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MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ

Killing the perennial lies in the EU-Turkey relationship

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

In view of the stark realities of today, Turkey is a long way from securing full EU membership and both sides should explore down-to-earth and “win-win” strategies to avoid one crisis after another.

Comment(s) 7/10/2017

Forging a new and realistic partnership with the ‘Turkic world’

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

It is possible to travel from China’s Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region in the east all the way to the Adriatic shores in the west speaking nothing but Turkish. Most people living in this vast geography belong to the Ural-Altaic language family, sharing common historical, religious, cultural and ethnic ties.

Comment(s) 1/3/2017

Any optimism in the Chinese ‘Rooster Year?’

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

LONDON - As the world is preparing to leave 2016 behind as a year fraught with political surprises, financial crises and market volatility, governments and businesses including those in Turkey have started to set their eyes on what the next 12 months have in store for them politically and economically.

Comment(s) 12/26/2016

Rex Tillerson and a positive agenda for Turkish-US ties

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

Donald Trump is giving signs at every opportunity that he will follow a very different line from the past U.S. presidents we have known until now, and that his management style will not be much different than that in his own real estate business.

Comment(s) 12/20/2016

Losing a friend in the EU but gaining a better partner in Europe

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

Irrespective of what U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said during the Brexit campaign about Turkey perhaps not joining the EU for the next several decades, the U.K. has been historically a strong friend of Turkey bilaterally, in the transatlantic partnership and as a standard bearer within the EU for Turkey’s ambitions to join the bloc

Comment(s) 7/11/2016

Proposal to create the East Mediterranean Energy Community

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

After several weeks of consultations in various capitals from Ankara to Tel Aviv, Washington D.C. and Brussels, I believe that it is high time to propose a regional champion to advocate integration, partnerships, dispute settlement, data sharing, analysis and engagement with key stakeholders

Comment(s) 11/24/2015

China’s One Belt and One Road – Quo Vadis?

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

China’s Silk Road initiative is a real game-changer, irrespective of whether it will succeed or not as planned, in realizing its ambitious one belt and one road project

Comment(s) 10/27/2015

Energy: A new world challenge and a complex dilemma for Turkey

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

The ongoing energy crisis, originating from the substantial and totally unexpected drop in the price of oil, is nothing like what we have seen before. The historic slide has roiled the energy sector, with fallout ranging from stalled oil and gas developments to bankruptcy filings and imbalances in consumer countries

Comment(s) 3/2/2015

How to win to stay in – or march to – power

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

All eyes have been focused on the June 7 elections, which has the potential to be one of the most important turning points in Turkey’s political history

Comment(s) 2/16/2015

2015: Neither a doomsday scenario nor a rosy picture on energy

MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ writes:

The 2023 vision is of course very important in terms of serving as an “anchor” for government, business, civil society, international players and more importantly to us as individuals, as it provides a sense of the future direction and perspective.

Comment(s) 1/2/2015

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