Patriots in town… A foreign policy roundup…

A German military convoy heads to Kahramanmaras following their disembark at Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Iskenderun in Hatay province January 22, 2013. A contingent of German Patriot missile units

German soldiers attacked during a protest against Patriots

from Hurriyet Daily News
German soldiers stationed as part of NATO?s mission to deploy Patriot air defense systems.

Dutch military containers carrying equipment for NATO patriot defence missiles disembark at Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Iskenderun in Hatay province January 22, 2013. A contingent of Dutch Patriot ..

Turkish leftists and nationalists protest against the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey with one demonstrator holding a Syrian national flag near the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun in Hatay .

Dutch and German Patriots in Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News

Dutch and German soldiers arrived at the southern port of İskenderun yesterday..


Thaw needed in ties with Turkey, says Israeli right-wing leader

from Hurriyet Daily News
The new face of the Israel?s right-wing political arena, Naftali Bennett

Attempted armed assault on Turkish-origin politician in Bulgaria

from Hurriyet Daily News
An unidentified, armed man threatened Ahmet Doğan, head of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party, during.

Gas pistol pointed at Bulgaria party leader

from World news: Turkey | by Cass Jones
Police have detained a man after he mounted a stage and pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader
A Bulgarian opposition politician narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a televised speech on Saturday, when a man climbed on the stage next to him and pointed a gun to his head at point-blank range.

Turkey has direct contact with Israel: Ambassador

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey has direct contact with Israel and its communication channels are open, Turkey?s ambassador to Washington said today.

Turkey accuses EU of bigotry over accession delays

from Yahoo news
TURKEY accused the European Union of bias and bigoted attitudes towards the EU candidate country on Monday and blamed it for undermining the Turkish public’s trust in the bloc.

Turkey accuses EU of bigotry (News)


EU lifts visa for Turkish citizens providing service in Germany, Netherlands and Denmark

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M
Mavi Boncuk |

The European Union Commission announced it would life visa requirements for Turkish citizens who provide service to Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, asking that the booklets handed out to border officials in those countries be changed accordingly.

Door to Europe Slightly Ajar

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

EU rapporteur requests two chapters be opened for Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
The European Parliament?s Turkey rapporteur has requested.

Turkey’s EU membership is not a ‘given’: Swedish FM

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s prospect of joining the EU at the end of a lengthy process is not a certainty, Sweden’s FM Carl Bildt tells AFP, saying efforts would have to be made by both Ankara and Brussels.

Turkey downplays Syrian president?s peace plan

from Hurriyet Daily News
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?s proposed peace plan for his country..

Turkey seeks influence in Africa

by Acturca
Financial Times (UK) Monday, January 7, 2013, p. 6 By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul Ankara moves away from European markets and aims at more prominent world role, writes Daniel Dombey Selim Bora had never been south of the Sahara before the call came to design and build the conference centre for an African Union summit […]

Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Close Partners to Adversaries

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, January 07, 2013, 4 p. Mehmet Yegin & Hasan Selim Ozertem * Baghdad and Ankara have recently drifted apart due to domestic dynamics in Iraq and changing regional parameters. In domestic terms, the U.S. withdrawal ended the Shia and Kurdish alliance and revealed the tensions that were postponed

From a vision to pipe-dream: Turkey?s EU connection

from Hurriyet Daily News
The EU entered 2013 with several convoluted economic and social problems, exacerbated by the 2008 financial crisis.

Foreign Ministry promotes e-correspondence

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s Foreign Ministry, is encouraging public institutions to use e-correspondence.

Greek neo-Nazis attack Turkish diplomat?s car

from Hurriyet Daily News
Members of the fascist Greek party Golden Dawn attacked the car of the Turkish consul general to Komotini, İlhan Şener, yesterday in Kavala, according to reports.

The Changing Structure of Turkey?s Trade and Industrial Competitiveness: Implications for the EU

by Acturca
GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 3, 11 Jan 2012, 9 p. by Daniel Gros & Can Selçuki * This paper presents a brief analysis of the main changes in the structure of Turkish trade and its industrial competitiveness, highlights some fault lines that need to be corrected if Turkey?s international trade is to

Turkey at the Crossroads

by Acturca
The Financial Daily (Pakistan)  Tuesday, January 14, 2013, p. 4 Tahir Bhutta, Air Commodore (Retd) Energy security has assumed a pivotal role in the economic and energy security agendas of the European Union and the USA. Europe?s gas imports which account for 60% of its total energy requirements, nearly half of this is imported from

The New Turkey and U.S. Policy

by Acturca
Strategic Reports 11 (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Jan 2013 Soner Cagaptay * As Turkey moves toward municipal, presidential, and parliamentary elections over the next three years, all signs point to the ruling Justice and Development Party retaining power for another decade and continuing its effort to mold the country in its Islamist

L?appétit retrouvé des entreprises françaises en Turquie

by Acturca
Agence France Presse Lundi 14 janvier 2013, Istanbul L?orage a fait quelques dégâts, comme à chaque fois. Mais un an après le coup de tabac qui a secoué les relations entre Paris et Ankara, les entreprises françaises sont reparties de plus belle à l?assaut du juteux marché turc, avec l?ambition d?y renforcer leurs positions. C?était

Portugal and Turkey: An Increasingly Substantive Relationship

by Acturca
Turkey Policy Brief Series (IPLI ? TEPAV) 7th edition, 2012, 5 p.         Français by Paulo Gorjão * This policy brief argues that Portugal increasingly values its relationship with Turkey, and there was no reason to fear in Ankara that the change of government in Portugal, in June 2011, could trigger a change in the bilateral

La France veut retrouver sa place dans le jeu des grands contrats en Turquie

by Acturca
Agence France Presse Mercredi 16 janvier 2013, Istanbul Un an après leur dernière brouille diplomatique, la France a repris pied en Turquie pour tenter de retrouver une place de choix dans le jeu des grands contrats qu?Ankara, sur la lancée de sa forte croissance, s?apprête à attribuer dans les secteurs stratégiques de l?aéronautique et du

Erdogan needs to move fast to heal Turkey’s divides | Fiachra Gibbons

from World news: Turkey | by Fiachra Gibbons
That the funerals of the Kurdish women killed in Paris passed off peacefully is another sign that Turkey is ready for real change

Interview with Dr. Mark Meirowitz on his recent works and analyses about US-Turkey relations

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey
Dr. Mark Meirowitz is Assistant Professor of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College in New York. He holds a doctorate in Political Science as well as a law degree.

La Turquie et la France reparlent de coopération dans le nucléaire civil

by Acturca
Agence France Presse Mercredi 16 janvier 2013, Istanbul La Turquie et la France ont décidé de relancer leurs discussions en matière d?énergie nucléaire civile, alors qu?Ankara envisage la construction de trois centrales dans les cinq prochaines années, ont annoncé mercredi à Istanbul les ministres turc de l?Energie Taner Yildiz et française du Commerce extérieur Nicole

Turkish-U.S. Relations: The Way Forward

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, January 15, 2013, 4 p. Bülent Aras * Turkish-U.S. relations are treated with care in Washington and Ankara, and both consider this relationship complementary on a wide range of issues. The administrations in Turkey and the United States employ a new geopolitical thinking and project new roles in

Can Turkey Could Become ‘the China of Europe’?

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s ambitions to be among the top ten global economies by 2023 could mean that the rising star of the emerging market economies becomes “the China of Europe”, according to an economist and

Israeli elections and relations with the US, Iran and Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
It seems that the Israeli political landscape has further fragmented and leaned further toward.

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