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Merkel tells Turkey democratic values “non-negotiable” for EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she welcomed an agreement to reopen talks with Turkey about joining the European Union

MAIN FOCUS: EU wants to continue negotiations with Turkey | 26/06/2013

The EU foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to continue accession negotiations with Turkey despite the violence used against demonstrators there. The talks won’t be resumed until October, however, after the next progress report has come out. Some commentators see the prospect of accession as a hopeful signal to the democracy movement. Others say the EU must demand from Turkey more respect for the rule of law and the freedom of opinion.

No date scheduled for Turkish PM’s Gaza visit

No date has been scheduled for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s visit to Gaza, prime ministry officials told Hürriyet Daily News


Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan c...
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticizes Israel harshly and leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trust issues between Ankara and the West

Hours later the Turkish Prime Minister?s office released on June 24 some details about a telephone conversation.

Davutoğlu and Lavrov discuss Syria in phone conversation, agree to meet

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Lavrov as preparations for the Geneva II conference on Syria are ongoing.



Turkey still has friends in EU but needs real pro-EU leaders

Two real architects of the June 25 deal between Turkey and the European Union

Honorable politics in Turkish Cyprus

The kinderland proved once again how cheeky a political system it has

Turkey?s E.U. Bid

The New York Times (USA) Tuesday, June 25, 2013, p. A24 Editorial For 26 years, Turkey has been angling for membership in the European Union, only to see its bid thwarted. Now, with the union on the verge of reviving talks on Turkey?s accession, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s outrageous crackdown on antigovernment protests in


For many German Turks, Merkel’s tough Turkey stance makes sense

By Sarah Marsh BERLIN (Reuters) – For Recep Demir, a businessman from Germany’s large Turkish diaspora, Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s opposition to Turkey joining the European Union makes perfect sense. The chancellor, seeking a third term in power in elections in September, is ostensibly appealing to conservative supporters by postponing talks on Turkey’s accession to the 27-member bloc. But even


Turkish PM ready for ?surprise? Gaza visit

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he could make a surprise at any time regarding his visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza


EU, Turkey agree to resume membership talks

Turkey and the EU mended fences Tuesday, agreeing to reopen long stalled talks on Turkey’s EU membership despite strong reticence from Germany and others over Ankara’s tough crackdown on anti-government protests.

Turkey voices concern over killings of Turkmens

Turkey has voiced concern and sadness over the killing of senior Turkmen officials in a suicide bombing

The solving of the EU issue was important from the economic point of view

A crisis that erupted in Turkey?s EU full membership negotiation process was prevented at the last minute.

Is the crisis with the EU over?

No, it is not over yet. It is true that the fire has been put off, thanks to the busy diplomatic traffic carried.

Gaza is ready for Turkish prime minister, Haniyah says

Gaza Prime Minister İsmail Haniyah said the coastal enclave is ready to host Turkish Prime Minister..

La Turquie dans l?UE ? Pourquoi ce n?est pas pour demain

Le Point (France) mercredi 26 juin 2013 Par Jason Wiels Si les négociations se débloquent petit à petit, le pays a encore un long chemin à parcourir avant de faire partie du club des pays européens. Au même titre que les projets d?unions politique et militaire, l?entrée de la Turquie dans l?Union européenne (UE) constitue

Les Vingt-Sept plus divisés que jamais sur la Turquie

Le Monde (France)  mercredi 26 juin 2013, p. 4 Jean-Pierre Stroobants, Luxembourg Envoyé spécial L?UE doit décider de l?ouverture ou non d?un nouveau chapitre des négociations d?adhésion. A Luxembourg, les ministres des affaires étrangères ont tenté en vain, lundi 24 juin, de trouver un compromis sur l?ouverture d?un nouveau chapitre des négociations en vue d?une

Turkey and the EU: A broken relationship?

The decision had seemed to be a foregone conclusion, following France’s agreement in February to lift its objections.


Changing U.S. Policy in Syria

The Syrian civil war has moved into a new stage with the U.S. decision to provide direct military support

Syria, spiral of war

The provision of more sophisticated arms to Syria’s rebels, in which Saudi Arabia is now deeply involved, will produce a more violent stalemate.

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