Monthly Archives: October 2010

NATO ‘missile game’ in Turkey

Some of the greatest resistance to NATO’s current missile proposal advanced by the United States is coming from military people in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), albeit there is no uniform opinion on how to proceed. Invoking the 1962 Cuban … Continue reading

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Do we need an election threshold in Turkey?

A Turkish election law that imposes a threshold of 10 percent of the national vote for a party to obtain seats in Parliament has been the subject of criticism for many years. Critics argue that it is simply too high, … Continue reading

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Election tops the agenda in Turkish capital

When people ask me what is happening in the Turkish capital these days, my quick response would be that “the election” is occupying the first and foremost spot on the agenda in this dynamic city. In a post-referendum era, where … Continue reading

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What Germany hopes contradicts what it does

Back in May on a rainy Sunday, I was with Egemen Bağış, the Turkish government’s pointman to negotiate with the European Union, to attend the first ever Turkish Parade held in Hannover, Germany. We started our walk in Opera Square, … Continue reading

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Did Alstom further damage Turkish-French ties?

The facade at the joint press conference last week between visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoğlu, was like a “mutual admiration society” if one is to judge just the facial expressions and complementary words … Continue reading

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EU has sinned big over TSK economic might

I am anxiously waiting for this year’s progress report, issued annually by the European Commission in mid-October, to see whether or not it will finally tackle the economic might of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which goes against best practices … Continue reading

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China, Turkey seek closer ties

We have known for some time that the leadership in the Turkish and Chinese governments has a political commitment to boost bilateral ties, mostly motivated by the desire to earn dividends from joint business deals not only in their respective … Continue reading

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