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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Exactly last year, at around this time, just as the European Commission was about to release its progress report on Turkey, we found out that the Commission’s envoy in Ankara, Jean Maurice Ripert, had been appointed as France’s new ambassador to Moscow.
I first understood that 62 percent of Turks did not consider ISIL a terrorist organization. Apparently it was the other way around
Turkey is world famous for its hospitality. Yet the polls also show that Turks only like themselves. The Transatlantic Trends survey released yesterday provides interesting info about Turks’ attitudes toward the Syrian refugees
It might sound a bit of a simplification but I might perhaps dare to say that looking from the outside at Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)
Semantics are crucial in the functioning of the European Union
While measures were taken by Turkish missions abroad to have a smooth voting process, the low turnout (just 8.32 percent) came as a shock
“The first time I met her; she had no idea about the issue of my expertise. I gave her a briefing. When we met six months after, I found a woman who had done her homework, asking me all the right questions.”
Today, I am leaving my column to Amberin Zaman, a colleague and a friend who I have known for more than two decades, and who has recently been targeted by government supporters.
The question in the title was put to me by a foreign reader of the Hürriyet Daily news. It was posed last month, right after the joint commemoration by France and Germany of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Turkey’s most polarizing leader will now be sitting in a chair that was designed to be above polemics with a mission to reconcile political forces, rather than pit them against each other.
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