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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The 91st anniversary of our republic was marked this year with a sense of despondency among Turks who believe in a secular democracy based on tried and tested European values that have become the universal benchmarks of advanced societies in the contemporary world.
The results of the elections in Tunisia on Sunday, Oct. 26 have significance for Turkey in particular, and for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in general. The reason is self-evident.
Again we see that Ankara is bedeviled by events just across its border, which it can’t control or prevent because of the futile way the government is trying to impose its conflicting agenda on developments that have their own dynamics.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has often expressed pride over what he says is his brain child, namely the peace process that is meant to solve Turkey’s age old Kurdish problem and end the violence by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is not the only one who is careless with his remarks while addressing university students at a sensitive moment in the Middle East.
There seems to be a misunderstanding or an intentional misinterpretation about Turkey’s contribution to efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
It is becoming increasingly apparent why Turkey before the AKP had an overly cautious approach toward the Middle East, and why it tried to steer a course around regional crises as best it could
They say there is no smoke without fire. This is the way many people see U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkey is inching toward military engagement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the European Commission, remains hopeful about Turkish-EU ties even though very little progress has been made in recent years in Ankara’s bid for membership.
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