Iran helps freeing the Turkish journalists, another symbolic blow to Turkey’s Mideast policies?

Freed Turkish journalists arrive from Iran

from Hurriyet Daily News
Two Turkish journalists who went missing while reporting on the uprising in Syria two months ago


France: a chance to restart

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
The presidential elections in France were closely monitored in Turkey. With the victory of socialist François Hollande, the most frequently asked question now is how the election of this new president will affect the future of French-Turkish relations. In order to improve relations, both sides have to do their bit, which means Turkey mustn?t just wait and expect steps to be taken by France.


Turkish officials offer France olive branch

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey offers olive branches to the new French President, including a phone call from PM Erdoğan and a letter from President Gül, in an attempt to mend ties

Bilateral Relations between Turkey and the EU: A Turkish Perspective

from Ideas on Europe by ecfr
This is Scorecard comment* No 4 ? written by Bezen Balamir Coşkun (Zirve University Gaziantep) who looks at the main problems between the EU and Turkey:
Bilateral relations between Turkey and the EU are at a low point which was also highlighted in the ECFR Scorecard 2012. But what are the main issues that cause a deadlock in Turkey-EU relations? The Arab awakening in the Middle East and North Africa, the economic stagnation in Europe but also the French Senate?s passing of a bill on Armenian genocide ? all those issues had a significant impact on EU ? Turkey relations during 2011.


Syria frees Turkish journalists

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Two Turkish journalists who were held in Syria for two months are on their way home after being released through Iranian mediation.


President Gül sets for lengthy US trip

from Hurriyet Daily News
A comprehensive schedule is being drawn up for President Abdullah Gül?s trip to the United States this month.


Turkey rejects Iraqi VP handover

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey says it will not hand over fugitive Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi to Iraq, despite an Interpol arrest alert.


Presidential system not enough to lead to good governance

from Hurriyet Daily News
It?s perhaps a national malady of Turks: discussing the modal part of the issues without considering the substance.


Hashemi ?red notice? stirs Turk, Iraqi row

from Hurriyet Daily News
The international police agency Interpol?s issuing of a red notice for fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi is a potential source of tension between Turkey and Iraq.


U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership

by Acturca
Independent Task Force Report (CFR) No. 69, May 2012, 90 p. Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley, Chairs Steven A. Cook, Project Director Turkey is a rising regional and global power facing, as is the United States, the challenges of political transitions in the Middle East, bloodshed in Syria, and Iran?s pursuit of nuclear

Turkey? re-imagined neighborhood policy after the ?Arab Spring?

by Acturca
Actuelle de l?Ifri (Ifri) 19 avril 2012, 5 p. Joshua W. Walker * Turkey?s emergence in the 21st century as a regional power has been in the making for the last decade, but only fully crystallized in the wake of the ?Arab Spring? in 2011. Unlike regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia that actively

Turquie: le gouvernement islamo-conservateur veut privatiser les théâtres

by Acturca
Agence France Presse Mercredi 9 mai 2012, Ankara Le gouvernement islamo-conservateur turc veut privatiser les théâtres nationaux, provoquant la colère d?une partie du monde du spectacle qui dénonce un ?arrêt de mort? des arts en Turquie. ?Dans presque tous les pays développés, les théâtres ne sont pas entre les mains de l?Etat?, a lancé le


Turkey warns rising racism on Europe Day

from Hurriyet Daily News
Xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia are threatening Europe?s own values, Turkish President Abdullah Gül said in a fresh warning to the European Union on Europe Day.


Turkey at crossroads over EU bid

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s bid to join the European Union is at crossroads, the country?s chief negotiator has said, urging the bloc that ?the new EU cannot make it without Turkey.?


Turkey supports Bahraini dictatorship

from Yahoo news
Turkey has expressed its support for the Bahraini dictatorship by warmly receiving Bahraini Interior Minister Sheikh Khalifa Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa amid the Manama regime?s ongoing crackdown on peaceful anti-government protests.

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