US Consulate in Istanbul denies a visa to Erkan’s brother…

Another “smart” visa decision against Turkish nationals… My brother was planning to attend a language school in Houston. All cold responses from the visa section. One cannot help but take it personal after all…

#wlic2012- Day 2 in Erkan?s adventures to go to Finland. Finland is now the most beloved European country for Erkan. here is why:

I was mobile all day and I could not post before. In early morning I arrived at the Finland Embassy which is located in Gaziosmanpaşa in Ankara like many other embassies. (it is ironic: the same named district in Istanbul is a lower class district and here in Ankara it is an upper class one) … Read more

Part 3 in Erkan?s adventures to go to Finland. Day 1.

I could finally got the passport, rushed back to my parents’ place, which was on the way, used their broadband I have been paying, dealt with some departmental issues online, went over some issues related to trip and here I am: In a Nilufer Seyahat bus to Ankara. I got the bus terminal at 17.55, … Read more

Part 2 in Erkan?s adventures to go to Finland. Day 1.

… the ordeal began with the fact all State institutions in this summer seem to be under construction. In order to renew your passport, you need to go to Police Station but the one which is in the neighbourhood which is in walking distance is under repairs, so you need to drive to the new … Read more

Erkan’s adventures to go to Finland. Day 1. – IFLA 2012 Helsinki event…

First of all, you need a passport. But the glorious Turkish State has some difficulties to issue new passports. Because of the Armenian Genocide Bill issue in France, Turkish leaders seemed to have acted for the least damaging manner and canceled the agreement with the French company that produces new passports. Of course the pseudo-Sultan … Read more

FP roundup: Turkey calls on EU to issue visa-free and in the mean time Raises Alarm to UN over Syria…

Turkey calls on EU to issue visa-free Turkey officially called on the European Union to issue visa-free travel rights to Turkish citizens.   Turkey’s new digital diplomacy by Emrah Usta from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews The simplest explanation of digital diplomacy is to say that international ties are no … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: EU saves Greece again-for the moment; France introduces visa restrictions for foreign university graduates…

France: New Visa Restrictions for Foreign University Graduates from Global Voices Online by Julie Owono If the United States’ immigration law had ever been similar to the one France recently decided to apply, Yahoo would have been a Chinese company (founded by Jerry Yang from Taiwan), Google would now be a successful Russian business (set … Read more

Turkish foreign policy agenda: Visa issues might be softened with the EU; “Turkey finds Israeli soldiers via Facebook

Honestly, visa requirements are so annoying that I have given up goin’ to Europe (conferences etc…) **************** Turkey finds Israeli soldiers via Facebook by Fréderike Geerdink ISTANBUL ? The Turkish secret service made a list of 174 names of Israeli soldiers involved in the attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship to Gaza last year, … Read more

EU vs. Turkey. Tense days recently… A roundup in TR foreign policy

The idiotic gap by YAVUZ BAYDAR Let us repeat old news because it is needed. Relations between Turkey and the European Union are heading for a nasty crash. This conclusion became increasingly visible after the problematic visit to Ankara by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and not-so-warm contacts between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip … Read more

Sarkozy, the irritant, pays a short visit to Turkey…

EU visa concessions for Turkey not on the horizon, diplomats say from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M EU visa concessions for Turkey not on the horizon, diplomats say Brussels – The European Union is unlikely to respond to Italian-led calls for the bloc to start talks on easing visa restrictions for Turkey, diplomats said on Tuesday. … Read more

Strains with Israel and US continue. Yavuz Baydar’s Open letter to Ambassador Ricciardone

Turkish version of Mavi Marmara report is released and tension likely to continue. U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Riccardione’s statements on Oda.Tv arrests were not welcome by the ruling government. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and his counterpart Irsen Kucuk of Northern Cyprus shake hands prior to a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, … Read more

by the way, Egemen Bağış first accused EU of ‘racism’ then backed down…

Egemen Bağış, state minister and Turkey’s chief EU negotiator. AA photo This is another sign of how Mr. Bağış did rise so fast politically. He is a loyal follower of his party leader in aggressive rhetorics. In Auschwitz, Turkey minister accuses EU of ‘racism’ from Yahoo news The EU risks being besieged by a racist … Read more

Haaretz: Israel should compensate Gaza flotilla victims

Turkish protesters marching in Istanbul against Israel?s takeover of the Gaza flotilla in May. Photo by: AP Israel should compensate Gaza flotilla victims – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News Israel can take several steps to defuse tensions between itself and Turkey. By Shlomo Avineri The waves caused by the raid on the Gaza-bound Turkish … Read more

Ali Nesin, also a victim of European visa regulations

In our academic list, we have received a mail from Ali Nesin, famous mathematician and also son of Aziz Nesin. He was officially invited to a ceremony in Germany but because of never ending bureacratic demands from the German consulate, he decided not to go… This is not the first time and will probably not … Read more

Turkey- Russia approachment while the EU in all her grace thinks of opening a single new chapter in negotiations…

I basically mean who gives a frak for the negotiations back in Turkey:)

Turkey, Russia lift visa procedure in ‘historic agreement’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey and Russia ended their mutual visa requirements Wednesday during the Russian president’s visit to Ankara.

Russian Deputy Prime  Minister Igor Sechin and ...

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin (L) and Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz attend a signing ceremony in Ankara May 12, 2010. Russia signed a $20 billion deal on Wednesday to build a nuclear power plant with four reactors in Turkey.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Three critical visits top Turkey’s diplomatic agenda this week

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Three high-level visits will take place within 10 days, as Gül hosts the Russian president and Erdoğan goes to Greece and Azerbaijan.

Medvedev hails ‘strategic’ Turkey ties

from Yahoo news
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday hailed “strategic” ties with NATO-member Turkey as the two sides prepared to seal energy deals, including a plan to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
Turkeys FM Davutoglu and his Spanish counterpart ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos (R) arrive to attend an EU-Turkey joint meeting at the EU Council in Brussels May 10, 2010.? Read more »REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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