From Turkey to EU: Turkey?s EU minister- Islam Europe?s reality; Turkish Deputy PM slams judge on trial ban…

Turkey and Israel: reviving strategic ties?

from Yahoo News Photos

An apology by Israel’s prime minister may ease tensions between Turkey and Israel. But despite pledges from the two country’s leaders to normalize relations, experts caution against high expectations.

Islam Europe?s reality: Turkey?s EU minister

from Hurriyet Daily News

Islam is a reality for the European Union and Europeans won?t get anywhere by burying their heads.

Turkish Deputy PM slams judge on trial ban

from Hurriyet Daily News

As long as the German Chief Judge resists allowing the Turkish media access to cover a neo-Nazi murder.


Turkey ‘s foreign minister wades into court trial spat

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey ‘s foreign minister has called his counterpart in Germany, after a spat erupted over media access to a trial of suspected neo-Nazis – who were


Turkish Foreign Ministry slams Aznavour’s comments on Erdoğan

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly refuted the comments on Turkish PM Erdoğan made by famous French singer of Armenian origin, Charles Aznavour.

After Israel?s Apology

from Project Syndicate by Ibrahim Kalin

After almost three years of political tension, diplomatic maneuvering, and back-channel negotiations, Israel has formally apologized for the killing of nine Turkish citizens onboard the ship Mavi Marmara in 2010. The move opens a new chapter in bilateral relations, and will create new opportunities for Middle East peace-building.

After Israeli apology, Turkey dreams of new tourism boom

from Hurriyet Daily News

The air-clearing apologies were both made and accepted. Now, Turkey’s tourism industry is holding.

‘Extra mile’ Israeli apology for Turkey

from Yahoo News Photos

JERUSALEM, March 28 (UPI) — Even if Jerusalem’s apology doesn’t lead to better relations with Turkey , “everyone” will know Israel exerted extra effort, says a senior government official.

U.N. rebukes Turkey over return of Syrian refugees

from Yahoo News Photos

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency criticised Turkey on Friday for sending home at least 130 Syrians without its scrutiny and urged it to investigate the riot which sparked the departures that some witnesses said were forced. Turkey denied on Thursday it had rounded up and deported hundreds of Syrian refugees following unrest at the Suleymansah border camp, highlighting the strain the

Israel, Turkey to discuss flotilla raid compensation

from Yahoo News Photos

Officials from Turkey and Israel will meet next week for talks on compensation for the families of victims of a deadly 2010 flotilla raid for which the Jewish state apologised last week, the deputy prime minister said Friday.

US and Turkey discuss Iraq, Syria over the weekend

from Hurriyet Daily News

The fragile situations in Iraq and Syria were discussed on March 30 during a telephone call.


Israeli Security Concerns and the Balkans

Nevertheless analysts will still want to follow how the revived Israel-Turkey relationship plays out, and also how both states’ approaches to the Balkans on the bilateral and regional levels will be affected by it. ….. intended to organize a group on


Turkey -PKK Peace Deal Gains Momentum With Regional Implications

from Yahoo news

Peace talks between Turkey ‘s government and the PKK continue to gain momentum. With large minority Kurdish populations also in neighboring Iraq and Syria, analysts say those countries could benefit from the peace process economically and politically. But such an alliance could at the same time threaten the integrity of Iraq and Syria by fueling a Kurdish push for autonomy or even independence


Turkey ?s unsustainable politics in Middle East

from Yahoo news

Confused may be an appropriate term to describe Turkey ?s current foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel in particular. The source of that confusion ? aside from the appalling violence in Syria and earlier in Libya ? is Turkey ?s own mistakes.

Third oil pipeline in line between Turkey and Iraq

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey is keen on keeping its energy ties with Baghdad strong despite recently cozying up.


Turkish-Israeli peace to change energy balances

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said over the weekend that Turkey was ready to work on Iraq?s offer..

American Jewish body visits Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News

Amid the recent efforts to restore the strained ties between Turkey and Israel, the board members.

Editorial Board: Israel and Turkey let bygones be bygones

from Yahoo News Photos

THE DARKENING situation in the Middle East has produced a silver lining. With Syria?s civil war intensifying and Iran showing no sign of slowing its nuclear program, Israel and Turkey have patched a nearly three-year-old rift. In a March 22 phone call stage-managed by President Obama , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the deaths


Article | Turkey’s Triumphs

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

A sandstorm was kicking up at Ben Gurion International midday last Friday, winds bad enough to cancel the departure ceremony for President Obama?s winning trip to Israel. But in a sheet metal trailer on the tarmac, Obama was calming another storm, three years along and finally running out of bluster. In the box with him was his host, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Nentayahu. In Netanyahu?s hand was a cell phone. And on the other end of the line was the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


What Would The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Deal Mean For The Region?

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

In YaleGlobal,  Mohammed Ayoob writes that the new deal for peace between Turkey?s government and PKK rebels to end more than thirty years of hostilities also has implications for the wider region, especially Iraq, Syria, and Iran. If Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can convince the various political factions in Turkey to go along with the plan, Ayoob argues, Syria?s threat to harbor the PKK would be neutralized and a successful social and political integration of Turkey?s Kurdish population would provide a model for Kurds in Syria and Iran as well. An end to discrimination against Kurds would strengthen democracy in Turkey.

A Turkey-Israel Opening

from NYT > Turkey by By SOLI OZEL and CHARLES A. KUPCHAN

Turning back the clock is impossible. Instead, a new partnership must be built on pillars of cooperation.

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