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AKP moved ahead with its reactionary agenda to bar women and girls from the public life with its so-called “education reform” proposal. Dubbed 4+4+4, the bill at the sub-committee extends compulsory education from 8 to 12 years, but divides it into three four year stages. Home schooling will be allowed after the 4 years, while… » read more

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  Turkish Coffee Briefings meeting was held on the topic of Time to act for Youth Employment in Europe Turkish Coffee Briefings is a roundtable debate club in Brussels. The sessions are introduced by a guest speaker, followed by 45 minutes of exchange of views by participants. Turkish coffee and delights are served. The topics… » read more

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CHP Amends Party Bylaws, Kilicdaroglu Promises “A New Road Map” In two extraordinary conventions held on Sunday and Monday, CHP renewed its founding charter, making it more participatory, more democratic and more inclusive of women and the youth. Among other things, an overwhelming majority of the 967 delegates in Sunday’s 16th extraordinary convention ratified A… » read more

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Please see below today’s press release of PES President Sergei Stanishev on Turkey’s accession to the EU and responsibility of European & Turkish conservatives’ responsibility for the current impasse. Twelve years after granting candidate status and six years after the start of accession negotiations, EU-Turkey relations are today at a virtual standstill. It is in… » read more

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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA ISTANBUL (AP) — If a project has no deadline, is it really a project? What do you call a negotiation process in which the partners can’t talk about key issues? These are existential times for Turkey’s campaign to join the European Union — an ambitious vision that has become increasingly ambiguous. At… » read more

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The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. The first major event in this connection is the exhibition ‘Rembrandt and his contemporaries – The Golden Age of Dutch Art’ in Istanbul’s Sakip Sabancı Museum. The exhibition was opened this evening by President Gül of Turkey and the Dutch foreign… » read more

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‘Treason’ in Turkey

Owen Matthew-Newsweek Prosecutors wage war on suspected coup conspirators—but at what cost to the country? Turkey’s reform-minded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is nothing like his iron-fisted Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin—right? Think again. In both leaders’ countries, journalists who dare to criticize the government often end up behind bars. In Erdogan’s Turkey, as in Putin’s… » read more

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CHP to Appeal MIT Act to Constitutional Court AKP missed another major chance to democratize Turkey by passing a one-article MIT Act. The act requires prosecutors to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s office before investigating or interrogating MIT operatives. Kemal Kilicdaroglu bashed the act in the starkest terms possible: “Turkey’s main opposition accused the… » read more

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It is time to banish wishful thinking about Islamism By Ayaan Hirsi Ali February 8, 2012 A year ago many western commentators were celebrating an Arab spring. The internet generation personified by Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive, would take over power from military dictators and absolute monarchs in democratic elections. Those of us who… » read more

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Click here to download as pdf file >> Turkish News_Folder,13 Feb 2012 Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s Editorial at Washington Post CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu wrote an editorial to the influential American daily Washington Post on 6 Feb, which needs to be repeated in these lines because it happens to be so prescient as to be scary. “Many… » read more

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Perspectives of the CHP

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the Leader and Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) at the PES Convention, Brussels – 26.11.2011 Not only Europe but the entire world is in the midst of difficult and challenging times ranging from global financial crisis to political unrest. Today’s financial infrastructure, the rate and the way we deplete natural resources… » read more

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Click here to download as pdf file >> Turkish News Folder 1 Feb2012 Former lighthouse prosecutors indicted, Kilicdaroglu outraged After being demoted to passive duty, the three former prosecutors in the Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse) charity scandal investigation have been formally charged with counterfeiting official documents and abuse of office. All will be tried and if… » read more

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Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu and PES Secretary General Philip Cordery Today the PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu. During the meeting the current political situation and struggles in Turkey were discussed. The PES is concerned about… » read more

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Following the recent launch of a probe into Mr Kemal Kilicdaroglu by the Turkish judiciary, there is growing concern regarding the impartiality of the Turkish judiciary. The Turkish public prosecutor has requested that Mr Kilicdaroglu waive his right to parliamentary immunity so that charges can be brought against him for ‘attempting to influence a fair… » read more

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Click here to download as pdf file >> Turkish News Folder 13 Jan 2012 Deputy Chairman Faik Öztrak urges AKP to take the World Bank Report seriously:   Faik Öztrak said “CHP has been warning this government for six months along the lines of the conclusions of the recent World Bank report, which apparently—because it… » read more

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Tells media not to look for divisions that don’t exist PES Presidency Member and Norwegian Minister of Defence, Espen Barth Eide, this evening dismissed claims in the Turkish media that there was any disagreement between him and CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Eide said that; “The media should not look for divisions that don’t exist. I… » read more

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Listen:   Sarpinto – Schengen Macht Frei by Sarpinto   “Schengen is the name of the discriminatory and ill-designed visa regime of the European Union” Sarp Yeletaysi from Istanbul found a creative way of criticizing the Schengen visa procedure Turkish citizens are faced with when they travel to Europe. There are also messages to Merkel,… » read more

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  The CHP as Turkey’s social-democratic party and main opposition has always been a firm defender of EU’s enlargement to Turkey. CHP asks better fulfillment of the EU’s Copenhagen political criteria by Turkey and more regulatory and social reforms. The world needs a better global order as a result of the actual financial, social and… » read more

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The Brussels chief criticized the AKP for not doing enough to open the three EU accession-negotiation chapters – those on competition, social policy and public procurement – that carry no political baggage. “The government remains unwilling to open the social policy and competition chapters because there is a need for reforms on state aid, the… » read more

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