Like in the old days, Turkey makes moves towards the EU, crisis over Cyprus, tension with ME neigbours.. A FP roundup

Analysis: Turkey’s long wait to join EU club

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
EU revives Turkish hopes of membership


Turkey slams ?shameful acts? against flag in Basra protests

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey has condemned Iraq after around 200 protesters demanding that Ankara extradite Iraq?s fugitive vice president burned the Turkish flag on May 19.

?Positive agenda’ from the EU most welcome

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ŞAHİN ALPAY
François Hollande’s victory in the presidential elections in France was celebrated not only in Turkey in general but also among those who are in favor of Turkey’s further integration with the European Union.

Israel seeks to deploy 20,000 commandos in Greek Cyprus

from Hurriyet Daily News
Israel wants its energy projects in Greek Cyprus to be run by Israelis and is seeking to deploy as many as 20,000 commandos for their protection


Turkey asks for explanation from Israel on airspace violation

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey requested an explanation from Israel for the northern Cyprus airspace violation that occurred on May 14

Turkey Warns Oil Companies Off Cyprus Drilling

from Yahoo news
Turkey, which does not recognize the Cyprus government, and has repeatedly warned against exploration for oil and gas deposits on the island, launched its own exploration effort in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


Questions about Turkey as a democracy and military model

Christian Science Monitor

The infamous ?Ergenekon? trial, which began in 2008, has turned into a massive legal undertaking consisting of several cases. More than 250 people ? including generals, politicians, academics, rights activists, journalists, and even students ? are .

Turkey to renew talks over European Union membership

from World news: Turkey |
With key opponent of Turkey’s membership, Nicolas Sarkozy, no longer in office, EU commissioner to visit Ankara over policies
Turkey is showing renewed interest in reviving its stalled bid to join the European Union, now that one of its key opponents is no longer the president of France.

Visa agreement for Turkey not far away

from Hurriyet Daily News
A comprehensive visa facilitation agreement between Turkey and the European Union is not far away, the vice president of the European Commission said after talks with Turkish ministers in Ankara yesterday


Turkey?s cultural ambitions: Of marbles and men | The Economist

by Turkish Digest
Turkey?s cultural ambitions
Of marbles and men
Turkey gets tough with foreign museums and launches a new culture war

May 19th 2012 | ANKARA AND ISTANBUL | from the print edition

Are you serious: more Europe?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by JOOST LAGENDIJK
In the run-up to new Greek elections on June 17 and with Greek citizens withdrawing billions of euros from their domestic bank accounts and transferring them abroad, many commentators have started a new round of speculation on the possibility off a Greek exit from the eurozone.


Turkey ramps up pace of EU bid after French polls

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Turkish government tries to break the impasse with the EU, presenting several draft bills aiming to help it open new chapters in the stalled negotiations.

Time to re-dynamize Turkey-EU talks

from Hurriyet Daily News
Do you remember when Turkey last opened a negotiation chapter? It was June 2010. In the last two years negotiations .


New spring for Turkish-French relations?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by AMANDA PAUL
For Turks, both those sitting in Ankara as well as ordinary citizens, the failure of Nicolas Sarkozy to secure a second term as French president was very much welcomed. Relations between Ankara and Paris nosedived during Sarkozy?s presidency as a result of his anti-Turkish populism, and more recently when a Sarkozy-backed draft Armenian genocide bill was passed by the lower and upper houses of the French Parliament. Therefore, the victory of Francois Hollande in the May 6 presidential elections should bring an end to the increasingly hostile rhetoric that was used by both sides hitherto and opens up a fresh page in relations between the two countries. This will be a win-win for both parties.

Israel should mend fences with historical friend Turkey

by Acturca
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (USA) May 16, 2012, p. 13 By Mohammad S. Shakir * On May 29, 2010, dozens of Israeli naval commandoes descended on Mavi Marmara, a Turkish flag-ship carrying humanitarian supplies for the besieged residents of Gaza. Israeli action was widely condemned; and Turkey was furious. The ill-advised Israeli raid cost nine lives

Turkey in the Balkans: Myths, illusions and realities

by Acturca
Deutsche Welle (Germany) 16 May 2012                        Ayhan Simsek What is behind Turkey?s new assertiveness in the western Balkans? Is it an example of ?neo-Ottoman? imperial dreams, economic interests or strategic goals? Turkey?s new confidence in the western Balkans and the country?s growing political, economic and cultural influence have sparked divergent views about the goals of


Finding ways to keep enlargement hopes alive (Analysis)

Turkey and the Western Balkan countries require practical integration measures to bridge the gap in the European Union’s enlargement process, say Andrea Despot, Du?an Relji?, and Günter Seufert from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

Why should the EU play a role in Turkey?

from Hurriyet Daily News
The EU was once the major driving force of Turkey?s transformation process. That was a good blueprint for structural change.


Turkey and the EU: a new positive agenda?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by AMANDA PAUL
There has been much speculation over Turkey showing renewed interest in its stalled EU bid now that one of its key opponents, Nicolas Sarkozy, is no longer French president. Sarkozy always argued that Turkey was not part of Europe, that it was culturally incompatible and instead should accept a special partnership with the EU

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