Asst. Prof. C. Akça ATAÇ (Çankaya University, Jean Monnet European Studies Association) will give a speech entitled ?EU?s Multilingualism Policy and the Turkish Language?at Middle East Technical University (METU) hosted by Center for European Studies.
Date: 30th March 2011
Venue: Blue Room, Center for European Studies, FEAS building B, METU, Ankara, Turkey.
The fifth report of the European Parliament (EP) on Turkey was adopted on March 9, 2011 by the Plenary Assembly of the EP. Public debate on this report had already started after its approval in the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Joshua Walker has a good piece up on the Huffington Post site that looks at the roots and trajectory of Turkey’s current foreign policy and the role of historical memory in shaping that policy. From his piece:
Muffled guffaws would have been an appropriate response from Iraqis to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claim this week that openness and sincerity have been hallmarks of Turkey’s policy towards its neighbor.
Everyone knows that there is ongoing tension between the Turkish and French governments. France?s decision to block several chapters of EU accession negotiations such as the Economic and Monetary Union, and its support of the Greek Cypriot government?s decision to block many other chapters, has been the main reason for the growing tension between the two countries since 2005.
Mavi Boncuk | WikiLeaks? Turkey partner, the daily Taraf, has published U.S. cables on alleged connections between the U.S. and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party, or PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S.
Taraf recalled a photograph published in the daily Milliyet by journalist Can Dündar on Jan. 23, 2003, which allegedly featured PKK members and ?U.S. officials? in a conference. Both Washington and then-U.S. Ambassador to Ankara W. Robert Pearson denied the allegations but Dündar stood by his story, claiming Turkey had official intelligence reports on the ties between the two parties. Taraf also noted the same photo was mentioned in an October 2010 interview by journalist Ertuğrul Mavioğlu with PKK official Murat Karayılan. He also denied the photo, saying it was computer generated, but confirmed the PKK was speaking to the U.S. in 2003-2004.