EU/Turkey

The Looming Islamization of Austria

Gates of Vienna January 9 2011
by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, with translation by JLH

Just a few weeks ago, a delegation of politicians from the new European Right visited Israel and met with leading Israeli politicians and members of the Knesset. Ayoub Kara, a deputy minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, a member of the Likud, and one of Netanyahu’s confidants, came to Vienna on a return visit. Already in Israel, the leader of the FPÖ (Freedom Party), Heinz-Christian Strache, had extended the invitation to Ayoub Kara, which was taken up immediately.

HC Strache: “I expect to be defined as a Christian and not as an unbeliever. This is the foundation for dialogue!”

 

Writing on the wall for Turkey

Kathimerini January 8 2011
By Robert Ellis

There is considerable concern in European Union circles about the future of Turkey’s accession process, which is inextricably linked with a solution to the Cyprus question. Four foreign ministers, from Sweden, Italy, the UK and Finland, have promoted Turkey’s membership in The New York Times, but if they were addressing an American audience, their appeal must have fallen on deaf ears, WikiLeaks or no WikiLeaks.

 

Suspected Kurdish mass grave found in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey -- A mass grave has been discovered in a field in southeast Turkey, local media reported on Wednesday (January 5th). The grave is believed to contain the remains of Kurds

 

EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs it, says Bagis

Today's Zaman 7 January 2011
By BETÜL AKKAYA DEM?RBA?

Turkey and the European Union need each other, but Turkey's need for the union continues to decrease while the union's need for Turkey grows bigger with each passing day, according

 

Turkey Releases Extreme Islamist Gang, PKK Suspects over New Law

CRIENGLISH.com 6 January 2011

The Turkish authorities have released 23 suspects of an extreme Islamist gang and the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) on Tuesday as a new law restricts the period suspects can be jailed while

 

Turkey's 'secular survey' stirs doubts about its faith

Hurriyet Daily News 5 January 2011
By IZGI GÜNGÖR

A planned government survey on the public’s attitude toward religious issues is prompting concern that secularism in Turkey could be eroded as experts debate the appropriateness of conducting such a

 

Turkey Fails in Human Rights

Bianet 5 January 2011

"Injustice in legal procedures, violations of the right to a fair trial, deprivation from the right to access health services in prisons and detention houses, the rejection of the right to education

 

Greece to build 128-mile anti-migrant wall

Telegraph.co.uk  By Bruno Waterfield

Christos Papoutsis, a Greek interior minister, insisted the wall was necessary after Brussels intervened last year to prevent an immigration crisis by sending in an elite taskforce of border

 

Turkish university exam guidebook lifts headscarf ban

Worldbulletin 4 January 2011

The wearing of the headscarf will be permitted during this year's Transition to Higher Education Examination (YGS) as the guidebook posted on the Student Selection and Placement Center's

 

Turkish cops allegedly raided Christian church in Cyprus on Christmas

Examiner.com 3 January 2011
By Jim Kouri

During the Christmas morning service at the Church of Agios Synesios at Rizokarpaso, located in the northern Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, so-called "police officers" of the illegal Turkish

 

• EN wishes everybody a Merry Christmas!

EuropeNews December 24 2010

Here at EuropeNews, we are taking time off for celebrating Christmas with friends and family. While the need to stay vigilant for freedom isn't over, it is good to take some time off and for a while let the pure joy of Christmas blow fears and worries away. Below the break is a bit of Christmas music, recommended for all.

Also, at EN we are not "Christmas cowards" - no "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" here. Rather, we wish all our readers, as well as everybody else, an exceedingly:

Merry Christmas!

From Christmas through New Year, there will be light posting at EN.

 

'Iran,Turkey share common positions'

Press TV 23 December 2010

Senior Iranian and Turkish officials have praised common positions of both nations on regional and international developments and called for further promotion of bilateral ties. Iran's Foreign

 

Syrian leader says EU must accept Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News  22 December 2010

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praises Ankara’s foreign policy and says Turkey is playing an increasingly important role for regional stability. The president says the European Union

 

A day of passion play for Turkey's Shiites

Hurriyet Daily News 22 December 2010

Shiite men and women with their hands chained and little girls carrying baby dolls covered in blood were among the hundreds of people who gathered in Istanbul’s Halkal? district Thursday

 

Ankara hits back at Brussels over Cyprus criticism

Turkish Press 20 December 2010

While again vowing to step up efforts towards European Union membership, Turkey yesterday expressed disappointment over an EU statement, saying that its wording on the Cyprus issue is

 

The Region: Who 'likes' Islamist groups?

Jerusalem Post 20 December 2010
By BARRY RUBIN

There’s a lot of interesting material in the Pew Foundation’s latest poll of the Middle East, a survey that focuses on attitudes toward Islamism and revolutionary Islamist groups. The analysis

 

Italy blames EU for no progress in Turkish bid

Today's Zaman 17 December 2010
By ABDULLAH BOZKURT

Venting frustration about the progress of beleaguered Turkish talks with the European Union, Italy's top diplomat has said “things are not going very well” with what he described a “European and

 

Turkey still lagging behind in press freedom, Jagland says

Hurriyet Daily News  17 December 2010
By BARÇIN Y?NANÇ

The Council of Europe is deeply concerned with the state of freedom of the press in Turkey, the top diplomat of the organization says. But Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of

 

Austrian lawmaker won't cater to Muslim immigrants

OneNewsNow  16 December 2010
By Chad Groening

An author and terrorism expert is praising an Austrian lawmaker for publicly lambasting a Turkish ambassador's request for his country to accommodate the demands of Muslim

 

Support for Turkish EU bid wanes

Austrian Times 16 December 2010

The number of Austrians opposing Turkey's accession to the European Union (EU) is on the rise. Researchers Karmasin questioned around 500 Austrians for magazine profil to find

 
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