Turkish foreign policy agenda: Visa issues might be softened with the EU; “Turkey finds Israeli soldiers via Facebook

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Honestly, visa requirements are so annoying that I have given up goin’ to Europe (conferences etc…)


Turkey finds Israeli soldiers via Facebook

by Fréderike Geerdink
ISTANBUL ? The Turkish secret service made a list of 174 names of Israeli soldiers involved in the attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship to Gaza last year, using Facebook to identify them. In that incident nine Turkish citizens died and about thirty people were wounded. Daily newspaper Sabah published the list on Monday,

Turkish Paper Names Israelis It Says Were in Flotilla Raid

Sabah, a pro-government daily, published the names and photographs on Monday of more than 140 Israeli soldiers who it said took part in the raid on a Turkish flotilla to Gaza last year.

In Mideast Riddle, Turkey Offers Itself as an Answer

from NYT > Turkey by By ANTHONY SHADIDTurkish officials are assertively laying out a policy for the realignment of power in the region, with Istanbul anchoring a new era of political stability and economic integration.

World Peace Still Elusive as U.N. Guards Scuffle With Turks

from NYT > Turkey by By NEIL MACFARQUHAR

Just how perilous standing in Turkey?s way can be became abundantly clear to a few somewhat hapless security guards during the annual General Assembly meeting of world leaders.

Is Turkey?s foreign policy becoming hawkish?

by Erhan Başyurt Bugün

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government introduced a foreign policy of ?zero problems with neighbors.?

EU prepares road map to remove visa for Turks

by STRASBOURG – Anatolia News Agency

The European Union for the first time is planning to draw a road map to completely remove visa requirements for Turkish citizens, while in the meantime the union will take steps to ease visa procedures, according to Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commission representative for interior affairs.

The visa disaster: Will it really end?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by YAVUZ BAYDAR
To make a sound judgment on the current state of relations between the European Union and Turkey, a simple look at the visa regime imposed on Turkish nationals is enough.

NATO Leader Worried by Turkey?s Rifts With Cyprus and Israel


NATO?s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Turkey?s tense relations with Cyprus over natural gas exploration and with Israel were ?a matter of concern.

Is Turkey?s EU dream coming to the end of the road?


In a couple of weeks the European Commission will publish its annual Progress Report on Turkey?s progress towards becoming a member of the EU.

Normalization of Civil-military Relations Dominates EU Turkey Report

Europe and Turkey need each other ? but not in an EU context

by HDN

The ?Turkish question? is still on the EU agenda and discussions as well as negotiations over Turkish membership of the EU have been taking place for decades.

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