Monthly Archives: March 2013

Turkey, Cyprus and ENI fallout

It was quite a hectic day in the Turkish capital on March 22, the day when the Israeli prime minister picked up the phone to extend a belated official apology for the killing of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American … Continue reading

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Apology and Middle East politics

It simply did not make any sense for Israel to drag its feet for three years on an “apology” for the killing of eight Turkish citizen and one Turkish-American onboard a humanitarian aid flotilla en route to Gaza, while overarching … Continue reading

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Terrorism toll on Turkey

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Amasya deputy Naci Bostancı deserves credit. The cost of terrorism to Turkey has been for the first time documented in a very detailed and comprehensive way by the terrorism sub-commission of the parliamentary Human … Continue reading

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Turkey, world trade and top WTO post

Turkey, as an emerging export-oriented economy with a special focus on trade diversification policies in recent years, has a huge stake in the future role of the World Trade Organization (WTO), whose very existence has now been called into question … Continue reading

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UNHCR’s Guterres on the Syrian refugee crisis

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), sounded very anxious in the Turkish capital this week when I had a chance to speak to him at the Swiss Hotel about the future of Syria. He was unequivocally … Continue reading

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Why Sweden is going strategic with Turkey

If you ask which country has been the strongest advocate of the EU membership process for Turkey in the last decade, not just with public remarks but also with intensive lobbying endeavors, I would say it was — and still … Continue reading

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Competition as Turkey goes nuclear

The Turkish government is expected to soon announce who will be getting the lucrative deal, valued at $20-25 billion, to build the country’s second nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop. This would be the second power plant … Continue reading

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