As I am writing it is still uncertain whether a deal can be struck between the 25-member states of the European Union and Turkey to start accession negotiations today. Austria remains a stumbling bloc, Jack Straw sounds pessimistic and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan comes out with warnings of stark consequence. Turkey’s news channels report that EU foreign ministers are meeting round-the-clock to resolve the impasse. If you are a pro-European Turk it does not look good on this Oct. 3 afternoon.
The highlight of Turkish newspapers yesterday was a final deal between Turkey and the European Union on the opening of long-awaited accession talks after days of haggling over the negotiating framework. Hello, Europe: The Turks, who were twice beaten back from the gates of Vienna, in 1529 and 1683, are now heading to Europe for peace and unity, Hürriyet reported. Turkey experienced one of its most critical days on Monday when the candidate country was cleared to start membership negotiations with the EU. The opening ceremony had been delayed until after midnight by nearly two days of wrangling over Austrian and Turkish objections to the EU's proposed negotiatin
Opposition CHP leader slams the government for accepting the Negotiation Framework Document
Seven people died, two were injured and one was reported missing on Monday as a result of floods and landslides in the Black Sea province of Rize, officials from the Prime Ministry Emergency
On Oct. 3, millions of people living in Europe watched as the moon passed across the face of the sun causing an annular eclipse. Only a partial eclipse could be viewed from Turkey. Was it coincidence, or simply fate?
From the columns: Turkish columnists yesterday analyzed the critical hours in Turkey's relations with the European Union and commented on the final accord between Ankara and Brussels. Opposition not satisfied with EU deal:After coming to terms with the
Opposition Motherland Party leader Erkan Mumcu expressed pleasure yesterday at the opening of membership negotiations with the European Union after days of haggling but predicted that Turkey’s
While its strategic NATO ally Turkey was facing a difficult time rounding the last corner before the long-awaited start of membership talks with the European Union, U.S. Secretary of State
I watched the world press and television. The headlines were all similar: Europe opens door to Turkey, historic development, Turkey enters the European club, Turkey wins. Crises were averted, mutual recriminations forgotten. The 'doubters' in Turkey still don’t know what has happened. They still question the developments.
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The government hailed the launch of long-awaited accession negotiations as a 'victory over prejudice' in the European Union and a 'historic step for the EU, the region and the world' but said the main
Government hails the opening of accession talks with the EU but the assessment in Turks’ minds is rather sober, heeding the troubles the process is likely to bring
Flash floods in the Black Sea province of Rize have resulted in one person dead, two injured and one missing, said officials from the Prime Ministry Emergency Management Desk in a statement yesterday. Up to ten houses were demolished in the floods because of landslides in the area, and many other buildings sustained serious damage. A rescue operation has been underway since Tuesday to rescue the victims who have been stranded by the floods.
The dynamic conjecture that came out after the end of the Cold War and accelerated after Sept. 11 compels Turkey to be an actor to influence, transform and determine ongoing processes in its
The highlight of Turkish newspapers yesterday was the European Union deadlock over the opening of membership negotiations with Turkey. Today is a turning point:The foreign ministers of the EU failed to convince Austria to start membership negotiations with Turkey after long hours of discussion and debate that ended in a stalemate. We'll either proceed on the EU path as of tomorrow (Oct. 3), or we'll proceed on our own path, Hürriyet headlined.The EU foreign ministers held heated debates in Luxembourg just one day before the scheduled talks with Turkey, aspiring to realize its 42-year objective. On the “longest night,” the ministers were trying to sway Austria to
From the columns:Turkish columnists yesterday commented on possible scenarios surrounding the opening of membership negotiations between the European Union and Turkey. EU should open doors to Turkey:Milliyet's Hasan Cemal said nothing would be the
‘We have reached a consensus,’ Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül says before taking the plane to Luxembourg to attend the opening of accession talks
Opposition leaders were silent last evening as the government tried to overcome last-minute problems that arose at the start of European Union negotiations, but this silence is not expected to
Ankara makes a difficult start for the accession talks with the 25-nation bloc
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