With civil war in Syria, turmoil in Gaza, Arab Spring aftershocks, and the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program, it’s easy for outsiders to overlook one of the region’s most intractable ethnic conflicts – Turkey’s internal battles with Kurdish separatists. The Kurdish issue though deserves attention as it remains a major inner security threat for the most politically modern and economically dynamic country of the region.
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No other country aspired membership to the European Union for such a long time as Turkey. It’s been twenty-five years since EU-Turkey negotiations began. During this time, the EU was able to exert much positive influence on the country. The social, economic and political system of Turkey has fundamentally evolved and now resembles the European model more closely than ever. Also the EU would, economically and politically, benefit enormously from Turkey’s accession. However, many issues remain. The New Federalist’s Florian Grünwald and Sarah Dejaegher take a look at EU-Turkey relations.
Rethinking the EU’s future: Two players of a game, Turkey and the EU It is very likely to hear a joke from International Relations students in Turkey: “Even Venezuela will become a member of the EU before Turkey does”. It has been a long time since the Turkish authorities have expressed their desire to join the [...]
Tensions in the Eastern–Mediterranean area are escalating: A short time ago, Cyprus begun to conduct drilling for oil and gas in its exclusive economic area, facing the contradiction of Turkey. Turkey claims a share in the “controversial” Block 12.
Internet usage is an undeniable part of the modern world. If a society wants to take a place in this modern world, it’s inevitable to make big investments in that area. But what kind of investment is this? On the one hand, there are countries which make positive investments to increase freedom of internet usage and to make it more qualified. The E-G8 Forum is a good example. On the other hand, there are some countries which try to restrict the usage of internet, such as Turkey.
“Turkey is not in Europe”. If you have ever found yourself in a discussion on the future of the EU enlargement and the Turkish case, I bet you have heard this over and over again. I did hear this a lot from the Turko-skeptics and every time I ask them the simplest yet most complicated question: which Europe are we talking about?
Iran and Turkey are getting closer than ever and enjoying a unique growth in trade and energy cooperation. Nationals of the two countries are enjoying visa free travel and there are plans to use Turkish/Iranian currencies for trade instead of US dollars. Does this mean an ideological convergence of the two? Are they becoming the same despite their sharp religious (Sunni vs. Shi’a) and political (secular vs. Islamic) differences?
Are Turks and “Europeans” virtually disconnected from each other politically, economically and socially? Claiming a disconnection is a popular phenomena shared by many of the critics of Turkish membership to the EU. It is fascinating that the myth of disconnection is still around even though there is no historical or contemporary evidence to support it.
A country with a 70+ million mostly Muslim population is at the doorsteps of the EU: the Turks! What do we know about them and how much of what we know actually reflects reality? It is not time to talk about who they are but about who they are not. Let’s analyze some of the European myths about “the other” starting with the “Trojan Horse” analogy.
On February 25, 2011 the French President visited Turkey and he stayed in Ankara for 300 minutes. Even though the official purpose of the visit was a work meeting to discuss regional and international issues as G-20 members, the Turkish bid for EU accession dominated the atmosphere. What does this “300-minutes” mean for Turkey, France and the EU? The short time of the visit was long enough to create many implications for all the sides around the table.