Not the best welcome for Tayyip Erdoğan in Germany… a FP roundup…

Merkel reassures Turkey on EU talks, Erdogan raps Cyprus

from Yahoo news
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday the European Union (EU) would pursue accession talks with his country in good faith, despite some persistent disagreements. Erdogan said on Tuesday the EU would lose Turkey if it did not grant it membership by 2023, the first time he has indicated how long Ankara might continue down the

EU will lose Turkey if it hasn’t joined by 2023, Erdogan Says

from Yahoo news
BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union will lose Turkey if it doesn’t grant it membership by 2023, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. It was the first time Erdogan has given an indication of how long Ankara might continue down the path towards EU entry, and his comments came at a time of growing alienation between Turkey and a political entity it feels has cold-shouldered it


‘Turkey is not yet ready to enter the EU’

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday in Berlin. Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the German Greens Party, takes a look at where bilateral relations stand.





Turkey rules out any dialogue with Syria: foreign minister

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey is ruling out any dialogue with the Syrian regime, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday, a day after Moscow called for negotiations with Damascus.


Turkey and Germany: A unique partnership

from Yahoo news
The expansion of economic ties, as well as growing cooperation in the field of foreign policy, have made Turkey and Germany crucial partners. But this new period also presents new challenges for Berlin.


Dealing with a Rising Power: Turkey?s Transformation and its Implications for the EU

by Acturca
The Centre for European Studies (CES)  October 2012, 124 p. S. Cornell, G. Knaus, M. Scheich Turkey?s growing assertiveness on the international stage, difficulties with EU accession, rapidly rising economy, and the long and controversial reign of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) are all necessitating a need for analysis. The present study of the

Turkey-EU relations: time to rebuild trust

by Acturca
Commentary (European Policy Centre) 19 October 2012 Amanda Paul * Ever since Turkey and the EU began membership negotiations in 2005, the process has been riddled with difficulties which have impacted on broader Turkey-EU ties. Relations took a further blow last week following the publication of the European Commission?s 2012 Progress Report. Out of the

The EU?s Progress Report on Turkey: No End in Sight

by Acturca
Analysis of the Real Instituto Elcano (ARI) 63/2012, 12/10/2012 Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos (Spain) William Chislett * Such is the current stalemate, seven years after accession talks began and with no new chapter opened since Spain?s EU Presidency in 2010, that the report is hardly noticed. Nevertheless, it remains a useful

How Kurdish Oil Is Shaping Regional Politics

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
The big international oil companies are placing their bets (and investments) with an independent Kurdistan. What are the implications for the region? Here is an interesting analysis from Lawrence Solomon at the Financial Post. An excerpt:

Turkey watching US elections closely

from Yahoo news
The Turkish government is following the US presidential elections closely. Ankara hopes that a second term for Barack Obama will mean stronger US efforts to topple the regime in Syria.

Hunger strikes in Turkish prisons reach critical phase

from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink
Kurdish prisoners? hunger strike grips Turkey as their health conditions deteriorate. Hundreds of mostly Kurdish prisoners are nearing the 50th day of what they call an ?indefinite and irreversible hunger strike,? launched to draw attention to political demands. About 680 prisoners in 58 prisons across the country have joined the strike since it started September


Hugh O?Flaherty: Turkey’s road from WWI to EU embrace – Analysis, Opinion –

by Turkish Digest
Hugh O?Flaherty: Turkey’s road from WWI to EU embrace

By Hugh O?Flaherty
Wednesday October 31 2012

At one of the cemeteries at the site of the World War One battlefield of Gallipoli, there is a monument with these words of Mustafa Kemal (known as Ataturk — “father of the Turks”) inscribed:
Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives

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