Tag: Turkey

#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony

#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the continuing turmoil in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, the West is searching for allies and countries of stability to fight violent extremism. Step forward Kazakhstan, a country that has actually been promoting a “dialogue of civilizations” for some years. While it only gained independence in 1991 Kazakhstan inherited a unique system […]

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#JournalismisNOTacrime: Europe must ensure that human rights and media freedom in Turkey are part of any agreement

#JournalismisNOTacrime: Europe must ensure that human rights and media freedom in Turkey are part of any agreement

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in cooperation with its affiliates, welcomes the “send a postcard to jailed journalists in Turkey campaign” in the framework of its #JournalismisNOTacrime / #Gazeteciliksuçdegildir project inviting everyone to send written moral support to journalists and media workers in jail. 165 journalists are still in jail according to the regularly […]

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Call for a freeze in #Turkey EU accession talks

Call for a freeze in #Turkey EU accession talks

“A close and privileged relationship between the EU and Turkey is in the interest of both sides. But this can only be realized if it is based on human rights, the respect of the fundamental freedoms, democratic values and the rule of law. Turkey accepted this when it became a candidate for EU membership in […]

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New beginnings: Reassessing EU-#Turkey relations

New beginnings: Reassessing EU-#Turkey relations

From trade to NATO, the EU and Turkey have enjoyed a productive relationship in many domains for decades. However, recently relations have turned frosty as concerns mount over the state of democracy in the country with media outlets being closed and journalists being jailed. MEPs also keep a close eye on developments and wonder if […]

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EU must rethink its relations with #Turkey

EU must rethink its relations with #Turkey

Speaking in today’s plenary debate (26 April) on the situation in Turkey following the constitutional referendum, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt called on the European Council and Commission to stop accession talks and open the path to a new association agreement with Ankara. “Turkish accession is not realistic any more. Therefore we must find a […]

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Opinion: Referendum in #Turkey – dispelling myths of the end of Turkish democracy

Opinion: Referendum in #Turkey – dispelling myths of the end of Turkish democracy

| April 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

The results of the Turkey referendum on the constitutional amendments held on 16 April brought a long hoped-for victory to Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party. The referendum that split the nation into two polar groups (51. 41% ‘Yes’ votes against 48.59% ‘No’) made international media rife with debates and […]

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Kamall: ‘The Turkish people expressed their will, our strategic co-operation must go on but we will still express our concerns’

Kamall: ‘The Turkish people expressed their will, our strategic co-operation must go on but we will still express our concerns’

Speaking on 17 April, ECR Group Chairman Syed Kamall (pictured) said: “On Sunday the Turkish people expressed their will to amend the constitutional arrangement of their country.   “Whatever our views on President Erdogan being granted more executive power, Turkey remains a NATO member and a key strategic partner in addressing common challenges such as […]

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