Orhan Pamuk: The souring of Turkey’s European dream

Turkeys President Gul shakes hands with ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (R) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before their meeting in Istanbul December 23, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The souring of Turkey’s European dream | Orhan Pamuk

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Orhan Pamuk

In the first of My Europe, a series in which writers look beyond the financial crisis, Orhan Pamuk laments a growing callousness to migrants and minorities

In the schoolbooks I read as a child in the 1950s and 1960s, Europe was a rosy land of legend. While forging his new republic from the ruins of the Ottoman empire, which had been crushed and fragmented in the first world war, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk did fight against the Greek army, but with the support of his own army he later introduced a slew of social and cultural modernisation reforms that were not anti- but pro-western. It was to legitimise these reforms, which helped to strengthen the new Turkish state’s new elites (and were the subject of continuous debate in Turkey over the next 80 years), that we were called upon to embrace and even imitate a rosy-pink ? occidentalist ? European dream.


Ahmadinejad visit shows Turkey?s diplomatic emancipation

from EurActiv.com
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined regional leaders for an economic summit in Turkey yesterday (23 December), a month before nuclear talks with six major powers in Istanbul.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles as he waits for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart Naji al-Otari to arrive for a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Ministers from Turkey and Syria are holding talks to build on already thriving cooperation between the neighbors. Erdogan and al-Otari chaired a meeting of their countries’ ministers aimed at boosting their trade and cooperation.? Read more » (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Major Changes in Foreign Ministry

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has been restructured and new rules introduced to accommodate Turkey?s newly expanded foreign policy role, especially in places like Africa. (click here for article)

1. The time of service required in the Foreign Ministry before a diplomat can be appointed as an ambassador has been cut in half, from approximately 20 years to around 12 years. This ?fast-tracking? will increase the number of ambassadors as Turkey opens new embassies around the world.

Tough year ahead for Turkish foreign policy


All indications suggest that 2011 will be a year in which Turkish foreign policy will face serious challenges.

Gone are the heady days when the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, administration was said to be forging ahead with proactive steps designed not just to bring peace and stability to the region but also to place Turkey on the map as an influential player that can arbitrate serious international disputes.”

High-tech lobbying efforts continuing until last minute on ‘genocide’ bill

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A high-tech lobbying battle involving Twitter, socialites, ambassadors and NBA stars has once again been put on hold in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Turkish diplomat appointed to key UN post

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | Having been appointed to a senior UN post by the UN secretary-general, Ambassador Levent Bilman has become the latest Turkish diplomat to help increase Turkey?s visibility in multilateral diplomacy with posts at international organizations, while Ankara termed the appointment a ?a concrete sign of Turkey?s soft power.?

The Armenian resolution strikes back

The season for the regular tension between Ankara and Washington came earlier than expected. We should not be surprised if Turkish-American relations soon enter ?crisis management? mode.

Armenian Americans’ Kobe Beef

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkey?s state-run airline is one of the fastest-growing and most profitable in Europe. It also sponsors the European basketball league and European soccer clubs FC Barcelona and Manchester United. Turkish Airlines is scheduled to begin new non-stop flights Los Angeles from the airlines? largest hub, Istanbul…

Turkey’s leader asks Obama to thwart genocide vote

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s prime minister has asked the U.S. president to prevent a possible House vote on a resolution declaring the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide.

EU: part of problem, not solution, for Cyprus by Ali Yurttagül

by Ali Yurttagül
One of the issues that will crop up as an invariable agenda item during the December EU summit is the Cyprus issue, as was the case last year.

The nosedive of Turkey-Euro- Atlantic relations

Turkey has gone from being a very internal looking country to a nation expanding and consolidating its influence in its neighborhood and beyond. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spent most of 2010 circumnavigating the globe in efforts to enhance Turkey?s global status both economically and politically.

Israeli envoy meets Turkish minister amid row over deal with Greek Cyprus

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Israeli ambassador to Ankara visited Turkey?s environment minister Wednesday to express Israel?s gratitude for Turkey?s assistance during a recent fire.

Iran, Turkey boost ties

from Yahoo news
IRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heads to Turkey today for a regional summit, as the two neighbours bolster ties in the face of international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Jalal Talabani, Tayyip Erdogan, Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, Iraqi President Jalal Tabani, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu seen during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.? Read more » (AP Photo/Tolga Bozoglu, Pool)


from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

11th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |Boosting intraregional trade and prioritizing energy, transportation and finance among member countries were the key issues discussed at the 11th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, held in Istanbul?s Çırağan Palace.

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