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?
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) waves next to his Greek counterpart George Papandreou as they take a city tour by bus in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, January 7, 2011. Papandreou and Erdogan are in Erzurum to participate in the Turkish ambassadors summit.? Read more »REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Israeli FM likens Turkey to Iran
A US diplomatic cable from December 2009 and published by WikiLeaks said a US treasury official who visited Ankara “raised concerns about IHH” and described
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, left, and Ecumenical Orthodox Patriach Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, second left, and and Orthodox officials seen during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Turkey says it is considering a demand by the Istanbul-based Patriarchate for the reopening of a seminary that trained generations of Ecumenical Patriarchs.? Read more » (AP Photo)
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 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.
By Sedat LACINER
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.
Those who fear Turkey’s ‘Islamism’ miss its dynamism.