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Turkish Foreign Policy roundup

3 novembre 2009
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More moves on the Eastern front…

EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Tehran October 27, 2009.

Source: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Tensions Between Turkey and the West Increase
Source: New York Times
By DAN BILEFSKY ISTANBUL — With Turkey’s prospects for joining the European Union more elusive than ever and the country reaching out to predominantly

Note EU-Digest:This New York Times report is a typical reflection of behind the scenes manipulation by political entities in Israel, the EU and the US, who are getting more and more frustrated in their efforts to develop a solid partnership with a Turkey led by a more and more unpredictable and increasingly less secular motivated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It also shows the result of EU’s lack of sensitivity in its dealings with Turkey, as it relates to their membership in the EU. While the EU has allowed practically “Mafia run” Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria to become members of the EU on a fast track, they have been turning the screws on Turkey at every possible occasion and slowing down their EU membership access procedures to a snails pace. Thirdly and possibly more accurate, the New York Times article, published in one of the most influential publications in the US favorable to the Obama Administration could also indicate that a regime change is in the making for Turkey? Time will tell.

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