Turkey

Morphou protests

Morphou protests

Cyprus Weekly

15 August 2012

NICOSIA - The municipality of the occupied town of Morphou, organisations and associations of the district will hold a series of events Thursday to mark the 38th anniversary of the occupation of Morphou and the broader district by the advancing Turkish troops, on August 16, 1974.
A delegation led by the Mayor of the occupied town will hand over a protest resolution to the Ambassadors of the five UN Security Council permanent members and the Representation of the European Commission.

Thirty eight years on, Famagusta remains Turkey’s hostage

Thirty eight years on, Famagusta remains Turkey’s hostage

Famagusta Gazette

14 August 2012

Cyprus marks on Tuesday the 38th anniversary since Turkey’s second offensive against the island in the summer of 1974, which resulted in the occupation of the Republic’s northern third, including the city of Famagusta.

Turkey and the Euro CrisisEU Membership Losing Its Appeal

Turkey and the Euro CrisisEU Membership Losing Its Appeal

Der Spiegel

14 August 2012

Amid the euro crisis drama, Turkey has seen economic growth as its European neighbors have suffered. As a result, the country has a newfound confidence that makes EU membership seem less important. But the waning aspiration could stall important democratic reforms.

When Will Turkey Join the European Union?

When Will Turkey Join the European Union?

CNBC News

12 August 2012

Maslak is a neighborhood and one of the main business districts of Istanbul, Turkey.

“For the 25 years I’ve been in Turkey, EU accession has been 10 years away,” said Hugh Pope, Turkey/Cyprus project director of Crisis Group. “At the moment, the process is dead in the water. That doesn’t mean it can’t be revived.”

Turkey signals to US, may go ahead ‘solo' with safety zones in Syria

Turkey signals to US, may go ahead ‘solo' with safety zones in Syria

Todayszaman

12 August 2012

While NATO allies Turkey and the US have started synchronizing their contingency operation plans for Syria amid the influx of thousands of refugees into Turkey in recent days, Turkey has made it clear that it will go ahead with setting up “safety zone” pockets inside Syrian territory to handle the mounting humanitarian crisis.

What really happened within Turkey’s military

What really happened within Turkey’s military

August 11 2012

One of Turkey’s key political phenomena in the past decade has been the gradual de-fanging of the military, a sinister institution that has toppled four elected governments since 1960. In fact, even until a few years ago, there was widespread expectation, or concern, that Turkey’s powerful generals would not break their tradition and take down a government that they did not like – this time that of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). That obviously did not happen, and the military has rather been reduced to what it should be in any democratic country. Officers, in other words, began obeying elected politicians rather than threatening them.

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