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Public Policy & Politics, Turkey

06.11.2013

Turkey has been waiting 50 years for accession to the EU, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during his official visit to Finland, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Wednesday.

According to Erdogan, despite the fact that Turkey beats some European countries in economic development, double standards are held against Turkey.

He also stressed that Ankara has done everything necessary for accession.

Earlier, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said it is possible that Turkey will not want to be an EU member.

30.10.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, by invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to pay an official visit to Washington on Nov. 18 for talks on bilateral relations and regional developments.

29.10.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has described the prospects for further bilateral relations between Ankara and Tehran as "very positive", PressTV reported.

In a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bigdeli on Monday morning, Davutoglu pointed to the commonalties between Turkey and Iran, and underscored the role of ambassadors and diplomatic missions in facilitating the broader between the two neighboring states.

23.10.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Oman and Kuwait on Oct. 23, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the aspects of developing political and economic relations between the countries will be discussed during the visit.

Moreover, Turkish and Kuwait's Foreign Ministers will discuss the situation in the region, as well as the Syrian crisis settlement.

09.10.2013

The European Commission (EC), which has in the past consistently avoided mentioning Turkey's headscarf controversy in its progress reports, has announced that it welcomes "growing consensus" on an issue that has polarized the country since the 1990s Today`s Zaman reported.

Responding to a question, the spokesman for Stefan Fule, the commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy, said it was up to Turkey to find its own compromise on the subject.

02.10.2013

The package of measures for democratization which was adopted in Turkey may be a model for the EU, the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, TRT Haber reported on Wednesday.

According to him, the opportunity for other nations living in Turkey to receive education in their native language will open wide doors for the country.

On Sept. 30, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new package of measures for the country's democratisation.

25.09.2013

Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel has been charged with participating in a military coup that took place on February 28, 1997, Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.

The charges against Demirel were brought through the Criminal Court of Erzurum province.
A number of high ranking Turkish military including Generals Cevik Bir, Erol Ozkasnak and others have already been imprisoned over this case.

18.09.2013

After the release of a UN report, Turkey claimed to be certain that the chemical weapons attack in Damascus on Aug. 21 was committed by the Syrian regime, both in a written statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tuesday's statements from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Today`s Zaman reported.

11.09.2013

Syria will still have problems after chemical weapons are transferred under international control, Turkish President Abdullah Gul told media today, TRT Haber, TV channel reported.

"The West and in particular the U.S. must understand that after the chemical weapons are transferred under international control, Syria will still have problems," he added. "A more effective approach is required."

According to him, more than 100,000 people were killed during the Syrian crisis and this must be stopped as soon as possible.

04.09.2013

Turkey's ambassador to Cairo, who was recalled to Ankara due to deteriorating Turkish-Egyptian relations, will return to Egypt today, Hürriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali was recalled from Cairo on August 16 for consultations. In response, Egypt recalled its Ambassador to Ankara Abdurrahman Salahaddin.