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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
On the first anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt; I was invited by international media outlets to share my views
While the Greek Cypriot administration started to discuss the next moves after the collapse of the peace talks to unite the divided island, the Turkish government is also in a similar exercise.
The Kurdish opening initiated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to solve Turkey’s Kurdish problem as well as the famous “zero problems with neighbors” policy was a reflection of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s famous “peace at home, peace in the world” motto
On July 6, when members of the European Parliament were casting their vote asking for a freeze of Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was on the 22nd day of his march from Ankara to Istanbul
Joining the main opposition party’s justice march to cover it on its 20th day, one of the first things that attracted my attention was a man carrying a large straw hat.
The lack of efficient opposition has been one of the key reasons behind the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) consecutive electoral victories.
The Turkish government has endorsed a rather aggressive rhetoric on foreign policy over the past five or so years, but one issue stands out as an exception: Cyprus.
Until the coming to office of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, one can fairly say that Turkey’s national days, putting aside Oct. 29 Republic Day, had basically turned into occasions for holidays, rather than special days when people celebrated Republican values.
It is apparent now that the drop in tourists visiting Turkey, especially from Europe, is not only due to fear of terror attacks. Several countries have been hit by terrorism, but none have suffered such a big loss as Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Brussels last month, where he met with European Commission officials as well as heads of states and governments, came as a fresh air of optimism.
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