Erdoğan in Germany… A foreign policy roundup…

The media in PM Erdoğan?s plane to Berlin


The other evening, I ran across a Turkish group while entering the new favorite hotel in Berlin, the Ritz Carlton. The one among them with the long grey hair looked familiar.


Turkey eager to open multiple EU chapters

Opening one negotiation chapter with Turkey during each six-month rotating presidency of the European Union is not acceptable, Turkish EU Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said

Turkish PM to seek support for EU bid in Berlin


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan aims to boost relations between Germany and Turkey and obtain Berlin?s support to reinvigorate the country?s EU membership process.


Conspiracy theories won?t work with Turks? wisdom, former EU envoy says


Turks want the European Union type of liberal democracy, according to a former EU envoy. ?You cannot mould the minds of people anymore.


Al-Qaeda disavows ISIL in Syria


Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri had already ordered the group in May 2013 to disband and return to Iraq, and announced that the al-Nusra Front, was al-Qaeda’s official branch in war-torn Syria


Energy-hungry Turkey


The Foreign Policy Programme (TESEV) January 22, 2014 By Olgu Okumuş * Growing domestic energy demand and the objective of being an energy transit hub have shaped Turkey?s energy sector in the last decade. To meet the growing demand while managing its effects on national budget deficits, Ankara has liberalized the energy market and diversified [?]

MAIN FOCUS: Syria conference without a breakthrough | 31/01/2014


After a week of talks, the first round of the Syria peace conference comes to an end today in Geneva. Unfortunately substantial results are not to be expected, according to UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi. These show-talks can’t bridge the wide gaps between the Assad regime and the opposition, commentators criticise, and pin their hopes on the US and Iran.

Turkey, Bulgaria place ban each other?s trucks


A disagreement over transit passes between Turkey and Bulgaria has resulted in the closure of the frontier to their respective neighbor?s trucks


Four Turkmen commanders killed in ISIL suicide attack near Turkey border


Clashes have been ongoing between ISIL and Syrian Turkmen groups for over ten days around the Çobanbey town, mostly populated by Turkmens


Will al Qaeda’s Disowned Syria Affiliate Rival Its Old Boss?

For more than a decade, al Qaeda has been aggressively extending its reach through a sort of franchising strategy, signing up an ally here and a subsidiary there to fight its global jihad.

Turkey and the EU, a critical turn in relations


Opinión CIDOB, nº 219, February 3, 2014 Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) Kivanç Ulusoy * On the 21st of January the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid his first visit to Brussels in five years when the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy invited him. After this long interval and a growing estrangement between

A shift ahead for German-Turkish relations?


Deutsche Welle (Germany) 03.02.2014 Regina Mennig Turkey?s crackdown on protesters and Germany?s plans for a revised dual citizenship scheme have put a strain on German-Turkish relations. But there is hope for finally turning this around, experts say. No small task lies ahead for Turkish Prime Minister Receop Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as

Turkey and Germany: Forging the next phase of strategic dialogue


Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) February 3, 2014, p. 7 Bülent Aras * The burden of the future design of EU foreign policy seems to be shifting to Germany?s shoulders ? whether it likes it or not. Germany?s foreign and security policies, its assets and capability to pursue these policies are likely to be more visible


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