A FP roundup including an Interview with Dr. Armagan Emre Cakir on Turkey-EU Relations

Interview with Dr. Armagan Emre Cakir on Turkey-EU Relations

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Dr Armağan Emre Çakır is assistant professor at the European Union Institute of Marmara University, Istanbul. He is the chairperson of the Department of Politics and International Relations of the European Union. His research focuses on theories of European integration, and EU?Turkey relations.

CHANGING TURKEY: Dear Dr. Armagan E. Cakir, could you tell us a bit about your recent/forthcoming publications? In particular, could you talk about your recent edited volume ?Fifty Years of EU-Turkey Relations: A Sisyphean Story? published by Routledge?

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Turkey: before the way to Baghdad or Baku

by acturca

Atlantisch Perspectief (Netherlands Atlantic Association) 2010 No. 2


Replying to Frank van den Heuvel (AP 8, 2009) research journalist Iclal Akcay considers it to be unfair to expect Turkey to abandon its EU aspirations and take on a leadership role among the Turkic peoples of Central Asia.

Turkey?s bid for global actorhood: Davutoğlu?s new foreign policy lexicon by ŞABAN KARDAŞ

The Turkish Foreign Ministry just held the third annual gathering of its ambassadors serving worldwide. This year?s meeting, organized under the theme ?Visionary Diplomacy: Global and Regional Order from Turkey?s Perspective,? was kicked off with a conference in Ankara on Jan. 3.

An alternative approach to Turkey | European Voice

Why should they admit us to the EU?

by Sanem Altan
The EU wants every candidate country to have a certain level of development. It expects a candidate country to solve its problems and establish a high standard of living for its citizens. And the EU views Turkey as a country that is besieged by problems.

Turkish-EU relations ‘no worse than 1997’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s foreign and justice ministers and its chief negotiator for European Union talks on Tuesday dispelled black clouds surrounding Turkey-EU negotiations and reaffirmed the government?s commitment to reforms and full membership despite political obstacles.

Muslims Get the Message as Turkey?s Bid to Join EU Stalls

from Yahoo news
The Nation — The European Union, heading into a new year almost exclusively preoccupied with shaky economies in its midst and the fate of the euro, has effectively sidelined the already dwindling Turkish hopes of membership any time soon. The disconnect in the Brussels mindset is puzzling.

The Turkey-EU- Cyprus fiasco

Turkey-EU relations entered 2011 in shambles. During 2010 Ankara only opened one negotiating chapter. When explaining why Turkey recently failed to meet all the benchmarks for opening the competition chapter, Turkey?s chief EU negotiator Egemen Bağış said Ankara was not willing to risk its economy and industry for a chapter, that Turkey did not want to make further concessions to the EU.

Model Partnership in the Middle East: Turkish-Syrian Relations

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK
Gamze Coşkun, USAK Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Turkey has come to the forefront due to its policies on improving relations with Middle Eastern countries in recent years, especially with its neighbors. In this respect, one of the most significant steps has been taken in Turkish-Syrian relations. The exemplary relations have been going through a phase of transition from competition to integration for almost a decade.

Is the European Union against Turkish Language?

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


The European Union (EU) has an understanding of fostering multilingualism. EU institutions encourage EU citizens to speak as many languages as they can, as well as make significant contributions to the languages of minorities within the Union. The same stance is seen when we take the official languages of the EU into consideration: The languages of the member countries are also included in official languages of the EU. In this respect, 23 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Romanian, Polish, Irish, Maltese, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Swedish) are accepted as official languages of the EU. In addition, Catalan, Galician and Basque are semi-official languages of the Union.

Opinion: How Washington misreads Turkey

Those who fear Turkey’s ‘Islamism’ miss its dynamism.

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