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.
Hours later the Turkish Prime Minister?s office released on June 24 some details about a telephone conversation.
Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Lavrov as preparations for the Geneva II conference on Syria are ongoing.
Two real architects of the June 25 deal between Turkey and the European Union
The kinderland proved once again how cheeky a political system it has
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
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
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he could make a surprise at any time regarding his visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza
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 has voiced concern and sadness over the killing of senior Turkmen officials in a suicide bombing
A crisis that erupted in Turkey?s EU full membership negotiation process was prevented at the last minute.
No, it is not over yet. It is true that the fire has been put off, thanks to the busy diplomatic traffic carried.
Gaza Prime Minister İsmail Haniyah said the coastal enclave is ready to host Turkish Prime Minister..
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
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
The decision had seemed to be a foregone conclusion, following France’s agreement in February to lift its objections.
The Syrian civil war has moved into a new stage with the U.S. decision to provide direct military support
The provision of more sophisticated arms to Syria’s rebels, in which Saudi Arabia is now deeply involved, will produce a more violent stalemate.