Turkey and US closer on Syria, Turkey capricious with Israel over NATO data. A FP roundup…

Turkey?s Vision for 2012 and Beyond: Davutoglu?s Washington Visit

by Acturca
Huffington Post (USA) February 17, 2012 Joshua W. Walker, Co-authored with Ece Ozcelik * Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu?s visit to Washington this week came at a pivotal juncture of bilateral and international affairs. Dr. Davutoğlu was enthusiastically welcomed by an audience in Washington eager to engage on a host of topics including Turkey?s new


Turkey Pledges No Third Country Use of NATO Defenses | Europe | English

Turkey-US harmony has its limits

from FT.com – World, Europe
As the Syria crisis deepens, Ankara and Washington are working together again, but the nature of their relationship has changed

Turkey, US discuss how to provide aid to Syrians

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey and the US agree that urgent action needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Syria.


Israel to get no data from NATO?s shield

from Hurriyet Daily News
NATO?s chief and Turkish officials take pains to stress that data from the alliance?s missile system will not be shared with non-members, particularly Israel.


Turkey will not allow NATO to share intelligence with Israel

from Yahoo news
Turkey will never allow any third country, particularly Israel, to use intelligence obtained by a NATO radar system, its foreign minister said on Friday.

NATO?s missile shield, Turkey and Israel

from Hurriyet Daily News
It?s not just Israeli participation in Mediterranean naval exercises that was not raised by NATO Secretary-General


Arab League brings Syria more isolation

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Arab League was considering a proposal to expand its suspended observer mission to include monitors from non-Arab Muslim nations, and the U.N.

The Syrian Dilemma: Turkey?s Response to the Crisis

by Acturca
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA) 10 February 2012 Bayram Balci * Almost a year since unrest broke out in Syria, its uncompromising president, Bashar al-Assad, has proven unwilling to undertake any political reforms or surrender power. The United Nations (UN) Security Council took up the issue, but a draft resolution condemning the violence and

Turkey very ‘patient’ in EU candidacy: Klaus

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey has been very patient while enduring the candidate process for European Union membership…


France?s Sarkozy calls on Turkey to ?face its history?

from Hurriyet Daily News
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has again called on Turkey to ‘face its history’ in reference to Armenian genocide claims stemming from the 1915 incidents


Turkey vital for energy, EU commissioner says

from Hurriyet Daily News
The European Union has to work with partners in a bid to form a ?united Europe,?


Turkey?s Foreign Policy: Zero Problems with Neighbors Revisited | Foreign Policy Journal

from Turkish Digest
by Richard Falk
February 9, 2012

Pundits in Europe and North America in recent months have delighted in citing with a literary smirk ?zero problems with neighbors,? which has been the centerpiece of Ahmet Davutoglu?s foreign policy agenda since he became Foreign Minister on May 1, 2009. Mr. Davutoglu had previously served as Chief Advisor to both the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister ever since the AKP came to power in 2002, and was known in those years as the ?architect? behind the scenes. Critics of the zero problems approach point to the heightened Turkish tensions with Syria and Iraq, the persisting inability of Ankara to overcome the hostile fallout from Mavi Marmara incident with Israel, and even the revived salience of the long unresolved dispute with the Armenian diaspora sparked by a new French law that makes the denial of genocide associated with the 1915 massacres a crime and has led to a dramatic worsening of Turkish-French relations.

A Turkish court case against Armenians and Sarkozy

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
When I first heard I thought it was a joke, but it is not. A Turkish citizen from the city of Gaziantep is suing French President Nicolas Sarkozy and four Turkish-based Armenian foundations at the Gaziantep Court of First Instance and is demanding 50,000 euros in compensation for the pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages he and his family suffered as a result of the French invasion of Maraş and Urfa and the massacres they carried out in collaboration with local Armenians.

Interview ? Turkey sees economic growth bringing EU membership

by Acturca
Reuters, Thursday, February 9, 2012 By Sebastian Moffett and Justyna Pawlak, Brussels Turkey?s booming economy will eventually make the European Union unable to resist its long campaign for membership, Ankara?s new ambassador to the 27-nation bloc said. Turkey?s relations with the European Union are at their lowest point in years, with negotiations on membership, which

Turkish media demands apology for German spoof of Turks

from Hurriyet Daily News
Hurriyet newspaper’s Europe edition and the German Foreign Council have..

NATO: It was Turkey which offered to host radars

from Hurriyet Daily News
Ankara offered to host an early warning radar system to be placed on its soil, NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen said

EU, Turkey discuss natural gas ties

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 10 (UPI) — European and Turkish leaders aim to develop a road map for the safe transport of natural gas, visiting officials to Istanbul said.

Turkey?s foreign minister: Syria?s Assad could?ve been Gorbachev, but chose to be Milosevic

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s foreign minister vowed Friday to work with Washington and like-minded European and Arab states to bolster humanitarian protection for Syrian civilians endangered by the Bashar al-Assad regime. Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking to journalists in Washington ahead of a Monday meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, threw support to Clinton’s proposed idea for “Friends of


Turkish exports unfazed by euro crisis, Arab Spring, study claims

from Hurriyet Daily News
Neither the political unrest in north Africa and the Middle East, nor the ongoing debt crisis in Europe hurt Turkey?s overall exports in 2011, a recent study says


Israel and Cyprus: Dancing together, with Turkey on their minds

by Acturca
Jerusalem Post (Israel) February 17, 2012, p. 1 Herb Keinon Perhaps the most striking element of the press conference Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held here Thursday with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias was that Netanyahu did not mention Turkey once. Though the meeting that preceded the press conference was between the Israeli and Cypriot leaders, Turkey was


‘Enough is enough,’ Turkey’s Davutoğlu tells Israel

Turkey’s top diplomat lashed out at Israel yesterday over its uncompromising stance on core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


NATO mulls Israel’s warship offer despite Turkey’s opposition

NATO said Friday it is considering an Israeli offer to contribute a warship to the alliance’s..

Three Economic Lessons Imported From Turkey

from Yahoo news
I just returned from a week in Istanbul, where I was reporting a piece on what Turkey’s burgeoning contemporary art scene tells us about where the country is headed politically


Guess who?s not coming to Turkey?

from Hurriyet Daily News
American novelist Paul Auster, who refused to visit Turkey because of imprisoned journalists…


EU losing attraction for Turks

from Hurriyet Daily News
There was a time when EU membership appeared a wonderful if remote prospect for Turks. The European Union envisioned then was ..

Wonderful news: Arabs love Turks!

from Hurriyet Daily News
A recent study by the prominent Turkish think tank TESEV has found that Turkey is the most popular country for the people of Egypt …


Next Up: Turkey vs. Iran

from NYT > Turkey by By SONER CAGAPTAY
The oldest rivalry in the Middle East takes on a new intensity as tensions mount in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey, Europe’s Economic Rising Star, Could Be Pulled Down by Euro Crisis

from Yahoo news
The country has seen remarkable growth recently, but it may be too reliant on the struggling eurozone nations.


Turkey?s test

by Acturca
The News (Mexico) February 14, 2012, p. 9                    Français  Deutsch By Anne-Marie Slaughter * Princeton ? As the world watches the obliteration of the Syrian city of Homs and the crisis spills into neighboring Lebanon, it is time to ask what separates great powers from small powers

Germany, France disagree on Turkey’s EU accession

from Hurriyet Daily News
European Union cannot take on a country the size of Turkey, French FM recently said. German President however thinks ‘honoring the contract’ matters.

Turkey-US harmony has its limits

By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul

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