FP roundup: “Turkey hopeful of ties with EU during Greek presidency…

Turkey hopeful of ties with EU during Greek presidency

The Turkish government believes that ties with the EU could be further boosted during the rotating presidency of Greece and Italy in 2014

Erdogan?s woes snarl Turkey?s Syria policy

The Daily Star (Lebanon) December 28, 2013, p. 10 By Lauren Williams A corruption scandal in Turkey may see embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad outlast his Turkish adversary Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the latest sign Turkish foreign policy on Syria is undergoing a major recalibration, analysts say. Beirut ? A corruption scandal in

Turkish slump blamed on corruption probe

Ali Babacan, deputy prime minister, brands investigation a ?mini coup? that has taken $49bn off the country?s equity market

Turkey builds new wall along Syria border


Turkey is building a four-meter high wall along part of its border with Syria to try to stop people from illegally bypassing its checkpoints


Turkey?s Iran strategy


Khaleej Times (UAE) December 29, 2013, p. 12   Deutsch  Español  Français Sinan Ulgen * Following Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif ?s recent visit to the Gulf States, the Islamic Republic?s charm offensive is set to continue with President Hassan Rohani?s trip to Turkey early next month. Turkey unequivocally welcomed the interim nuclear deal concluded last

Iran, Turkey’s New Ally?


With his government assailed by corruption and a stuttering economy, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, needs a major foreign policy boost. Iran might supply it.


Beyond Camps, Aiding Syrians Is Even Harder

Aid groups have strained to help the more than 1.8 million registered Syrian refugees dispersed in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and elsewhere, who are harder to reach than those in camps.

Iran, Turkey?s New Ally?

The International New York Times (USA) Monday, December 30, 2013, p. 9 By Vali R. Nasr * Washington ? A bribery and corruption scandal has plunged Turkey into crisis, seriously undermining Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s authority. Mr. Erdogan now faces serious challenges from both secularists suspicious of his Islamist agenda and his erstwhile ally

Eyes are on Turkey?s new EU minister

One does not see many tears being shed by European diplomats in Ankara over the dismissal of Egemen Bağış, Turkey?s former Minister for EU

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