Greece starts building border fence with Turkey but EU refuses to fund it…AKP in delusion of ?int?l conspiracy? against – a Foreign policy rounup

‘Fetih 1453’ continues to anger in Europe

from Hurriyet Daily News
The upcoming Turkish movie ‘Fetih 1453’ (Conquest 1453) has angered Christians in the German ?


Duel over ties with Israel

from Hurriyet Daily News
The main opposition?s chief has fired a new salvo in a verbal battle between himself and the prime minister over Israel


Turkey to launch new international initiative on Syria

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s prime minister announced Tuesday a new initiative with regional players to halt the violence in Syria, saying the veto of a UN resolution had given President Bashar al-Assad a “licence to kill”.

Greece starts building border fence with Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
Greece Feb. 6 started building a fence on its border with Turkey to keep out thousands of illegal migrants and refugees seeking to cross into Europe, a minister said.

EU refuses to fund Greek border fence with Turkey

BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse

Police cars are parked under an observation tower, on the construction site of a border fence with Turkey. AP photo


Turkey’s EU minister stands by genocide denial comments

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s EU affairs minister repeated on Tuesday his denial that Ottoman Turks had committed genocide against Armenians nearly 100 years ago, in a challenge to Swiss officials who are investigating whether similar comments last month broke the law. Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Monday to complain about the decision by Swiss officials to investigate minister Egemen


No power can arrest a Turkish minister, says Bağış

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış has declared a Swiss probe into his denial of Armenian genocide claims to be “null and void” for him, daily Hürriyet reported today.

Swiss probe on Bağış for genocide nix

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Switzerland?s ambassador to Turkey yesterday after Zurich?s public prosecutor launched a preliminary inquiry into Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış after he recently denied the Armenian ?genocide? while visiting the canto


Turkey summons Swiss envoy over genocide denial remarks

from Yahoo news
ANKARA/ZURICH (Reuters) – Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Monday to complain about a decision by Swiss officials to launch checks to see whether Turkey’s EU affairs minister had breached the law by denying Ottoman Turks had committed genocide against Armenians nearly 100 years ago, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said. “This is not acceptable. The envoy has been summoned for an ..


Relations with France remain on thin ice

from Hurriyet Daily News
Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Several Turkish figures came out after French lawmakers took …


Greece to Build Fence on Turkish Border to Curb Illegal Immigrants

Thousands of illegal immigrants cross into Greece from Turkey along the six-mile stretch of land where the razor-wire-topped fence will be built.


Swiss investigate Turkish minister for denying ‘Armenian genocide’

from Hurriyet Daily News
A Swiss prosecutor has launched a probe into Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış for saying “the Armenian genocide doesn’t exist,” Hürriyet reported.

Senior ruling party exec reveals ?int?l conspiracy?

from Hurriyet Daily News
Bülent Gedikli, deputy chairman of the ruling party, claims that many names, including US writer Paul Auster and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, are part of a ?Neocon-Ergenekon brotherhood? against the government

Turkey Policy Brief Series Launched

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey
Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), in conjunction with the The International Policy and Leadership Institute (IPLI), is proud to launch the first edition of a new monthly publication, the Turkey Policy

Misperceiving Europe: by accident or on purpose?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by JOOST LAGENDIJK
Being European, I am probably more sensitive than others living in Turkey to the opinions and perceptions of Europe in this country — especially because I am fully aware of the classic love/hate relationship that so many Turks have with the old continent to which they want to belong but whose intentions they have learned to distrust.

Abraham H. Foxman: Turkey’s Dangerous Diplomacy

from Yahoo news
I greatly fear that Turkey’s fraying democracy and new foreign policy approach will lead the country on a dangerous collision course with its allies in the West.


Italy-Turkey: tale of an expanding bridge

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by Eleonora Galasso*
Turkey?s external affairs are flying high.

Turkey’s AKP is no role model for Arab countries

from Yahoo news
Many in Washington have been debating whether Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) could be a model for the Arab Spring, as our neighbors in the Middle East aspire to get rid of totalitarian regimes and become true democracies. But the reality in Turkey makes clear that the AKP model does not hold. On Nov. 9, I visited the Silivri prison where hundreds of journalists .

Turkey Debates Role in Possible Syria Intervention

from Yahoo news
Turkey is hardening its stance against the Syrian leadership and its Western allies are increasingly looking to Ankara for efforts to help unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There is debate in Turkey over whether international sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Syria could lead to military intervention and what role Ankara should play. -Dorian Jones, VOA

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