Let us repeat old news because it is needed. Relations between Turkey and the European Union are heading for a nasty crash. This conclusion became increasingly visible after the problematic visit to Ankara by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and not-so-warm contacts between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister, during the latter?s visit to Germany.
Mavi Boncuk Return our sphinx or else, Turkey tells Germany
Turkey’s culture minister on Thursday demanded Germany return an ancient sphinx uncovered from a German archeological dig nearly a century ago or it would revoke permits for other excavations. Ertugrul Gunay told the Tagesspiegel daily in an interview that German authorities had until the start of the digging season in June to hand back the priceless artefact, thought to date from around 1400 BC.
Tilting their hat to Johnny Paycheck. Turkey is singing a similar song…Take This EU and Shove it… No fat lady in sight so far to take over. So Turkey keeps on horse trading for 50 years. By the way the horse today has an average life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. The end result could be in vain. As the saying goes, maybe ‘Ati alan Uskudari gecti’.
Mavi Boncuk |
European Union ministers have approved a deal with Turkey on the readmission of illegal immigrants but refrained from authorizing the EU Commission to begin talks with Ankara on visa liberalization for Turkish nationals, calling, instead, for an ambiguous ?visa dialogue.?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a staunch opponent of Turkey?s membership in the EU, was in Ankara yesterday for a five-hour visit with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, Sarkozy?s brief visit to Turkey was in his capacity as the current president of the Group of 20 (G20), a policy forum for the world?s leading rich and developing economies.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy?s stop in Turkey had some very important outcomes. First, everyone saw once again that leaders? official explanations on the meanings of their visits are insignificant. Sarkozy repeated a thousand times that he didn?t make this call as the French president; but neither Turkey, nor any other country in the world, saw it from that perspective. In other words, we saw once more that perception is always more important than declaration.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a five-hour visit to Ankara on Feb. 25. Sarkozy visited Baghdad for only four hours, in which he held talks at the airport before he quickly left the country. Fortunately, he did not do the same in Ankara. The late İhsan Doğramacı used to say, ?You may make a person happy by inviting him/her to dinner, but you cannot make him/her leave happy if you do not plan carefully where you will have him/her sit at the table.?
EU interior ministers backed an agreement that requires Turkey to take back illegal immigrants originating from Turkey and gave the green light to a visa dialog with Ankara. Whereas the Commission wants to talk about visa liberalisation, countries with a high immigration level of Turks are in favour of limited visa facilitations for certain groups of persons such as students, researchers and businessmen.
The situation in the Middle East is getting complicated with the spread of the societal movements to Yemen, Bahrain and Libya. It became more difficult to follow the developments in all these states. Yet, the attention shift to the uneasy countries should not cause losing the track of successful movements to overthrow the symbol names. The central concern is not the change of the names but the change of whole system. Thus, the international community that endorsed the democratic demands of the streets should also endorse them during the democratization process. In this regard, particularly Egyptian democratization process is crucial since it have the potential to influence the others.
As expected, French President Nicolas Sarkozy?s first-ever visit to Turkey since his election in 2007 was dominated by a cold and tense atmosphere. On Friday, the French president had talks with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his brief working visit aimed primarily at winning Ankara?s support for France?s goals during its time at the helm of the G20.
As revolutions across the Mideast bring religious parties within sight of real political power, Turkey?s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming the region?s go-to man for Islamist leaders looking for a makeover. Tunisia?s exiled Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi, who is scheduled to visit Ankara in March, believes that Erdogan?s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has shown others how
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 World War I, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk fought against the Greek army, but with the support of his own army he later introduced a slew of social and cultural modernization reforms that were not anti- but pro-Western. It was to legitimize 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 eighty years), that we were called upon to embrace and even imitate a rosy-pink?occidentalist?European dream.
The aim of this thesis is to explore the influence of religion on the work ethic values of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owner-managers in Turkey. The emergence of religious/pious business people in Turkey has been regarded as a phenomenon. This research pays special attention to the religious transformation and secularism in Turkey. It is based on semi-structured qualitative interviews with 32 Turkish SME owner-managers. The sample of the study has been divided into two groups: The practicing Muslim Turkish managers (the religious group), and non/less practicing Muslim Turkish managers (the secular group).