Monthly Archives: Şubat 2013

Merkel’s visit marks a turn in Turkish-German frost

As the crisis shows signs of further deepening with the new uncertainties in the wake of Italian ‘non-elections’, Germany is more under strain to keep the EU intact. Berlin has to deal not only with the growing anti-unionism in the … Okumaya devam et

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Time to stop engineering religion

Democrats and reformists from all camps in this country may have been united in expecting a fully democratic constitution for Turkey, but each and every one has his/her own focal point and red line about it. While legitimate concerns are … Okumaya devam et

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THY: to protect a powerful brand

About Turkish Airlines, there are always interesting stories to tell. It was a scene I have witnessed more than once. The first one was on a flight between the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, namely İstanbul and Çanakkale. The second between … Okumaya devam et

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CHP’s foxes strike back, setting the scene for trouble

  All the variables are now at play. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is determined to keep its feet on the gas pedal, pushing the “solution process” further. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have loosened up with … Okumaya devam et

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Will Erdoğan also hold hands in Uludere?

Are Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s series of moves — re-launching talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), critiquing the legal system, the fourth judicial reform package, extending an olive branch to the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on … Okumaya devam et

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My address on the constitutional process – in Abant Conference

As a bi-product of the massive military coup, the current constitution was constructed, and imposed under emergency conditions, on the helpless people of Turkey. It was designed as a lid on a pot, to suppress all that has had to … Okumaya devam et

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Erdoğan’s (new) way

United States Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone probably knew that his unusually bitter remarks regarding the state of the rule of law in Turkey would lead to a reaction from Ankara. During a visit to the Turkish Foreign Ministry … Okumaya devam et

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