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Europe not only has a euro crisis, it also has a growth crisis. That is because of its chronic failure to encourage ambitious entrepreneurs The Economist | Jul 28th 2012 | BERLIN, MADRID AND PARIS   THE St Oberholz café in eastern Berlin is as hip as any of the area’s bars: graffiti-covered doors, in-your-face… » read more

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_____________________________       I was invited, as a poet, to Henrich Böll Foundation’s meeting: “Europe through the Eyes of Writers” to present my views on Europe’s future. It was a great pleasure to share with participants my ideas about the present and future of Europe together with Marianne Ebertowski (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union), Czech writer… » read more

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The abortion ban plan has sparked an intense debate in Turkey. I signed the petition “Say No Abortion Ban” because the abortion should certainly be regulated but without harming the right of women to make their own private life choice in the early stages of the pregnancy. A politicized approach based on the logic of… » read more

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A new Turkish Coffee Briefing was focused on the topic of “Greening Turkey: is there an European vision?” The introductory speech was given by Dr Uygar Özesmi, Executive Director of Greenpeace Mediterranean. During the debate moderated by Gizem Karslı, participants from the European Parliament, European Commission, international media, think thanks, business and civic society exchanged… » read more

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  www.turkishcoffeebriefings.org A new Turkish Coffee Briefings was on the topic of “European Parliament: Power and Politics”. The introductory speech was given by Richard Corbett, Cabinet Member of the European Council President Van Rompuy and former Member of the European Parliament. He is the co-author of the book “The European Parliament”. During the debate which… » read more

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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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