Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mani Pulite and Ergenekon: Contrasting picture in Turkey and Italy

There are valuable experiences Turkey ought to take from the Italian experience of the “Mani Pulite” (Clean Hands) initiative of the early 1990s. The Italian experiment teaches us that it is imperative to pursue dismantling gangs, illicit groups, criminal networks … Continue reading

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Will Turkey align with Germany or France?

Because of the cyclical nature of history over the centuries, we find ourselves at yet another bend in the road as we witness new emerging powers in the world while at the same time watching existing ones continue to bleed. … Continue reading

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What we need to develop Turkey-Pakistan ties

Lahore- I visited different parts of Pakistan over the last week, having talks with officials, journalists, academics and others. I must admit it was certainly a pleasant experience to feel quite welcomed here as a Turk and at times I … Continue reading

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Pushed to the limit: lessons in Pakistan

When I was writing this column, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, was about to land in the Pakistani capital with an unusually large delegation, which included the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), David Petraeus, and Chairman … Continue reading

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Economy and new constitution to determine fates of AK Party and CHP

The future of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government will be determined by two separate but closely linked developments in Turkey, as will the future performance of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the next … Continue reading

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German funds and PKK/KCK terrorism

Let me give you an insider’s scoop on the real motivation behind Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent accusations against German foundations, or rather German funds tied to the government, for indirectly funneling money to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ … Continue reading

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EU ‘regress report’ 2011

This is the second time I am writing a “regress report” to address the progress the EU has failed to make in a number of areas with regard to its obligations to Turkey. It is a cynical way of approaching … Continue reading

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