Gaza flotilla raid – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

‘Apology’ bars Turkey-Israel fence-mending: Turkish official

from Yahoo news
Turkey and Israel want to mend fences “immediately” but efforts are held up by a “debate” on how Israel would word its apology for killing nine Turks on an aid ship in May, a Turkish official said Thursday.

At the core of the Turkish-Israeli rift is Iran
Jerusalem Post
As the concerns illuminated by WikiLeaks demonstrate, it is Iran that poses a threat to global and regional peace and stability. Turkey’s championing the

Erdogan: Israel must still apologize for ‘Mavi Marmara’

12/05/2010 20:19

Turkish PM says Ankara will respond to attempts to improve relations with J’lem but wants proof of Israel’s ‘sincerity.'”

WikiLeaks: German foreign minister against Turkey joining EU

Racial Harassment in a German High School: You?re Turk, You Have No Right Here

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK

By Nilgun GULCAN (JTW)

A German teacher in a Lower Saxony state insulted his Turkish student. The high school teacher told the 16 year-old student ?you are Turk and you have no right here? when the student asked permission for toilet. According to the Bild daily, the class was Human Rights.

17 December 2010: Seminar in Istanbul: The State of European Integration and EU-Turkey Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?

Talks called off as Turkey?s EU bid loses momentum

from European Voice – RSS – News & analysis
Turkey?s bid to join the European Union has stalled and talks scheduled for 22 December have been cancelled.

Will Turkey’s aid to Israel in Carmel fire revive foundering ties? – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Turkish Opportunities

By William deB. Mills

Turkey is emerging onto the regional stage as an independent actor as it simultaneously begins to face up to its Muslim roots and attempts to strengthen democracy at home — a tall but commendable order and perhaps a set of goals that can only be achieved in unison.”

Merkel is right (on the EURO)

I can?t say I am a big fan of Angela Merkel. That?s not only because of her opposition to Turkey?s EU membership; the German chancellor is not the kind of politician that arouses strong emotions.

Davutoğlu and shift of axis

Ahmet Davutoğlu assuming the position of foreign minister in May 2009 and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan walking out on a panel in Davos in January 2009 are the main events that led to the debates on Turkey?s shift of axis from West to East.

What will Erdoğan?s football diplomacy bring?

by İsmail Küçükkaya
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the weekend called the Russian and Qatari leaders, whose countries won the right to hold World Cup games. Our colleagues have learned that a sort of ?football diplomacy? lies behind these calls.

Careless talk and the Turkey-Israel rapprochement

The relationship between Turkey and Israel, which deteriorated after the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid in June of this year, seems to be on the mend due to the positive and careful steps taken by both sides. What falls to political bodies and civilian third parties now is not to aggravate the situation or escalate tension especially by careless discourse, but to contribute to efforts that may bring long-lasting solutions and peace in the region.

Turkish foreign policy: values and mechanisms

It is becoming commonplace to see the debate about Turkish foreign policy taking place around crises and tensions. From the Iranian nuclear program talks to the recent NATO summit in Lisbon, Turkish foreign policy is presented as causing problems for Turkey?s traditional allies. This perception is wrong. Turkey is making substantial contributions to regional peace and stability and its results are seen on the ground.

The Copenhagen Syndrome in Turkish foreign policy by EYÜP ERSOY

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by EYÜP ERSOY*
Official statements of Turkish policymakers and assessments and evaluations by the Turkish public regarding the latest annual progress report of the European Commission have, in my view, revealed the evanescence of a peculiar foreign policy mindset in Turkey which I call the ?Copenhagen Syndrome? and which has dominated Turkish foreign policy discourse and practice.

La Turquie, un espoir pour l?Europe


La Tribune (France), 9 décembre 2010, p. 35

Par Guillaume Klossa et Can Buharali *

La période actuelle nuit au renforcement des relations entre l?Union européenne et la Turquie. Il est pourtant dans l?intérêt des deux parties de relancer une dynamique commune.

L?Union européenne traverse une période difficile. Elle doit gérer de multiples crises économiques, financières et sociales. Les institutions du traité de Lisbonne n?ont pas encore prouvé leur efficacité. L?essentiel des innovations démocratiques du traité ne seront en place qu?avec l?élection du prochain Parlement européen en 2014 qui, pour la première fois, aura le rôle pilote dans le choix du président de la Commission européenne. Surtout, l?époque favorise le populisme et le retour d?identités « nationalistes » puissantes.

Les Turcs et la France : le regard de deux communautés

by acturca

Note franco-turque (IFRI-France) n° 1, 3 décembre 2009, 18 p.

Gaye Petek et Nicole Pope

Le texte suivant rassemble deux contributions destinées à éclairer les regards croisés de deux communautés particulièrement concernées par les développement de la relation bilatérale franco-turque. Le premier texte porte sur la présence et l?activité des migrants d?origine turque en France. Le second analyse, sans que l?on puisse parler d?une réelle symétrie, les sentiments qu?entretiennent aujourd?hui les francophones de Turquie à l?égard de la France. Entre décalage et ressentiment, le positionnement de ces deux communautés se joue autour d?enjeux politiques et sociétaux différents ; il fournit cependant de précieuses indications sur l?évolution du sentiment identitaire national des Turcs, en Turquie même et dans leur propre pays.

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