#DigitalDiplomacy a la Turca: “Ankara voices ‘disappointment’ to Swedish envoy over age of consent tweet…

Ankara voices ‘disappointment’ to Swedish envoy over age of consent tweet The Foreign Ministry has summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires in Turkey, upon a claim from Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom that Turkey had legalized sex with underage children Chemical castration of sex offenders in Turkey condemned by women’s groups  World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: #PanamaPapers is back…

Panama Papers whistleblower issues statement, naming and shaming failed states and institutions  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow “John Doe,” the mysterious whistleblower who released the largest-ever leak of confidential documents in world history — papers from the Panamanian law firm Mossack-Fonseca, a key player in the offshore dark money industry — has published their first-ever public … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Orhan Pamuk: The EU forgot its values

Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk: The EU forgot its values  EurActiv.com Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported yesterday (31 January). The EU’s core values are at stake in the migration … Read more

Journalism agenda: “Why does Google want to pay for digital news experiments in Europe?

Why does Google want to pay for digital news experiments in Europe? Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis Lately Google is spending a lot of time — and money — trying to convince journalists it wants to be friends. In recent months, they’ve introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages, the recently launched Google News Lab, and team-ups with … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “INFOGRAPHIC: Coding at school — How do EU countries compare?

INFOGRAPHIC: Coding at school — How do EU countries compare? EurActiv.com SPECIAL REPORT / Digital competences and ICT skills are seen as key for young people to integrate in the job market. Jobseekers will have a harder time finding work without them. Experimenting with citizens’ assemblies in the UK open Democracy News Analysis – by Graham Smith … Read more

#TurkeyElections- HDP co-chair mocks Erdoğan’s nationwide inaugurations… Main opposition CHP’s election truck towed away in Erzurum…

HDP co-chair mocks Erdoğan’s nationwide inaugurations Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş celebrated opening a soda can during his meeting with Turkish humorists and cartoonists in Istanbul, teasing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s successive inauguration meetings on the run up to the June 7 elections. Main opposition CHP’s election truck towed away in Erzurum An election campaign … Read more

Hard to understand by outsiders but “Turkey’s Best Election Campaigner Isn’t Even Running for Office” #TurkeyElections

Turkey’s Best Election Campaigner Isn’t Even Running for Office   Read the Bloomberg piece here.    OSCE parliamentarians to observe Turkey’s upcoming election Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) parliamentarians will observe the upcoming parliamentary election in Turkey and provide leadership for the OSCE’s short-term observer mission, the organization said in a written statement … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: biggest-ever Eurovision…”Juncker greets Orbán with ‘Hello dictator!”…

Stage set for biggest-ever Eurovision  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Sweden, Russia and Italy are among the favourites to win the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna later. Juncker greets Orbán with ‘Hello dictator!”  EurActiv.com European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbán over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly … Read more

Dispatches from Turkey. Davutoğlu threatens: “Normalization not possible after Gaza offensive…

Calls grow for boycott of Israeli goods in Turkey A number of professional associations have urged consumers to refrain from buying goods from a list of companies Normalization not possible after Gaza offensive, senior Turkish diplomat tells Israeli counterpart The Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu is also set to hold talks in Washington where he will … Read more