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I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Prime Minister of Turkey Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan. —————- Stop Turkey’s proposed Death Camps for stray animals! Dear Mr Prime Minister We have been shocked and outraged by your governments proposed changes to Turkey’s very comprehensive and ground breaking Animal Rights law 5199. We believe that… » 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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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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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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Civil Society Report Summary: CHP is the Party of Organized Civil Society Civil society is a wide sphere of social organization and relations that stands between private life and state. Free individual is at the core of civil society. Civil society consists of social unions formed by free individuals with their free will. Maintaining and… » read more

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Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized that a high quality democracy can be accessed via freedom and said “Where freedom and democracy are suspended or wounded, the problem grows a lot faster than we think it will.” Kılıçdaroğlu attended the TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Executive Board Meeting. Taking the floor, Kılıçdaroğlu expressed… » read more

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“In terms of foreign policy, many things will be different when CHP comes to power. First of all, I think putting Turkey back into the European, Euro-Atlantic fold but not as it was ten years ago is important. Turkey is a different country than it was ten years ago. The way I put it is… » read more

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Link: bit.ly/ei8JJ4 The European Parliament expressed serious doubts about press freedom in Turkey in a criticism-laden report it adopted Wednesday. It said it was closely following the latest arrests of journalists, including Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, for alleged links to a plot to topple the government. The European Parliament “is concerned about the deterioration… » read more

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  ”The European Commission is following with concern the recent police actions against journalists, including the detention today of Nedim Şener, Ahmet Şık and others and the arrests last week of ODA TV site administrators Soner Yalçın, Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan.   The European Commission has in its progress report highlighted the high number… » read more

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CHP leader Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu talked to journalists on his way to London: CHP has become the address for change, AKP the defender of the status quo. Once again, I’m urging AKP to re-write the constitution in cooperation with us to brighten the future of this country. Let’s draft a brand-new basic law, full with… » read more

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Dorian Jones | Istanbul February 21, 2011 Freedom of the press in Turkey the has come under international scrutiny, following the arrest and jailing of three journalists critical of the government. Human-rights groups claim more than 50 journalists are in jail for their reporting. The Turkish government argues it needs tight press control because it… » read more

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Wikileaks blew into the Turkish politics like a foul wind. It is not clear whether the disparaging remakes by US diplomats would create further tensions in an already strained relationship, but allegations of corruption and cronyism are more important. So far, the accusations of the Wikileaks are not legally confirmed and I do hope that… » read more

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By MARC CHAMPION THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ISTANBUL—Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suggested Wednesday the U.S should punish diplomats who reported claims in leaked State Department cables that he and his family are corrupt, and said he planned to take legal action against them. In a sometimes furious televised address at the start… » read more

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David Kenner Monday, November 29, 2010 When Barack Obama took the podium before Turkey’s parliament in April 2009, in his first overseas trip as president, he delivered a speech that echoed much of the happy talk that has characterized U.S. rhetoric toward Turkey over the past decade. “Turkey is a critical ally. Turkey is an… » read more

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