The EU risks being besieged by a racist mentality “that emulates the fascist methods of the 1930s,” said Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış, speaking at a Holocaust commemoration event in Auschwitz.
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The European Commission has said Turkish EU affairs Minister Egemen Bagıs could have been ‘better chosen’ his words after he used a Holocaust commemoration event in Auschwitz to say the EU risks emulating ‘fascist methods of [the] 1930s’.”
from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Helena Smith
Greece is now on the frontline of Fortress Europe, as non-EU refugees pour in across the Turkish border
The border between Greece and Turkey amounts, on land at least, to two parallel roads and a ditch. On both sides of this weed-infested chasm, conscripts face each other down the barrel of a gun, some perched on observation towers, others striding, rifles at the ready, past mud-churned fields along the road.
It almost went unnoticed. Last week, after years of negotiating, the European Union and Turkey finally agreed on a so-called readmission agreement. It means that Turkey has agreed to take back illegal migrants who are arrested in EU countries and who travelled to the EU via Turkey.
ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily News)?Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has allegedly admitted to being unable to control Turkish military flights that frequently cause tension in the Aegean region between neighbors Turkey and Greece, according to a leaked U.S. Embassy cable from 2004.”
from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Simon Roughneen
The term MIST has been coined to describe the next tier of large emerging economies – Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey. Can Turkey live up to the hype?
Acronyms have long been a favourite of policy wonks and policymakers, shorthand for describing the world and the changes taking place in it. Jim O’Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who came up with the now-mainstream “BRIC” catch-all for four quite different economies ? Brazil, Russia, India and China ? has done it again.
After experiencing a ?golden age? between 1999 and 2005, Turkey-EU relations have plunged into deadlock in the post-2005 period. Many domestic and international factors contributed to the worsening of bilateral relations.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in Kiev yesterday (25 January) where he signed with Ukrainian host Viktor Yanukovich a “strategic partnership” between the EU’s two biggest accession hopefuls. EurActiv Turkey reports.
By coincidence or great design, judicial reform was one of the key issues in the speeches of all three presidents from Eastern Europe who came to Strasbourg last week to deliver speeches and respond to questions raised by deputies in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The democratically elected architects of today’s Turkish international relations are confronted by multiple layers of obstacles. First, the present government was faced with the dilemma of creating a proactive foreign policy more or less from scratch as many predecessors believed that Turkey’s interests were best served by isolationist, inward-looking measures.